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Getting around by air

The national carrier is Saudi Arabian Airlines (www.saudiairlines.com), which flies to dozens of destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the USA. It has a respectable safety record and is usually on time and comfortable. Saudia usually offers a free domestic flight with an international ticket.

International Airports

Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport is 17km north of the city centre. Saudi Arabian Airlines (www.saudiairlines.com) and Nas Airlines depart from the south terminal. Foreign airlines use the north terminal. Daily domestic departures include Medina (SR139), Riyadh (SR259), Taif (SR488) and Yanbu (SR848). For Al Ula you’ll need to fly via Riyadh or drive from Medina.

King Khaled International Airport lies 25km north of the city centre. Look out for the royal terminal, which is for the exclusive use of the Saudi royal family and their guests… Domestic air services are operated by the main carrier, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Nas (www.flynas.com).

Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport is Medina's international airport.