Travel to Saudi Arabia

Flying to Saudi Arabia

The national carrier is Saudia (, based in Jeddah. Many airlines also fly to Saudi Arabia. Among them are British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, KLM, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.

Saudi Arabia has four international airports, namely:
King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah
King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh
King Fahd International Airport (DMM) in Dammam
• Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED) in Medina

Flight times:

To Jeddah: from London – 5 hours 50 minutes; from New York – 11 hours 10 minutes.

To Riyadh: from London – 6 hours 15 minutes; from New York – 11 hours 30 minutes.

Departure tax:

SAR 50 (applicable to all except crew members, diplomats, Hajj pilgrims and infants). The tax is often included in the airfare.

Airport guides

Airport Code: RUH. Location: Riyadh King Khaled International Airport is situated 35km (22 miles) north of Riyadh. Money: Two 24-hour banks are located in Terminal 2, and there are ATMs in Terminals 2 and 3. Read more

Airport Code: DMM. Location: Dammam King Fahd International Airport is located 20km (12 miles) northwest of Dammam. Money: Several ATMs and bureaux de change are available in the landside areas of the terminal. Read more

Airport Code: JED. Location: Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport is located 19km (12 miles) north of central Jeddah. Money: Banks, bureaux de change and ATMs are available both air- and land-side in both terminals. Read more

Travel by rail

Driving to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia shares borders with eight countries, namely Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen. In theory, you can drive from all these neighbouring countries into Saudi Arabia, but from time to time, conflicts may lead to Saudi closing its land borders with another country.

Getting to Saudi Arabia by boat

Cruise ships:

Cruise lines that focus on the Red Sea may stop at Yanbu, King Abdullah Economic City and Jeddah, three cities along the Red Sea coast.

Ferry operators:

Namma International Marine Services run ferry services from Safaga (Egypt) to Duba and Jeddah, ports on the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.