Karakoram Express

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Karakoram Express
Service typeInter-city rail
First service14 August 2002
Current operator(s)Pakistan Railways
TerminiKarachi Cantonment
Lahore Junction
Distance travelled1,241 kilometres (771 mi)
Average journey time17 hours, 45 minutes
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)41UP (Karachi→Lahore)
42DN (Lahore→Karachi)
On-board services
Class(es)AC Business
Sleeping arrangementsAvailable
Catering facilitiesAvailable
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Track owner(s)Pakistan Railways
Route map
Karakoram Express route map

Karakoram Express (Urdu: قراقرم ایکسپریس) is a passenger train operated daily by Pakistan Railways between Karachi and Lahore.[1] The trip takes approximately 17 hours and 45 minutes to cover a published distance of 1,241 kilometres (771 mi), traveling along a stretch of the Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line, Khanewal–Wazirabad Branch Line and Shahdara Bagh–Sangla Hill Branch Line.[1] The train is named after the famous Karakoram mountain range of northern Pakistan.


Karakoram Express was inaugurated on 14 August 2002.[2] This was during a period where Pakistan Railways went through several "facelifts" under Pervez Musharraf's government (including Karachi Express, Tezgam and Shalimar Express). Karakoram Express acquired the title of the "fastest train in Pakistan".[3]


Station stops[edit]


The train operates 13 economy carriages, 4 AC Business carriages, 1 power van and 1 luggage van.[5]


  1. ^ a b Mughal, Owais (29 October 2004). "Pakistan Railway Train Names". irfca.org. Indian Railways Fan Club. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Karachi: Karakoram Express train inaugurated". Dawn. 16 August 2002. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Karachi: Karakoram Express begins daily operation". Dawn. 25 March 2003. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Train Timings". Pakistan Railways. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  5. ^ "New coaches in Karakoram Express introduced". Pakistan Observer. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014.