When is the best time to fly to Quetta?
The cheapest time to visit Quetta is during winter. The cold temperatures (usually a few degrees below freezing) mean that this is the off peak season for travel to Pakistan, and you are likely to be able to get some great deals on flights at this time. Visit during the peak summer (July – August) and late spring (May-June) or early autumn (September-October) to enjoy the beautiful weather, though be aware that you may need to look a little harder for cheap deals (or be prepared to take advantage of last minute discounts) during these more popular seasons. The inhabitants of Quetta are famed for their hospitality, so why not visit during an annual celebration like Eid to mingle with them?
With over 32, 000 acres of gorgeous scenery, much of it mountainous, Hazarganji Chiltan National Park is a must-see place to visit when you travel to Quetta. If you like, you can even stay overnight in the park, so that you can make the most of the opportunities it offers for walking, hiking, and nature watching. The waterfall known as Pir Ghaib is another place of great natural beauty, and a lovely picnic site. If museums are your thing, then be sure to pay a visit to the Archaeology Museum in the city centre, where you will find plenty of fascinating exhibits to occupy your attention.
Getting around Quetta
Many of the roads in the city, especially the major highways connecting Quetta to other cities, are metalled to make them easier to drive on. There is a good network of buses within the city, and buses and coaches are a popular way of getting from Quetta to other cities further afield, as well. There is a railway station in the city that is one of the highest (in terms of height above sea level) in the whole country: you can use the rail services to explore further if you wish. If you are visiting the national park or other attractions, there are specialty tour bus services that you can take advantage of to get you to your destination. Both on the bus itself and in the park, it is general practice for guides to be on hand so that you can benefit from their local knowledge about the sights seen around you.
Getting from the Airport to the City
Quetta International Airport (UET) is situated just a mile (1.6 km) from the town centre. A short taxi ride, or a drive in a hire car will usually get you to your hotel in Quetta in under half an hour. It can be helpful to agree your taxi fare with the driver before you leave the airport, if you choose to take a taxi. Check with your hotel before departure to see if it operates a special airport shuttle service: many of the larger hotels do this.