Plan your trip

AlUla invites you to experience her revitalising spirit, to be enchanted by the history and culture, and rejuvenated by the natural beauty. Find all the resources you need to plan a trip, including all the practical information for travellers, top tips and other essentials.

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Getting to AlUla

Accommodation

From luxury hotels set within stunning landcsapes, to unique glamping experiences in Airstream trailers or rustic tents, AlUla offers a multitude of options. Our travel partners can help you plan your trip, or you can do it yourself and explore all of AlUla’s accommodation options.

Quick facts

Language

The official language of Saudi Arabia is Arabic, but English is widely spoken in AlUla and around the country. When greeting locals a friendly greeting is 'Marhaba' (hello) and 'Salaam aleikum' (peace be upon you).

Culture

Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage and traditions have been shaped by its position as a historic trade hub and the birthplace of Islam. In recent years, the Kingdom has undergone a significant cultural transformation, evolving century-old customs to fit the contemporary world we live in today.

Currency

The local currency is the Saudi Riyal (SAR). While credit card and contactless payment are widely accepted, some shops only accept cash – so it’s good to have some with you. There are several ATMs in AlUla, but there is no currency exchange.

Weather and climate in AlUla

Autumn

Autumn brings comfortable temperatures to AlUla throughout the day and night, making it the perfect time to explore and enjoy all the great outdoor activities on offer. Enjoy hiking through the unique valleys and rocky landscapes, and sample a number of rich cultural events and festivals in open air spaces like Old Town and AlJadidah.

Winter

AlUla's winter offers mild daytime temperatures and brisk evenings. Camping and hiking are hugely popular right up until the sun sets, while outdoor events and exhibitions are plentiful, and enjoyable at both day and night.

Spring

The landscape blooms in spring, bringing with it an abundance of colour, nature and experiences for all. Almost perfect temperatures around the clock mean the natural beauty of the desert and rock formations don't just become places to visit, they are places to really discover.

Summer

Evenings offer a serene escape from the day's heat, with pleasant temperatures and limited humidity standing AlUla out from almost all other destinations in the region. The landscape takes on a mesmerising beauty as the sun sets, providing the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities such as stargazing and dining under the stars.

On ground transportation

Car hire

You’ll find Lumi Car Rental, Alrehaili Car Rental, and Budget Car Rental desks at the airport. In order to hire a car, international drivers must carry a valid driving licence from their country of residence as well as an international driving permit.

Taxis and shuttle buses

Airport Taxis: A limited number available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

AlUla City Taxis: Can be booked via the Taxa app or by WhatsApp.

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Ride hailing

The ride-share service Careem is also available 24/7 in AlUla. Careem's comprehensive coverage, from the AlUla International Airport to iconic locations across the city, ensures seamless transportation experiences for visitors.

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Flights and visas

Both Dubai and Doha have several flights per week, with flydubai and Qatar Airways. There are also flights seasonally from Amman with Royal Jordanian.

Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam all have several options during the week with Saudia and flynas. Alternatively, Tabuk and Madinah airports – both serviced by international airlines – are both within a four-hour drive of AlUla.

Yes, though the type of visa will depend on your passport. International visitors from 63 eligible countries can apply for an eVisa, which is a simple process through a fast and easy-to-use online portal. The eVisa will be a one-year, multiple entry visa, allowing tourists to spend up to 90 days in the country.

Welcome to AlUla

AlUla is a place of eternal rejuvenation, where heritage, culture, art, and adventure meet – all set against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty.

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