Travel from Saudi Arabia to destinations within the Middle East, to Europe, and beyond. Airlines from around the globe share airspace at the country's state-of-the-art airports. When it's time to plan that trip, let Skyscanner help you find the best route and rate. Not sure where you want to go? Skyscanner's To Everywhere feature pulls up a handy map showing non-stop and multi-stop flights, along with price estimates. While you're looking, check out hotel and car rental rates at the same time. Booking your trip just got so much easier.
Airports and Airlines in Saudi Arabia
- The Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) is the main gateway into and out of Saudi Arabia. It is 19 kilometres north of the city of Jeddah, on the country's western coast. Four terminals are available, the North and South, where most regularly scheduled flights fly in and out, the VIP Terminal, reserved for dignitaries and heads of state, and the Hajj Terminal. The latter is the largest, built to accommodate the large number of pilgrims that fly in to visit Mecca. Dozens of airlines share terminal space at Jeddah, including Air France, Egypt Air, British Airways and KLM, to name a few. Passengers should dress modestly and women should wear a head scarf to cover their hair. This is customary when travelling throughout much of the Middle East.
- The King Khalid International Airport (RUH) is 35 kilometres north of Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia's interior. It's the second largest airport, after Jeddah. A noted feature of this airport is the KKIA Mosque, specially designed to compliment the airport's architecture and able to accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers, inside and out. Five main terminals, all connected with moving sidewalks, welcome dozens of airlines, while the separate Royal Terminal is designated for VIPs and heads of state. Participating airline carriers are similar to those using the Jeddah airport. Transportation options to both the Jeddah and Riyadh airports include taxis, which have fixed rates that are confirmed before transit, buses and limousines.
Popular Places to Go from Saudi Arabia
- If you're already in Saudi Arabia, that's a perfect opportunity to head to Cairo, Egypt, and visit the pyramids at Giza and the iconic Sphinx. This World Heritage Site is 23 kilometres from downtown Cairo, accessible via a guided tour or simply by hopping on a bus from a stop in front of the Egyptian Museum. Full day tours start at about $40.00 CAD, depending on the vendor. Accepted currency is the Egyptian pound. Dress modestly, but with lightweight clothing that "breathes." It can get pretty toasty. Back in Cairo, dine at the revolving restaurant on the top of the 187-metre Cairo Tower or take a stroll through the manicured gardens of Al-Azhar Park.
- London, England, is the place for some serious shopping, not to mention the city provides a cool respite from the temperatures in Saudi Arabia. Head to Oxford Street where more than 300 shops welcome customers. Be sure and stop by Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard, or even take a guided tour if the palace is open. If you'd like to get a look at the Crown Jewels, visit the Tower of London. Yes, that place does have a rather dire reputation as a prison, but today it's simply a very secure jewellery chest. If you're a Shakespeare fan, check out the Globe Theatre, where the great scribe's works had their first run, with all male actors. You'll also find Egyptian mummies resting in downtown London, at the British Museum.
- Paris, France, is perfect for those who want to combine a little history, a little art and lots of romance. Your first stop should be the observation deck near the top of the Eiffel Tower. An elevator takes you up the 324-metre structure for a panoramic view of the city. Visit the Louvre, home to Leonardo da Vinci's famed "Mona Lisa" and works by other famed artists such as Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh. Stroll the 1.7-kilometre long Avenue Champs-Elysee and see the artists of today sketching and painting away along its length. The 70-metre wide pedestrian-friendly walkway is lined with shops and outdoor cafes, perfect spots to enjoy French pastry and people-watch.