Saudi Railways...

There are three rail routes in Saudi Arabia, run by two different state-owned organisations, Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO, www.saudirailways.org) and Saudi Arabia Railways (SA, www.sar.com.sa).

  Riyadh - Dammam (run by SRO)

  Riyadh - Qassim - Hail -Jauf (run by SAR)

  Mecca - Jeddah - Medina (run by SRO)


Useful country information

Train operator:

Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR) - Riyadh-Hail-Jauf www.sar.com.sa.

Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) Riyadh-Dammam www.saudirailways.org

 

Time zone:

GMT+3 all year

Dialling code:

 

+966

Currency:

1 = approx 4.9 Saudi Riyals.  $1 = approx 3.7 Saudi Riyals.     Currency converter

Tourist information:

See UK Foreign Office travel advice at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/saudi-arabia

Visas:

UK & most other nationals need a visa to visit Saudi Arabia.

Page last updated:

9 August 2020


Riyadh to Dammam

This route is run by Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO), see www.saudirailways.org (click the globe icon top left for English).  Riyadh to Dammam is 449 km, the line opened in 1981.  Dammam is close to Bahrain.

 Riyadh ► Dammam

Days of running: 

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

Thur, Sat

daily

 Dammam

07:59

11:18

13:25

15:31

17:38

19:47

21:00

 Riyadh SRO station

11:35

15:45

17:01

19:07

21:14

23:05

00:36

 Dammam ► Riyadh

Days of running: 

daily

daily

Thur, Sat

daily

daily

daily

daily

 Dammam

03:45

08:05

11:43

13:35

15:42

17:48

19:55

 Riyadh SRO station

07:22

11:42

15:03

17:12

19:19

21:25

23:32

Riyadh SRO station is close to the city centre.

How much does it cost?

One-way fare

First class

Second class

Riyadh - Dammam

136.50 riyals

78.75 riyals

How to buy tickets...

What is the train like?

The Riyadh-Dammam trains are 5-car air-conditioned sets with a power car at one end and driving cab at the other.  Built by Spanish manufacturer CAF, these trains date from 2011-12.  The trains have Premium (1st) class and Standard (2nd) class, a cafe counter and even a prayer area.

Riyadh-Dammam train

The Riyadh-Dammam train.  Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com...

1st class on the Riyadh-Dammam train   2nd class on Riyadh-Dammam train

1st class.  Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.comLarger photo.

 

2nd class.  Courtesy DiscoverByRail.com. Larger photo.

Prayer area on Riyadh-Dammam train   Buffet car on Riyadh-Dammam train

Prayer area.  Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

 

Buffet car.  Courtesy DiscoverByRail.com.

Riyadh station...

Riyadh station   Riyadh station

Riyadh station.

 

Riyadh station.  Photos courtesy DiscoverByRail.com.

More information...

If anyone has any more information. photos or travel reports that would be useful for this page, please e-mail me!


Riyadh to Qassim, Hail, Jauf

Riyadh to Hail train at Riyadh KKIA station

The train to Hail at Riyadh KKIA station.  These photos by courtesy of Timon91 on Flikr

Interior of the train to Hail   Business class on train to Hail

Economy class...  Larger photo.

 

Business class...  Larger photo.

 

Medina - Jeddah - Mecca

Train to Mecca at Jeddah Airport

The high-speed Talgo train to Mecca at Jeddah Airport...  Courtesy of www.wittli.de.

Interior of the train to Mecca   Train to Mecca at Jeddah Airport

Economy class on the train to Medina & Mecca.

Courtesy of www.wittli.deLarger photo.

 

The Talgo train at Medina station.

Courtesy of www.wittli.de.

Jeddah Airport station   Medina station

Jeddah Airport station.

Courtesy of www.wittli.de.

 

Medina station.

Courtesy of www.wittli.de.

Train at Medina station

The high-speed Talgo trains at Medina statiin...  Courtesy of www.wittli.de.


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