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Getting there & away

The local minibus stand (Abbottabad Rd) has departures for Abbottabad (Rs 20) and irregular trips to Haripur (Rs 50) and Rawalpindi (Liaquat Chowk) only.

For other destinations or modes of transport, take a Suzuki (Rs 5) from Shinkiari Rd to the general bus stand, 1.5km north of town on the KKH. It’s a large and hectic yard, but help is never far away. Just ask one of the many spruikers.

For the Kaghan Valley, there are minibuses to Balakot and sometimes Naran, as well as slower buses. For destinations north, go to Northern Areas Transport Company (Natco; 301471) near the general bus stand beside the KKH. You may be able to guarantee a seat by ringing Natco’s Rawalpindi office (051-9278441, 051-5462181). Buses and Coasters such as Natco’s run to a timetable, but the minibuses mostly leave when uncomfortably full.

Balakot (Rs 30) Minibuses, some heading on to Naran, leaving all day.

Batagram (Rs 60) Minibus.

Besham (Rs 120) Minibuses leaving all day.

Gilgit (Rs 800) Various Coasters and buses originating from Rawalpindi. Natco has five departures a day.

Islamabad (Rs 90, 3½ hours) Minibuses leaving all day.

Karachi (Rs 1000) Air-con buses each day.

Lahore (Rs 300) Air-con buses each day.

Muzaffarabad (Rs 60) Minibuses leaving all day.

Naran (Rs 100) Minibuses leaving all day when road open.

Rawalpindi (Rs 90 to Rs 100, 3½ hours) Buses leaving all day.

Skardu (Rs 700/850 minibus/bus) Natco has two departures originating from Rawalpindi in the afternoon (3pm and 6pm).