Travel to Afghanistan
Afghanistan has been mired in war for over 40 years. From the Soviet wars of the 1980s to the US Taliban conflict, the country has long been off the tourist trail. If you do decide to go, how exactly do you travel to Afghanistan?
Afghanistan has two international airports; Kabul & Mazar e Sharif.
Hamid Karzai International Airport (airport code KBL) is the gateway to Afghanistan. It’s most frequent regional routes are;
- Dubai (FlyDubai, Ariana Afghan Airlines, Emirates)
- Sharjah (AirArabia)
- Islamabad (PIA)
- Delhi (Air India, Spicejet)
- Tehran (Kam Air, Ariana))
- Istanbul (Turkish & Ariana)
Mazar-e-Sharif airport (MZR) only has a couple of routes, the most reliable one is to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines.
Let us know where you want to fly from and we’ll let you know the easiest way.
The Khyber Pass
The legendary pass that connects Pakistan with Afghanistan has been an important trade route for centuries. It became well known to foreign tourists during the hippie trail years of the 1960s. It is considered unsafe due to banditry and tribal warfare in the region. It’s one of two border crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan (the other being the Bolan pass). Over the years it has frequently been closed to foreigners. We do not recommend you to consider this route due to the dangers associated with it. It’s better just to fly.
If you’re coming from Iran there is a daily bus from Mashhad to Herat is western Afghanistan.