Saudi Arabia Car & Van Hire

Flying to Saudi Arabia

Travelling to Saudi Arabia by plane? There are several major airports to choose from:

  • King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah
  • King Fahd International Airport (DMM) in Dammam
  • King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh
  • Abha International Aiport (ABH)
  • Prince Abdulmohsen Bin Adulaziz Aiport (YNB) in Yanbu
  • King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Airport (GIZ) in Jizan
  • Taif International Airport (TIF)

Car hire in Saudi Arabia

If you’re planning to rent a car when you’ve landed, there are Enterprise Rent-A-Car branches at the seven main airports in Saudi Arabia. We also have an extensive network of car rental locations across Saudi Arabia, so you can rent your vehicle where it’s most convenient for you.

Whether you’re visiting for culture or business, we have the perfect vehicle to make your journey easy. Choose from a wide range of cars, vans and SUVs - perfect for desert driving.

Popular destinations and things to do in Saudi Arabia

There’s no shortage of things to do in Saudi Arabia. The largest country in the Middle East, it boasts everything from bustling cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites to rolling deserts and idyllic beaches. Here are some of the must-see attractions in Saudi Arabia.

Top places to visit in Saudi Arabia

Not sure where to go in Saudi Arabia? Check out some of our top recommendations.

Explore Saudi Arabia’s cities

Saudi Arabia is steeped in rich history, and its cities are cultural hubs waiting to be explored. Riyadh, the capital city, blends modernity with heritage – it’s the country’s ‘capital of culture’ for a reason. Expect world-class shopping, endless entertainment and culture galore - there are plenty of things to see in Riyadh.

The second-largest city, Jeddah, also delivers on Arabic architecture, delicious cuisine, and stunning coastal views. It’s the gateway to the Red Sea, after all.

Other cities in Saudi Arabia to visit include:

  • Makkah
  • Madinah
  • Abha
  • Dammam
  • Al Jubail
  • Al Khobar
  • Tabuk
  • Al-Ula

Holy places in Saudi Arabia

Millions of visitors every year come to Saudi Arabia to see the holiest city in Islam – Mecca (or Makkah). Mecca is a popular pilgrimage destination for Muslims and includes religious landmarks like the great mosque Masjid al-Haram, the Kaaba, and the Cave of Hira.

450km north of Mecca, Medina is the second holiest city in Islam with iconic sites such as the Prophet’s Mosque.

Top things to do in Saudi Arabia

There’s a wealth of things to do in Saudi Arabia. Here are just a few of our top picks.

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you’re looking for culture and history on your trip, some of these are not to be missed.

UNESCO sites include Rock Art in the Hail and Hima Regions, Historic Jeddah and Riyadh, and Hegra (or Mada’in Saleh), the archaeological site of Nabatean tombs and rock carvings.

Popular attractions in Saudi Arabia

The most-visited attractions in Saudi Arabia include:

  • Great Mosque of Mecca
  • Mount Uhud
  • Al-Balad
  • Kingdom Centre Tower
  • Kaaba and the Black Stone
  • King Fahd’s Fountain
  • Edge of the World
  • Jabal al-Nour Cave
  • Al Masjid an-Nabawi
  • Al Masmak Fortress
  • Hegra

Food and drink in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia offers a culinary adventure for the taste buds. Aromatic spices feature heavily, and staples include fragrant rice, slow-cooked meat and Arabic coffee. Don’t miss the national dish of Saudi Arabia – kabsa, a rice dish with Persian roots infused with spices and meat stock. If you have a sweet tooth, try knafeh, a popular Arabian dessert made with spun sweet pastry layered with cheese and sprinkled with pistachios.

As for drinks, cool off with some sobia, a local drink made with fermented brown bread, sugar, and coconut; or indulge in a delicious date milkshake.

Events & festivals in Saudi Arabia

If it’s culture you’re looking for, events and festivals are among the best things to do in Saudi Arabia.

Janadriyah National Festival

One of Saudi Arabia’s biggest festivals, this two-week event celebrates the kingdom’s rich culture and heritage. It’s held just outside of Riyadh, usually in February or March.

Riyadh Spring Festival

This ten-day event celebrates all things nature. Commonly held in March, the Spring Festival is best known for its impressive flower displays.

Unification of the Kingdom Day

On September 23rd, the country celebrates the Unification of the Kingdom Day, celebrating the unification of Saudi Arabia in 1932.

Best time to visit Saudi Arabia

When is the best time to visit Saudi Arabia? The winter months, from November to February, are a good time to travel due to the cooler weather.

In the summer, temperatures can soar to 43°C – particularly inland. If you chose to visit during the summer months, make sure to stay protected from the sun, especially during peak hours.

Driving in Saudi Arabia

Planning to drive in Saudi Arabia? Travelling by car or van is a great way to explore the country at your own pace. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has a vast network of car rental locations in Saudi Arabia, so wherever you're planning to visit, a hire car is a low-stress way to travel.

Here are the essential documents you need to drive in Saudi Arabia:

  • A full, valid driving licence from an approved country (EU, USA, Australia, New Zealand and GCC state licences can be used for three months. International licences are valid for a year.)
  • An Arabic translation of your driving licence
  • An International Driving Permit (IPD)
  • Your passport

Road rules in Saudi Arabia

There are some key road rules to remember when driving in Saudi Arabia:

  • Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers
  • Children under ten must use a car seat
  • You cannot use your phone whilst driving
  • You cannot drink and drive (the blood alcohol limit is 0%)
  • Insurance is a legal requirement.

Speed limit in Saudi Arabia

In 2018, the speed limit for some core roads in Saudi Arabia was increased. The maximum speed limit for cars is now 140kph on the following highways:

  • Riyadh-Al Qasim
  • Riyadh-Taif
  • Riyadh-Dammam
  • Mecca-Medina

On rural roads, the speed limit is typically 90kph. In urban areas, the limit varies between 40 and 60kph. Pay attention to road signs to see the speed limit for each road.

What side of the road does Saudi Arabia drive on?

The driving side in Saudi Arabia is on the right-hand side of the road. Cars are left-hand drive and typically automatic.

Minimum age to drive in Saudi Arabia

The minimum age to drive in Saudi Arabia is 18 years old. However, the age limit to hire a car in Saudi Arabia is 21.

Can women drive in Saudi Arabia?

Yes, women can drive in Saudi Arabia. The 30-year ban on female drivers was lifted in 2018.

Road conditions in Saudi Arabia

There's an extensive network of roads in Saudi Arabia, spanning some 220,000km, including 4,000km of highways.

Some weather conditions can make driving hazardous, like sandstorms and flash floods. We advise you to always consult the weather forecast before driving long distances.

If you find yourself in a sandstorm, reduce your speed, drive in the middle lane, allow plenty of distance between your vehicle and those in front, and pull over to safety at the next available opportunity.

Flash floods occur after heavy rain when dry river beds flood. These are especially common in April – Saudi Arabia's rainy season. If you can, avoid travelling in April. Steer clear of rural roads after heavy rain, and check your route before you travel to avoid any disruption.

Are you ready to explore Saudi Arabia? Check out our car rental options and prepare for a smooth drive through this spectacular country.

Car and van hire in Saudi Arabia with Enterprise

Enterprise Saudi Arabia offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Saudi Arabia

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in Saudi Arabia

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Saudi Arabia, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.

Car & Van Hire in Saudi Arabia

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is proud to serve customers in Saudi Arabia. As part of the largest rental car company in the world, which owns and operates more than 1.5 million vehicles, we’re sure to have a location near you or your travel destination. And while we are an internationally recognized brand, Enterprise remains family-owned with one goal in mind for our customers: to exceed your expectations for service and overall value.

With many unique attractions, such as Jabal al-Lawz, the Jawatha Mosque, and Al Masjid al Nabawi, Saudi Arabia is a popular destination with tourists and business travelers alike. No matter if you’re visiting for only a few days or staying for a month or more, you can count on us to provide the perfect vehicle for your transportation needs. Get your trip started by searching the map or browsing the locations below.