Akbar Express

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Akbar Bugti Express
Service type Inter-city rail
Predecessor Quetta Express
First service August 5, 1974
Current operator(s) Pakistan Railways
Start Quetta
End Lahore
Distance travelled 1,225 kilometres (761 mi)
Average journey time 23 hours
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 23UP (Quetta→Lahore)
24DN (Lahore→Quetta)
On-board services
Class(es) First Class Sleeper
Seating arrangements Available
Sleeping arrangements Available
Catering facilities Available
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Track owner(s) Pakistan Railways
Route map
Quetta Express Route Map.png

The Akbar Express (Urdu: اکبر ایکسپریس‎, Balochi: اکبر ایکسپریس‎‎) is a passenger train operated daily by Pakistan Railways between Quetta and Lahore. The trip takes approximately 23 hours and 30 minutes to cover a published distance of 1,225 kilometres (761 mi), traveling along the Rohri–Chaman Railway Line, Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line, Khanewal–Wazirabad Branch Line and the Shahdara Bagh–Sangla Hill Branch Line.


The Akbar Express was previously known as the Quetta Express - in August 2013, it renamed to Akbar Express in honour of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, a Baloch nationalist leader and former head of the Jamhoori Wattan Party. Pakistan Railways suspended the train in 2010 due to lack of locomotives but was resumed on 25 April 2013.[1]


During the time of the Quetta Express, the train was run between Quetta and Peshawar via Rohri, Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi. However, since Akbar Express started, the route has been shortened to Lahore via Faisalabad.

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Economy and First Class Sleeper accommodations are available.[2]

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  1. ^ Quetta Express resumes operation, Publisher: Pakistan Observer, Published on 25 April 2013, Retrieved on 26 April 2013
  2. ^ a b "Pakistan Railways Trains". http://pakistanrail.tripod.com. Retrieved 23 July 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)