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What is the best way to travel between Jeddah, Makkah, and Madinah?


Shad Siddiqui

Answered On : 16, May 2023

There are several different ways to travel between Jeddah and the holy cities of Makkah, and Madinah. For instance, the best way to do it depends on your budget and your preferences which most likely can affect your travel time.

 

Travel from Jeddah to Makkah and Madinah

 

You can travel by road

 

First off, if you have time and budget, traveling by road between Jeddah and the holy cities of Makkah, and Madinah is a great way to reach the destinations easily and also see the countryside and experience the local life.

The drive from Jeddah to Makkah al Mukarramah takes about 1 hour  (85 Km approx), and the drive from Makkah al Mukarramah to Madinah al Munawara takes about 4 hours (450 Km approx).

You'll also get to see a variety of different landscapes, from the mountains of the Hijaz to the desert plains of the Empty Quarter.

You'll also have the opportunity to stop at small villages and towns along the way, where you can meet the locals and learn about their way of life.

When on Umrah, traveling by road is the most convenient way to travel from Jeddah airport directly to the holy city of Makkah. 

If you are traveling from the holy city of Madinah al Munawara to Makkah al Mukarramah, Dhu'l-Hulayfah (Dhu'l-Hulayfah is the Meeqat for those who live in Madinah and for those traveling to Makkah al Mukarramah from Madinah), is about 9 kilometers from Madinah giving you an opportunity to prepare for your Umrah immediately after you start from Madinah, You can get into the state of ihram here.

There are Buses also available between these cities for Umrah pilgrims.  

 

Woman travlling in Saudi Arabia

 

You can travel by train

 

The Haramain High-Speed Railway is a great option if you want to travel between Jeddah and the holy cities of Makkah, and Madinah quickly and conveniently.

The Haramain High-Speed Railway is a modern, high-speed train that offers a comfortable and convenient way to travel between Jeddah and the holy cities of Makkah, and Madinah.

The trains are equipped with all the latest amenities, including comfortable seats, free Wi-Fi, and power outlets.

There are 4 trains per day currently between the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

The Haramain High-Speed Railway is a great option for travelers who want to avoid the hassle of driving. It's also a great option for travelers who want to see the countryside, but don't have the time or the budget to drive.

I got a chance to travel from Madinah station to King Abdul Aziz Station of Jeddah (or Jeddah Airport).

 

Watch this video (in Hindi) to see trains, coaches, Railway stations, and more 

 

 

 

Stations location in Makkah and Medina?

The Makkah Haramain Highspeed Train station is located about a 10-15 minute taxi drive from the Haram Sharif.

The Madinah Haramain train station is located about 20-25 minutes from Masjid Al Nabawi.

 

Stop at a Meeqat?

When traveling by train please note that it doesn’t stop at a Meeqat, if you are traveling for Umrah from Madinah to Makkah you must ensure that you are already in the state of ihram and have your intentions from before or while on the train.

 

the platforms of a Haramain Highspeed Railway train station

 

Which travel option in Saudi Arabia is the best for you?

 

If you have the time and the budget, traveling by road is a great way to see the countryside and experience the local culture. If you want to travel quickly and conveniently, the Haramain High-Speed Railway is a great option. 

No matter how you choose to travel, you're sure to have a memorable experience during your travel.