Akbar Express

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Akbar Express
Service typeInter-city rail
StatusRestoration Soon
PredecessorQuetta Express
First service5 August 1974
Last service23 March 2020
SuccessorPakistan Railways
Current operator(s)Pakistan Railways
Former operator(s)Pakistan Railways
Distance travelled1,225 kilometres (761 mi)
Average journey time24 hours 20 Minutes
Service frequencyFirst Inauguration After Covid 19 Temporary Suspend will take Place In Quetta IN 1 OR 2 Months (NOT CONFIRMED FROM PAKISTAN RAILWAY OFFICIALS)
Train number(s)23UP (Quetta→Lahore)
24DN (Lahore→Quetta)
On-board services
Class(es)First Class Sleeper
AC Standard
Seating arrangementsAvailable
Sleeping arrangementsAvailable
Catering facilitiesAvailable
Baggage facilitiesAvailable
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed120 km/h
Track owner(s)Pakistan Railways
Timetable number(s)23 UP 24DN
Route map

The Akbar Express (Urdu: اکبر ایکسپریس, Balochi: اکبر ایکسپریس) is a passenger train operated daily by Pakistan Railways between Quetta and Lahore. The trip takes approximately 23 hours and 30 minutes to cover a published distance of 1,225 kilometres (761 mi), traveling along the Rohri–Chaman Railway Line, Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line, Khanewal–Wazirabad Branch Line and the Shahdara Bagh–Sangla Hill Branch Line. Akbar express is the only train which connects Faisalabad with Quetta. The train will be restored on 5 March 2024.


The Akbar Express was previously known as the Quetta Express. In August 2013, it was renamed to Akbar Express in honour of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, a Baloch nationalist leader and former head of the Jamhoori Wattan Party. Pakistan Railways suspended the train in 2010 due to lack of locomotives but was resumed on 25 April 2013.[1] and it was again suspended in March 2020 due to Covid 19.


Originally, the Quetta Express ran between Quetta and Peshawar via Rohri, Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi. Since being renamed to Akbar Express, the route has been shortened to Lahore via Faisalabad.

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Akbar Express consists of ten coaches and four rakes with AC Standard, First Class Sleeper and Economy Class accommodations.[2] [3]

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Power Van AC Standard Economy Economy Economy First Class Sleeper Economy Economy Economy Brake Van

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  1. ^ Quetta Express resumes operation, Publisher: Pakistan Observer, Published on 25 April 2013, Retrieved on 26 April 2013
  2. ^ a b "Pakistan Railways Trains". pakistanrail.tripod.com. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Akbar Express Time Table". www.pakinformation.com/. Retrieved 14 April 2021.