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Getting there & away

The airport is about 5km northeast of the town centre; a taxi should cost SR10. There are several daily Saudi Arabian Airlines(323 3333) flights to Jeddah (SR200) and Riyadh (SR320), with less frequent departures to Najran (SR150) and Sharurah (SR190).

Saptco Bus Station(317 1267; King Abdul Aziz St) is just off the corniche between the junction with the main road and the entrance to the port. Buses run to Jeddah (SR100, 9 to10 hours, every two hours), Abha (SR35, four hours, four daily) and Najran (SR80, eight hours, three daily).

To get to Farasan Island, the Seaport Authority(317 2864 for ferries from Jizan, 316 3446 for ferries from Farasan; Jizan Port; 6am-6pm) issues tickets (free) for the two ferries (a recent gift to the people from King Abdullah) that depart daily at 7am and 3pm in both directions. The journey takes one hour 20 minutes.

If you’re coming with a car, it’s best to reserve two days in advance. The Seaport Authority (and entry to the ferry departure point) lies around 1.5km from the centre of town.