… plus here’s a sneak peek!

First announced in 2014, the long awaited Riyadh Metro is preparing to welcome its first guests some time in 2022, and it could be as early as this summer that you find yourself zipping across the city on the Riyadh Metro.

A wider part of Vision 2030, the Riyadh Metro project is set to transform public transport in Riyadh. The opening of the Riyadh Metro project will reduce congestion in high-traffic zones, and is expected to be used by more than 1 million passengers per year.

 

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Here’s everything you need to know about Riyadh Metro.

When will it launch?

Although no official date has been given, it’s expected to be sometime in 2022. So, you don’t have long to wait.

How many lines are there?

There’s six main lines, and 85 stations covering a distance of 176 kilometres. Riyadh Metro network covers most of the highly populated districts, government facilities, and key educational and commercial areas. It is also connected to

The six lines are:

  • Blue Line: Olaya to Batha’a, covering a 38km distance
  •  Red Line: King Abdullah Road, covering a 25.3km distance
  •  Orange Line: Al Madina Al Monawara to Prince Saad bin Abdul Rahman Al Awal road, cover a 40.7km distance
  •  Yellow line: King Khaled International Airport Road, covering a 29.6km distance
  •  Green line: King Abdul Aziz Road, covering a 12.9km distance
  •  Purple Line: Abdul Rahman bin Aouf road to Shiekh Hassan bin Hussain bin Ali road, covering a 30km distance

Where are the stations?

There will be 85 Riyadh Metro stations in total, with five key interchange stations that will allow passengers to move between the metro lines and to and from the bus network. These include Qasr Al Hokm Metro Station, which links the blue and orange lines; King Abdullah Financial District Station, located at the eastern side of KAFD and west of King Fahad Road, which will serve as a hub for the blue, yellow and purple lines; and Western Station, found in Al Sweedi district, which will be a hub for the orange line with a dedicated bus line on Shiekh Mohammad bin Abdul Latif Street.

What are the trains like?

Pretty fancy. All the trains are driverless, and state-of-the-art carriages will be fitted out with WiFi. There will be separate carriages for singles, families and VIPs too.

What about buses?

The Riyadh Bus Network will be integrated with the Riyadh Metro Network, allowing for seamless connectivity around the city. Covering main streets, highways and sub-streets, there will be three levels to the Riyadh Bus Network: Dedicated Bus Lines, Community Lines and Feeder Lines.

Level 1, Dedicated Bus Lines, consists of three lines spanning 154km, with 108 stations along the way.

Level Two, Community Lines, will connect the residential districts with each other. In total, there’s 19 community lines covering 904km.

Level Three, Feeder Lines, operate inside residential areas, covering 825km across a round-trip. These will cover most of the Riyadh districts and will take passengers to and from nearby metro stations.

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