Travel Safety Tips: Smart Strategies for Nighttime Bus and Train Journeys


Lahore: Luckily, for travelers and locals alike, it invested heavily in infrastructure, making traveling around relatively straightforward. Buses zip between major towns and cities, and there’s always some form of local transport to be found.

Know the bus or train times: It sounds obvious but knowing the time your train or bus is due to leave will save you hanging around on dark platforms or at bus stops at this time of year. It’s particularly important to know the time of the last bus or train home if you are traveling late at night so that you do not become stranded – and vulnerable to attack.




Catch your bus or train from somewhere well lit:

Thieves are far less likely to strike in well-lit areas so try to make sure that you catch your bus or train from a well-lit spot. This could mean using a station or bus stop further away so

plan your route carefully. When you are waiting at a station or at a bus stop trying to stay in the most brightly lit spot and close to a help point – a phone leading directly to the transport police – if you can.

Trust your instincts about who you sit near:

There are a number of strategies that can make you feel safer when getting onto a bus or train carriage at night. Sitting close to the driver or guard is a good idea. It’s also important to trust your instincts.

If you get onto a train and feel uncomfortable with one of the other passengers sitting near you always get off at the next stop and change carriages. Also, try to sit in a carriage with plenty of other people. As most robberies are opportunistic you are more vulnerable to attack if you are alone in a carriage with just one other person.

If someone attacks or touches you shout to other passengers:

Most criminals are cowards so if you are attacked making as much noise as possible could scare off the perpetrator. Police say the best course of action is to shout loudly and as clearly as possible to other passengers, a guard, or a conductor.

You could also use a communication or emergency cord or the emergency telephones now offered at some stations. If you are on a train when you are attacked you should also get the driver to alert the British Transport Police as soon as possible.