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Driving Information Saudi Arabia

Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirements in Saudi Arabia state that you must have a full driving licence that is valid in your country of residence.

Age Restrictions

To hire a car in Saudi Arabia, you need to be at least 25 years old and have held your license for over a year. Some suppliers might allow drivers between 21 and 24, but a young driver's surcharge may apply.

Driving Distances

  • Jeddah to Mecca - 64kms

  • Riyadh to Dammam - 390kms

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Saudi Arabia driving information, laws rules and regulations:

  • Driving in Saudi Arabia is on the right hand side of the road.

  • Seat belts when driving a hire car in Saudi Arabia are mandatory.

  • Women are forbidden to drive in Saudi Arabia

  • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

  • Petrol stations in Saudi Arabia are widely available throughout the country and petrol is very inexpensive compared to other countries.


There are no tolls in Saudi Arabia. This makes getting around in a car hire in Jeddah and other cities easy!

Parking Information

On-street parking is usually paid in major cities, and there are also several parking lots available. If possible check with your accommodation before arriving as they may be able to advise the parking information.

One-way Car Hire

Enjoy more freedom in your travels with a one-way car hire. Most suppliers allow to return a rental vehicle in a different place for an additional fee.  

When you are booking a car hire in Mecca it's important to take a look at the above Saudi Arabia driving informaton, rules and regulations about driving a car to ensure you have the safest possible journey.


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