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How to use the Haramain Train from Makkah to Medinah

The Haramain train from Makkah to Medinah and Medinah to Makkah is one of the easiest and safest ways to travel in Saudi Arabia when going for Umrah.

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The KAIA Jeddah airport Haramain train station

My experience using the Haramain Train from Medinah

First I have to say I am super excited because train travel is my actual favourite way to explore a country.

There are few options for you to get from Makkah to Medinah for Umrah and we cover all of them extensively here. Now that the train is added this is a much safer and faster way of reaching the Holly cities.

The train stations that operate are the Makkah, Medinah, King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah, and King Abdullah Economic City station. The Jeddah station is still not operational due to a fire a couple of years ago.

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Medinah Haramain train station

However, if you are planning Umrah you will be able to use the train, from the NEW airport terminal (which hosts only Saudi airline flights and a few others like Emirates) to get to Makkah and Medinah.

There are almost 30 daily routes operating with more available during

Ramadan.

I had booked a flight from Jeddah to Medinah due to the fact that it was cheaper to have this stopover in Medinah than a return ticket alone! I will be writing an article on this soon.

I also decided I wanted to check out the famous Haramain high-speed train for myself so we booked the train to return to Jeddah.

Without a doubt this is the BEST option, in my opinion, to travel to Jeddah and Medinah.

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Business-class seats on the Haramain train 2021

Speed, Comfort and Easy Travel

We had booked business class tickets for the whole family, which was about 240SAR per adult and then 140SAR for a child from 2 to 12 years old.

The tickets were easy to book online and I am glad to find that they have actually updated the train website and made it easy to book and change tickets.

For some reason though, every time we paid the site seemed to come to a run out of time even though the payment and tickets went through. Therefore keep this in mind if you are having the same problem. 

The business class seats were very comfortable, according to my husband who came on the way to Medinah in the economy there are much better than the economy seats.

In both cases, the train was twin which meant that there are two trains connected.

When you go to the trains stations please go about 30 minutes before your train is ready to depart as you will need to show you Tawakalna app, plus your tickets and also go through security. Which is basically a scanner check of yourself.

They don’t mind if you have water or anything else, but apparently, they did take my husband’s perfume which was more than 100ml. Though the huge bottle of water I had was fine.

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Seats also have screens and tables and they recline

The train departed exactly on time and reached a speed of up to 300km/h.

However, even at this high speed, it was very smooth, which I am very thankful for. In the UK although I love train travel I can get sick due to the shakiness of the train, however, in this instance, I didn’t feel it.

The cabin was clean, and comfortable and it felt very nice to actually travel, it also felt that time went so fast as 1hr and 40minutes later we were at Jeddah airport.

Of course, if you are travelling to Makkah you take another 50 minutes to enter the city.

Personally, I think this is the best way to travel from Medinah to Makkah or Jeddah because it is much more comfortable than a plane, car or bus.

Everything is new, works on time and it is very comfortable. I will definitely be travelling again. It was also much fast than travelling by plane from door to door.

We saved approximately 2hrs this way and it was way easier, especially with a child that could look outside, walk around and play on her seat with more space around her.

How to Book the Haramain Train from Makkah to Medinah

They have updated the calendar in some cases you can now book for up to a month in advance. This is great news and makes it easier to plan your trip. Note that below is the official link to book your train.

I do hope they will add a bigger calendar option when they start operating at full capacity and speed.

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The train takes 2.30 hours from Makkah to Medinah.

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Economy seats on the Haramain train 2021

The price of the ticket is not cheap by Saudi standards but by European standards, it is a good value considering the benefits of comfort, speed and safety you have.

  • A one-way ticket in economy costs £39 / 175 SAR per person and children pay half price.
  • A one-way ticket in business costs £60 / 285 SAR per person and children pay half price.

For a family of 5 this can add up and I can see the benefit of taking a taxi overspending nearly double the price of a train ticket.

Makkah to Madinah train schedule is available below, there are 4 trains per day.

The Medinah to Makkah train schedule is below and there are also 4 trains per day.

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Train Medinah to Makkah schedule

Here are the rules of the ticket and how long in advance you have to be at the train station.

Please note that if you go during rush hour depending on the location of your hotel you might need extra time. Also if you don’t have a ticket take this into account as well.

Overall you can go to the train about one hour or 30 minutes before the train departs.

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Haramain ticket instructions

Jeddah airport haramain train station

Baggage on the Train

It looks like you can only have one bag per person plus one hand luggage as with most airlines.

I wouldn’t get too caught up in the dimensions as long as they are OK for planes they should be OK for trains!

However, it also seems according to their T&Cs that even in business it is only 1 baggage per person

  • Any passenger provided with a ticket may carry with him, under his custody and responsibility, in the places designated for that purpose, one piece of hand baggage and one piece are limited to 25 Kg not exceeding 65 x 55 x 35 cm. (length-height-width).

The baggage options are OK and I know some people asked for extra pieces of luggage and this seems to also be ok. As long as you can take them on an airline you should be ok to take on the train.

There are luggage holders like in the UK trains that you can use.

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The airport and the train station are very convenient and similar to the UK style.

Where are the stations located in Makkah and Medina?

The Makkah Haramain Highspeed train station is located about a 10-minute taxi drive from Haram.

You can find the Makkah train station details here.

The Medinah Haramain train station is located about 10 minutes from Masjid Al Nabawi as well.

You can find the google map location for the Medinah train here. 

The train station is pretty easy to get to with a taxi that you can either order on Careem or some of them are always stationed outside. The train station is located close to the Medinah Gate city ( which I assume is a new city development being built). Prices are approximately 30SAR one way.

Also from Makkah trains station to Haram there is a free shuttle bus. 

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Beautiful trains

Haramain train use for Umrah

If you are arriving from an airline that is not Saudia or Emirates at the time of writing this article which is the new Terminal 1 KAIA then you will need to take a taxi from the old North Terminal to catch the train for Medinah or Makkah.

Personally in this case it might be easier to actually get a taxi directly to Medinah. Especially if you have family, luggage and considering the changes and taxis you have to take.

If you are planning to go to Medinah first, then I definitely recommend you take the train there rather than a flight or a taxi.

This way it will also be easier for you to actually do Umrah at a more relaxed pace and have your Ihram on for fewer hours and of course, be less tired while performing Umrah.

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Jeddah train station on the inside

Note the journey is 2.30hrs and it doesn’t stop at a Meeqat if you are travelling for Umrah from Medinah to Mekkah. So make sure you wear your ihram and have your intentions from before or while on the train. 

Upon leaving the Medinah train station we were informed that the Meqaat would be after 10min. This is the only time it was mentioned, so you could enter the train and put your Ihram straight away.

Currently, at the time of writing, there are 5 daily trains from Medinah to Makkah.

If you want to stay in Jeddah and use the tourist visa to explore the city please note you will have to take the train to the airport and from there a taxi to the city which is about 20min away.

The Haramain high-speed train is the safest, fasted and most secure way to travel from Makkah to Medinah.

The other option will be the SAPTCO bus which is also cheap but takes about 5 hours to get to Medinah from Makkah. We have an article on this here. 

In my opinion, the train from Makkah to Medinah for Umrah is a real contender and it does go with the Saudi vision for 2030 and having 30 million pilgrims per year.

It is a great way to go for Umrah and be in comfort, especially with young children.

My best advice and the fastest option I can see for this is if you do an open-jaw flight where you arrive in either Medinah or Jeddah and then fly from the other city. This way you only need a one-way ticket on the Haramain train from Makkah to Medinah or vice versa.

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Abdus Salam

Saturday 12th of November 2022

Salam sister I have heard that they have very strict rules on baggage The standard medium size bag is around 150mm meaning 75High 30Depth 50Width Are they flexible on it ? Any suggestion

Muslim Travel Girl

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Honestly it really depends on the person, i don't think they will make an issue for this if it is not over-bulged.

Arslan

Saturday 5th of November 2022

Thanks for the great information..Appriciated

Mariam

Wednesday 3rd of August 2022

Salams Sis first of all thank you for this article it really helps me in planning my umrah trip. Our family of 7 will be flying there this Dec. Thinking of taking the train for the first time. How they issue the train tickets once we have book them online? My daughter is 10 years of age and if HHR send the tickets thru email, what about her? And any advise on a smooth trip.. Jazak Allah

Muslim Travel Girl

Friday 5th of August 2022

They email them to you and you can buy tickets for everyone together.

Sulaman Niazi

Tuesday 12th of April 2022

Our family of 6 (5 adults n one child) are in London, have planned to fly from London to Medina on May 13, stay at Medina for 2 days for visiting Roza-e-Rasool (SAWW) and then proceed to Makka for Umra on 15 May 22. We want to book ON LINE tickets for Harmain Sharif Train for 5 adults and a child of 8 years.

Please asvice how to access online booking, please quote train booking website. Thanks.

Muslim Travel Girl

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Salams, the train site in on the article if you click the link you will find it. you will need to wait closer to the time since they release sits about 3 weeks before

Atif

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

Salam Alekum, Thanks for taking the time and effort to put in very useful information. I have a quick question please, When traveling from medina to mecca via train, will there be an option or time given to put on ihram on the way for umrah?

Muslim Travel Girl

Monday 28th of February 2022

You are best putting it on as soon, I believe they announce but not far in advance.