Sine 1947, when construction work commenced for the current railway network in the Kingdom linking Riyadh the capital city with Dammam in Eatern province through Hafuf and Biqaq cities.
Saudi Railways Organization operates several passangers trains every day between Riyadh and Dammam, some are express non stop, while others make two stops in between at Hafuf (Al Ahsa) and Biqaq.
The trains go as fast as 135 km per house which allow journeys range betwen 4 to 5 hours.
Rihab (non stop) one way: SAR 130.
Normal first class: SAR 75
Normal second class: SAR 60
Riyadh-Damam 4 trains a day
departure times:10 am, 12:30pm, 4:45pm, 9:30pm
Dammam-Riyadh 4 trains a day
departure times: 6am, 10:13am, 7:45pm, 1:05am
The exsiting Saudi railway network includes two lines in operation:
1) 556 km single track line built in the 1950s and used only for freight
2) 449 km single track line built in the 1980s and used by passenger trains
The railway handles about 850,000 passengers and 850 million ton-kms of cargo every year.
Saudi Arabia also announced three new railway lines to be constracted in the comming 4 years.
1- SAUDI LANDBRIDGE PROJECT which will Connect Jeddah ( Red Sea ) to Dammam (Gulf linking the new railway line; Over 1,000 km of new railway.
2- MAKKAH MADINAH RAIL LINK PROJECT which will be a high speed (more than 220 km per hour) Passenger service to accommodate annual pilgrimage between Mecca and Al Medina through Jeddah.
3 North-south mining railway.
We flew from Jiddah to Ad Dammam with Saudia Airline,the flight took about 2 hours.
I was really impressed with Ad dammam airport,its clean,practicle and well mentained.