Flights from Dublin to Islamabad

Flight information Dublin to Islamabad

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Flights from Dublin to Islamabad

Information is correct as of June 2015.


There are no direct flights from Dublin to Islamabad, Pakistan, but there are multiple connecting flights.


Airlines that fly from Dublin to Islamabad

Etihad, British Airways and KLM all have connecting flights from Dublin to Islamabad. Most flights stopover in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha.


Terminal Information – Departing

Etihad, British Airways and KLM fly from Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport. This is the older and bigger terminal at Dublin Airport, which everything you might need prior to flying. There is free Wifi and charging points available all over the airport.

If you want to rest up, check into the Executive Lounge for €20 for 3 hours. There’s a range of spirits, beers and snacks to keep you fed and watered in here.

Alternatively, dine in Burger King, The Gate Clock & Bar or Gusto after security. There’s a wide range of food here, whether you fancy salads or seafood platters. There’s also a McDonalds and a restaurant (Angel’s Share), before security.

The shops in Dublin Airport don’t disappoint either: Jo Malone, Pandora, Sunglass Hut and Parfois make for perfect pre-flight browsing! The Loop also have a range of duty free treats, including alcohol and cigarettes. Cigarettes are much cheaper in Pakistan, but you might want to get a bottle of your favourite booze.


Terminal Information – Arriving

Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport is the second busiest airport in Pakistan, handling 3 million passengers a year. Once you land, you’ll take a bus to the main terminal building (bear in mind that it’s going to be hot on the bus and in the terminal), then you can proceed through security and Passport Control. Passport queues can get very long when many planes come in at once, so do prepare to be stood waiting a while. Baggage claim can take a while too – prepare to add extra time onto your journey just to get through arrivals.

There are 24 hour food vendors and ATMs in Islamabad Airport. There are also separate prayer rooms for men and women on arrival.


Getting from Islamabad Airport to the Twin Cities

There are many low cost buses and local vans to take you around Islamabad, however, it’s advised that you use a taxi instead. These are affordable, and it’s much easier to transport luggage this way. The bus timetables are here, should you need them.

The taxis at Islamabad Airport are there around the clock. The typical taxis are black with a yellow roof, and they’re happy to bargain with you over the price. There are also metro radio cabs available at the airport, which usually have air conditioning. You can call their 24 hour call centre at any time to arrange transport. A taxi to Islamabad should cost around 800 Rupees (€7).


Practical Information

Arrive 3 hours before your flight from Dublin, and make sure you have enough time to change planes between stopovers.

Pakistan use the Pakistani Rupee, 1 Euro is equal to 120 Pakistani Rupee. The ‘Rs’ symbol represents Rupees. There are 1 Rs, 2 Rs and 5 Rs coins you’ll use day to day for buses, drinks and food. There are banknotes for 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 Rupees in use too.

Pakistan is 4 hours ahead of Ireland.


What you need to know about Islamabad

Pakistan is much less expensive to travel in than Ireland. On average, prices here are 100 – 200% cheaper than in Dublin. Yes, this means you can probably dine out for less than €3 per person. This is still an international city so you can find Korean, Thai and Chinese restaurants in the city centre – alcohol is frowned upon here, but dining out is definitely a social affair! There are also lovely small shisha and coffee shops for hiding away from the heat. If you’re sat in a nice café (with Wifi, A/C) a cappuccino might set you back €1.70.

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan, and thus it is a comparatively ‘quiet’ city in Pakistan. There are Parliamentary buildings and Government houses housing most of Pakistan’s politicians.

This is a Muslim country, and thus drinking alcohol is banned in public spaces. If you are after a drink, most hotels have their own bars catering to Western tastes. Check out hotels in Islamabad here.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.