Domestic Transportation in Saudi Arabia

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Taxis services are available from all main airports to the traveler's destination. The fare should be negotiated in advance. Service taxis which are shared by people charge fare equivalent to buses.
Buses operated by Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) are comfortable and usually follow schedule.
Maps of Urban Networks
Urban Transport Agencies
Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company (SAPTCO)
Find an Itinerary

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Riyadh Intl (RUH) 33 km / 21 miles SAR 60 / 30 min - - Available
Jeddah (JED)< 17 km / 11 miles SAR 45-100 / 25-35 min SAR 50/30-40 min - Available
Dammam (DMM) 24 km / 15 miles BHD 50 SAR 10 / 45 min - Available
Taif (TIF) 28 km of Taif, 77 km of Meccakm / 18 miles of Taif, 48 miles of Mecca SAR 40-100 / 20-30 min - - -

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Taxis remain the most suitable means of transport for foreigners. They are regulated by government.
Rail Companies
Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO)


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
NAS Air Low cost Yes No
Saudi Arabian Airlines Major Yes Yes
Al Khayala Major Yes No
Jazeera airways Low cost Yes Yes
Sama Airlines Low cost Yes No

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

Disobeying traffic signals and driving beyond speed limits is common practice. These are also the main reasons for high rate of traffic accidents. Within cities taxi or renting a car is highly recommended. Most road signs are in Arabic, though, many of them are in English too.
Driver's License
Foreigners can drive in Saudi Arabia with a recognized international driving permit for up to three months after entering the country. After the lapse of this period a Saudi license is required. The country allows the licenses from certain countries, which include the USA and UK, to be converted into Saudi license.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle

The minimum age is 25. An international driving license is required.

Rental Agencies
Bin Hadi
Tolls or Taxes
Road Maps
Find an Itinerary
Live Search Maps
Traffic Conditions Online
The Weather Channel
Parking Facilities
Considering that the temperatures rise really high, covered parking facilities are necessary. Newly constructed apartment blocks have specified underground facilities for parking where as villas have their own garages. Commercial centers have multilayered or basement parkings.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age

18 for private vehicles and 21 for public vehicles. Visit: Riyadh Regional Traffic

Side of the Road For Driving
Speed Limits
Residential streets and local roads: 30 km/hr; Towns: 50km/hr; Highways: 100km/hr.
Safety Belts
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
Zero (Drinking of alcohol is not permitted)
National Roads Organizations
Ministry of Transport

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