Middle East : Saudi Arabia : Jeddah : JED


Two Faces of Jeddah

by thebendyfox (September, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Saudia/Domestic Terminal
Cons: North/International Terminal

If, like me, you are lucky enough to travel to, from or through Jeddah airport. There are a few things you need to be aware of. This isnt a one off review - this is a guide based on numerous trips through this airport. 1. There are two terminals (the 3rd terminal is Hajj terminal, and I have never been - so I cannot comment). The domestic/Saudia/South terminal is mainly for Domestic or Saudia Airlines flights. The North/International terminal is for the rest. Make sure you get the right one as Taxi drivers with absolutely rip you off to travel between the two. Especially if you are obviously not Saudi. 2. Saudia Terminal is modern, equipped, clean, well staffed and organised. Paid for by Saudi Airlines. 3. The north terminal is not. In the Saudia terminal, there are plenty of coffee shops, where you can buy drinks (no alcohol continued >>

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Not too bad :)

by Matthewjames (July, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Security let you sleep, big window, free food on long layovers
Cons: Loud and bright, food options are poor, landside area was packed!

I read some of the other reviews of Jeddah airport and was preparing myself for a layover in a wooden shed! I was in transit from KL to Frankfurt so stayed in the transit lounge. Despite what I had read, it was a modern lounge with many seats, 2 cafes and, the best, a ceiling high window to the airport. I watched a beautiful sunset and sunrise, the place is quite otherworldly. They also play prayers over the loudspeakers every few hours, which made for a pretty beautiful experience. There are seats without armrests so you can stretch out and the lounge was not too packed, especially over night. It is very bright and quite loud with the announcements and people milling around, so bring a sleeping kit. There is WIFI but has to be paid for and during my visit was not working. There are power points scattered here and there. The food continued >>

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Review on Jeddah, saudi Arabia travel date July 3rd, return on Sept 2nd 2013

by web-administrator (August, 2013)

Pros: -
Cons: -

(email submission from Raja T) I traveled with my spouse and 15 year old son. The transit time is 12 hours. When Landed, and asked for transit, the person advised us to wait at gate 22 for getting hotel accommodation. We were waiting waiting and no one came to that gate 22 counter. There is no help desk to get information. The staff shunted us from pillar to post by saying go and check this counter, then another counter. The whole stay was so hectic. The whole transit hours, we were sitting on the row seat. Sad thing is that on my return from Bangalore to Washington, I have 15 hours and it is next week. I am getting prepared to face this horrible challenge again. Price is relatively less, however when compared to the hazel that the passengers have to go through, I will not travel again in this route for sure.

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Rip off

by Ken the traveling man (February, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside
Pros: Got out of there quickly
Cons: Got out of there quickly

Rip of by taxi driver who demanded 40 for transfer between airports there is a bus for local currency 1 !

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worst crew at Check in

by ahgulp (November, 2012)

Where: Landside
Pros: none
Cons: worst staff at check in counter

The crew at the checkout counter behaves like animals. They hey have no respect or sympathy for passengers. The services are poorly managed with no organization at all. I was given the run around while trying to get my ticket...stood in three different lines for four hours...at the end of each line..the guy behind the counter would tell you to go to a different line. They have no check and balance....apparently you have to be internaly connected to get things done. Then to top off the horrible experience...one of the staff checked all my baggage under a different guys name without confirming if the bags were even his. I never got to board that flight..so hence have lost my luggage. When I told them in Jeddah that my luggage had been checked under someone else...and it was their fault.....they were rude and would literally 'shoo' you away continued >>

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