Jeddah does not have an extensive public transport system and the easiest way of getting around the city is by private vehicle. It's relatively easy to rent a car and a number of well-known international car hire companies are located at the airport and in the city centre. Most hotels and expatriate compounds also offer shuttle services to the airport and the main shopping and business districts.
Public buses are available, but are mostly used by foreign workers for travel within the city. There are plenty of taxis in Jeddah, which can be hailed from the street or pre-booked by telephone. These offer the best means of transport for those not wanting to hire a car. Fares are quite reasonable and generally do not exceed SAR 40.
The airport is situated 12 miles (19km) from Jeddah.
Jeddah Airport (JED)
LocationThe airport is situated 12 miles (19km) from Jeddah.
Getting to the city
Taxis are available and fares can be negotiated with the driver. There is a bus service connecting to the city but this tends to be crowded and unpleasant and is usually avoided by visitors. The Haramain High Speed Railway was recently connected to the airport.
A number of car rental companies are represented at the airport, including Avis and Budget.
Taxis are available and fares can be negotiated with the driver.
Transfer between terminals
There is no free transport provided between terminals. Passengers are required to pay for a taxi.
Although it has been extended and renovated several times, Jeddah's airport remains crowded and chaotic. There are three terminals, with the North Terminal being used exclusively for international flights. There are money exchange facilities, a restaurant, a cafeteria and shops in this terminal. There are also two restaurants in the South Terminal. The vast Hajj terminals contain prayer and rest areas, markets, a clinic, banking services, and a mosque.
Parking is available outside each of the terminals.