Everything You Need to Know About Karachi Railway Station

Karachi Railway Station

Karachi Railway Station, also referred to as Karachi Cantt Station, is situated right in the middle of the city’s main cantonment area. Being the second-oldest railway station in the city after Karachi City Station, Karachi Cantt Station’s stunning architecture reflects its extensive past.

Graana.com provides a comprehensive overview of this historic Karachi Railway Station below.


History of Karachi Railway Station


black and white view of Karachi Railway Station's entrance and parking


Formerly known as Frere Street Station, it was built between 1986 and 1988 by the Pakistan Public Works Department. The station played a crucial role in the Scinde railway system, which linked Karachi’s port with other regions of the nation. An antique steam engine has been placed at the entrance of Karachi Railway Station to honour its illustrious past.

The structure still appears as majestic as it did when it was first built, with its colonial-style layout and a high-arch ceiling.

Sindh government has declared the megacity’s historical monument as a protected heritage structure. The Pakistan Railways operates and maintains Karachi Cantt Station, which is still one of the busiest railway junctions in Pakistan.


Location of Karachi Railway Station

Situated in the main cantonment area of the city, Karachi Railway Station sits right in the middle of the city and is under the control of Frere Town.

Avari Towers, Movenpick, Marriott, and Pearl Continental are a few of the finest hotels in the city that are situated near the station, making it extremely convenient for travellers.

To reach the station from prominent areas like Gulshan-e-Iqbal, P.E.C.H.S, Nazimadad and Gulistan-e-Jauhar, it is recommended to go via Sharah-e-Faisal.

Karachi Cantonment Station is also just a short drive away from Saddar Town and the old city region, where you can find numerous eateries. For instance, you can go to Burns Road, one of Karachi’s oldest and busiest street foods, if you’re in the mood for traditional street food.

Popular restaurants in the area include Waheed Kabab House, Mazedar Haleem, Food Centre, and Delhi Rabri House. Many travellers tend to grab a bite after reaching the station.


Facilities at Karachi Railway Station


Karachi AC Sleeper Train standing on a platform


Currently, Karachi Cantt Station is one of Pakistan’s largest railway stations. It has five platforms and eight train tracks to accommodate passengers. There is also a workforce of porters who are available to help with your luggage.

You will also find a number of snack shops on the main platform of the station.

You can quickly get a rickshaw, minibus or cab as soon as you arrive at the Karachi Cantonment Station. 


Trains at Karachi Railway Station

In the table below, some of the most significant train routes that stop at this station have been listed down.


Train Train Code Starts From Ends At
Shalimar Express 27 UP Karachi Cantt. Lahore
Hazara Express 11 UP Karachi City Havelian
Sindh Express 29 UP Karachi Cantt. Multan Cantt.
Pakistan Express 45 UP Karachi Cantt. Rawalpindi
Allama Iqbal Express 09 UP Karachi Cantt. Sialkot
Jinnah Express 31 UP Karachi Cantt. Lahore
Karakoram Express 41 UP Karachi Cantt. Lahore
Pak Business Express 33 UP Karachi Cantt. Lahore
Mehran Express 149 UP Karachi City Mirpur Khas
Karachi Express 15 UP Karachi Cantt. Lahore
Millat Express 17 UP Karachi Cantt. Malakwal
Tezgam Express 07 UP Karachi Cantt. Rawalpindi
Bahauddin Zakariya Express 25 UP Karachi City Multan Cantt.
Bolan Mail Express 03 UP Karachi City Quetta
Shah Hussain Express 43 UP Karachi Cantt. Lahore
Fareed Express 37 UP Karachi City Lahore
Khushal Khan Khattak Express 19 UP Karachi City Peshawar Cantt.
Sir Syed Express 35 UP Karachi Cantt. Rawalpindi
Green Line Express 05 UP Karachi Cantt. Islamabad
Khyber Mail Express 01 UP Karachi Cantt. Peshawar Cantt.
Sukkur Express 145 UP Karachi City Jacobabad
Awam Express 13 UP Karachi Cantt. Peshawar Cantt.

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