Visitor Information

Located on northern side of country, nestled between Mountain Ranges, Islamabad offers an exciting blend of cosmopolitan amenities, natural beauty and cultural attractions. Consistently rated among the beautiful cities in the world, Islamabad is the home to more than two million people.

The city enjoys a rich cultural and ethnic diversity that permeates everything from cuisine and entertainment to traditions. World renowned for its setting and scenery, you can immerse yourself in the energy of the city, yet minutes later enjoy the tranquility of a mountaintop Monal Restaurant.

Islamabad is green year-round with the mildest climate in Pakistan. You’ll never run out of activities no matter which season you come for a visit.

• Stroll or bike through an ancient trail in Saidpur village

• Shop in trendy Centaurus

• Explore the city

• Enjoy the vibrant entertainment scene of Margalla hills

• Stroll or bike through an ancient trail in Saidpur village

Islamabad International Airport (YVR) has consistently been ranked one of the Pakistan best. Downtown and conference hotels are easily accessed by Taxi.


If you are arriving by air, you will be flying into Islamabad International airport. Located just 25 minutes from downtown, Fare from the airport to the city center is approximately 1200 rupees. All of these services accept major credit cards. Metrocab, Creem and Uber Taxi services are available everywhere.


Porter service is available at the Islamabad International Airport. Rates and policies vary and should be confirmed with the supplier


Regular banking hours in Pakistan are 9:00am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, with extended hours including weekends at some locations. Visitors who wish to cash cheques or require other banking services are advised to check times of operation with the institutions. Main branches of Pakistani banks, particularly in major centres, are equipped to exchange foreign currency as well. Few major foreign banks have offices in Islamabad and will handle some foreign currencies directly.

Most banks have automatic teller machines, which can be accessed 24 hours a day, using bank or credit cards on major international banking networks.


The monetary system in Pakistan is based on rupees. Foreign currencies may be readily exchanged at banks, your hotel front desk or at currency exchange bureaus located throughout the city. Bank debit or credit cards are the most convenient means of getting cash at the many 24-hour automated banking machines (ATMs). As in the U.S. and Europe these machines accept cards with visa and mastercard symbols and are easily found in Islamabad. Many Pakistani businesses will accept major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, and American Express). For current rate of exchange information, please visit: http://www.Forex.com.


An extensive variety of cuisine is available representing the multicultural flavor of Islamabad. Fine dining, casual or family friendly restaurants are easily accessible throughout city


The electrical current is 220 volts. Adapters are required for appliances from other countries.


By law, smoking is not permitted in public buildings, on public transit, in shopping malls, and in most restaurants.Many restaurants and other establishments have designated smoking areas such as patios or outside heated seating areas. Please smoke in designated areas only.


Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for spring and summer but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. However, care should be taken not to give offense by wearing clothing which may be considered revealing.


Islamabad culture is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions. Courtesy and hospitality are among the most highly prized of virtues and the visitor is sure to be charmed by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the people.

Islamabad society is marked by a high degree of tolerance for different lifestyles. Foreigners are free to practice their own religion, alcohol is served in hotels and provided reasonable discretion is shown, the dress code is liberal. Women face no discrimination and may drive and walk around unescorted. Local citizens dress in traditional shalwar and qameez. Pakistani culture and folklore find expression in poetry, dancing, songs and traditional art. Weddings and other celebrations are colorful occasions of feasting and music.


The main language is Urdu but English is widely spoken and understood. Both languages are commonly used in business and commerce.

However, you will find that many banks, hotels, airline offices, shops and key visitor attractions have multilingual staff who speaks various local languages.

Islam is the official religion and there are a large number of mosques throughout the city. Other religions are respected and Islamabad has many churches too.


Islamabad is GMT + 5 Hours.


Islamabad enjoys moderate temperatures year-round. From high 35 c Celsius in summer to a low -1ºC in winter, the climate is always hospitable. During Otocon 2024, you can expect an average temperature of 22ºC in Bhurban.

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