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Car Hire in Saudi Arabia

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Most popular cities to hire a car in Saudi Arabia

Compare car hire prices for the most popular cities in the country
Current price range
£23 - £35 per day
CHEAPEST CITY IN SAUDI ARABIA Dammam 17% cheaper Car hire in Dammam is usually the cheapest in Saudi Arabia at £23 per day on average.
MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN SAUDI ARABIA Gassim 26% more expensive Gassim usually has the highest-priced car hire rates in Saudi Arabia, with rentals averaging £35 per day.
MOST POPULAR CITY IN SAUDI ARABIA Medina 72% more users visited More momondo users search for car hire in Medina than any other region in Saudi Arabia.

Car hire companies in Saudi Arabia

Below is a list of every nation-wide car hire agency, how many locations they have across the country, and what popular cities you can find them in
Budget
82 locations
Jeddah £43/day
Riyadh £49/day
Best Rent A Car
27 locations
Riyadh £22/day
Jeddah £40/day
Avis
26 locations
Riyadh £24/day
Jeddah £27/day
Dammam £25/day
Medina £25/day
Enterprise
26 locations
Jeddah £23/day
Riyadh £55/day
Hertz
22 locations
Jeddah £21/day
Riyadh £26/day
Sixt
14 locations
Dammam £40/day
Riyadh £37/day

Most popular car hire types

Below are the most popular car hire types in Saudi Arabia and the cheapest cities in which to rent them
Small
Small

Best value

Riyadh

£19/day
Small

No. 1 most popular

Jeddah

£28/day
Small

No. 2 most popular

Abha

£24/day
Large
Large

Best value

Taif

£57/day
Large

No. 1 most popular

Jeddah

£86/day
Large

No. 2 most popular

Abha

£116/day
Large

No. 3 most popular

Tabuk

£82/day
Medium
Medium

Best value

Dammam

£50/day
Medium

No. 1 most popular

Jeddah

£55/day
Medium

No. 2 most popular

Riyadh

£59/day
SUV
SUV

Best value

Riyadh

£77/day
SUV

No. 1 most popular

Jeddah

£103/day
SUV

No. 2 most popular

Abha

£116/day

Hiring a car in Saudi Arabia

Before you book your car hire, here are a few tips and rules you should know about driving in Saudi Arabia

Does Saudi Arabia have any unique traffic laws?

If you're looking to rent a car in Saudi Arabia, you should know that most local traffic laws are similar to the rest of the world. These include driving on the right and overtaking from the left, mandatory use of seat belts in front seats, and mobile phones can only be used hands-free. If rental cars carry children, those under ten can't sit in the front, and all children under 12 must have a seat booster or child seat. Speeding results in large fines, but you're legally allowed a 10% increase on the maximum speed. You'll generally see road signs in both Arabic and English in urban areas, but be aware that rural roads may only display signs in Arabic. Finally, the country's Islamic rules mean that you shouldn't be playing music in your car hire during calls to prayer. Additionally, any indication of alcohol consumption or purchase is considered a criminal offence.

What are the legal and documentation requirements for renting a car in Saudi Arabia?

While 18 is the minimum age to drive legally, you can only book rental cars in Saudi Arabia if you're over 21. Most car rental companies will bill a young driver surcharge for those under 25. At your provider's desk, you'll need to show your valid driving licence, a credit card in your name, and, in most cases, a form of ID such as a passport. Foreign nationals are advised to bring an International Driving Permit (IDP). However, driving licences issued in the UK, USA, Canada, the EU, and neighbouring states such as Bahrain, are typically accepted without an IDP. You can only drive on a foreign licence for up to three months, after which you must apply for a local driving permit. If planning to take your Saudi Arabia car hire into other countries, you must get what's called a NOC, or "no objection certificate", from your provider, which tends to offer cross-border permission to the UAE and Oman; however, crossing the borders with Jordan and Israel is forbidden.

Which areas of Saudi Arabia have the most traffic?

The population in Saudi Arabia tends to be concentrated in a limited number of locations, so country roads are mostly free, while urban areas may experience mild congestion. Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam can get high traffic at morning and evening commute times, as well as at the weekend (Friday and Saturday) and during the yearly Hajj pilgrimage, but the impact on your journey time will only be only a few minutes. If you're driving your car hire on busy roads, use the local Waze app to adapt to real-time traffic. Compared to some countries in the region, Saudi Arabia does not have as much congestion with minibuses, pedestrians, or animals. However, your car rental should be driven defensively at all times, as other drivers do not always obey traffic regulations; for example, they may turn from the wrong lane or not allow right of way. Outside cities, you must always make sure you have enough fuel, as petrol stations can be many miles apart. Also, be prepared to invest in a 4x4 if going to off-road locations.

What are the best scenic roads in Saudi Arabia?

One of the best roads for rental cars in Saudi Arabia is Highway 40, connecting the cities of Jeddah, Mecca, Riyadh, and Dammam. On this route, not only will you get to stop and experience the culture of urban life - including the site of Islam's holy city, you will also have miles of desert and rocky formations to gaze upon while driving on clear, high-quality streets. As you travel eastbound from the port of Jeddah to Riyadh, you'll pass by the protected wildlife sanctuary of Mahazat As-Sayd and Saja and Umm Al Ramth. Small villages and dunes will accompany your journey on either side and, towards the eastern coast, you'll catch a glimpse of greenery.

  • What is the cheapest car hire agency in Saudi Arabia?

    The most affordable car hire agency in Saudi Arabia is Hertz. Travellers have found Hertz rental cars for as little as £21/day at some locations, which is a cheaper deal compared to the national average price of £33/day. Keep in mind that prices tend to vary depending on your car hire needs.

  • What is the most popular car hire agency in Saudi Arabia?

    According to our data, Avis is the most popular car hire company in Saudi Arabia. In the past month, 41% of users selected Avis for their rental car needs. 69 of our users have reviewed their experience with Avis during their stay in Saudi Arabia, giving the agency an average review of 4.9 out of 10.

  • What car hire company in Saudi Arabia has the most locations?

    Budget has the most car hire locations across Saudi Arabia. The company has 82 locations, many of which can be found in airports and city centres. Consider visiting Jeddah, the most popular city in Saudi Arabia. Budget has a large presence here with over 20 locations - many of which can be found within the airport and city centre.

  • What side of the road do people in Saudi Arabia drive on?

    Drivers in Saudi Arabia, including drivers visiting from foreign countries, are required to travel on the right. Keep in mind that driving on the opposite side can lead to both a traffic violation and serious accidents.

  • How good are the roads in Saudi Arabia?

    Saudi Arabia has a road quality score of 5 on a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is the lowest rated score. This puts Saudi Arabia at 32 out of 137 countries for road conditions. You may find that depending on where you travel within Saudi Arabia that the road quality will vary.

  • What is the drink driving limit in Saudi Arabia?

    The drinking and driving limit in Saudi Arabia is 0.00 mg/l. Regions and cities within Saudi Arabia might have their own local drinking and driving laws on top of the country-wide mandated law, so be sure to check before booking your car hire. Drinking and purchasing alcohol is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia.

  • What is the most popular type of car to hire in Saudi Arabia?

    The most popular type of car to hire in Saudi Arabia is a Economy. 32% of our users also chose this type of car for their travels to Saudi Arabia. If a Economy fits your needs during your stay, then you can expect to pay around £19 per day for your rental. Keep in mind that prices may vary depending on what city you visit and what car hire company you choose.



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