Car Hire at Dammam Airport
This information is correct as of October 2015
Hire a car at Dammam Airport and explore Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province. Whether you're visiting for work or for a short-break, having your own vehicle makes life a lot easier.
Where to hire a car at Dammam Airport
There are seven car rental companies on-site at Dammam Airport. Among them are Dollar, Europcar, Avis and Budget. There are also some local companies, such as Al Wefaq Rent a Car.
Petrol stations near Dammam Airport
If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are lots of petrol stations in Dammam and along the road leading out to the airport. The nearest place to fuel up is the KFIA petrol station, behind the airport building: about nine minutes drive from the entrance.
Driving around Dammam Airport
The airport is on the edge of the desert. Expect sand dunes and rugged beauty. Highway 40, the country's most important motorway, is just under 15 minutes drive away. The highway passes through Riyadh and the Arabian desert before reaching Jeddah and Meccah. Traffic in Saudi Arabia drives on the right. If this is your first time driving abroad it's important to keep your wits about you as this can take some getting used to.
Getting to your destination
The largest city in the Eastern Province is a pleasant place to while away some time. As well as a few glitzy shopping malls there are some great seaside attractions. Half-Moon Bay is a lovely man-made beach, as is Al-Marjan Island. The Corniche is a waterside promenade, perfect for chilled out strolls by the Gulf.
It takes about 20 minutes to drive into Dammam from the airport. Paid parking zones have recently been introduced. It's quite cheap to park: the most you can expect to pay per hour is SR 2 (about 35p), but fines for not displaying a ticket can rise to SR 50 (about £8.60). Non-payment results in the car being towed at a cost of SR 150 (about £25), plus two more SR 50 fines: not something you want to explain to your car hire firm.
The capital of Saudi Arabia's oil industry is home to Aramco. Most of the city is given over to the company's compounds, and is generally populated by American expats.
Dhahran is just over half an hour from Dammam Airport. Due to the nature of the city, most accommodation has guest car parking.
Great restaurants, an almost liberal attitude, and easy access to Bahrain make Al Khobar a great base for exploring all three cities: as well as the Eastern Province as a whole.
It takes just over half an hour to drive to Al Khobar from Dammam Airport. Car parking regulations are the same as in Dammam. Paid parking is cheap, but non-payment can result in large fines.
Prices subject to change