Stuck on a layover at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia? The airport is located 22 miles from downtown Riyadh which makes the city accessible for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Riyadh layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck inside the airport during your layover in Saudi Arabia, there’s plenty to do. The airport has a shopping area, restaurants (including Pizza Hut, Codo and more), post office, a large domed mosque, lounges, and a Royal Pavillion. There are also ATM machines, a bank, and a first aid clinic.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, the Makarim Airport Hotel is a first class hotel located inside the airport. In addition, there are many hotels near the airport, as well as a great range of hotels further in Riyadh.
If you plan on leaving the airport and traveling to Riyadh during your layover, the airport has rental cars available. The rental car offices are located at the entryway of the public parking lots. The airport also has metered taxis, and a free shuttle service to local hotels. There is no public transportation available (and woman are not allowed to drive).
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In Riyadh:
Kingdom Centre Tower
The most iconic building the Riyadh, the Kingdom Center is a 65 story skyscraper in the center of the city. It is the third tallest building in Saudi Arabia, and home to a shopping mall, and the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh.
Address: No. 94, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12214, Saudi Arabia
Al Faisaliyah Center
As far as shopping goes, this upscale mall has over three floors of major international brand names, and lots of places to eat. The mall is in the Al Faisaliyah Tower, also called the Star Dome, is a 44 floor commercial skyscraper. Check out the viewing deck below the ball at the top of the building for a great view of the city.
Address: King Fahd Road, Riyadh 12212 Saudi Arabia
Opened in 1999, the National Museum is home to galleries of Islamic history and displays about Saudi Arabia. There are also galleries about the hajj and the two holy mosques.
Location: King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre, Riyadh
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