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About Dammam

Dammam is one of the largest cities in Saudi Arabia that is held in the same light as cities like Mecca, Medina, Riyadh, and Jeddah. It is also the city that has the country’s most oil reserves and because of this it is sometimes called the ‘oil capital of the world’. Dammam is the 6th largest city in Saudi Arabia and it has developed air, road, railway, and sea transportation.

The city’s rich oil deposits have transformed many areas of life including industry, trade, culture, and tourism. One of the world’s best universities in this field, the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, is also located in Dammam.

The city’s must-see landmarks include the King Fahd Park, which is Saudi Arabia’s largest theme park, the Dammam Regional Museum, Dammam National Museum and the nearby Half Moon Beach to explore the sea. When it comes to shopping, the city has many bazaars and markets where you can find different textiles and souvenirs unique to the city. 

Transportation to Dammam City Center from Airport

Dammam is a port city located just on the Gulf of Basra, east of Saudi Arabia. In the city rich of oil, the industry is also highly developed. Due to its proximity to major cities and the ease of transportation, it is known as an important transfer point. There are two important things that you should not forget that you will visit Dammam.

The first is the fact that the country is being ruled by rigid Muslim rules and that the visitors are expected to act with respect these and the second is that the temperature is very high without any significant difference in summer and winter. The most common means of transportation in the city center are taxis. There is no taximeter in the taxis. Although it is a specific tariff of the routes, the fares are more subject to bargaining. You must agree with the driver about the place you will go and how much it costs definitely before you take the taxi.

Buses are used in the city as a means of public transport. These vehicles, which are quite old and crowded, are not preferred by tourists. Car rental is a more preferred alternative. There are numerous car rental companies in both the city center and the airport.

Dammam is the second largest port in Saudi Arabia. Both ship trips and fish and freight transportation are organized from King Abdulaziz Harbor. The highways are quite developed in Dammam. In addition to a route to the capital Riyadh, many other countries in the region are also connected to the highways.

You can reach Bahrain in just 1 hour and Riyadh in 4 hours by car. If you have not rented a car, you can catch the buses leaving from the main bus terminal, which is about 700 meters from the city center.

As you can provide your intercity transfers with these buses, there are also 5 bus services every day from the bus station to Bahrain.

The railway system has an important place in the city. In addition to intercity passenger transport by train, cargo transportation is also being carried out. A project that will link Dammam to Mecca and Medina is in preparation.

The train station is 8 kilometers from the city center. From there you can reach Riyadh in 3 and half hours, Hofuf in 1 hour and Abqaiq in 40 minutes.

There is also an airport in the city and both domestic and international flights are operated from here. Bahrain International Airport is only 86 kilometers from the city center. From Dammam King Fahd International Airport you can reach the city center by taxi.

Different companies' offices are available at the airport to rent a car. For passengers who prefer to use means of public transport, bus services are arranged.


If you do not prefer public transport, you can find a taxi at the airport's passenger exit. It is possible to reach the city center by taxi in a short time, less than half an hour, at a cost of about 50-60 SAR.

You should not forget that taxis do not have taximeters. For this reason, it is useful to tell the driver your destination in advance and agree on the fare.


If you prefer public transport, you can get to the city center by public buses operated by the Saptco Company. The journey takes up to 40 minutes and the ticket price is 12 SAR per person for one way.

You can also reach El Huber and El Hassa cities outside the city center by these buses. You can visit the Saptco Information Desk at the passenger terminal for departure times and route information.

Car Rental

There are the offices of ten domestic and foreign car rental companies in the airport. If you are going to drive a car from the airport to the city center, you must turn east at the terminal exit and connect to King Fahd Road.

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2017

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Dammam flights are organized to King Fahd Intl. Airport.

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