Destination KSA - Your Guide to Saudi

Destination KSA - Your Guide to Saudi

Heading East – From the Capital to the Beach

Heading East – From the Capital to the Beach
Our tried and tested guide to driving to the eastern province.

What to Keep an Eye Out For
  1. The Road – There are no lights so head out earlier in the day to avoid the darkness.
  2. Gas Stations – There are around 13 of them throughout the trip and they generally have coffee shops, markets, toilets and prayer rooms (although it would be advised to stay away from the toilets).
  3. The 9th gas station is Sasco, which has yummy places like Cinnabon, Dominos Pizza, Kudu, Burger King, Baskin Robbins, Shawermer and other interesting places.
  4. Fog and Sand Storms – Drive slow and don’t go with the general flow of wild driving.
  5. Camels – It’s not very common but at times you might come across a flock of camels on the sides of the road.
  6. Crazy drivers! It doesn’t matter how everyone else is driving, take your time and don’t join the race against time.
  7. Trucks – Steer away when you notice trucks! Them trucks think that they’re on an F1 track.
  8. Speed Cameras – There are cameras quiet often drive safe.
What to Pack
  1. Leave your moisturizer back in Riyadh; the east has got your (dry) back.
  2. An anti-frizz spray for those hairs that are going to try to escape the humidity.
  3. A swimsuit and tanning oil, because it’s time to hit the beaches.
  4. Your passport for a day well spent in the neighboring Bahrain. It really should just be a part of Saudi.


Road Trip Tips:


Aternative Ways to Reach the East

Ride the Train

Women, we can take it on our own. Gents, if you’re not up to focus on the road and would rather text, watch a movie or eat, just get on the train – please. Currently, there are two types of trains to choose from: Modern and Standard.

Here’s what you need to know:


Route Al Rihab Al Taleea Al Qafela
Riyadh – Hofuf SR 100 SR 55 SR 45
Riyadh – Abqaiq SR 115 SR 65 SR 55
Riyadh – Dammam SR 130 SR 75 SR 60

*Return trip ticket prices are the same

Get on the Bus

Ride VIP, you get free Internet, snacks on board and a toilet. The cost of a round trip ticket is anywhere between SR 100-200. You may need to check with SAPTCO since their route, timing and prices tend to change.

SAPTCO Tel. No. +966-11-2132318



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