Pilgrims generally travel to Hajj and Umrah in groups. During the early 19th century, numbers undertaking the traditional overland pilgrimage within caravans began to diminish as many pilgrims began arriving in Makkah by steamship. This continued for some time, until air travel came to predominate; Egypt introduced the first airline service for Hajj pilgrims in 1937. Today, many airlines are operating from worldwide to Jeddah and Madinah airports. King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport in Madinah have dedicated pilgrim terminals to assist the arrival of pilgrims.

Air Flights From UK

There are 24 commercial international airports within the UK and many other domestic or private airfields. Heathrow Airport is currently the busiest airport in the UK and serves passengers for domestic flights within the UK, external flights to the rest of the world and it is also a hub for connecting flights to many countries as well. UK is a small country but it can take hours to drive from one end of the country to the other which is why domestic internal flights are popular from the smaller airports.

MAIN AIRPORTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

London Gatwick (LGW)

EdinBurgh (EDI)

Manchester (MAN)

Birmingham (BHX)

London Luton (LTN)

Glasgow International (GLA)

London Heathrow (LHR)

London City (LCY)

FLIGHTS

British Airways

Direct Flights
The average flight time is 06 Hrs
British 23 Kg & 5 L liter of zamzam
Gulf Air

Indirect Flights
The average flight time is 09 to 21 Hrs with Transit time of 1 – 18 Hrs
Gulf Air via Bahrain X1 30Kg Plus 7 Kg Cabin Bag
Egypt Air

Indirect Flights
The average flight time is 09 to 21 Hrs with Transit time of 1 – 18 Hrs
Eygpt Air via Cairo X1 30 Kg Plus 7 Kg Cabin Bag
Emirates

Indirect Flights
The average flight time is 09 to 21 Hrs with Transit time of 1 – 18 Hrs
Emirates via Dubai X1 30 Kg Plus 7 Kg Cabin Bag
Air France

Indirect Flights
The average flight time is 09 to 21 Hrs with Transit time of 1 – 18 Hrs
Air France via Paris X1 23 Kg Plus 5 Kg Cabin Bag
Saudi Airlines

Direct Flights
The average flight time is 06 Hrs
Saudi Airlines 23 Kg X 2 & 5 L liter of zamzam
Royal Jordanian

Indirect Flights
The average flight time is 09 to 21 Hrs with Transit time of 1 – 18 Hrs
Royal Jordanian via Amman X1 32 Kg Plus 7 Kg Cabin Bag
Lufthansa

Indirect Flights
The average flight time is 09 to 21 Hrs with Transit time of 1 – 18 Hrs
Lufthansa via Germany X1 up to 23 kg and 5 Kg Cabin Bag
Turkish Airline

Indirect Flights
The average flight time is 09 to 21 Hrs with Transit time of 1 – 18 Hrs
Turkish Airlines via Istanbul 23 Kg 7 Kg Cabin Bag
Middle Eastern Airlines

Indirect Flights
The average flight time is 09 to 21 Hrs with Transit time of 1 – 18 Hrs
Middle Eastern Airlines Beirut 30 Kg and 10 Kg Cabin Bag
Qatar Airways

Indirect Flights
The average flight time is 09 to 21 Hrs with Transit time of 1 – 18 Hrs
Qatar Doha 30 kg and 7 Kg Cabin Bag
Etihad Airways

Indirect Flights
The average flight time is 09 to 21 Hrs with Transit time of 1 – 18 Hrs
Etihad via Abu Dhabi up to 32 Kg 7 Kg Cabin Bag

UMRAH TRANSPORTATION

ARRIVING AT JEDDAH

The King Abdul Aziz International airport at Jeddah has three terminals; one for foreign airlines, one for Saudi Airlines and one is Madina-tul-hujjaj also known as Hajj terminal, and is in operation during Hajj season.

During Umrah if you fly into Jeddah by any airline other than Saudi Airlines you will disembark at the Hajj terminal. If you are intending to fly to Madinah then you will have to change the terminal and go to Saudi Airline terminal, because all domestic flights depart from the Saudi Airlines terminal only.

You will not have to change terminals if you are going straight to Makkah or Madinah by road you will take one of our private transportation to Makkah or Madinah. Below is list of our transportation that provided to pilgrims.

TYPE OF TRANSPORTATION

Small Car

Number of Travellers: Up to 3 people
Can only fit 2 suitcase
Jed – Mak – Med – Jed Or Vice Versa (Long Journey)
Jed – Mak – Med Hotel – Madinah Airport Or Vice Versa (Short)
Big car (GMC)

Number of Travellers: Up to 3 people
Can only fit 4 suitcase
Jed – Mak – Med – Jed Or Vice Versa (Long Journey)
Jed – Mak – Med Hotel – Madinah Airport Or Vice Versa (Short)
Hiace

Number of Travellers: From 4 – 9 people
Jed – Mak – Med – Jed Or Vice Versa (Long Journey)
Jed – Mak – Med Hotel – Madinah Airport Or Vice Versa (Short)
Coaster

Number of Travellers: From 10 – 20 people
Jed – Mak – Med – Jed Or Vice Versa (Long Journey)
Jed – Mak – Med Hotel – Madinah Airport Or Vice Versa (Short)
Bus

Number of Travellers: Up to 50 people
Jed – Mak – Med – Jed Or Vice Versa (Long Journey)
Jed – Mak – Med Hotel – Madinah Airport Or Vice Versa (Short)

HAJJ TRANSPORTATION

BUSES

During Hajj season, it does not matter which airline you fly. Pilgrims are transferred to hajj terminal and from there they either fly/go by road to Madinah/Makkah. For pilgrims travelling by road towards Makkah or Madinah in buses, the Saudi government has established the general vehicles syndicate in 1952 which was given special responsibility in the hajj transportation system. The responsibility is about transporting external pilgrims from their entry ports (e.g. Airports) to the sacred places (e.g. Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifa) including transportation towards hotels in Makkah and Madinah. The membership of the Syndicate is comprises more than 20 transport companies (e.g. Qawafel, Rwahell, Rabitet Makkah and so on) working in co-ordination with competent government agencies.

Therefore, transportation from an entry point towards hotels in Makkah or Madinah although the transportation from hotels in Makkah towards and between the sacred places must be done through or provided by the General Vehicles Syndicate. Buses provided by the syndicate may/not in the best conditions. Nevertheless, buses used in transporting towards VIP tents in the sacred places, or in transportation between Makkah to Madinah and vice versa, can be upgraded to higher standard in terms of condition by signing a contract with the desired transport company and under the supervision of the syndicate by paying additional sum per pilgrim.

THE SACRED PLACES TRAIN

King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz ordered the construction of the sacred places train network in order to assist in the transport of pilgrims between the sacred places and thereby reduce the problem of traffic jams and all other negative aspects which accompany them.

At the present time, the train connects Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat. Its primary aim is to lessen dependence on buses to move pilgrims between the sacred places. It is expected that the train will replace 30,000 buses and will contribute greatly to increasing the safety level of pilgrim movement while also transporting large numbers of pilgrims within a short time frame as compared to traditional methods of transport. This will also contribute to a smoother flow of traffic for those buses that remain in service. The train travels between nine main stations in Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina, beginning with three stations in Arafat, followed by three stations in Muzdalifah, and finishing with final three stations in Mina.