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Why Fly to Jeddah?
Jeddah is Saudi Arabia’s second largest city and commercial centre. Many purchase flight tickets to Jeddah to make pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina. But Jeddah (or Jiddah) is a wonderful place to explore. With seaside resorts and shopping districts, Jeddah is where many Saudis travel on holiday. When researching cheap flights to Jeddah, look for King Abdulaziz International Airport (IATA: JED), used by many international airlines.
Flying to Jeddah from the UK
Flights to Jeddah depart from most major cities in the UK including London Heathrow, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, and Dublin in Ireland. It is possible to get a direct flight from London Heathrow only, and will take on average six to eight hours. Indirect flights generally have only one stopover, and can take from 13 to 26 hours, but may not save you much money. Flights from Liverpool and some of the regional airports will have at least two stopovers.
Popular Flight Routes to Jeddah
Which Airlines Fly to Jeddah?
Saudi Arabian Airlines and British Airways both provide a direct service from London Heathrow to Jeddah. Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France and Turkish Airlines all offer indirect flights from cities in the UK and Ireland including Manchester and Dublin, with stopovers in cities including Frankfurt, Cairo, and Amsterdam. The length of journey time on the return flight can vary with the outward flight by a few hours and sometimes a flight that stops only once on the outward journey will stop twice on the return.
Mini Travel Guide to Jeddah
Jeddah offers city and shore. For the city experience, wind through the streets and alleys of al-Balad. This historic area has fascinating architecture and bustling markets, including Souq al-Alawi, the largest, central market. When haggling with merchants, remember that it is important to smile and be friendly. A major attraction is Bayt Nassif, an intricate old mansion where you can learn about Jeddah’s rich past. Stay downtown until sunset to hear an amazing chorus of calls to prayer. For the beach experience, go to Jeddah Corniche, replete with modern hotels, fabulous views, interesting sculptures and even more markets. The seaside area boasts King Fahd’s Fountain, the highest in the world, and amusement parks, such as Sail Island water park and Al-Shalal Theme Park. A well-kept secret is that Jeddah has spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling, with amazing visibility and pristine coral reefs.
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