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Airport of arrival: King Khalid International Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Riyadh: 3 hours 30 minutes

Riyadh is the most populous city in Saudi Arabia and is the capital city of the country. Riyadh is located in the mid-eastern part of Saudi Arabia and attracts millions of international tourists every year thanks to its unique natural and modern attractions. Pegasus Airlines schedules frequent flights to Riyadh and it is possible to find cheap flight tickets to Riyadh throughout the year.

Pegasus Airlines offers amazing direct flight deals to Riyadh departing from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. It is also possible for you to enjoy Pegasus’ advanced flight network to find connecting flights to Riyadh through İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport departing from 70 different cities across the globe.

After a delightful time in Riyadh, you can enjoy Pegasus Airlines’ direct flight offer back to İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport or other 70 connecting flights to various destinations of the world through İstanbul.

About King Khalid International Airport

Pegasus Airlines offers amazing flight deals to Riyadh arriving at King Khalid International Airport. King Khalid International Airport is located 36 kilometers away from the city center.

King Khalid International Airport (RUH) is the second busiest airport in Saudi Arabia, after King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah, with almost up to 28 million passengers in 2018 and has been in operation for commercial flights since 1983. The airport offers a variety of top-notch restaurants, cafés, and shops to its passengers as well as facilities for banking, religious, medical, childcare, communication, postal and special assistance services.

Transport from King Khalid International Airport to City Center

You can get to the city center with metro, taxi and car from King Khalid International Airport.

Metro line is located at Terminal 5 and connects the airport to King Abdullah Financial District.

There are also many airport taxis available at King Khalid International Airport 24/7. The trip to the city center from the airport approximately costs 85 SAR (2020).

You can also enjoy the city with a rental car. Pegasus Airlines car rental service has great offers for you in here.

Public Transport

Although there are many ongoing constructions to improve Riyadh’s public transport system, the city does not have a convenient public transport network yet and the vast majority of transportation is made with taxis and private cars. Taxis cost 2 SAR per kilometer with an initial fee of 10 SAR (2020). 

Riyadh offers a wide range of accommodation options to its visitors ranging from five-star luxury hotels to affordable three-star hotels.

If it is your first time in Riyadh, it is recommended for you to stay in hotels located around the “Al Oyala” neighborhood since you will be staying in the heart of the city with various shops, restaurants, and cafés all around.

If you are in Riyadh to enjoy its historical heritage, hotels around the amazing “Ad Dirah” district would be the best choice for you.

Pegasus Airlines would love to help you organize your trip to Riyadh and you can book a hotel easily through Pegasus Airlines website.

 

Riyadh is a spectacular city for food enthusiastic travelers with many authentic Arabian recipes that are offered in various local yet modern restaurants. In Riyadh, you should definitely try “Mutabbaq”, “Kapsa”, and “Shawarma”.

If you would like to know more about the amazing Riyadh cuisine, you should have a look at our Riyadh Food Guide.

We have listed some side notes about Riyadh for you right below.

About Visa

Saudi Arabia has an e-Visa system that enables visitors from many nationalities to get their entry permit online. You can click here to check if your nationality is eligible for the Saudi e-Visa. If it is not, you can click here to check varying visa requirements regarding your nationality and length of stay.

Neighboring Cities

In addition to what Riyadh has to offer, you can travel these closely located cities to keep on discovering.

  • Al_Kharj (101 km)
  • Buraydah (356 km)
  • Al Hofuf (329 km)
  • Dammam (410 km)

Weather

Riyadh has a desert climate that is extremely hot in summers with virtually no chance to rain during the season. Winters are much more pleasant with forgiving temperatures. It occasionally rains during March, April, December, and January. It is recommended for you to visit Riyadh during winter or early spring to explore the city in more welcoming and pleasant weather conditions.

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +966
  • City Code: 11
  • King Khalid International Airport Number: +966 9200 20090
  • Ambulance: 997
  • Police: 999

Riyadh is an amazing desert city to discover with many natural, historical and modern attractions that attract millions of tourists every year. “Jebel Fihrayn” (Edge of the World), The National Museum, Sky Bridge, the historical center of the city “Ad Diriyah”, and Riyadh Gallery are some of the attractions you should check out in Riyadh.

You can visit our comprehensive Riyadh Travel Guide to learn more about Riyadh and its must-see attractions.

 

How to Find Cheap Riyadh Flight Ticket

There are a couple of things you can do to find the cheapest flight ticket to Riyadh. In order to find the cheapest flight ticket, it is always good to book your flight ticket in advance, ideally two or three months prior to your flight. You can also visit Riyadh during its off-season which is summer and enjoy Pegasus Airlines’ amazing seasonal flight ticket promotions. In addition to these, flight tickets during weekdays are almost always cheaper than flight tickets that are scheduled on weekends.

Why I should visit Riyadh?

Riyadh is a unique city that is situated in the midst of the Arabian Desert and offers unforgettable experiences. In Riyadh, you can enjoy a variety of modern attractions as well as many historical landmarks that are sure to amaze you.

What is the ideal time to visit Riyadh?

Travelers generally choose to visit Riyadh during winter to avoid excessive heat and enjoy the city in relatively mild temperatures.

How long should I stay in Riyadh?

Three to four days in Riyadh would be enough for you to discover and enjoy Riyadh thoroughly.

Is there a “Travel Card” for tourists in Riyadh?

Riyadh does not offer a special travel card for tourists.

Is Riyadh safe?

The urban area of Riyadh is very safe with low violent and petty crime incidents but it is recommended for you to keep an eye for pickpocketing and purse snatching in populated areas.

Is Riyadh expensive?

Riyadh can be considered as a budget-friendly destination with affordable accommodation, dining and sightseeing options.      

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