Lahore: New business train for Lahore-Karachi Route will start from next month. Prime Minister Gilani will inaugurate business train on February 3, 2011. Another train named “Shalimar Express” for same route will be start from February 7, 2011. Contract of both trains have been done under Public Private Partnership.
Business train will be fully Air-conditioner train while Shalimar Express will be lower AC and economy class train. Business Train will cover Karachi to Lahore distance within 18 hours. Currently, due to corruption in Pakistan Railway, all trains are taking 30-36 hours to cover same route. There will be no discount for Journalists and Railway officers on both trains.
The timings of both trains from Lahore to Karachi are as follows. Business Train: 3:30PM, Shalimar Express: 6:00AM. There is no exact fares have been come for both trains but according to sources, drinks, breakfast, tea and meal will be included in fares.