Jeddah to airport

How to Go from the City of Jeddah to the Airport

We’d arrived at the King Abdulaziz International Airport just a few days ago, and taken the free transfer included in our transit visa to our hotel.  After a couple of days exploring, our time in Jeddah was up and we needed to get back to the airport for an early flight out to Male, the capital of the Maldives.  And while our choices were limited by the very early flight that we had, there are several options for transport between Jeddah and the Airport, but what’s the best way to go from Jeddah to Jeddah Airport?  Here’s our guide on how to get to Airport from Jeddah City.

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The Best Way to Get to Jeddah Airport

The easiest way to go to King Abdulaziz Jeddah International Airport is to take a transfer. Book early for the best availability.

Where is Jeddah Airport in relation to Jeddah?

The King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) is about 19 kilometers (12 miles) north of Jeddah.  However, the city of Jeddah is enormous (to us at least), and you’re best trying to figure out how far the airport is in relation to your hotel.  Some hotels are much closer to the airport than others.  Our hotel, the Crown Town Hotel (which we recommend), was nearly 27 kilometers (16.77 miles) from the airport.  To go from the airport to Jeddah’s historical center – Al Balad is about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles).

You’ll also need to take into consideration that if you’re driving or taking a taxi, or transfer, then the traffic can be really bad in Jeddah. 

How to Go from Jeddah to the Airport – Transport Options

In this guide on how to go from Jeddah to Airport, we’ll cover the fastest way to travel from Jeddah to the Airport, the easiest way to go to the Airport from Jeddah, and the cheapest way to get to the Airport from Jeddah, as well as the most fun way to get to Airport from Jeddah.  Our guide on the best things to do in Jeddah is here.

How to get to the Airport from Jeddah

For transport to the Airport from Jeddah, you have several options.  There are buses, ride-sharing cars, trains, and also private transfers.  Much will depend on the time of day that need to go from Jeddah to the Airport, and also where in Jeddah you are located.

Taking a car from Jeddah to the Airport

For 99% of visitors, the most convenient way to go from Jeddah to the Airport is to book a car for the journey.  You can do this in a number of ways.

1. Book a pre-arranged and pre-paid transfer with Welcome Pickups

Welcome Pickups will pick you up at the designated time at your hotel and transport you and your luggage directly to departures.  They’re a great way to either start or end your trip to JeddahYou can check the prices of a welcome pickup transfer from Jeddah to the airport here.

2.  Book a Taxi through your Hotel

Asking your hotel concierge or front desk to book a taxi is a great way to go from Jeddah to the airport.  You’ll need to pay cash for this or confirm with the taxi that you can use your card to pay.

3.  Book an Uber, Bolt, or other ride-sharing trip to the airport from Jeddah

Uber has a great reputation in Saudi Arabia.  You can wait until you’re ready and then book a car, or you can prebook a timed pickup, with free cancellation up to 60 minutes before your booking time.  This way you can pay using a card or even Paypal for your transport to the airport.

Bus from Jeddah to Airport

The bus company SAPTCO runs buses to the airport from Jeddah. The SAPTCO bus leaves to go to the airport every 30 minutes from the Al Balad main SAPTCO station.  This is just across the road from the Golden Palm Mall (see our map).  It goes to the transport area at the airport.  You’ll need to use a plastic smart bus card.  The cost is 25 SAR.

The last departure from Al Balad to the airport is at 23:30.

Train from Jeddah to Airport

Taking the train to the Airport from Jeddah is a great way of traveling to the Airport – if you’re staying close to it. 

The railway station in Jeddah is approximately 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) from the historical center of old Jeddah, Al Balad.  This is unlikely to be convenient for you as a visitor.

However, the Jeddah Airport Train station is adjacent to Terminal 1 of Jeddah Airport and connects to Jeddah, Mecca (Makkah), Medina, and the King Abdullah Economic City.  You’ll need to take an airport shuttle bus to go from the railway station at the airport to terminals other than Terminal 1.

There are usually 9 trains a day that go from Jeddah to the airport railway station and the travel time by train to the airport is about 16 minutes.  An economy class seat from Jeddah to the Airport will cost 20 SAR, and a business class train seat to the airport from Jeddah costs 45 SAR

The first train from Jeddah to the Airport is at 08:21 and the last train to the Airport from Jeddah is at 22:51

Check availability and times on Jeddah to Airport trains here.

Taxi from Jeddah to Airport

Taking a private taxi to the Airport from Jeddah should be as fast and as comfortable as a private transfer.  You can check prices for Jeddah to Airport taxis here.

Map of Bus Stops and Train Stations for going from Jeddah to the Airport

You can also see the full map of the train station and bus stops from Jeddah to Airport here

Map of How to Go from the City of Jeddah to the Airport

FAQs on Going to the Airport from Jeddah

Here are the questions we needed to answer to take this trip, if you have other questions on this route, drop us a message in the comments!

How far is Jeddah from the Airport?

King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) is located 12 miles (19 km) north of the port city of Jeddah, on Saudi Arabia’s western coast. Depending on where your hotel is, it may be a shorter distance. Or longer.

Is there a train station at Jeddah International Airport?

Yes, the King Abdulaziz International Airport Station is also known as the Jeddah Airport Train Station.

Is there WiFi at the Airport in Jeddah?

Yes, there is WiFi at the airport in Jeddah, however, if you’re spending time in the city, or Saudi Arabia, its recommended to get a SIM card – our guide to SIM cards for Saudi Arabia is here.

Can I get a taxi from Jeddah to the Airport?

Yes.  Taxis are ubiquitous in this part of Saudi Arabia.  You’re best preordering a taxi to the airport from Jeddah to ensure you catch your flight!  We use and recommend Welcome Pickups for airport arrivals and departures and you can get a price here.

Is there a free bus service from Jeddah Airport?

Yes, but this free bus shuttle is ONLY available to those performing Umrah and going to Makkah.  It is not for tourist visa visitors and it does NOT go to Jeddah.

Can you use Uber in Jeddah?

Yes!  Uber is available and easy to use in Jeddah.  All of our Uber drivers had a 4.6 score or above and were polite and courteous.  Only one was a slightly scary driver, but we (and he and all around us) survived our trip!

Is there public transport from Jeddah Airport to Jeddah?

Yes.  There is a train that goes from the airport to Jeddah and also public transport buses in Jeddah operate from the airport to Jeddah and back every 30 minutes.

The quickest way to get from Jeddah to Airport

The quickest way to go from your hotel in Jeddah to the Airport is to take a transfer, taxi, or car.  There’s no hassle of getting to and from the bus station or railway station.  You can check the prices and book a car from Jeddah to the Airport here.

The easiest way to go to Airport from Jeddah

The easiest way to get from Jeddah to Airport is to get a door-to-door transfer.

The cheapest way to go from Jeddah to Airport

The cheapest way to get to Airport from Jeddah is to take the train – check the timetable here

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Final Words on How to Go from Jeddah to Airport

Our alarm to get up for our pre-arranged transfer to the airport from our hotel in Jeddah went off at 02:15.  We’d showered and packed the night before, so it was just a matter of stuffing toothbrushes into the bag and we were ready.  Our car arrived 10 minutes early and alerted us, so we checked out and headed out to the airport.  Even at 03:00, there was a lot of traffic on the road.  Our driver was the best we’d had in our time in Jeddah, and we were delivered to the airport ready to check in and head off to our next destination – the Maldives!

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