SAPTCO- the Saudi Arabian Public Transport System is a wonderful bus service which allows the traveller to travel either domestically or internationally.They also make special trips for those who are performing Haj or Umrah and will also charter too.
For a round trip a person is entitled to a 25% discount on their fare around to get to most places. Check with your agent before you pay for your fare to see what is avaliable to you at the time.
I used SAPTCO during Ramadan and being a Christian, I had to wait patiently with my Muslim companions until the sun had set before we ate. This meal would have come out alot earlier had it not been Ramadan. SAPTCO's food I ate was light and fresh and not too heavy on the stomach.
The chairs on board were comfortable and spacious and one could relax quite comfortably particularly on a long journey. There was also a table avaliable for one to read a book, newspaper or play a game.
The buses themselves were in good order and very tidy. The little toliet area was clean also. Everything appeared to well maintained and clean. Some buses around the world can be rather filthy and the toliets look like they have never ever seen a bottle of disinfectant in their life. But SAPTCO was spotless.
SAPTCO has a wonderful easy to use website for further information on prices, timetables and a little about the company.
Gosh, why the Saudi Government not provide good Public Transport???
The buses only connect between big cities.For local, only taxi available plus no METER :) Lucky we got one Arabic speaker with us!
What is wrong if they make Bullet Train between Jeddah-Mekkah-Medinah-Riyadh??? Surely profitable since the visitor there use all year round.
Next time better if we rent car there.Mphh...scary drivers with high speed also need extra cautious.
If you are fortunate enough to work for Aramco, you can use their bus system that is free to employees and their families. They have busses that go to their other compounds as well s to Al Khubar. It is a nice way to get there, if you can bear with their bus schedule.
Petrol Station in Saudi Arabia are ok.
They have everything you may need including some basic snack food and of course drinks of all sort.
Usually, there is a mosque nearby for praying time.
A golden rule to me when I am driving long distance in Saudi, is not to get my tank less than half full ! Distance between petrol stations can be significant sometime (100 KM).
The price for petrol is usually between 0.9 to 0.95 SAR which about 25 US cents a liter.
It is very cheap and easy to get around the Kingdom with buses.
SAPTCO is the Saudi leading bus company within the Kingdom. It operates from 7 am to 11 pm everyday, with a network that connects 10 major cities (Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif, Dammam, Abha, Gaseem, Tabuk, Hael) and serve also trips to international cities everyday to Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, U.A.E., Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Sudan and Lebanon.
There is also a VIP service where meals and drinks and outlets to connect cell phones and computers.
is the only domestic airlines to travel between cities. There are 4 international airports in Saudi; King Khalid Aiport in Riyadh, King Abdul Aziz in Jeddah, Prince Moh'd in Medina and another one in Dammam. There are also plenty of domestic airports in Abha, Gizan, Taif, Arar and other cities.
Saudi Airlines is one of the most prestigeous airlines in the world, so it's expensive. It's got a big airline network around the world and within the Kingdom. They are carrying more than 12 million passengers every year. Imagine how big!
Click this link for Saudi Airlines online services.
The main transportation is car-roads and highways.
Major cities are connected through a huge net of highways. But to go around and within a city, you need to rent a car or have your own.
Car rental per day starts from SR30 and goes higher.
Taxis are also available starting from SR10 and up, depending how good you are at negotiation, no counter.
Buses are not quite available within a city. If they are, it's for SR2 per person. However, they're often more available and accessible to travel between cities. There are bus stations, and prices can range from SR40 per person for a three-hour journey.
To rent a car online, click here
So one of the biggest difficulties that one cannot go around easily if they don't have a car. Roads are more and wider than pedestian areas literally.
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.
driving in saudi arabia is dangerous, thosands of people die each year due to car accidents, and guess what, that's not because saudis are drunk!!! now i wonder what then will happen if drinking is allowed in saudi arabia.
saudi arabia is well connected with highways and roads between its villages and cities, and driving is the main transportation method used here
Airlines....unless you come from close countries, then you can use your car or pick a bus
Air lines,,,Saudi Arabia has only one railroad between Riadh and Dammam...
you also can use Buses..many people use them now
or your own car
Many of the inter-city roads have been upgraded to expressways, with up to eight lanes for traffic. Some of the more important inter-city highways are:
Dammam - Abu Hadriya - Ras Tanura Highway (257 kms)
Khaybar - Al Ola Highway (175 kms)
Makkah - Madinah Al Munawarah Highway (421 kms)
Riyadh - Dammam Highway (383 kms)
Riyadh - Sedir - al Qasim Highway (317 kms)
Riyadh - Taif Highway (750 kms)
Taif - Abha-Gizan Highway (750 kms)
The cities too have become congested by the growth in traffic and a number of cities now have ring-roads which serve to speed vehicles on their way and reduce congestion and pollution in city centers.
A further development is the construction of networks of over- and under-passes within the cities which again serve to facilitate driving in city centers.
The length of roads constructed up to 2001 was 111,770 kilometers.
The peakhour traffic in Riyadh is still really bad - I wonder what it must have been like before the roads were upgraded!!
The King Fahd Causeway, connects the Saudi Arabian mainland with the island of Bahrain. On 11th November, 1982, the cornerstone of the bridge was jointly placed by King Fahd and the then ruler of Bahrain, Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa. This is a four-lane highway, 25m wide and about 26km long. Building works, costing US$ 1.2 billion, were completed in 1986 (1406/07 AH) and the causeway was opened to traffic at the end of that year.
In 2001, 2.7 million cars, carrying over 10 million passenges, had used this causeway.
KSAingdom has three international airports. In 1981 (1401/02 AH), the late King Khalid opened the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah. This airport, which has special facilities for handling the annual influx of pilgrims performing Hajj, has a land area of 105km sq.
King Khalid International Airport was opened in 1983 (1403/04 AH). Located 35km north of Riyadh, with a land area of 225km sq. King Khalid International Airport is beautiful inside, its design incorporates traditional Arab and Islamic design with the requirements of efficiency. It is decorated with the works of many Saudi artists. It has four terminals and, from its inauguration, had the capacity to handle 7.5 million passengers a year. By 2000, its capacity had doubled.
The third international airport, is King Fahd International Airport, located at Dhahran. King Fahd International Airport has an area of 780 km sq, making it the largest airport in the Kingdom. There are two parallel runways, each 4,000 meters long. The airport has the capacity to handle 7 million passengers annually.
Women are (still)not allowed to drive,yet I don`t find it a very bad thing as the media tries to make it,,Who wouldn`t love to have a personal driver??to drive you any place you want to go??hehehe I guess this is a part of spoiling us women in Saudi Arabia ;-)
Not allowing women to drive has nothing to do with Islam,it`s just a cultural thing here in Saudi,yet many women in the deserts drive their own cars all the time(LOL there are no policemen in the deserts to stop them).
For anyone who is planning to live or is living in Al Khobar in the Eastern Province, one should only pay 10 riyals to go into town etc... when using one of the White taxis. Anymore than 10 riyals and you have given your driver a nice healthy tip... unless you really want to that is. State you price prior to jumping into the vehicle and if he objects flag down another man until you find one.
Certainly trips that a little bit further than say 10-15kms may want a bit more so if that is the case negiotate around the 15 riyal mark.
Some drivers speak very little English so be prepared to speak slowly and carefully to them so they get your destination right, and if possible get directions to your destination prior to leaving and show the driver so he knows where to go.
Some of these guys drive like maniac's trying to out do one another so make sure that you have your seatbelt on at all times, as they do have a habit of breaking quickly. Others will drive 'normally' and they are the ones who sometimes speak better English too (not always but sometimes...)
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