Saudi Arabia - Traveling
Organizing your trip
Means of transport recommended in town
Buses operated by Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) are comfortable and usually follow schedule.
Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country
|Name||Type||Domestic flights||International flights|
|NAS Air||Low cost||Yes||No|
|Saudi Arabian Airlines||Major||Yes||Yes|
|Jazeera airways||Low cost||Yes||Yes|
|Sama Airlines||Low cost||Yes||No|
Traveling by yourself
Different forms of tourism
Mecca and Medina, the two holiest cities of Islam are the most important part of historical tourism in the country.
Jeddah is home to numerous historical landmarks and buildings such as: the Old Jeddah Wall and Gates, the old quarters, historical mosques.
Islam is the focus of Saudi Arabian culture. Festivals and Events are an integral part of Saudi Arabian culture. These celebrations highlight the customs and traditions in the country and give a beautiful perspective to this wonderful land.
Witness the astonishing landscape and wildlife of the Asir, a range of coastal mountains and the only part of the kingdom where there is significant wild vegetation. View a picturesque settlement of fishermen and weavers on Tarut Island. It is also the site of the oldest town on the peninsula.
- Al-Masjid al-Haram (The Holy Mosque), Mecca
- The Ka'ba and Black Stone, Mecca
- The Prophet's Mosque, Medina
- Floating Mosque of Jeddah, etc.
Though thermal energy is the main source of power in Saudi Arabia, there are no natural hot springs. However few hotels provide hot spring spas.
For more details, visit Saudi World.
Some prominent beaches are Durrat Al-Arus, Shums, Bait Albahar, Salhia and Al Nakeel.
Health and safety
- Children between 3 months and 2 years of age must be given two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine.
- Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travelers arriving from an infected area.
- Tetanus vaccine is required
Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. So it is advised to take necessary measures.
Moreover there is a risk of malaria throughout the year in most of the Southern Region and in certain rural areas of the Western Region, except for Mecca and Medina. Therefore it is advised to use prophylaxis.
Time difference and climate
Saudi Arabia has a desert climate. Topography plays an important role in making the climate of Saudi Arabia so varied. In Jeddah it is warm for most of the year. Riyadh, which is inland, is hotter in summer and colder in winter, when occasional heavy rainstorms occur.
Though average rainfall is less than 5 inches, in the Asir highlands it may exceed 10 inches. Great temperature extremes ranging from as low as freezing point in winters to 50 degrees Celsius in summers.Frequent sand-laden winds blow from the northern deserts, for days at 25-30 miles an hour.
- Pitta bread accompanies every dish;
- Rice, lentils, chick peas and cracked wheat are also common;
- Kultra is popular for lunch;
- Kebabs served with soup and vegetables;
Consumption of alcohol is prohibited and Arabic coffee and fruit drinks are popular alternatives.
Gawha, the ritual of serving coffee, is an important part of Saudi culture.