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Al Qurayyah
Al Qurayyah
Fountain
Fountain
Mecca
Mecca

About Saudi Arabia (SA)


Geographically dominating the arid Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia is known for having being the home of some of the holiest sites in Islam, including Mecca and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina. In addition to its rich wealth of Islamic pilgrimage sites, Saudi Arabia has visible traces of earlier civilizations, such as the beautiful and mysterious archeological site of Madain Saleh.

Its cosmopolitan capital city of Riyadh, located on a plateau in the center of the country, offers impressive modern architecture, shopping and indoor attractions, as well as the historic Al Masmak Fortress. Largely desertic, the country also has incredible Red Sea diving experiences, with the city of Jeddah a popular starting point for divers.

  Getting around

The main roads in Saudi Arabia are paved and generally in good condition. You will need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in order to rent a car in Saudi Arabia. Fuel is cheap, with the price uniform across Saudi Arabia. Note that Saudi Arabia is a very conservative country, and women have only recently obtained the right to drive. There are still many gender-based restrictions, so be aware of this before renting a car in Saudi Arabia. Tolerance for speaking out against the rules and the ruling regime is low, and visitors should treat carefully regarding political matters.

Exercise caution when driving in Saudi Arabia, as accidents are frequent, and the speed limit on certain highways is high (up to 140 kilometers per hour). It’s better to stay on the main roads and avoid driving at night.

  Choosing your car

4x4 vehicles are a popular choice for a Saudi Arabia car rental. You can book a spacious SUV or truck; for a larger group, you can try a 7—12 person mini van or people mover. If you’re looking for a cheap car rental in Saudi Arabia, an excellent option is a compact car. Business travelers visiting Saudi Arabi’s cities may want to get a comfortable luxury sedan. You will find a number of major car hire providers in Saudi Arabia, including Sixt, Avis and Budget.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Saudi Arabia

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For optimal peace of mind during your trip, you may want to get a comprehensive supplemental insurance policy to cover your car rental in Saudi Arabia.

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The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the U.S. State Department have issued warnings to their citizens advising them against traveling to certain areas in Saudi Arabia, including the border with Yemen. For the latest updates, check your country’s consular website before your visit.

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In Saudi Arabia, remember that you must drive on the right-hand side of the road.

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If you are involved in a road accident with your car hire in Saudi Arabia, stay on the scene until emergency services have arrived (which might take some time, especially away from the main cities). Otherwise, you risk a fine and even jailtime or deportation.

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Car rental companies in Saudi Arabia may put restrictions on how many kilometers you drive in a single day. Be sure to ask about this before taking the wheel, and check your contract carefully.

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If you receive an automatically issued fine while in a Saudi Arabia city, you will need to pay it before you leave. (You can do so at the airport.)

Are you driving a rental car in Saudi Arabia?

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

45 kph  | 28 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

80 kph  | 49.7 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

120 kph  | 74.6 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

SEE PRICES
Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

SAR
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Right
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

999
Documentation requirements

DOCUMENT

License
IDP
Passport
Insurance
Registration

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Saudi Arabia

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1. What is the best time of year to book a rental car in Saudi Arabia?

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2. Is it possible for one way rentals in Saudi Arabia?

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3. Should I rent a round trip or one-way rental in Saudi Arabia?

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4. Which location should I rent my car from in Saudi Arabia?

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5. Do I pay more fees and taxes for renting a car at the airport in Saudi Arabia?

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6. What insurance do I require for driving a rental car in Saudi Arabia?

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7. What is the best way to save money on rental car insurance in Saudi Arabia?

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8. Should I prepay my rental car booking in Saudi Arabia?

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9. What are the largest numbers of vehicle seats available for a rental car in Saudi Arabia?

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10. What types of sports and special cars are available in Saudi Arabia?

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11. Can I take my rental car across borders in Saudi Arabia?

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12. How do I inform the rental company I will be crossing a border from the Saudi Arabia?