is served by the King Khaled International Airport, which is located about 22
miles (35 km) north of the city and handles both domestic and international
flights. There are thousands of miles of paved roads in Riyadh, including the
King Fahd (running north-south) and Mecca (Makkah; running east-west) highways,
which constitute the two main axes of the city. With its grid system of wide
thoroughfares and expressways, modern Riyadh was designed as an
Browse through Saudi Public Transport Co.
(SAPTCO) website that offers variety of country-wide and international
There are two sorts of buses operating in Riyadh: the buses
run by the government-owned company SAPTCO and the buses that are private and
is used for the transportation of lower-income workers from their living
quarters (normally in and around the city centre) to workplaces in other parts
of the city.
There are long-distance coaches operate to Taif, Makkah, Dammam,
Hofuf, Buraida and Medina, run by SAPTCO.
These also cross the border into Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Syria. The
deport is from SAPTOC office which is located in the South of Riyadh near
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Taxis or Limousines
Near King Khaled Eye Hospital
4821234 Ext. 1262 or 1278.
Taxis (limousines) are a significant form of transportation
in Riyadh. Taxis abound and can be
hailed on any major road. Payment
is very reasonable and is by meter.
Always check the meter is activated as you enter the limo: the price
starts at SR5. An acceptable price
from King Khaled Airport to the city centre would be between SR40 and
SR50. Women should always sit in
the back of limousines. Most drivers
speak some English.
You can telephone for a limousine, if you are able to
explain to the company where you live. Some limousine companies, sent you a
regular driver if you so request.
The following numbers may be helpful:
Hala Limousine, with branches at Sulaimaniya, near Old
Airport, al-Akariya shopping center, and at the King Khaled Eye Hospital (which
is nearest office to the Diplomatic Quarter). There is also Shary Limousine, behind Military
Hospital, Sulaimaniya, and Saudi Limousine.
Rail or Train
For Railway Booking dial:
Riyadh is connected with Al-Dammām, an eastern seaport, by
rail. The train runs from Riyadh
to Dammam, stopping at Hofuf, and is very pleasant way to travel. There are family coaches for women and
children, and women accompanied by their husbands. The trains are clean, air-conditioned and smooth-running and
have mobile snack trolleys. Riyadh
station, with its huge and splendid brass globe lights, is situated in the old
industrial estate, the Sinaiya. Tickets should be purchased at the station the
day before you travel, and are very reasonably priced. The journey from Riyadh
to Dammam takes four hours.
For information on Air travel visit our page on Flights.