Hertz car rental in Dammam is a convenient alternative to public transport and taxis thanks to branches in the airport and the city centre. Dammam is the third largest city in Saudi Arabia and the largest city in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, but the public transport network can be poor and can leave your reliant on taxis or hiring a car.
Renting a car gives you the flexibility to see Dammam and the rest of Saudi Arabia in your own time and at your own pace, while giving you comfort and air conditioning — essential in such a hot climate. The great road network means that you can travel in and around Dammam easily to see the beautiful seafront and other tourist attractions.
You can take advantage of car rental in Dammam at one of the two Hertz branches in the city. These can also arrange chauffeur services and are located at:
• King Fahad International Airport
• Corner of King Saud and 1st Street
You will need a full driving license and must be over 23 to rent a car in Dammam. If you are from outside Saudi Arabia you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Dammam, take a look at our page about renting a car in Saudi Arabia.
Women are strictly prohibited by law from driving anywhere in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and so a male relative will need to drive you if you rent a car in Dammam. Alternatively, Hertz offer chauffeur-driven services for customers who do not wish to drive themselves or are not able to. Female customers should contact their chosen Hertz branch in the city to pre-arrange this service.
Parking in Dammam is as you would expect for a major city, with private car parks and metered parking bays available. Make sure you pay the appropriate fees to avoid a hefty fine. As in other parts of Saudi Arabia, driving in Dammam can be unnerving for those unused to the roads so do take care. Many local drivers pay no heed to the rules and will often speed and make aggressive manoeuvres. Regardless, you should obey the rules of the road to the letter as strict Saudi laws mean you could be liable for a fine or prison sentence if caught speeding or otherwise flouting the law.
If you want to travel outside of Dammam, there are two major National Highways running through the city. National Highway 40 runs across the Kingdom and connects Dammam to Riyadh, Mecca and Jeddah. National Highway 95, however, runs through Dammam and up the coast, leading to Bahrain in one direction and Kuwait in the other.
If you want to see some of the most beautiful sights Dammam has to offer, Cornish Road takes you along the coast and allows for an excursion to Coral Island where you can take in the fabulous views across the Persian Gulf.
The motorways and National Highways are the biggest, busiest routes in Saudi Arabia and, chances are, you will drive along at least one when you rent a car in Dammam.
Motorways and expressways are assigned numbers (ranging across a variety of digits from 5 to 4522). These extend between cities and towns and, in the case of the National Highways, stretch right across Saudi Arabia, connecting with other countries. The motorways have speed limits varying between 80 to 120km/h (50 to 75mph) and they are not always consistent so you should look out for changes in the local limit. Be aware of other drivers too, as many have a tendency to cut across lanes or break the speed limit.
Most roads in built-up areas have a reduced speed limit to take pedestrians into account. This is generally around 45 km/h (about 30mph).