Ground transport

Taxis/limousines are plentiful although not always clean and drivers often speak little English. It is advisable to take transport from the hotel whenever possible. In Riyadh, official taxis are white. Yellow taxis at airports or in cities should be avoided and always check that the meter has been switched on at the start of a journey.

The journey from the airport to the city centre takes approximately 40 minutes.

There is also a daily train service between Riyadh and Dammam.

Car hire is available, but should only be considered with a driver. Women are not allowed to drive.


Major hotel chains such as Sheraton, Intercontinental, Le Meridien and Holiday Inn serve the major cities. Alternatively, Austrade Riyadh will be happy to assist with reservations at special rates or provide contact details.


There is a vast range of foods available in the major cities and most of the major hotels offer buffet theme nights. Alcohol and pork products are prohibited. Most restaurants are still divided into 'male only' and 'family' sections. Restaurants do observe prayer times, however, guests can remain in the restaurant.


Tipping is optional, though frequently expected. Many hotels and restaurants include a service charge (15 per cent for accommodation). There is a fixed charge for porters at the airport.