Saudi Arabia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years- The Middle East being an obvious area where this is the case. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.
Driving in Saudi Arabia
You can drive on your home countries licence for up to a year. Roads in Saudi Arabia are long straight and in good condition which encourages the all-male driving populace to put their foot down and race. Speeds are generally much higher than you would experience in Europe and USA. Driving styles are extremely aggressive, rules are there to be broken and accidents are common, as you’ll notice from the number of cars with bumps and dents. In the event of an accident, the police may take all parties involved to the police station and hold you there until responsibility is decided upon. This could take several days.You shouldn’t under estimate the distance between major cities in Saudi Arabia so plan ahead and make sure you have adequate supplies in case of breakdown – it may take a long time for help to arrive. Saudi Arabia is a challenging driving abroad location and isn’t for the faint hearted. Drive confidentally but ultra defensively- don’t allow yourself to be bullied but also don’t get drawn into macho games of ‘chicken’, as you won’t emerge the winner!
Saudi Arabia Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar,Avis, Budget, Thrifty have branches throughout the Kingdom.Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as ebookers.com. or Expedia
This website lists a large number of local companies. Unfortunately none seem to have an English Language website and only telephone numbers are given.
Saudi Arabia Self Drive Rules-
Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia so will be unable to be named as a driver. Sixt allow cars to be driven in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.However it looks like this may be limited to Saudi citizens.Budget allow cross border rentals only if you have a Corporate account with them. They also have rules preventing visitors on Haj and Umrah visas renting . Hertz don’t allow vehicles to be taken out of the country.