Driving In Riyadh

Driving in Riyadh can be a daunting affair but it's not all that bad once you get the hang of it. One just needs to be extra cautious and we promise you will make home in one piece.

15. Jan 2023
Driving In Riyadh

It's no secret that having a car is almost mandatory in KSA. With public transportation still in development, Metro and bus systems in Riyadh are expected to be completed by 2023/2024, having a ride of your own is the only real option available to get around. But if you're someone who loves avoiding getting behind the wheel, you may be in for a rough ride.

Uber prices in KSA may be a bit cheaper compared to Europe, but don't be fooled – the distances aren't quite the same. Sure, a 20-minute ride to work may only cost you around 37 SAR (10$), but don't be surprised if it takes 30 minutes to actually get a lift – especially during peak times. With people desperately trying to catch a ride, drivers can get a little picky about prices, leaving you literally out in the cold.

For the uninitiated, an excursion on the highways of KSA can quickly become an exercise in frustration as you find yourself dodging other drivers, doing your best to understand the signs, and signals, but fret not! Most of the road signs are now in English and Arabic but don’t be surprised if the speed limits are only in Arabic, we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the numbers to make driving a little less stressful.

Congestion on the road is a common occurrence, either due to an accident or an overly smart maneuver slowing down traffic, but If you’re involved in an accident, you’ll have to wait for the Najm to arrive, assess fault, and issue orders. This can create further delays and congestion.

However, there is one small perk to traveling in KSA—to all non-Americans, you can turn right on red, provided there are no signs telling you otherwise. Sure, this won’t be much help in serious situations, but it’s definitely something to bear in mind when you’re out for a cruise! To those brave souls who are undeterred, we say: never fear! Just be sure to use every tool at your disposal. Don’t forget Google maps and Waze, for example, as these apps can make all the difference when you’re stuck in a jam or making a wrong turn.

Just remember – there are no shortcuts on the road in KSA. Even experienced drivers need to stay alert, avoid potential hazards, and keep their wits about them. A bit of patience and a sense of humor may also help when you’re behind the wheel. So if you can keep all that in mind, you should make it home in one piece. Good luck!


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