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    Minibus Transport in Riyadh

    by atufft Written Jun 3, 2006

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    The cheapest way to get around is by the minibus transport that generally starts downtown near the Holy Mosque and Main Souk and then radiates out along main boulevards to the edges of town. The drivers or passengers can speak enough English to help determine which bus to take, but the names are also written in both Arabic and Roman writing in the front window. These rusty wrecks are licensed by the city, but are generally loaded with people to the point of breaking leaf springs. Actually, it was for this reason that I rode them. I enjoyed mixing with the rank and file Saudis and Expatrates from the Asian and Arabic nations. Only men can ride these minivans though. Stand out on the curb and wave to get them to stop, but if you stand in the wrong place or the bus is too full, they won't stop. There are also a fleet of large more slow moving buses that allow women to sit in the rear seats, separated by a rail or sometimes a window pane. These stop at more specific places around the city, and don't go by very often.

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    Airport

    by DunaKal Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    It is a fact that Jiddah has one of the largest airports in the world due to Hajj(pilgrimage time),But going to Riyadh and seeing the beautiful airport they have was a real WOW.It`s very practicle and easy to raom.
    The flight takes about 1.30 minutes from Jiddah to Riyadh.
    There are around the hour flights.
    check the link below.

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    T A X I S

    by June.b Written Nov 15, 2005

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    .... are the best way to go around the city. Just like in any big cities of the Kingdom, you have to agree with the driver for the fare even before jumping on the taxi. Fare ranges from SR 5 to 25, depends on your destination, maybe more... but from the airport, not more than SR 50 to the city center.

    For non-locals, you better take the white taxis only, unlike in Jeddah, Riyadh has many of those old yellow taxis normally driven by non-english speaking senior locals whom you'll find hard to communicate especially when you're new to the Kingdom.

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    Getting there (from Europe)

    by baronedivandastad Written Sep 2, 2005

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    Flying is the only reasonable way to get to Saudi Arabia from Europe. This said, there's not too many companies that serve the country, especially if you're going to the capital Riyadh.

    This tip contains my experience with all the airlines that serve Riyadh since that's where I've been. Given that I always fly economy, that's what my judgement reflects. Business class travel may be a lot different so I don't dare judge that.

    Saudia is a thing of its own. An airline that broadcasts a prayer before takeoff and has an arrow pointing to Holy Makkah in its inflight navigation screen cannot really be compared to others. But its service is ok, the food is often reasonable and it would be tolerable if they had less cramped seats and alcohol on offer.

    The other airlines you're likely to travel on during your journey from Europe are Swiss, Lufthansa, Air France and Emirates.

    Of these, Swiss and Emirates are the best: excellent aircraft, good legspace and, in the case of Emirates, an outstanding entertainment system with over 100 movies and games that you can use already before takeoff (genius at work here!)

    Lufthansa is just ok. Their aircraft is modern (usually Airbus A340), but the food is lousy (well, German) and the service can be rude (again, German).

    Air France is the absolute worst. They fly small aircraft (A319!!!) with very little if any leg space, crap food and terrible service. This also applies to business class (I was "upgraded" once - not much of an UPgrade I have to say).

    Funnily enough, you're likely to get the best fares from Swiss!

    Happy flying!

    Alitalia suspended its service to Saudi. Congrats!
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    Getting out

    by baronedivandastad Written Sep 2, 2005

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    Most foreigners (and many more Saudis than you'd imagine) go to either Bahrein or UAE once in a while to get a breath of fresh air and see a "normal" place for a few days: drink alcohol, see (and sometimes buy services from) women without abbaya, practice freedom of speech, this sort of stuff. There's several ways to do that.

    Beware of driving as the distances are pretty long. Roads are ok, but populated with Saudi drivers (see my warnings and dangers tip). The only route you can drive in a reasonably short time is Riyadh - Bahrein, which takes 3h30' (4h30' if you stick to the speed limit, 3h if you're a Saudi).

    Flying is a better option when going to all the other capitals. The routes are covered by numerous companies: Saudia (Riyadh to Bahrein, Doha and Dubai), Emirates (Riyadh to Dubai), Etihad (Riyadh to Abu Dhabi), Gulf (Riyadh to Bahrein) and Qatar (Riyadh to Doha). Fares tend to vary according to the day of the week and time of the year, but you should make it with just over a thousand riyals per person for a return fare.

    All these airlines are safe, and in case of Etihad, Emirates and Qatar the aircraft is very comfy. Saudia has somewhat cramped seats, while Gulf is definitely the worst in terms of comfort. But then again, the flight is short.

    No Middle Eastern airlines serve alcohol on flights to/from Riyadh (though you'll find it on European airlines).

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    Impressive but lousy airport

    by baronedivandastad Written Jun 20, 2005

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    Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport is as visually impressive as it is lousy.

    The check-in counters seem to be run more or less at random, and my experience has seen me wait from 1 to 40 minutes in line.

    There is no airline ticket offices, and tickets are purchased directly at the check-in counters, which adds to the confusion. The inability to hold too many people in the secured (?) check-in areas and the multiple security checks often means that queues extend all the way to the main door.

    Immigration can also last up to one hour at peak time (which is around 7 pm, when most international flights seem to land - this must be a joint effort by all the too few airlines that serve the Saudi capital to inconvenience their passengers as much as they can).

    When leaving, once you get to the other side of the passport queue you have absolutely nothing to do, no shops at all save for a couple of really bad kiosks and no lounges.

    The only nice thing is baggage handling - luggage has almost systematically reached the belt before me on arrival.

    Things get somewhat better at the Saudia terminals, but overall this airport makes for a good reason to travel to and from Riyadh only when really necessary.

    Millde Eastern architecture and efficiency.
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    Taxis

    by baronedivandastad Updated Feb 26, 2005

    Contrarily to what people think, taxis are safe and cheap in Riyadh. You'll see plenty of them in the street, usually white Toyotas or similar sedans called "limos" for some unexplained reason.
    The only problem with taxis is that it may be hard to tell the drivers (usually from Pakistan or Bangladesh) where you're going unless it's a well-known place. Having it written in arabic does not always help.
    In that case be prepared to ring someone who speaks arabic or urdu and knows where you're going.

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  • Limousines (TAXI)

    by majed81 Written Jun 22, 2004

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    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.

    Saudi Taxi

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    around the city

    by redeagle Written Mar 29, 2004

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    there are no good public transportation yet in Riyadh, so you have two options:
    A. rent a car, Riyadh has a very good road system, but too dangerous from drivers side.
    B. take a taxi, and let him fight in the roads instead

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    Hassle,but worth it !!

    by neilward Updated Jan 3, 2004

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    When you arrive at the airport to leave the Kingdom,be prepared to be messed about,long delays,not because of extra security,or anything beneficial, just because they can.The guys on the check in desks seem to take great delight in pissing westerners off.......And they do,but just be calm,relax and think of the freedom flight out of there !!!!!
    As you can tell by the big smiles on Ed Bromley and Nigels Syms faces,its a great pleasure when you get through to the departure lounge.

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    Vultures

    by neilward Written Dec 29, 2003

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    Very dry roads out there as I'm sure you can imagine,whenever they do get a deluge of rain the roads are slippey as ice.The local arabs just carry on driving as usual(which is pretty hairy at the best of times).Near accident blackspots you'll find red breakdown trucks (they remind me of Vultures ) just waiting on the side of the road waiting for the inevitable accidents.......Sure enough BANG here they come.I must've seen 5-6 crashes on a 45 minute trip back to the hotel from work.I think Riyadh driving instructors do their training ( if at all !!!) in Naples in Italy

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    Always haggle

    by neilward Updated Dec 29, 2003

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    Always haggle when getting in taxis.My mate Ed Bromley and I got in a taxi,sorted out a price and off we went........20 minutes later with the area around looking very familiar I asked him how long he'd been driving taxis in Riyadh,to which he replied "this is my first day".He'd driven round and round and round and got back to where he'd picked us up.
    We still paid him as the whole experience was hilairious,and he was pleasant enough,alot of taxi drivers out there are.

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    Jingly Bus

    by neilward Written Dec 29, 2003

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    These small 10 seater buses that run around all day ,they're everywhere only 40pence for the journey.Mind you they could do with some maintenance......when I say maintenance ,I mean Scrapping!!!!!! No decent exhausts,panels falling off.All part of lifes rich tapestry I suppose....When in Rome etc.

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  • Arriving in Riyadh

    by kazak Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    When you land at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, you'll be greeted by long, long queues. Expect to wait up to 5 minutes per person, so do your math when picking a queue!!

    As tempted as you might be to pick a small queue on the left, stick to the right. I've found the right hand side to consitently move faster.

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  • Taxis

    by asimk Written Aug 10, 2003

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    White taxis with Ar-Riyadh signs on the roof are now the only cabs in Riyadh. Taxi drivers come from many Arabic countries & the subcontinent and a small percentage speak any English, try to find someone from Pakistan as they are more helpful and understand better, whereas for all other taxi drivers don’t depend on their ‘Yes’ answers – it is advisable to give directions for every step of the journey. All taxis have meters, but the price is negotiable & for Westerners is always higher than for other nationalities. Prices of local journeys should not cost more than SR10 to SR30 inside the major ring road. The quality standards of the taxis is pretty good.

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