Riyadh airport: Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH)

Riyadh King Khalid International Airport

Riyadh Airport consists of four triangular terminals, of which only three are being used. Terminal 1 is for international flights, except for those operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines which are processed via Terminal 2. Terminal 3 is reserved for domestic flights.

The airport receives a lot of criticism of travelers complaining about the oppressive terminals and chaos at check-in.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: RUH
ICAO airport code: OERK


Local transport


There's no train connection with Riyadh Airport.

Car and bus

Riyadh Airport is situated 35 kilometers north of the city center. The airport is easily accessible by rental car. From the city you follow the King Fahd Road or Al-Takhassousi Road. The airport can also be reached via the East Interstate Highway. The way to the airport is clearly signposted along all these roads.

Apart from the shuttle buses of the large, international hotels there are no bus connections between the airport and Riyadh.

Car rental Riyadh Airport

You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Two international rental companies (Avis and Budget) and several local ones have a presence. Only men can rent a car as women aren't allowed to drive a car in Saudi Arabia. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.


Taxis are the only means of public transport between the airport and Riyadh. At the airport you'll only find officially registered taxis (recognizable by the airport logo), for which you need to pay upfront at a ticket kiosk. The ride to Riyadh's center takes about half an hour.

Airport Parking

On both sides of the mosque opposite the terminal there's a three-story parking garage. Both garages, with a total capacity of more than 11,000 cars, are connected with the terminal.




At the airport you'll find the Sahara Airport Hotel (Tel. +966(0)1 220 4500). Other hotels nearby the airport include Holiday Inn Riyadh (Tel. +966(0)1 478 2500), Radisson SAS Hotel (Tel. +966(0)1 479 1234), InterContinental Hotel (Tel. +966(0)1 465 5000), Riyadh Marriott (Tel. +966(0)1 477 9300) and Four Seasons Riyadh (Tel. +966(0)1 211 5000). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

Riyadh Airport doesn't offer a large choice of eating and drinking facilities. There are only a few restaurants and coffee shops, including a recently opened Starbucks. Alcoholic beverages aren't served anywhere at the airport. There's only one duty-free shop.


You cannot store your baggage at Riyadh Airport. You can inquire about lost baggage at the information desk.


At every terminal you'll find a central information desk for inquiries about Riyadh Airport, flight schedules and airport services. Apart from Arabic, all staff speak at least English.


Several airlines at Riyadh Airport have VIP lounges where you can fax, copy, make international telephone calls and use the internet. Extensive business facilities, including large meeting rooms, are available at the Sahara Airport Hotel (see Hotels).

Disabled facilities

Riyadh airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets, and also low-hanging telephones, some with keys in Braille. In addition parking places have been reserved for disabled travelers near the terminal entrance.

Other services

You'll find banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. There's a large mosque in front of the terminal. Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is available, but at a cost.




Riyadh King Khalid International Airport
P.O. Box 12531
Rar-Riyād 11483
Saudi Arabia

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +966(0)1 221 1000
Fax: +966(0)1 221 1637
E-mail: feedback@pca.gov.sa

Airport codes

IATA airport code: RUH
ICAO airport code: OERK