Riyadh is definitely the most popular destination in Saudi Arabia for expats. But how to move around the city? Find out in this article.
If you intend to settle in Riyadh, which is Saudi Arabia’s capital city, you will probably have to move around the city. You can either drive your own car if you have a valid driver’s license or opt for public transport. In fact, Riyadh hosts a range of transport options from which you can choose according to your needs: buses, taxis, limousines, as well as a railway network.
As regards road infrastructures, you will be delighted to travel on the city’s modern long and wide roads, including the main axes consisting of the Mecca and King Fadh highways. These connect the East to the West and the North to the South respectively.
You can choose between SAPTCO, which is the state owned bus company, and private companies if you prefer to travel by bus. In general, low income families prefer to travel by buses provided by private companies from home to their place of work and back.
As regards SAPTCO buses, these also cover long distances till neighboring cities such as Medina, Buraida, Taif, Makkah, Dammam and Hofuf. Some of these even cross Saudi borders till Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Syria.
Taxis limousines can be found anywhere across the city, mainly on main roads. You can simply wave at them to request the driver to stop. However, fares cannot be negotiated as most taxis are equipped with a taxi meter. In general, rates start as from 5 riyals. Advance booking is also possible provided you clearly indicate the pickup place to the driver. Note that most taxi drivers in Riyadh are English-speaking.
Some compounds such as Al Nakhla Residential Resort also offer personalized limousine services, which are geo-tracked to ensure safety.
The Riyadh train network connects the city to Damman, Hofuf, etc., within 4 hours. Note that women must be accompanied by their husband if they wish to travel by train.
Most trains are clean and comfortable. You will also have the opportunity to discover the famous Sanaiya train station. However, advance booking is recommended, at least 24 hours before the intended travel date.