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Saudi Arabia Getting There - International Travel
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There is a progressing high threat of terrorism in Saudi Arabia. It is alleged that terrorists are planning further attacks, including against Westerners and places associated with Westerners in Saudi Arabia.

All compulsory steps to protect safety and to guarantee strict security arrangements should be undertaken. It should also be considered that Islamic law is strictly enforced in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s national airline is Saudia (SV).

Approximate flight times

Approximate times are as follows:


  It takes 5 hours and 50 minutes traveling from Jeddah to    London.
  It takes 6 hours and 25 minutes traveling from Riyadh to    London.
  It takes 6 hours and 45 minutes traveling from Dhahran to    London. 
  It takes 18 hours and 45 minutes traveling from Jeddah to Los    Angeles.
  It takes 21 hours and 15 minutes traveling from Riyadh to Los    Angeles.
  It takes 13 hours traveling from Jeddah to New York.
  It takes 16 hours traveling from Riyadh to New York.
  It takes 8 hours and 25 minutes traveling from Jeddah to    Singapore.

International airports

Riyadh (RUH) (King Khaled International) airport is 35 kilometres (22 miles) north of the city.

Dhahran (DHA) (Al Khobar) airport is 13 kilometres (8 miles) southeast of Dhahran (the travel time is 15 minutes).

Jeddah (JED) (King Abdul Aziz) airport is 18 kilometres (11 miles) north of the city (the travel time is 30 minutes).

Facilities at all the above airports include bus and taxi services, banks / bureaux de change, car rental, duty free shopping, restaurants and tourist information points.

From Jeddah airport, bus and taxi services are available for Medina, Mecca, and Taif.

Dammam (DMM) (King Fahd International) airport is 30 kilometres (19) miles northwest of Dammam (the travel time is 45 minutes).

Departure Tax

Departure tax is SR 50. Children, Hajj and Ummra pilgrims and passengers accompanying human remains are excused.


The main international passenger ports are Dammam (Gulf), Jeddah and Yanbu (Red Sea).


The major international routes from Jordan are Amman to Dammam, Medina and Jeddah.

There are also roads to Kuwait, Yemen (from Jeddah), Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. A causeway links Al Khobar with Bahrain. There are frequent international buses between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.