Car Hire at Jeddah Airport
This information is correct as of November 2015
The gateway to two of Islam's holiest cities, and an important Red Sea coast destination in its own right, there's plenty to discover in and around Jeddah. With car hire at Jeddah Airport you can see it all on your own schedule.
Where to hire a car at Jeddah Airport
Avis, Budget, Europcar and Dollar are among the international brands offering car hire from Jeddah Airport. Local companies like Best, Key and Al Wefaq also provide rental services.
Petrol stations near Jeddah Airport
If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are lots of petrol stations just off the Al Madinah Al Munawarah Road. There are also lots of petrol stations dotted around the outskirts of the city, most of which are just a few minutes away from the airport.
Driving around Jeddah Airport
The roads surrounding the airport are major. As soon as you leave the car park you'll find yourself on the Expressway. These roads are big and fast, and unless you know exactly where you're going we recommend choosing a car hire package that includes a sat-nav system. Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. Local drivers have a reputation for driving aggressively, so take care. Remember that traffic drives on the right in Saudi Arabia.
Getting to your destination
Buzzing marketplaces, gorgeous coral architecture and a corniche with marvellous views across the Red Sea make Jeddah one of Saudi Arabia's most attractive cities. The attitude here is slightly more relaxed than elsewhere in the country, but remember strict Islamic law is still in force.
It should take about 45 minutes to drive to downtown Jeddah from the airport in light traffic. Car parking can be tricky in the city centre. There parking meters in some areas and multi-storey car parks, but your best bet is looking for hotels in Jeddah with guest car parks.
Islam's holiest city is packed with important religious sites and can become quite crowded during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The city itself has plenty of modern trappings, from glitzy designer shopping malls to Western chain restaurants: all serving Halal food, of course.
Jeddah is one of the major gateways into Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, and even has a dedicated terminal for pilgrims. It takes about an hour and ten minutes to drive to Mecca from Jeddah Airport. Non-Muslims are forbidden from entering the city, so if you're visiting for Hajj or Umrah you will need to bring documentation to prove your credentials. The highway from Jeddah is huge and modern, but can get crowded during the Hajj season.
Saudi Arabia's summer capital, Taif sits in the mountains above Mecca. The air is fresh, the scenery is beautiful, and the marketplaces are lively. Look out for the beautiful roses and figs, specialities of the region.
It takes just over two hours to drive to Taif from Jeddah Airport. Most people drive to the city, so the majority of hotels have guest parking.
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