The fastest and most accessbile way to go around the city is taking the taxicab, you won't miss it, they're all in white uniform color. Negotiate for the fare before even jumping into one, that's how it goes. Taxi meters, though functioning, are not really in use on most taxis, except maybe if you request for it. However, you would end up paying more. Bargaining is the name of the game. Fare ranges from SR5 to 25, depends on your destination.
Coming from the airport to the city centre, may cost from SR30 to 50 (US$8 to 13).
Where to find them?
Everywhere and anytime.
How to reach them?
Simply Scream TAXI or point by your hand they will stop for you. Eye contact is enough to stop them.
Who can ride them?
Both males and females.
How much to pay them?
I remember 10 minute of diving he took about 15 riyals. Just bargain and he might low the price.
SR3.75 to U.S. $1.00.
Taxi drivers are very friendly and mostly from South East Asia + Saudis.
Unfortunately their driving mostly horrible.
they come in all shapes and sizes those white jeddawi taxis. drivers come mainly from south asia though saudis start to take on this job.
taxis are cheap compared to london, of course! there's no counter, so you can always negotiate and make a deal. the longest journey should cost you SR70 and that's 3-hour of getting dizzy around jeddah! you can have a deal with a driver to drive you around on a weekly or monthly basis, no minimum at this, so make your own deal.
taxi drivers are the worst in driving. most accidents are due to bad taxi driving
be careful, if you are a woman by your own or a vulnerable man hehe!. i heard stories about taxi drivers in those small alleys at nights:s
if you are a tourist, they may overcharge you, so bargain!
many drivers don't know the routes, so be prepared to know your own address
Taxis. The bane of my existance in Saudi. Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi, and you can only drive with a male who is either your husband or a relative. Women are not allowed to ride bicycles either - let alone skateboard or rollerblade down the streets of Jeddah!
So that leaves......TAXIS!!!! Probably the best thing you can do when you find a good taxi driver that can speak passable English is to snatch him up! Get his mobile number, and if you are planning to go somewhere, you can call ahead. That way, you know you are with someone you can trust and who doesn't rip you off.
Secondly - KNOW SOME ARABIC. There are a few arabic words that can get you by in a taxi. I am going to type these how they sound phonetically. These are:
1) Al la toule (straight head, all the way straight, no turning).
2) Yamine (right)
3) Yasaar (left)
4) Henna (here, i.e., stop)
Thirdly - KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING. There is nothing more frustrating and tear-evoking than driving around Jeddah with someone who doesn't speak English trying to tell him where to go when you don't even know yourself. Be careful, because when you ask the driver at first if he knows where _________ is (fill in the blank), he will probably say yes, even if he doesn't know.
Fourth and lastly - KNOW THE PRICE OF WHERE YOU ARE GOING. Before you even get into the taxi, ask how much. He will give probably a high quote, so then you tell him what you already know the price should be. He should smarten up and take you for that price.