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Riyadh Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Riyadh Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Security is amazing, and they will let you strip to your boxer shorts in public to attempt to get through the metal detector without it beeping. - Ade

Airport Overview

riyadh airport

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at King Khalid International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A large and busy international airport with three main triangular-shaped passenger terminals (Terminals 1, 2 and 3), connected by skybridges. A fourth terminal is currently unused, but undergoing development.
  • Expensive shops and lackluster dining options.
  • Several reviewers report rude treatment towards some foreign nationals from airport staff, especially in Customs/Immigration. Others reported an overall rude and disinterested staff...IF you can find them.
    Chaotic and inefficient airport processes, including arriving baggage heaped into a pile, poor signage, a non-working PA system and several flights not listed on the flight boards. Several reviewers had a hard time finding out what gates they were supposed to board at, and an even harder time finding airport staff to assist them.
  • A ban on luggage trolleys in certain areas means you have to carry your baggage by hand to check-in counters, so try to travel light if you can!
  • Minimal seating airside
  • According to most of our reviewers, the restrooms are filthy and stinky beyond belief!
  • Don’t even think about drinking alcohol here, or sneaking it in!
  • Although head covering is not required, females should dress modestly when traveling through this airport.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • There are recliners near the gates and around the duty free shop.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Riyadh Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Riyadh Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Riyadh airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Plaza Premium Lounge - Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Mezzanine, Departure Hall. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (195 SAR - 2 hours • 335 SAR - 5 hours • 535 SAR - 10 hours) • Buy a lounge pass (£40.00 - 3 hours or £70.00 - 3 to 6 hours - 24 hour advance purchase is required)
  • Wellcome Lounge - Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Mezzanine Level. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Buy a lounge pass (£27.00 - 3 hours or £55.00 - 3 to 6 hours - 24 hour advance purchase is required)
  • Wellcome Lounge - Location: Terminal 2, Airside, 2nd Floor. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access:Buy a lounge pass (£27.00 - 3 hours or £55.00 - 3 to 6 hours - 24 hour advance purchase is required)
  • Al-Fursan Golden Lounge - Location: Terminal 2, Airside, near Gate 21.
  • Al-Fursan Golden Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, near Gate 38.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Riyadh Airport with purchase at Starbucks.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Riyadh Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Riyadh Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - There are 25+ ATM machines available and can be found in all terminals.
  • Banking - Yes. Location and hours are unknown.
  • Barber Shop - The arrivals area of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 both offer barbershop services. Hours: not known.
  • Car Rentals - Yes
  • Currency Exchange - Currency exchange counters can be found in Terminal 2, Airside and are provided by Alinma Bank, Al Rajhi Bank and Al Bilad Bank.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty Free is available at the airport as well as a small selection of shops. Exact location and hours are not known.
  • Food & Drinks - The airport provides a good variety of restaurants and coffee shops in all terminals both landside and airside. At the time of this update, we did not have the hours.
  • Information Desk - Service centers can be found in the arrivals area of all three terminals. Hours are not known.
  • Luggage Wrapping - Yes, available in the departures area of all three terminals. Rates and hours are not known.
  • Medical Care - Yes
  • Mosque - Yes
  • Porters - A reader tells us "For carrying large amount of luggage, Riyadh airport has staff to carry luggage at low cost right at the outside of security zones."
  • Showers - Yes, see Airport Lounges above.

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Airport Hours

As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, please send an email to guides@sleepinginairports.com and we will update this airport guide.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Hertz offers service onsite in the Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall. Many local car rental agencies also offer service onsite, in the Arrivals Halls of Terminals 1 and 3.

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.

Taxis

Both flat-rate taxis and metered taxis (who usually offer a flat rate anyway) are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. A reader wrote to us to share a bit more info about the taxis:

"From airport to the city you can take a formal taxi in the taxi queue for about 70 SAR (Saudi riyals). There is also a little desk at the airport exit inside the terminal that belongs to London Taxi, it is maybe 80 SAR but the taxi is a London cab with extra space for luggage and legs and better accessibility. There is a lot of informal cars picking passengers at the exit doors of airport but it is not recommended to trust them. Observe only one stop is included in the price.

To go to airport you can call London taxi or the taxi companies to pick you or also use the app Uber."

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Quick Tips

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Last Updated:24 March 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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