Getting there & away
There are bus services with Saptco (587 3688; cnr King Abdul Aziz & Prince Mohammed ibn Fahd ibn Jalawi St) including Dammam (SR20, two hours, nine daily), Riyadh (SR45, 4½ hours, five daily), Nairiyah (SR5, three hours, one daily) and Jeddah (SR190, 16 hours, one daily).
The train station(582 9999; King Fahd Rd; 5am-12.30am) lies 2.5km northwest of the town centre. Trains run to Riyadh (VIP/1st/2nd class SR100/55/45, 2½ hours, four daily) and to Dammam (VIP/1st/2nd class SR40/25/20, one hour 20 minutes, four times daily Saturday to Wednesday, twice daily Thursday, and three times daily Friday). Taxis to/from the town cost between SR10 and SR15.
Saudia flies to Al-Hofuf from Riyadh (among other destinations) for SR190 one-way.