When to fly to Jeddah
The most popular times to visit are during the winter months for Hajj or during summer for the festival. Winter, from October till March, sees average temperatures of between 20-30C, with sunny days and cooler nights. Be aware that the city is extremely busy from October onwards as the Hajj pilgrimage season gets underway.
Summer is hot and humid, with July temperatures reaching 43C by day and 30C in the evenings. Thousands of visitors flock to the city for the Jeddah Summer Festival during this period, and over 250 events include exhibitions, shows, fairs, competitions and games.
The cheapest time to visit is during the low season period in March and April when temperatures are pleasant and the city is less crowded. Peak seasons from October till January for Hajj and during summer, particularly in July and August when the festival is on are more expensive as air fares rise accordingly.
Getting around Jeddah
It isn't usual for visitors to take the bus, and in fact many locals also prefer to use taxis. They are plentiful and cheap, and many hotels also operate their own free service to ferry guests to the shopping malls and other attractions.