Thanks to Hertz branches located at the airport and within the city itself, car rental in Riyadh is easy, giving you the flexibility to drive yourself in comfort through the capital of Saudi Arabia.
As a predominantly business destination, Riyadh has great road links with the rest of the Kingdom, marking it as a commercial centre. Despite this, however, Riyadh’s public transport network is underdeveloped compared to other major cities and because of the extreme heat, walking is not always ideal. So, to save yourself time and allow yourself more comfort, hiring a car is the most recommended way of getting around.
You will need a full driving licence and must be over 23 to rent a car in Riyadh. If you are from outside Saudi Arabia you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Riyadh, take a look at our page about renting a car in Saudi Arabia.
Women are forbidden by law to drive anywhere in Saudi Arabia and so only men are able to rent a car in Riyadh. Hertz are able to serve their female customers in Riyadh by offering chauffeur-driven car services. For more information on this service, you should contact your chosen Hertz branch in Riyadh.
Driving in Riyadh can be a hair-raising experience as many native drivers ignore most rules of the road. Despite this, you should follow all rules as flouting them can carry a prison sentence. Wearing a seatbelt is law (and strongly recommended!), as is not using a mobile phone while driving. An automated system monitors speeding and other traffic offences and will issue you with a fine.
There are parking spaces and car parks at many locations around the city. Parking illegally carries a fine so be sure to park in a designated space and pay the correct fee.
Opening hours:Mo-Su 24 hours
Address:King Khaled Airport - International Arrivals Terminal 1
Opening hours:Mo-Th 0800-2300, Fr 1530-2200, Sa-Su 0800-2300
National Highway 40 runs through the centre of Riyadh, connecting it with other major centres in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including Jeddah, Mecca and Dammam, allowing you to travel across the country. National Highway 65, on the other hand, runs up through the city to the country’s border with Jordan.
The highways within the city interconnect with other main roads and local streets giving you easy access to sports ground, universities and the business and commercial district.
The highways in Saudi Arabia vary between major motorways (or National Highways) and smaller urban streets. You will need to be aware of their differences when you rent a car in Riyadh.
The motorways are designated with numbers ranging from 5 to 4522 (although they don’t cover every number in between), and include expressways as well as more standard motorways. The speed limits here range between 80 to 120km/h (50 to 75mph) and you should pay attention to the local limit as it can change from time to time on the same stretch of motorway. Do not speed, even if other road users are and be aware that many drivers will just cut across several lanes with little warning in order to exit the motorway.
In built-up urban areas, you will usually find the speed limit reduced to 45 km/h (around 30mph).