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How to get from Madinah Airport to City

One of the most significant cities in Islam is Madinah. This city is filled with holy sites, religious artefacts and impressive mosques. Madinah is an important stop on the pilgrimage route that the people of Islam take every year, so it’s the perfect spot to experience this special right of passage. 

To reach your hotel or apartment in Madinah, there are two different transport options from Madinah Airport to the city: taxi or bus. Taking a Madinah Airport taxi will cost you a fixed fare of €15 (SAR 60) for up to 4 passengers and will take around 25 minutes to reach your accommodation. On the other hand, taking the Madinah Development Authority bus from Madinah Airport to Madinah will cost just €3 (SAR 11.50) per person, but will take closer to 35 minutes to reach the Prophet’s Mosque.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €15 25min 24/7
Bus €6 35min 24/7

How to get from Madinah Airport to Madinah by taxi

The quickest and most comfortable way to travel from Madinah Airport to the city is to take a taxi. The journey time in a taxi from Medinah Airport to your destination in the city will be around 25 minutes and the local drivers offer fixed fares for this journey.

What's the cost of a taxi from Madinah Airport to the city?

The local Madinah taxi drivers give fixed fares to different zones in the city centre. Journeys to the most popular zone in the city will have a fixed cost of €15 (SAR 60).

Cost

€15 (SAR 60)

Trip Duration

25 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24 hours a day from Madinah Airport (MED).

Where do I find a taxi at Madinah Airport?

Taxis are located just outside of the main terminal at Madinah Airport. You will see many different taxis and drivers waiting to pick up passengers as you leave the airport.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Madinah Airport to the city is the quickest and most convenient way to travel. You won’t have to wait for your transfer to arrive and your driver will drop you and your luggage safely at the very door of your accommodation. For ultimate convenience, you can pre-book a taxi online and enjoy hearing about the city from a friendly, English-speaking driver at a competitive rate.

Editor’s Note

It's important to check that you only every travel with a licenced taxi driver from Madinah Airport, as there are many unlicenced drivers that wait outside of the terminal.

Useful Tips

Ensure that the taximeter is reset and turned on at the beginning of your journey to avoid being overcharged.
There's no extra charge for luggage that fits in the trunk of the vehicle.
Be sure to bring cash in Saudi riyal to pay for your taxi ride unless you pre-book online.

How to get from Madinah Airport to Madinah by bus

The Madinah Development Authority run a shared shuttle bus between Medinah Airport and the Prophet’s Mosque in the city centre. The journey time on the bus will be around 30 minutes, not including waiting time.

How much is the bus from Madinah Airport to Madinah?

The cost of a single ticket on the bus from Madinah Airport to the city will be €3 (SAR 11.50), which can be paid to the driver in the local currency as you get on the bus. 

Cost

€3 (SAR 11.50)

Trip Duration

35 Min.

*There's an average wait time of 30 minutes for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Madinah Development Authority bus is available as long as flights are landing and departing at Madinah Airport.

Where do I find the bus at Madinah Airport?

The Madinah Development Authority stops just outside of the main terminal building. You will need to walk around 2 minutes from the Arrivals Hall.

Convenience

If you’re a solo traveller with light luggage, taking the bus from Madinah Airport to the city could be a good budget transfer option for you. However, the bus only stops at the Prophet’s Mosque, so if your accommodation isn’t in that part of the city, you will need to spend more time and money getting to your final destination.

Editor’s Note

The bus will only make one stop, at the Prophet's Mosque. From there, you will have the option to take a taxi, walk, or take the local buses to your accommodation in Madinah.

Useful Tips

Try to bring exact change in the local currency to pay for your bus ticket.
Arriving at least 10 minutes before the bus is due to arrive will help guarantee you a seat onboard.
Travelling light is recommended as there's only one small luggage rack on the bus, and it's not advisable to take more than a handbag into the Prophet's Mosque.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Madinah. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
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NIGHTTIME
€60.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Madinah Airport to Madinah?

There are two transfer options from Madinah Airport to Madinah: taxi or bus. Local taxis will have a fixed fare of €15 (SAR 60) for up to 4 passengers and will take 25 minutes to reach the city, while the Madinah Development Authority bus will take closer to 35 minutes and will cost €3 (SAR 11.50) per person.

How far is Madinah from Madinah Airport?

The distance from Madinah Airport to the city is 22 km. Taking a Madina Airport taxi is the quickest way to travel, with a journey time of 25 minutes. The bus, on the other hand, will take at least 35 minutes to reach Madinah and only stops at one particular location.

How much is a taxi from Madinah Airport to Madinah?

The local taxi cabs in Madinah offer fixed fares to different sections of the city. The cost of a taxi from Madinah Airport to Madinah will be €15 (SAR 60), payable in cash in the local currency. 

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