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 July
Estimated hotel price
$130
1 night at 3-star hotel
Mecca in July
Estimated hotel price
$130
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 46 miles from Mecca. The shortest flight to Mecca from the United States departs from New York and takes around 11h 35m.

Car

Another option to get to Mecca is to pick up a car rental from Jeddah, which is about 41 miles from Mecca. You’ll find branches of Avis and Budget, among others, in Jeddah.

Bus

Mecca’s bus station is located 7 miles from the city center.

Plane

Although Mecca doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Taif (TIF), which is located 46 miles from Mecca. The shortest flight to Mecca from the United States departs from New York and takes around 11h 35m.

Car

Another option to get to Mecca is to pick up a car rental from Jeddah, which is about 41 miles from Mecca. You’ll find branches of Avis and Budget, among others, in Jeddah.

Bus

Mecca’s bus station is located 7 miles from the city center.

Airports near Mecca

TIFTaif

Airlines serving Mecca

KLM
Good (839 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,750 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,172 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,598 reviews)
Air France
Good (974 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,102 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,939 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,352 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,230 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (929 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (845 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (776 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (439 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (561 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (197 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (189 reviews)
Eurowings
Good (183 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (341 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (519 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (767 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 Borj Al Diyafah Hotel, Mecca offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $94 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $141 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Mecca, with prices from $18 to $361 per night. Batha Quraish is the neighborhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Mecca are about 64% 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, 22622 reviews)
$190+
ibis Jeddah City Center
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, 14901 reviews)
$66+
Four Points by Sheraton Makkah Al Naseem
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, 17911 reviews)
$46+
Narcissus Resort & Spa Obhur Jeddah
5 stars
Excellent (8.3, 1696 reviews)
$443+
Makkah Clock Royal Tower A Fairmont Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.2, 28882 reviews)
$224+
Swissôtel Al Maqam Makkah
5 stars
Excellent (8.1, 35469 reviews)
$169+

Renting a car in Mecca

Renting a car in Mecca costs $42 per day, on average, or $169 if you want to rent if for 4 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 6% cheaper than airport locations in Mecca.

Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most popular car type to rent in Mecca, while also 60% cheaper than other types, on average.

Renting a car in Mecca costs $42 per day, on average, or $169 if you want to rent if for 4 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 6% cheaper than airport locations in Mecca.

Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most popular car type to rent in Mecca, while also 60% cheaper than other types, on average.