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How to get from Dammam Airport to Hotel Downtown

Dammam is a bustling modern metropolis located in Saudi Arabia. Known for its stunning port overlooking the Arabian Gulf, plentiful museums and vibrant nightlife, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this city. 

When it comes to travelling from Dammam airport to downtown, there are two different transport options; you can take a taxi or the bus. Taking a Dammam airport taxi is a breeze, as the journey time is just 35 minutes with an approximate cost of €21 (SAR 85). Taking the public bus is a little slower, with a journey time of 50 minutes, but it costs €5 (SAR 21) per traveller.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €21 35min 24/7
Bus €10 50min 02:00–23:00

How to get from Dammam airport to Downtown by Taxi

The quickest and easiest way to get from Dammam airport to your hotel is to take a Dammam airport taxi. The journey time is a fast 35-minute ride and the cost will be around €21 (SAR 85).

How much is a taxi from Dammam Airport to the hotel area?

The average cost of a local taxi from Dammam airport to your hotel in the city centre is €21 (SAR 85), however, the exact fare will be decided by your driver. To have the peace of mind that comes with a fair fixed-rate fare for your Dammam taxi, you can book in advance with Welcome Pickups


€21 (SAR 85)

Trip Duration

35 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 outside of Dammam Airport.

Where do I find a taxi at Dammam Airport?

The local taxis can be found at the taxi rank located just outside of the arrivals hall at Dammam airport.


The easiest and most stress-free way to get from Dammam airport to downtown is by taking a taxi. The journey is quick and your driver will drop you off directly at the door of your hotel, meaning you won’t have to navigate the slow public transport in the city.

Editor’s Note

To lower the cost of your Dammam airport taxi, you can split the fare between up to 4 people.

Useful Tips

Be sure to agree on a price before beginning your journey.
The local Dammam airport taxi drivers may refuse to give a ride to women travelling alone.
Dammam taxi drivers don't accept card payments.

How to get from Dammam Airport to Downtown by Bus

There’s a SAPTCO local bus service that runs from Dammam airport to downtown every day. The journey time is around 50 minutes and the cost of a single ticket will be €5 (SAR 21). However, this service is very infrequent, so bear that in mind when planning your journey. 

How much is the bus from Dammam Airport to my hotel?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the SAPTCO bus is €5 (SAR 21). This must be paid to the driver as you get on the bus in cash.


€5 (SAR 21)

Trip Duration

50 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 6 hours for the bus.

Value for Money

The SAPTCO bus runs from 02:00 to 23:00.

Where do I find the bus at Dammam Airport?

The buses leave from directly outside the arrivals hall at Damma airport. The SAPTCO buses are bronze in colour and have their destination shown on the front.


Due to the extremely long wait times for the bus, it’s the least convenient way to get from Dammam airport to your hotel. Once you reach the city centre, there’s only one stop, so you will need to make your way from there to your hotel, which adds time, effort and potentially cost to your journey.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling with other people, you can split the cost of a taxi for the same price as taking the bus.

Useful Tips

There's luggage storage for large items below the bus.
Be sure to bring change in the local currency to pay for your ticket.
As the buses are infrequent, they fill quickly. Try to arrive at least 15 minutes before your bus is due to leave.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Dammam airport to downtown?

There are two different transfer options from Dammam airport to your hotel downtown; taxi or bus. The Dammam airport taxis take just 35 minutes and cost approximately €21 (SAR 85), while the SAPTCO bus costs just €5 (SAR 21), but takes closer to 50 minutes to reach downtown.

Is there a direct bus from Dammam airport to downtown?

Yes, there’s a SAPTCO bus that runs from Dammam airport to downtown. The journey time is 50 minutes and the cost is €5 (SAR 21) per ticket. However, the bus is very infrequent, so this mode of transport isn’t recommended.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Dammam airport to downtown Dammam?

The local drivers will charge you a fixed price for the journey from Dammam airport to downtown. However, the exact price will be left to the discretion of each driver, so it’s subject to change. The average cost of a taxi from Dammam airport to your hotel will be €21 (SAR 85), but you can secure a fixed rate fare that won’t change with Welcome Pickups.

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