Islamabad (November 06, 2018): A Pak-China luxury bus service has embarked on its maiden journey from Lahore to the city of Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province.
The new bus service called Pakistan-China bus service was launched by Shuja group under their brand name of Shuja Express which will cover the one-way journey in two days (approximately 30 hours of travel time).
According to chief executive officer of the company Muhammad Anwar, the new bus service is expected to start regular operations from Nov 06, 2018.
“It will be in operation four days a week, that is, Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from Lahore to Chinese border city of Kashgar, and same manner from Kashgar to Lahore on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” said the CEA.“The bus will set off at 12pm (local time) from Lahore and at first it will reach federal capital where breakfast will be served. Then the bus will stop in northern Mansehra city for tea. Next stopover will be at Bisham for lunch. Passengers will be offered evening tea at Chilas and lavish dinner at Gilgit.”
Anwar said the passengers will be given rest time from 8pm to 2am (local time) in the morning. They will be taken to Khunjerab pass, Pakistan-China border crossing, and after about two-and-a-half hours of travelling, the bus will reach Kashgar in China. The bus will make the same stopovers while travelling back from China to Lahore.
He further said the fair of the bus service is very competitive. The price of one-way ticket is Rs 13,000 (about $105) and return ticket is Rs 23,000 (about $190). People can book the seats from Lahore and Islamabad . Online booking is also available subject to the availability of seats.PTDC official Mukhtar Ali told on Monday that the bus service would allow visitors, especially monks, to visit sacred Buddhist sites dating back to the Gandhara era.
The buses are new and the most luxurious ones hardly have around 15 seats, therefore passengers would get ample space. The management of the company claimed that no passenger would be left tired even after two days of travelling and it would be a memorable journey for them.
Chairman of Pakistan Economic Forum Humayun Iqbal Shami called it a big day in relations between the two countries.