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
C$ 180
1 night at 3-star hotel
Mecca in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 180
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 Canada departs from Montreal and takes around 14h 25m.

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 downtown.

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 Canada departs from Montreal and takes around 14h 25m.

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 downtown.

Airports near Mecca

TIFTaif

Airlines serving Mecca

KLM
Good (847 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,745 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,188 reviews)
Air France
Good (975 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,604 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,102 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,944 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,368 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,212 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (928 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (848 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (774 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (438 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (556 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (194 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (188 reviews)
Eurowings
Good (181 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (342 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (515 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (768 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 C$ 123 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 187 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Mecca, with prices from C$ 25 to C$ 491 per night. Batha Quraish is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Mecca are about 54% 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)
C$ 254+
Four Points by Sheraton Makkah Al Naseem
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 63+
Makkah Clock Royal Tower A Fairmont Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 312+
Swissôtel Al Maqam Makkah
5 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 220+
Elaf Kinda Hotel
5 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 155+
Pullman Zamzam Makkah
5 stars
Good (6.7, Good reviews)
C$ 208+

Renting a car in Mecca

Renting a car in Mecca costs C$ 81 per day, on average, or C$ 323 if you want to rent it for 4 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 21% more expensive than at Jeddah King Abdulaziz Intl.

The most frequently booked car type in Mecca is Economy (Toyota Yaris or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Nissan Sunny or similar) are, on average, 51% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Mecca costs C$ 81 per day, on average, or C$ 323 if you want to rent it for 4 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 21% more expensive than at Jeddah King Abdulaziz Intl.

The most frequently booked car type in Mecca is Economy (Toyota Yaris or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Nissan Sunny or similar) are, on average, 51% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.