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 April
Estimated hotel price
$230
1 night at 3-star hotel
Mecca in April
Estimated hotel price
$230
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 New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 48h 10m.

Bus

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

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 New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 48h 10m.

Bus

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

Airports near Mecca

TIFTaif

Airlines serving Mecca

KLM
Good (832 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,684 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,232 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,613 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,109 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,979 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,403 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,074 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (932 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (413 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (541 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (747 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (189 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (188 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (776 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (495 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (956 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (65 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 $200 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $256 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Nada Al Majd Hotel and Palestine Hotel Makkah. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Mecca, with prices from $31 to $692 per night. Batha Quraish is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Mecca are about 35% 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)
$255+
Swissôtel Al Maqam Makkah
5 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$255+
Pullman Zamzam Makkah
5 stars
Good (6.7, Good reviews)
$240+
Al Nabarees Al Masi Hotel
3 stars
Good (6, Good reviews)
$73+

Hiring a car in Mecca

Compact (Nissan Sunny or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Mecca, while also 54% cheaper than other types, on average.

Compact (Nissan Sunny or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Mecca, while also 54% cheaper than other types, on average.