Mecca travel guide

Mecca Tourism | Mecca Guide

You're Going to Love Mecca

With a population of 1,32 million, Mecca is a must-see destination in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It is the most popular tourist destination in the country. We recommend you stay at least 4 days in order to fully appreciate everything Mecca has to offer.

When to visit Mecca

Mecca in October
Estimated hotel price
€47
1 night at 3-star hotel
Mecca in October
Estimated hotel price
€47
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Mecca

Plane

Although Mecca doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Taif (TIF), which is located 75 km from Mecca. The shortest flight to Mecca from Ireland departs from Dublin and takes around 10h 45m.

Car

Another option to get to Mecca is to pick up a car hire from Jeddah, which is about 66 km from Mecca. You’ll find branches of Budget and Avis, among others, in Jeddah.

Bus

Mecca’s bus station is located 11 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Mecca doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Taif (TIF), which is located 75 km from Mecca. The shortest flight to Mecca from Ireland departs from Dublin and takes around 10h 45m.

Car

Another option to get to Mecca is to pick up a car hire from Jeddah, which is about 66 km from Mecca. You’ll find branches of Budget and Avis, among others, in Jeddah.

Bus

Mecca’s bus station is located 11 km from the city centre.

Airports near Mecca

TIFTaif

Airlines serving Mecca

KLM
Good (851 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,401 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,277 reviews)
Air France
Good (969 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,545 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,925 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,119 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,482 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,666 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (915 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (830 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (391 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (703 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (481 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (192 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (179 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (776 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (454 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (323 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (953 reviews)
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Where to stay in Mecca

From 5-star hotels such as the Makkah Hotel to great affordable options like the ibis Styles Makkah, Mecca offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around €58 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to €137 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Nada Al Majd Hotel and Palestine Hotel Makkah. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Mecca, with prices from €12 to €322 per night. Batha Quraish is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Mecca are about 101% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Mecca

Most booked hotels in Mecca

Swissôtel Makkah
5 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
€138+
Swissôtel Al Maqam Makkah
5 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
€167+
Jeddah Hilton Hotel
5 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
€303+
Pullman Zamzam Makkah
5 stars
Good (6.7, Good reviews)
€136+
Al Nabarees Al Masi Hotel
3 stars
Good (6.4, Good reviews)
€50+

Hiring a car in Mecca

Compact (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Mecca, while also 59% cheaper than other types, on average.

Compact (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Mecca, while also 59% cheaper than other types, on average.