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Jeddah Airport Guide

jeddah airport guide

In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Jeddah 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!

I have personally had one immigration officer FALL ASLEEP while checking my documents. He actually left his post to go splash water on his face, but then fell back asleep immediately upon return. - a traveller

Airport Overview

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 Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport.

What to Expect

  • There are 3 terminals at the Jeddah airport: North, South & Hajj. The North Terminal handles all flights on foreign airlines. The South Terminal handles all Saudia flights. While the Hajj Terminal handles handles the traffic for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • Reviewers report that the South Terminal is in better condition.
  • The immigration / passport control area is reportedly disastrous: be ready for long wait times (some reported 4+ hours) and poor customer service.
  • Many reviewers warned of filthy bathrooms. One went as far as to describe them as a “war zone.” We recommend bringing hand sanitizer and tissues along.
  • As of July 2016, only passengers are able to enter the airport. Non-travellers have been banned from entering the departure and arrival halls. There is reportedly a small, uncomfortable waiting area outside the airport and it does not have a woman's section in it.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • According to reviewers, sleeping options are limited to hard metal benches.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel on airport grounds. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
  • Several female reviewers reported being placed in separate, longer security lines.
  • Complaints about this airport are frequent and varied. Feel to peruse our reviews to get a better idea of what you may be facing.

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


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Jeddah 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.

from wikipedia: "the airport can be inconvenient as a transit facility for international passengers. For example, passengers arriving at the North terminal and connecting to a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight have to travel 20 km to the South terminal."

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

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Airport Hotels

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

  • Crom Airport Hotel Jeddah - Reviews are mixed but the hotel is located on airport grounds, so stay here only if you must. » Check Rates

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

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available is available at Jeddah Airport in the North and South Terminals.

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

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, Avis, Budget and Hertz as well as local providers are available.
  • Currency Exchange - Yes, available both landside and airside.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Yes, Duty Free is available (note, alcohol is not allowed to be sold) as well as a variety of other shops.
  • Food & Drinks - There are restaurants and coffee shops available. Hours are not known but options are available both landside and airside.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Yes. Location: unknown.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Prayer Room - Yes, a large mosque is available at the airport.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airlines

As of March 2018, Jeddah airport is served by the following airlines: Saudia • EgyptAir • Etihad Airways • Ethiopian Airlines • Turkish Airlines • Air Canada • Tunisair • British Airways • China Southern • Air Algerie • Lufthansa • Royal Air Maroc • PIA • Air France • Philippines Airlines • Alitalia • Emirates • Royal Jordanian.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Taxis

Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey.

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Last Updated: 25 April 2018

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 contact us .