The North of Saudi Arabia covers the little-visited provinces of Tabuk and Jawf.
The north-south Highway 65 links the capital Riyadh with Sakakah and Qurayyat at the Jordanian border. This wide expressway is maintained in an excellent condition; however, the distance between petrol stations can be long, so it's important to be prepared. Highway 15 links Medina with Tabuk; this road is somewhat smaller and passes through several small villages and towns along the route. Finally, the much smaller road 55 follows the Red Sea from Jeddah to the Jordanian border.
National bus operator SAPTCO runs daily bus services to all major cities. Journey times are long but the buses themselves are comfortable.
A north-south railway line runs from Riyadh to Qurayyat, on the border with Jordan. However, as of 2021 there is only one train per week that runs to al-Jauf, near Sakakah. Passenger trains are expected to be extended north to Qurayyat in March 2022. Also, notice that railway stations are often several kilometres from the city center and a connecting taxi or bus is necessary. The trains are operated by Saudi Railway Company.
- See also: Ferries in the Red Sea
There are passenger ferries between Safaga, just south of Hurghada in Egypt and to a port just north of Duba. Additionally, there has been a limited service between Duba and Sharm el-Sheikh, also in Egypt. Inquiring directly with the port or shipping agency is recommended. Also notice that ferries arrive at Duba Seaport, which is almost 25 km north of Duba town and onward transportation can be an issue. There is however connecting SAPTCO intercity buses several times per day. Taxis should be available too.