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Riyadh

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

Al-Aziziyah Bus Station (213 2318) lies around 17km south of the city centre. From Al-Aziziyah station to Al-Bathaa stop (under the bridge, around 200m from Al-Bathaa Hotel) buses (SR2, 10 to 15 minutes) run every 15 to 30 minutes. Taxis cost SR10 to SR15.

There are daily departures heading to Dammam (SR60, five to six hours, every hour); Hail (SR100, eight hours, seven daily); Al-Hofuf (SR45, three hours, three daily); Jeddah (SR135, 12 hours, every two hours); Taif (SR110, 10 hours, Jeddah bus); Najran (SR135, 13 hours, three daily); Sakaka (SR190, 15 hours, two daily); Abha (SR135, 12 hours, every two hours); Jizan (SR170, 13 hours, three daily); and Al- Ula (SR150, 12 hours, one daily).

There’s also a VIP service to Al-Khobar (SR90, five hours, four daily) departing from the Olaya Hotel.

Car

Car-hire agencies in Riyadh can be found along Olaya St, near the Al-Khozama Hotel, where choices include Budget (463 3546) and Abu Diyab (464 7657); as well as at the airport domestic arrivals hall.

Train

From the train station (473 4444; www.saudirailways.org; off Omar ibn al-Khattab St; 7am-2am), 2.5km east of Al-Bathaa, direct trains run to Dammam (2nd/1st/VIP class SR60/75/130, 3¾ hours, two daily) via Al-Hofuf (SR45/55/100, 2½ hours, four daily).

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Air

Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport (222 1700) lies nearly 40km north of Al-Bathaa. All domestic air services are operated by the main carrier, Saudi Arabian Airlines(Saudia;450 0000; www.saudiairlines.com; Olaya St; 8am-10pm Sat-Wed), which has an office 14km north of Al-Bathaa. A number of airlines have offices around Olaya.

There are daily flights to Abha, Jeddah, Najran, Sakaka (Jouf) and Sharurah for SR280 each, Medina and Taif for SR250, as well as Jizan (SR320), Dammam (SR150) and Hail (SR200).

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