Riyadh Airport Guide to Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH)

Terminals Riyadh Airport (RUH)

Riyadh Airport is one of the three biggest airports of Saudi Arabia and serves the central part area and therefore, Riyadh.

The airport comprises an area of 225 square kilometers and is the main hub of Saudi Arabia Airlines.



At Riyadh Airport there are various terminals currently operative: 1, 2 and 5. Apart of these ones, the Royal Terminal is operative as well just for the Arabia Saudi Royal Family and guests.

All terminals have approximately the same size, each with 8 boarding gates and its air bridges.

Note that the mosque is located in the center of the two parking facilities, which are located opposite the terminals. At the same time, the mosque is the central part of the terminal complex.


Present & future

Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 expansion project is expected to be completed by May 2019, when the both terminals will be able to host 30 million passengers yearly.

On the other, ongoing expansion works will be done progressively until 2035, when both terminals will be able to host 80 million passengers annually.


Transfer between terminals

King Khaled Airport Terminals are inter-connected since they are located under the same terminal complex. Given they are connected to each other by walkways, it is pretty easy to transfer from one to another.

In order to get to Terminal 5 from any of the other terminals, there is a free shuttle bus that connects this terminal with the international terminals every 10 minutes.


Terminal 1

This terminal is used for international flights, except flights operated by Air France, Saudia and Nas Air (Skyteam members and flynas). Since the opening of Terminal 5, Terminal 1 operates the arrivals/departures of international flights.

Terminal 2

This terminal is used for international flights operated by Air France, Saudia and Nas Air, with the exception of the flynas members and skyteam. Since the opening of Terminal 5, and as well as Terminal 1, Terminal 2 operates the arrivals/departures of international flights.

Terminal 3

This terminal is currently closed but it has been used for domestic flights. One of the major airlines that has been operating from the terminal is Saudi Arabian Airlines as well as some low-cost airlines as Nas Air or Sama.

Terminal 4

This terminal is inoperative. In fact, it has been never used. It is planned to use it on the future.

*Nowadays, both Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 are closed due to expanding works to increase the passenger capacity.

Terminal 5

Terminal 5 was inaugurated in 2016 and nowadays is fully operational. It is able to handle over 12 million passengers per year and operated by a foreign company (Dublin Airport Authority subsidiary).

The terminal is adjacent to the other ones and handles domestic flights that operate with 5 different destinations inside the country. There are free shuttles that connect this terminal with the international terminals that run every 10 minutes.

It has 36 check-in counters, 30 of them for the Economy Class and the other 6 for First/Business Class, 60 baggage check-in counters, 20 self-check-in counters and operates with Saudia and Flynas airlines.

Terminal 5 connects directly with the Metro and has a parking area with more than 3,700 parking spaces that links with the Riyadh Metro as well.


The Royal Terminal

There is a special terminal reserved for Heads of State and other VIP personalities: the Royal Pavilion. The building has different gardens and fountains and links directly with the mosque.


General Aviation Complex

North of runway 1, there is a general aviation terminal that is used by private aircraft. It has a passenger terminal, parking (for visitors as well), taxi service, etc. Apart of private flights, the complex operates with Saudia’s special flight services group and hosts Alsalam Aircraft Company, Ltd.



Find the following services at Riyadh Airport Terminals:

- ATMs
- Banking services
- Currency exchange
- Information desk
- Luggage wrapping
- Barber Shop
- Free Wi-Fi internet connection
- Post Office
- Car rental counters
- Hotel counters
- First-aid station
- Airlines offices
- Government department
- Food, drink and retail concessions: café, restaurants, bars
- Duty free shops
- Mosque

See more services here.

Airport lounges

Riyadh Airport Terminals have the following louges at their passengers’ disposal:

- Plaza Premium Lounge: Location: Terminal 1, airside, Mezzanine, close to the Departures Hall. Opening hours: 24 hours.

Welcome Lounge: Location: Terminal 1, airside, Mezzanine. Services available: Showers. Opening hours: 24 hours.

- Welcome Lounge: Location: Terminal 2, airside, second level. Services available: Showers. Opening hours 24 hours.

- naSmiles Lounge: Location: Terminal 5, airside. It is just for domestic passengers. Opening hours: 24 hours.

Purchase your ticket here.