Travel to Damascus

Flying to Damascus

There are currently no international flights to Damascus.

City Airports: 
Damascus International Airport(DAM)
Telephone:(011) 444 3400
Location:The airport is located 30km (18 miles) south of Damascus.
Facilities:Facilities in arrivals include a tourist information office, car hire, internet access, a 24-hour currency exchange office, ATM and bar. In departures there is car hire, currency exchange offices, internet access, ATM, restaurant and shops . The airport is currently undergoing much-needed renovations in both arrivals and departures. The government is also building an extension, but it is unclear when construction will be complete.
Public Transport:The airport is connected to the city by a dual carriageway, so it takes around 30 minutes to get into town. A regular airport bus leaves every 30 minutes from roughly 0600-2300 to the stop outside the Kairawan Hotel on Sharia al-Ittihad in the city centre. Fixed-price yellow taxis wait outside the terminal and the price is the same whether you hail one directly or buy a taxi ticket inside the airport.

Travel by road


Syria has an extensive road network and Damascus is at the heart of it. Traffic drives on the right and speed limits are 60kph (37mph) in built-up areas, 70kph (43mph) outside built-up areas and 110kph (68mph) on motorways. The roads in and around Damascus are generally quite reasonable, but when heading off into the backblocks you will find that most signposting is in Arabic only. To drive in Syria, a customs certificate must be produced; it is obtainable from automobile and touring clubs. You can also obtain an International Driving Permit from these organisations, which is obligatory for holders of licences which do not use the Latin alphabet.

Emergency breakdown service:

There is no emergency breakdown service in Syria.


Owing to the outbreak of war in Syria, we are unable to update the information on this page. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to Syria.

The M1 highway connects Damascus northwards with Aleppo via Hama and Homs, and southwards with Amman in Jordan. From Aleppo the E5 runs to Istanbul via Ankara and Iskenderun in Turkey. Highway 1 connects Damascus with Beirut. Highway 2 goes to the Iraqi border, and intersects with the road to Palmyra.


The most efficient and cheapest way to travel is by luxury intercity bus. The main bus station is Garaj Baramkeh, just northeast of Martyr's Square where the state-run Karnak buses run to all places south of Damascus, including Bosra, as well as to Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Riyadh. It is advised to buy your tickets 24 hours in advance directly from the bus station, as buses tend to be fully booked.

The other bus station is Garaj Harasta, or Garaj Pullman, on the Damascus-Homs Road, 5km (3 miles) northeast of the city centre, from where the luxury Pullman coaches and other companies leave to all destinations north of the city, including Aleppo, Lattakia, Palmyra and Turkey. Both stations also have a terminal for service taxis and microbuses serving the same destinations.

Travel by rail


Owing to the outbreak of war in Syria, we are unable to update the information on this page. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to Syria.

Damascus has two main stations: the historic Hejaz Railway Station on Sharia Port Said (which has been under restoration since 2004) and the modern Kadem Railway Station, 3km (2 miles) south of the city centre. Microbuses for Kadem station leave from the central depot next to the National Museum, and taxis are relatively cheap (although you’ll have to haggle furiously for a fair price). Trains services are as slow as they are unreliable and not often used.


Syrian Railways (CFS) runs domestic services from Damascus to Aleppo, Latakia and Tartous, as well as international services with a weekly train from Damascus to Tehran, and the weekly Toros Express via Aleppo, Gaziantep in southern Turkey to Haydarpasha station on the Asian side of Istanbul. A slow twice-weekly narrow-gauge train links Damascus with Amman in Jordan, running over part of the famous Hejaz Railway (, the line attacked by TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and the Arabs during the Arab Revolt in 1917.

Travel over water


Due to the war, there are currently no ferry services between Syria's main port of Latakia, the nearest port to Damascus, and Alexandria (Egypt), Beirut (Lebanon) or Bodrum (Turkey).