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place to rest at Karachi airport outside immigration ?

by shaista_m Online Now Apr 4, 2008 at 1:04 AM

Hello,
I have about 6 hours at Karachi airport,
to change from domestic flight to international.
It is a bit long time to sit and wait,
but short to spend the money for one night in the hotel.
I think airlines don't do check in 6 hours before departure time,
it means I can't go into airport through immigration.
Are there cafe or net-cafe or restaurant
outside the entrance of airport to sit and wait ?
Or any hotel to offer short stay per hour ?

I would appreciate your help !

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    Re: place to rest at Karachi airport outside immigration ?

    by Bokhari76 Online Now Apr 4, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Well, There is a McDonald's just in the parking area. You can sit & relax there. There is also a fine restaurant on 7th floor of Airport building. You can take tea/coffee there and then you can sit/relax. I think they have net cafe service there.
    Also there is a restaurant on 3rd floor. There is also a visitors gallery from where you can watch both domestic/international lounges from top and also watch runway.

    (Note lifts for 7th/3rd floor restaurants are seperate from VISITORS GALLERY LIFT.)

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    Re: place to rest at Karachi airport outside immigration ?

    by explore_discover Online Now Apr 5, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Hotel Midway House is close to the airport (5 minutes by taxi and they do have shuttle service as well) around Rs.2000 for short stay up to 6 hours.

    Boarding starts around 3 hours before flight. There are few shops serving tea/snacks on departure level both sides i.e. International and Domestic. Its a busy place and not hard to kill the waiting time.

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    Re: place to rest at Karachi airport outside immigration ?

    by explore_discover Online Now Apr 5, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Forot to mention, there is free internet inside the terminal, At boarding area and the departure lounge (8 computers) and the Cell Phone Charging Points.

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  • Thank you so much for your reply

    by shaista_m Online Now Apr 6, 2008 at 5:04 AM

    Hi,thank you so much for your reply.
    everybody's very helpful.

    Thank you, Bokhari76.
    Yes, yes, the memory came up to my mind
    there is Mcdonald just in front,
    and that's good there are 2 restaurants in airport building.
    It sounds 7th floor restaurant is more formal and hi-class one ?
    and 3rd floor more casual ?
    Visitors gallery is, located inside the building and can sit?
    or on roof ?
    I would be happy if you have time to reply me again.

    Thank you, explore discover.
    So still Midway house is there.
    it is good to stay there if i am tired.
    I've come to Karachi (airport) sometime,
    but always just go and in and don't stay there long hours.
    So didn't see these shops in international and domestic level.
    Thank you so much.

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    Re: place to rest at Karachi airport outside immigration ?

    by Aghani Online Now Apr 7, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    If my memory serves me right the restaurant on the seventh floor is simple ( hard tables and chairs ) and cheap which is normally frequented by airport staff. The one on the third floor is more cozy and offer good choices for food to snacks. Here you can relax, eat and watch in/out flights. A little more expensive than the other. Good place to kill time.
    As a Karachian wish you pleasant stay.

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  • Re: place to rest at Karachi airport outside immigration ?

    by shaista_m Online Now Apr 8, 2008 at 5:20 AM

    Thank you, Aghani,
    It is good help for me
    you gave me the details of each restaurant.

    Are you local of Karachi ?
    Still in the city many constraction of roads continue ?
    Last time when I went to Saddar, it was hard to walk.
    Can you recommend nice shopping place to search for
    fashonable shalwar kamis and other items ?

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  • and......

    by shaista_m Online Now Apr 8, 2008 at 5:23 AM

    Do you also know clean and nice guesthouse
    with reasonable fare in Karachi ?

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    Re: place to rest at Karachi airport outside immigration ?

    by Aghani Online Now Apr 8, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Yes, I am proud to be a Karachian ( last 58 yrs). My wife informs me to convey places of shopping at Tariq Road (Middle rates) Hyderi ( same items cheaper), Clifton ( most expensive). There are so many flyovers, bridges, underpasses, express ways in operation that even we have to careful not to take wrong turn. More are under construction.To give an example traveing from Sohrab Got ( Zero Point of Super Highway) to a point leading to Port is about 15 Km through city May take an hour long driving. The same is covered in 15 min using Liyari Express way. Happy visit.

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  • Re: place to rest at Karachi airport outside immigration ?

    by shaista_m Online Now Apr 18, 2008 at 2:17 AM

    Thank you, Aghani,
    and sorry to say thanks to you too late.
    busy and didn't visit this sight for some time.
    hope to see you here again,
    and please help me if I have again questions about Karachi.
    Meherbani bohut Shukria !

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  • Re: place to rest at Karachi airport outside immigration ?

    by oceanbound222 Online Now Apr 20, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    There is nothing like a private toilet with hot shower after a long flight. Even though I might feel exhausted, the ability to clean my body inside and out makes me feel totally refreshed.

    For me, it would be torture to sit in a McDonalds or any other restaurant. I want a hot shower !!

    The hotel nearby is cheap and sounds like the best option. You do not have to arrive 3 hours before a domestic flight. One hour is enough.

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    Re: place to rest at Karachi airport outside immigration ?

    by ceam Online Now Oct 14, 2008 at 7:39 AM

    i'm sure u must ahve found yourself a comfy corner...

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    Re: place to rest at Karachi airport outside immigration ?

    by Aghani Online Now Oct 14, 2008 at 8:03 AM

    Ceam, I am sure Shaista m must have found some comfortable place during the last six months (April 4 to Oct 14, 08) to pass those six hours. lol

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