Good news for Pakistani train travelers as Pakistan Railways inaugurated the 117Up and 118Dn Pindi express. The train went through inauguration on 19-September-2022 at Lahore Junction Railway Station. It has been launched between the route of Lahore and Rawalpindi. The started its operations and is already being utilized by many people. Previously, the journey between Lahore to Rawalpindi was a bit time taking. This is the reason why people took bus routes to travel from Lahore to Rawalpindi.
Due to the recent rise in fares all over the country, this seems to be the perfect breakthrough. People that commute from Lahore to Rawalpindi or vice versa are now in comfort. Due to the recent rise in inflation, it was too hard for a common person to bare the fares of the bus routes. However, when people used trains for commutation they would have to wait for long hours to reach their destination. Moreover, the access of Passengers that have to travel would also increase the difficulties of the route. Previously there was no direct route between Rawalpindi and Lahore. But now with Pindi Express operating at full capacity people can travel with ease.
117Up and 118Dn Pindi Express will take only 4 hours and 40 minutes to complete their journey. On this journey, the train would cover a distance of about 298 Kilometers. The Route would be simple as to having only 3 stops while traveling from Lahore to Rawalpindi. But the train would have only 2 stops while returning to Lahore from Rawalpindi. The 117Up train would leave for Rawalpindi at 5 am. The route followed by the train would be Lahore-Gujranwala-Jehlum-Chaklala-Rawalpindi. While the train would only take a short stop at Chaklala while traveling to Rawalpindi.
Pakistan Railway has announced that the fare for an economy class seat is only Rs. 650. Whereas the Fare for an economy class berth is Rs. 700. The train offers Parlour Car, AC Lower, AC business, and Economy class seats. Further details about fare and route are available on the official website. Moreover, Pakistan Railway has advised people that they can book tickets for this train online starting from 19 September.