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List of Highways and Motorways in Pakistan

motorways and highways of Pakistan

Pakistan has a wide range of the road network that transports from one area to another without the hassle of much traffic. Motorways are a multilane, high-speed, control access highways that are approved by National Highway Authority. Hence, people usually try using the motorway to take any journey. In this blog we will discuss about list of motorways in Pakistan and Highways in Pakistan.

The Pakistan motorways also have motorway police that is on call 24/7. There are multiple speed limits in different areas that should be kept in mind while travelling. The motorway also has a couple of food places such as restaurants and cafes on the way. You can get all sorts of food there. Also, there are tuck shops. The motorways also contain masjid. 

Motorways are also included in the  Pakistan’s “National Trade Corridor Project” and “China-Pakistan Belt Road Initiative,” from Khunjerab Pass near the Chinese border to Gwadar in Balochistan.

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Pakistan’s National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) is in charge of enforcing traffic and safety legislation, as well as security and recovery on the country’s highways. For patrolling reasons, the NH&MP employs SUVs, vehicles, and heavy motorcycles, as well as speed cameras to enforce speed restrictions.

Both the M-1 (Peshawar-Islamabad) and M-2 (Islamabad-Lahore) motorways in Pakistan include two 9,000-foot (2,700-meter) emergency runway portions. The four emergency runway portions are made operable by forklift removal of detachable concrete medians.

Importance of Motorways in Pakistan:

Pakistan greatly relies on trading with its neighboring countries. Pakistan motorway is essential as it is part of Pakistan’s National Trade Corridor Project that aims to link the country with three critical seaports of the Arabian sea, i.e. Gwadar, Port Bin Qasim, Karachi Port with the other parts of the country. The routes are helpful in fast commuting with neighboring countries like Afghanistan, Iran and China.

Have you ever wondered how many motorways in Pakistan or how many highways in Pakistan? According to the details, 11 fully operational motorways in Pakistan 4 are under construction, and one is under development. So overall, there are 15 total motorways in Pakistan. Many new roads and highways of Pakistan are under construction to meet the needs for fast and smooth trading. Numerous motorways and highways are known as famous highways in Pakistan.

Names of Highways in Pakistan:

National Highway Authority is the keeper of 39 national highways of Pakistan, along with motorways and strategic routes. It makes up around 4.6% of the overall national road network in the country. The names of famous highways in Pakistan are:

  • Karachi-Torkham Highway (N-5)
  • Karachi-Gwadar (N-10)
  • Mansehra Chillas (N-15)
  • Karachi-Chaman (N-25)
  • Hasan Abdal-Khujerab Pass (N-35)
  • Quetta Taftan (N-40)
  • Nowshera-Chitral (N-45)
  • Koteri Peshawar (N-50)
  • Kuchlak-Dera Ismail Khan (N-55)
  • Sibi Sukkur (N-65)

These were few of the names of highways in Pakistan which are also called strategic roads of the country.

Below we have created a list of famous Highways and Motorways in Pakistan:

Famous Highways and Motorways of Pakistan
6. Karakoram Highway
7. M-3 Lahore Abdul Hakeem Motorway
8. M-5 Multan – Sukkur Highway
9. N55 Indus Highway
10. National Highway 70 (N-70)


motorways and highways of Pakistan

The route between Peshawar and Islamabad is 155 kilometres long and features 14 interchanges. The M1 Peshawar-Islamabad Highway (Peshawar-Islamabad Highway) runs northeast of Peshawar and begins at the Peshawar Ring Road. It runs for 155 kilometres and connects Peshawar, Rashakai, Sawabi, Chaka, Ghazi, Hazara Expressway (E-35), Burhan (Hassanabdal/Kamra), Burma, Bhatar, AWT/Sanjiani/Paswal, and Islamabad’s airport connecting route. Three major bridges traverse Kabul, Haro, and the Indus on the M-1 route between Peshawar and Islamabad. The route additionally has 27 bridges, 137 tunnels, 18 bridges, and 571 canals in addition to these interchanges and bridges.

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Motorways and Highways of Pakistan

Starting from Peshawar Ring Road in northeast Peshawar, the M1 Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway is a 155-kilometer stretch with 14 interchanges at various locations, including Peshawar Ring Road, Peshawar Northern Bypass, Charsadda, Rashakai, Sawabi, Chachh, Ghazi, Hazara Expressway (E-35), Burhan (Hassanabdal/Kamra), Burma Bhatar, AW With the use of three large bridges, the M-1 Peshawar-Islamabad highway traverses the Kabul, Haro, and Indus rivers. The highway also has 27 tiny bridges, 137 underpasses, 18 flyovers, and 571 culverts in addition to these interchanges and crossing bridges.

These motorways are build by many big and famous construction companies in Pakistan which are also building many projects in different cities of Pakistan.

On either side of the route on the M-2 Lahore-Islamabad Motorway, there are five fuel stations and service areas. Sukheki Service Area, Sial Service Area, Bhera Service Area, Kalar Kahar Service Area, and Chakri Service Area are among the pit stops. Each of these refueling and servicing stations is 60-80 kilometers apart on average. These rest areas on the M2 Lahore-Islamabad Motorway are home to some of Pakistan’s most well-known eateries.

Near this wonderful M2 Motorway, there are many new Housing Societies in Islamabad  are developing where you can invest and get good returns.


Motorways and Highways of Pakistan

The M-4 Pindi Bhattian-Multan Motorway is a 309-kilometer section of motorway with four lanes on either side for traffic movement. It is a highway that connects the cities of Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Shorkot, Khanewal, Abdul Hakeem, and Multan in Punjab. The M-4 expressway, like other prominent motorway routes in Pakistan, has over a dozen interchanges along its length, interconnecting some of the most essential road connectors such as the M-2, M-3, and M-5 motorways of Pakistan.

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Motorways of Pakistan

The M9 Hyderabad-Karachi Motorway was built over the existing Karachi-Hyderabad Super Highway to serve as one of Pakistan’s most vital road connectors, linking Karachi and Hyderabad, Sindh’s two largest cities. The upgrading of this road resulted in a 136-kilometer 6-lane expressway with controlled exit and entrance points at eight interchanges built along the route. Along the M-9 Motorway are some of the most important housing societies on the outskirts of Karachi, such as Bahria Town Karachi and DHA City.

One of South Asia’s longest interchanges on Motorway-9 just opened for traffic, boasting an ultramodern infrastructure. The junction offers a direct road connection from Bahria Town, Karachi, to Sukkur. 

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The stretch of the highway that goes through the interchange is a 400-meter wide two-way road with 18 lanes to help commuters. An 8-foot-high fence and a 3-foot-high guard rail have also been installed in this portion, making the interchange safer to use. Furthermore, the architecture of the newly constructed junction was influenced by Dubai’s Shaikh Zayd Road.

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Hazara Motorway

The Hazara Motorway, also known as the M-15 Motorway, is a 180-kilometer multi-lane highway that is divided into seven parts. The first four sections of the motorway were finished in 2017, with the other parts being finished and inaugurated in 2019 and 2020.

The Hazara Motorway has been outfitted with cutting-edge infrastructure. Some of the country’s highest bridges link the route, as well as numerous well-maintained interchanges with suitable security measures. In addition, the project is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Also visit provinces of Pakistan.

The highway connects the Burhan junction, which is located west of Hasan Abdal, to a number of important areas in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Haripur, Havelian, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Shinkiari, Battagram, and Thakot. 

Kpk is developing day by day , speically the city of Peshawar and there are many big real estate companies in Peshawar that are helping in the development of the city.

6. Karakoram Highway

Kararkoram Highway

The Karakoram Highway (KKH), already famous for its civil engineering wonder, has now been named one of the world’s 15 most attractive highways for its aesthetic splendour.

The Karakoram Highway (abbreviated as KKH) connects Abbottabad, Pakistan, with Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, western China. It extends for around 1.300 kilometres (800 miles). 

The Karakoram Highway, also known as the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway, is a 1,300-kilometer route that connects Hasan Abdal (a few kilometres outside of Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital) and Kashgar, China’s second-largest city. It was completed in 1979 and opened to the public in 1985.

What was once a vital “Silk Road” route between the Indian subcontinent and China is now regarded as the world’s eighth wonder, thanks to its high height and difficult construction circumstances, which turned it into an architectural marvel. If you want to visit northern areas of Pakistan you can use this motorway.

As a result, the Karakorum Highway has attracted travellers from all over the world for decades, not only because it is the world’s highest paved road (4,800m at Khunjerab Pass), but also because it passes through three of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges: the Karakorum, the Karakorum, and the Karakorum.

Near Karakorum highway , there are many tourist destinations and makes it a really profitable  property investment in terms of real estate.

So Karakoram highways stands last in the list of famous highways and motorways of Pakistan.

7. M-3 Lahore Abdul Hakeem Motorway

M-4's Abdul Hakeem-Khanewal section to open after Eid - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

M-3 Lahore – Abdul Hakeem Motorway is one of the busiest motorways launched in 2019. The M3 route starts from the intersection of M2 in Lahore and goes to the M4 Pindi Bhatian – Multan Motorway’s interchange in Abdul Hakeem. It is a 6-lane motorway and includes four interchanges in its route.

8. M-5 Multan – Sukkur Highway

BRI Factsheet Series – Motorway M5 (Sukkur - Multan)

M-5 Multan Sukkur Motorway is a pretty important motorway Pakistan. It is 392 km long and is also known as a section of the Karachi-Peshawar Motorway. The expressway is also one of the vital projects of CPEC as it will reduce the time to transport goods from Gawadr, Karachi and Karakorum Highway. The motorway Pakistan is 6 lane road with 11 interchanges that connect with cities like; Multan, Jalalpur, Rahimyar Khan, Peerwala, Ahmed Pur East, Sadiqabad, Pano Aqil, Sukkur and Ubaro.

9. N55 Indus Highway

N55 Indus Highway

National Highway 55, or Indus Highway, is a four-lane highway around 1246 km along the Indus River. The vast highway connects Karachi port with the northwestern city of Peshawar through Dera Ghazi Khan. The highway is constructed and maintained by the National Highway Authority of Pakistan. It passes through the infamous Kohat Tunnel.

The famous Indus Highway was constructed around the 1980s to offer a shorter and alternative route to the N-5. It was also constructed to help the development of KP’s eastern and western Sindh Province. The construction was initiated in 1981 by Kotri and completed in 1985 in Peshawar.

Pakistan’s government plans to construct dualized roads in 300 km by 2023 from D.G. Khan to Kotri.

10. National Highway 70 (N-70)

National Highway 70 (N-70)

The renowned N-70 runs from Multan to Qilla Saifullah town through D.G. Khan and towards Loralai in Baluchistan. The highway is around 440 Km long and divided into parts, i.e., 248 Km in Baluchistan & rest of 186 Km in Punjab. The highway, like the rest of the highways of Pakistan, is maintained and operated by National Highway Authority Pakistan.

The N-70 highway runs between the famous Sulaiman Mountains, from the lush green fields of Multan to Dera Ghazi khan. While travelling on the long highway, travelers enjoy the fascinating views of the Musakhel and Makhter region and the beautiful barren lands from Qilla Saifullah to Loralai.

Summing Up

Pakistan’s road network spans 3,714 kilometres, including all of the above-mentioned intercity routes, 1,870 kilometers of which are in use. The remainder of the roadway, on the other hand, is moving forward in leaps and bounds in terms of design and development. Given the present rate of work, it is reasonable to estimate that all of these roads in Pakistan will be completed within a few years.

M-8 Ratodero-Gwadar and M-11 Kharian-Lahore are two of the highways under construction in Pakistan, as shown in the table above. Some M-14 Hakla-D.Is are also partially operational. 

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These were some of the most famous and widely-known list of motorways in Pakistan and highways in Pakistan. These motorways of Pakistan have been highly known to transport people and goods from one place to another. They are a major source of ease for the people at the cities, villages and and small towns on each side of the motorway.

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