Destination KSA - Your Guide to Saudi

Destination KSA - Your Guide to Saudi



Plan your summer road trip.

Saudi Arabia is packed with must-see sites and exciting activities that warrant a road trip with family and friends. Pick a short day (or two) trip, or go the extra mile and plan out a weekend or longer of adventuring on the stunning  open roads of the country.

Beautiful Yanbu City in Saudi Arabia with Beach, Seaside, Garden, Parks
Beautiful Yanbu City in Saudi Arabia with Beach, Seaside, Garden, Parks

Along the West Coast

Jeddah to Yanbu
3 hours and 30 minutes
357.9 km

Via Route 15 and Route 5/Route 55m


Jeddah to Yanbu is a great road trip for those who would like to experience the immense deserts, azure beaches, and agricultural sights of Saudi Arabia.

jake-blucker-tmzcrbkm99y-unsplashFrom the city to the Highlands

Jeddah to Al Baha
4 hours and 38 minutes
220.4 km

Via Route 15


Starting in Jeddah, take Route 15 and head to Al Baha while passing through the beautiful city of Taif and various smaller towns.

Crystal waters of Umluj, Saudi Arabia
Crystal waters of Umluj, Saudi Arabia

Drive to the Islands

Jeddah to Umluj
4 hours and 57 minutes
486.8 km

Route 5/55M


Although a slightly longer drive, a road trip from Jeddah to Umluj is unmissable due to the great pit stops, including desert towns and seaside horizons popping up at a bend, the final destination is the incredible Umluj with its alluring azure waters.

daniel-thiele-c0jolb5ay0c-unsplashCity Surfing

Jeddah to Riyadh
9 hours and 12 minutes
948.6 km

Route 40/Route 80


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From the Center to the Southwest

Riyadh to Abha
8 hours and 30 minutes
1000 km

Route 30



Pick the right ride

If you don’t mind splurging a little on petrol, a 4 x 4 would be your best option to handle the Saudi roads, especially for off-road terrains. If on a budget, a mini-SUV of any sort will be a good fit.  

ld-export-copyFrom the East to the West Coast

Dammam to Jeddah
13 hours
1,356.3 km
Route 40/Route 80


  • Filled with exciting mountainous roads and unique wildlife to witness, a road trip from Dammam to Jeddah is long yet thrilling. It’s perfect for nature lovers!
  • The country’s only coast-to-coast highway, Route 40, takes you directly from Damman all the way to Jeddah passing through Taif, Riyadh, Khobar.
  • Through the breathtaking Hijaz mountains, you’ll find yourself passing through a couple of wildlife sanctuaries located north of Taif, Mahaat as-Sayd, and Saja and Umm Al Ramth, which is situated on Makkah Al Mukarramah Rd.

Road Trip Essentials

  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Face masks
  • Gloves
  • Sunglass
  • Sunscreen
  • First-aid kit
  • A cooler, snacks and water
  • Electronic chargers
  • Cash in hand
  • A bathing suit and a towel
  • Car repair kit
  • Driver’s license
  • Car manual
  • Extra car keys
  • Portable gas container
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Shovel
  • Tire chains
  • Portable chargers
  • Blanket


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