Riyadh King Khaled International Airport Guide (RUH)

Airport info
Code: RUH
King Khalid International Airport, Airport Road, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh King Khaled International Airport is situated 35km (22 miles) north of Riyadh.

No. of terminals: 4 Dialling code: +966
011 2211 000.
Timezone: GMT ++03:00

Once the largest airport in the world, Riyadh King Khaled International Airport serves Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh. Our guide to the airport provides essential information on local transportation, terminal facilities and nearby accommodation.

Airport news

Plans are in place to increase the capacity of the airport over the next three decades – the hitherto unused Terminal 4 forms a central part of this project, which will also see a fifth added.


Each terminal has an operations office, which provides passenger information.

Transfer between terminals

Only three of the four terminals are currently in-use (Terminals 1, 2 and 3). They are all housed within the same building and are linked by travelators. There is a fourth passenger terminal, Terminal 4, but this has never been used.

Driving directions

Major roads to Riyadh King Khaled International Airport are King Fahd Road, Al-Takhassousi Road and the East Interstate Highway. The airport is a 30-minute drive from the city centre.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Taxi: Taxis are the only mode of public transport available to/from the airport and must be paid for in advance. Authorised taxis marked with the airport logo are available 24 hours a day to the city centre (journey time: 30 minutes). By law, taxis must have a meter and passengers should check this before setting off. Average prices start at SAR60.

Terminal facilities


Two 24-hour banks are located in Terminal 2, and there are ATMs in Terminals 2 and 3.


Free Wi-Fi is available in the terminal complex, as are internet kiosks. There is a post office in Terminal 2.


Restaurants, snack bars and cafés are present throughout the airport, available 24 hours in both the domestic and international terminals. There are no bars as alcohol is forbidden in the kingdom.


There is a selection of shops at Riyadh King Khaled International Airport, including an extensive duty-free facility selling a wide range of products other than alcohol.


Luggage trolleys are available for use by passengers.


There is a first aid centre open 24 hours a day, and a large mosque within the airport grounds.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

Business services, including five banquet and meeting rooms for up to 250 people, are available at the on-site Makarim Riyadh Hotel (tel: 011 2204 500; www.makarimriyadh.com).

Disabled facilities

Facilities for those with disabilities include adapted toilets, lifts, escalators, travelators and telephones. Reserved car parking spaces are available in the car parks opposite the terminals. Passengers requiring wheelchairs and special assistance should request this from their airline prior to travelling.

Car parking

Two large, multistorey car parks are located directly in front of the passenger terminals, one on either side of the mosque. These have a total capacity of over 11,000 vehicles and are connected to the terminals (and to the mosque) by pedestrian walkways.

Car rental

Several local car hire companies, plus international firms Avis and Budget, operate at the airport. Counters can be found in the airport lobby.

Please note: Women are not permitted to drive on public roads in Saudi Arabia.


There is only one on-site hotel at Riyadh King Khaled International Airport – the Makarim Riyadh Hotel. Most of the major city hotels (including many international brands) offer courtesy airport transportation services to guests. Our Riyadh King Khaled International Airport guide includes the following accommodation options:

Four Seasons Riyadh

011 2115 000.

Located in the architecturally stunning Kingdom Centre, the Four Seasons Riyadh is a 30-minute ride from Riyadh King Khaled International Airport via a pre-arranged shuttle bus service. Hotel facilities include a choice of restaurants and a spa.

Kingdom Centre, 11321, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh InterContinental Hotel

011 4655 000.

Set in expansive gardens, Riyadh InterContinental Hotel has a range of leisure facilities, including a nine-hole golf course, bowling alley and tennis courts. The hotel is 30 minutes away from Riyadh King Khaled International Airport.

Al Maather Street, 11481, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Makarim Riyadh Hotel

011 2204 500.

Boasting 248 rooms and suites, Makarim Riyadh Hotel is located on the airport site. The hotel offers a choice of restaurants, extensive meeting and events facilities, a business centre and a wide range of sports facilities, including tennis courts, an outdoor pool, gym and sauna.

King Khaled International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Radisson Blu Hotel Riyadh

011 4791 234.

Located in central Riyadh, the Radisson Blu Hotel Riyadh is home to four restaurants serving a mix of local and international fare. The hotel is a good mid-range option for those on business centre with 12 meeting/event rooms and free Wi-Fi internet access.

King Abdul Aziz Street, 11415, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Holiday Inn Riyadh - Izdihar

011 4505 054.

This Holiday Inn is located between Riyadh King Khaled International Airport and the city centre, just a 20-minute drive from the terminal building. The hotel is a good budget option for those on business, with 26 meeting rooms as well as two outdoor pools.

2907 Sheikh Abdulwahab Bin Abdullah St, Unit 1, 8022-12488, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia