When is the best time to fly to Riyadh?
As you might expect, temperatures during the summer months of June to August in Saudi Arabia can reach intolerable highs, making it difficult to enjoy your trip comfortably and results in less tourists planning their holiday to Riyadh during these months. Visitors are therefore best advised to book flights to Riyadh between November and March during the city's winter when the weather is nevertheless pleasant enough to see all of Riyadh's top tourist attractions. If you like food and trying new things, make sure to plan a flight to Riyadh in January to experience their spectacular 10-day food festival where you can sample an array of fabulous local cuisines at many restaurants and hotels across the city.
April and October are the best time to find cheap flights to Riyadh and there are often discounted accommodation rates on offer due to the off-peak season, so if you are not restricted in the times you can travel these months are well worth considering to save yourself money and the usual tourist hustle and bustle.
With an up and coming tourist industry, the capital of Saudi Arabia is still very much an undiscovered gem. Riyadh has only recently put itself on the map as a site of interest for those looking to top up their historical and cultural awareness of the region. However, more and more people are turning to this ancient city situated on the Arabian Peninsula as both a commercial and tourist destination. By far the city's most popular attraction is the National Museum, due to its extraordinary depth and detail, which is easily accessible to English speakers. Spanning thousands of years, the museum illustrates the historical and cultural aspects of the region through a number of well-considered exhibitions and interactive aids. Visitors are advised to look up entrance information and opening hours before visiting to avoid disappointment. Another popular item on the itinerary is the Al Faisaliah Tower which dominates the skyline of Riyadh both day and night. Standing at a staggering height of 876 ft (267 m), the Al Faisaliah Tower is one of the tallest skyscrapers in Saudi Arabia. Spectators will notice a giant golden ball at the tip of the building which is actually a restaurant offering breathtaking views over the city. For those who prefer their feet firmly on the ground why not take a wander through the mall located on the ground level; home to numerous internationally renowned brands, as well as a bustling food court.
Getting around Riyadh
Once you have arrived on your flight to Riyadh and reached your onward destination, it is simple to discover many of the city's attractions on foot. However, if you feel that you want to venture further afield it is best to look into travelling by taxi or hiring a car since Riyadh is a city whose transport is very much dominated by cars. Although it is widely accepted that women are forbidden from driving here, this is sometimes overlooked for foreign visitors.
Getting from the Airport to the City
Flights to Riyadh arrive 21 miles (33.7 km) north of the city at the Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH), which is currently only accessible by car hire or taxi. With a journey time to the city centre at around 30 minutes, it is relatively quick and simple to make your way from the airport to your onward destination. Taxis must be reserved before travel - but travellers are always advised to familiarise themselves with the typical charges beforehand to avoid potential scam artists.