Travel Makkah: Convenient Transportation Options

Transportation in Makkah



By Air

Jeddah is the primary gateway to reach Makkah. The King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah is one of the largest airports in the world and serves many international carriers such as Emirates, Saudia, Air Arabia, etc.

After arriving in Jeddah, international pilgrims have convenient transportation options to reach Makkah. The Al Haramain Train Station is well-connected to the airport and is recommended for travelers by Umrahme. Once you’ve reached Makkah, a taxi can be booked to reach the hotel. You can check the information on train timings and schedules on their official website. Alternatively, buses are available outside the airport, or one can choose to rent a car or book a taxi to reach their hotel.

If traveling directly to Masjid Al Haram, rented or personal cars should be parked upon entering the city, and public buses or taxis can then be used to reach the Grand Mosque. You can even hop on the Makkah buses to reach the holy city. For more information, you can visit their website for their route timings.

There are 3 airport options to reach Makkah. You can choose to arrive at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina, or Taif International Airport in Taif and then proceed to Makkah via road or train.

By Road

For a more adventurous trip, you can opt to reach Makkah by road, either through the cities of Jeddah, Medina, or Taif. Saudi Arabia now offers eVisas with multi-entry options for visitors. You can opt for this route and make your way to the country.

Once you arrive, be sure to have all the required documents such as a valid passport (with at least 6 months’ validity) and visa papers ready for entry. To reach Makkah, you can take either Prince Mohammed bin Salman Road, Huda Al Sham Road, or the old Makkah-Jeddah Road.

Upon arrival in Makkah, please note that personal or rented cars are not permitted within the city limits. You will need to park your car at designated entrances and rely on public buses or taxis for transportation within Makkah. There are green taxis available through services like Careem and Uber which you can opt for during your stay.

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By Train

The Haramain High-Speed Railway connects Makkah to Madinah via Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). This provides a convenient and efficient transportation option, particularly for travelers coming from Madinah.

The cost of a single journey ticket between Jeddah and Makkah ranges from SAR 20 to SAR 75 and takes about 30 – 35 mins to reach.

For more information on route timings, check out their schedule here.

By Sea

Jeddah Islamic Port is approximately 100 km from Makkah. Though many travel by air, there are a few percentages of pilgrims who come from the Red Sea countries and reach the country through cruise ships.

After docking in Jeddah, pilgrims must take a road trip, approximately an hour, to reach Makkah. Kindly note that non-Muslims onboard can’t proceed to Makkah.


Accomodation Cost in Makkah





For those visiting during peak seasons, it’s advisable to choose the full-board or all-inclusive options. These not only offer value for money but also save guests the hassle of searching for meals during busy times.

Also read: Best restaurants in Makkah

Sightseeing & tours

A visit to Makkah is incomplete without visiting the Ziyarat places and other significant sites known in Islamic history.


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Shopping in Makkah

Malls in Makkah

The top malls in Makkah include:

1. Makkah Mall

Known for its mix of international brands, local shops, and diverse dining options, this mall is beloved by both tourists and locals alike.

2. Abraj Al Bait Mall

This is a popular shopping destination among locals and pilgrims due to its location. Situated at the base of the iconic Clock Tower, this mall offers a wide range of international and local brands.

3. Souk Al Diyafa

A multi-level shopping center with various retail shops and dining establishments, Al Diyafa Mall provides a comprehensive experience for many visitors looking for convenience. 

4. Souk Al Khalil

This vibrant marketplace showcases an array of goods while providing an immersive cultural experience. It’s an ideal place to explore traditional items while embracing local culture.

Want to know what are the best things to shop in Makkah? Here’s the complete list to shop for yourself and your friends and family when visiting Makkah.

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