Transportation Options between Makkah and Madinah during Hajj & Umrah

Every year millions of Muslims around the world, travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah. There are a number of options available these days when traveling from Makkah to Madinah and vice versa and are accordingly offered by various tour operators. Below is the comparison table

Transportation Option Travel time between Makkah & Madinah Additional Travel Time Total Travel Time Commentary
Bus  6 – 7 hours 6-7 hours This is a door to door service. Passengers get picked and dropped at their hotel. Once on the bus, passengers can spend time sleeping and relaxing. This is also the most economical option.
Air 50 minutes 4 hours 4 hours 50 minutes This is the fastest option however not necessarily the most convenient one. Passengers will have to go through security checkpoints and have to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to the flight. There is a Transport time from the hotel to the airport both ways that have to be considered.
Train 3 hours 5 minutes 1 hour 50 minutes 4 hours 55 minutes This is a new train service starting October 2018. Not many tour operators will be offering this service in 2019 however the option will be provided by some premium tour operators from the US And Canada in their 2019 Hajj packages

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