Known as the ‘City of the Prophet,’ Medina, is one of the largest cities in Saudi Arabia. The city, similar to Mecca, is considered to be holy by Muslims. The city, which stands out with its religious tourism, is visited by many Muslims every year. Located in the north of Mecca, approximately 200 kilometers from the Red Sea, the city used to be called Yathrib, prior the first migration of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). After the migration, the city’s name was changed to Medina. The city, which was under the rule of Seljuk Empire during the reign of Sultan Meliksah, was later governed by the Ayyubid Dynasty, the Mamluk Sultanate, and the Ottoman Empire. Every year, thousands of Muslims visit the city during their holy pilgrimage season. Among the important places to visit is al-Masjid an-Nabawi, Masjid al-Qiblatain, Masjid Jummah, Amberiye Mosque, and the first mosque, Quba Masjid. The city is particularly suitable for those who want to know more about Islam.
There are endless options for dining, especially for Muslims. In addition to Arab cuisine, it is possible to get a taste of many cuisines and different tastes from China, Iran, Indonesia, Egypt, and Turkey. Chicken rice, also known as ‘Chicken Broast,’ is popular with both Arabs and tourists. There are various cafes and restaurants through the city that serve all sorts of cold beverages which is suitable for the year round dry and warm climate in the city. When you come to Medina, you must also try the Medina-specific dates. The world-famous fruit is exported to many countries, especially Turkey and other Muslim countries. In the city, the hotels generally only serve breakfast and dinner. For lunch, you can try restaurants outside the hotel.
For transportation throughout the city, you can take advantage of the tour companies’ vehicles. Taxis are an alternative but it is important to remember that they are quite expensive. If you want to buy souvenirs before leaving the country, you can find countless options in the city counters and markets all over the city. Some of the special gift items sold for purchase throughout the city are decorated prayer rugs, watches, and rosaries. Do not be surprised if you encounter shopkeepers who speak Turkish while shopping in the city. A large number of tradesmen are visited by Turks every year, so most of the tradesmen speak some Turkish to easily respond and engage in daily conversations. Although the city is generally safe, it is probably best to not carry a lot of cash, just in case. If you are visiting the city, especially during the summer months, it is important to note the high temperatures and take precautions accordingly. An option is to wear similar attire to the fine white clothes Arabs wear to protect themselves against the scorching heat.
Medina, one of the most important cities of Saudi Arabia with Mecca and the capital Riyadh, has Medina Airport which is 20 kilometers away from the city center. At Medina Airport, the Saudi Arabia’s fourth busiest airport, regional flights are arranged as well as the international flights. Transportation to the city center from the airport is very easy and different transportation options are available. In addition to this, you can benefit from numerous services before or after your flight, as well as you can enjoy your time with various activities.
You can take a quick taxi ride from Medina Airport to the city center. The taxis that go to many parts of the city can be extremely comfortable and quick to reach the city center.
You can easily get to the city center by city buses on which you can get from the terminal building at Medina Airport. You can travel more economically and easily with the buses that allow you to go to the city center in a little longer time compared to taxi option.
Another option to get you to the city center from Medina Airport is to rent a car. You can quickly reach the city center with the car you can rent from the car rental offices at the airport. You can make an extremely comfortable journey with the car rental system that allows you to reach the city center by driving your rental car as you wish. At the airport, you can choose from the following car rental companies: Hanco, Dheeb, United International Company, Al Miftah, Bin Hadi, Daleel, Rached Al Abairi and Al Wifaq.Last Updated: November 23, 2016