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 100 days in order to fully appreciate everything Mecca has to offer.

When to visit Mecca

Mecca in May
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Mecca in May
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Mecca


Although Mecca doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Taif (TIF), which is located 75 km from Mecca. The shortest flight to Mecca from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 37h 55m.


Mecca’s bus station is located 11 km from the city centre.

Airports near Mecca


Airlines serving Mecca

Good (504 reviews)
British Airways
Good (2,084 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,722 reviews)
Air France
Good (624 reviews)
Good (1,164 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,684 reviews)
Excellent (1,449 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (2,579 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (582 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (446 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (221 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (304 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (208 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (104 reviews)
Excellent (282 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (447 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (218 reviews)
Air Serbia
Good (64 reviews)
Pegasus Airlines
Good (305 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (921 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 Marwat Al Aseel Hotel, Mecca offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $153 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $233 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Al Aseel Ajyad and Palestine Hotel Makkah. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Mecca, with prices from $22 to $1,229 per night. is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Mecca are about 153% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Mecca

Most booked hotels in Mecca

Swissôtel Makkah
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
Rosewood Jeddah
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
Swissôtel Al Maqam Makkah
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Hajar Tower Makkah
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
Centro Shaheen Jeddah by Rotana
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
Jeddah Hilton Hotel
Good (7.8, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Mecca

Economy (Kia Rio or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Mecca, while also 41% cheaper than other types, on average.