Riyadh Railway Station

It may not be to everyone’s taste to go all the way to a railway station simply to see ... the railway station ... but whether you’re a rail enthusiast or not you should definitely find the time to see Riyadh’s splendid edifice hidden away in the heart of the old town.

Of course, if you want to make an excursion to the east coast, then the four-times-a-day trains* to Dammam via Hofuf and Abqaiq leave from here and as you’ll need to purchase your tickets at least a day in advance of travel, there will be plenty of time to see the wonders of the place.

It really is a most impressive building, harking back to the 1980s. It was designed by Italian architect Lucio Barbera and pride of place must go to the array of six brass chandeliers positioned just outside the main concourse entrance.

* Tenders have been invited for work on a new 950km single track line from Riyadh to Jeddah, via Taif and Makkah, as well as a 115km cargo-only line from Dammam to Jubail.

Describing a route to get to the railway station is well nigh impossible as there are so many loops and twists that you would get lost attempting to follow it.

Suffice it to say that if you get to the area just south of Malaz you should then look out for the railway station signs which guide you through the labyrinth of one-way streets, and you’ll find it without too much difficulty. Although there is a pay car park at the station, there is ample free street parking outside.

Entrance: 24 38.9’N ; 46 44.4’ E

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