How to use the train from Makkah to Madinah
The new high-speed Haramain train is now in full action. Here is how to use the train from Makkah to Madinah and vice versa and other general information before you board!
There are few options for you to get from Makkah to Madinah for Umrah and we cover all of them extensively here. Now that the train is added this is a much safer and faster way of reaching the Holy cities. The classes and seats are comfortable and it’s new and clean. The train takes 3 hours from Makkah to Madinah.
The price of the ticket is not cheap by Saudi standards but by European standards, it is a good value considering the benefits of comfort, speed and safety you have.
- A one-way ticket in economy costs £35 / 160 SAR per person and children pay half price.
- A one-way ticket in business costs £55 / 263 SAR per person and children pay half price
For a family of 5 this can add up and I can see the benefit of taking a taxi over the train option. Makkah to Madinah train schedule is available below, there are 4 trains per day.
The Train is a service from Makkah to Madinah but it is not a direct link, it makes 1 or 2 stops depending on your train to Jeddah Central train stationand to King Abdullah Economic city before arriving in Makkah or Madinah. In total even with the stops, it takes 3 hours to reach the cities which is great.
Arrivals and Boarding Rules
Here are the rules of the ticket and how long in advance you have to be at the train station. Please note that if you go during rush hour depending on the location of your hotel you might need extra time. Also if you don’t have a ticket take this into account as well. Overall you can go to the train for about one hour or 30 minutes before the train departs.
Baggage on the Train
It looks like you can only have one bag per person plus one hand luggage as with most airlines.
Where are the stations located in Makkah and Medina?
The Makkah Haramain Highspeed train station is located about 10- minute taxi drive from the Haram. You can find the Makkah train station details here. The Madinah Haramain train station is located about 10 minutes from Masjid Al Nabawi as well. You can find the google map location for the Madinah train here.
The Train is a service from Makkah to Madinah but it is not a direct link, it makes 1 or 2 stops depending on your train to Jeddah Central train station and to King Abdullah Economic city before arriving in Makkah or Madinah. In total even with the stops, it takes 3 hours to reach the cities which is great.
Also please note the journey is 3 hours and it doesn’t stop at a Meeqat if you are travelling for Umrah from Madinah to Mekkah. So make sure you wear your ihram and have your intentions from before or while on the train.
Your option when arriving for Umrah at Jeddah airport is still taking a taxi to Makkah. Otherwise, you have to take a taxi to Jeddah train station and then the train which will cost more and it’s not as time- effective.