Budget flights from Saudi Arabia for under SAR2,000 return this summer
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If you still haven’t made summer travel plans yet, we’re here to help inspire you. But travelling from the Kingdom doesn’t need to blow the budget. We’ve scoured the internet for the best flight deals from Saudi Arabia this summer, with return fares all under SAR2,000 per person.
SAR165: Riyadh to Catania, Sicily, Italy with Wizz Air
Wizz Air will offer extensive flights between Riyadh and Italy this summer, and the budget airline’s cheapest route looks to be Sicily’s port city, Catania. It’s magnificent architecture, rich history and thriving culture have seen Sicily’s second biggest city become UNESCO listed. It also offers direct access for those looking to pay Mount Etna a visit. And if you’re not already convinced, it also provided the picturesque backdrop to The White Lotus season two. The weekly flight, which takes off every Thursday, starts from as little as SAR165, or pay fares from SAR536 to add on a second cabin bag, 20kg of checked luggage and priority boarding.
SAR315: Riyadh to Naples, Italy with Wizz Air
From 13th century buildings to a wealth of historical museums, this culturally rich Italian city offers something for everyone. But if you tire of wandering its quaint streets on the hunt for the city’s finest pizza, a flight to Naples also serves as the gateway to some of Southern Italy’s most dazzling jewels, including the Amalfi Coast and Capri. This summer, Wizz Air Malta flies direct from Riyadh to Naples in five hours (it’s five and a half on the return), with wallet-friendly fares from SAR315. Upgrade to add baggage and return fares start from SAR705.
SAR420: Riyadh to Budapest, Hungary with Wizz Air
This landlocked country in central Europe is a popular tourist hub, primarily for its capital city, Budapest. Its cityscape is studded with architectural landmarks from Buda’s medieval Castle Hill and grand neoclassical buildings to the 19th-century Chain Bridge. Flights, which take a breezy five and a half hours to Budapest, start from SAR420, although that includes hand luggage only. Fares inclusive of checked baggage start from SAR708.
SAR716: Riyadh to Vienna, Austria with Wizz Air
When you think of Vienna it might muster up images of snow-capped buildings and Christmas markets, but the vibrant Austrian capital is a brilliant spot to jet to for a summer escape too. The city’s quaint squares, fun-filled markets and buzzing restaurants all come alive in the summertime, and it’s the perfect city to deliberately lose yourself in just admiring the ambience as you go. Flights from Abu Dhabi with Wizz Air to Vienna this summer start from SAR716 return, with the bi-weekly flight on Thursdays and Saturdays operated by Wizz Air Malta.
SAR798: Riyadh to Larnaca, Cyprus with flyadeal
A three-and-a-half hour flight from the Saudi Capital lands you in Larnaca, a southern coastal city in Cyprus known for its bustling promenade and pretty historical sites. But a flight to Larnaca from Riyadh is also a gateway to the spoils of Cyprus’ other showstoppers, including Limmasol, Nicosia and Paphos. The flight operates throughout August on Thursdays and Saturdays, with flights from SAR399 one-way with one carry on bag or SAR479 if you add 20kg of checked luggage.
SAR:908: Riyadh, Jeddah or Dammam to Baku, Azerbaijan with flyadeal
On a four-hour flyadeal flight this summer, you’ll land in the buzzing city of Baku. Azerbaijan’s eccentric capital was once described by Lonely Planet as the “architectural love child” of Paris and Dubai. As well as its outlandish modern creations, you’ll find ancient wonders in Baku’s Old City, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also plenty of quirky museums to get lost in, like the Museum of Miniature Books, and the Carpet Museum. Return fares are priced from SAR908 with one 7kg cabin bag.
SAR1,218: Riyadh, Jeddah or Dammam to Tbilisi, Georgia with flyadeal
Charming is a word that often pops up when describing Georgia’s capital – think cobbled streets, pastel-coloured houses and tree-lined avenues. This place is getting a serious reputation as a foodie destination, and the best way to discover it is by booking yourself on one of the many food tours on offer – don’t leave without trying khachapuri, the cheesy national delicacy. Flights operate with flyadeal from Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam to Tbilisi, with return fares from SAR1,218 with a 7kg cabin bag.
SAR1,650, Riyadh to Male, Maldives with flynas
Take a six hour flight from Riyadh to Male with flynas and you’ll touch down in paradise. After landing on Male, the capital of the Maldives, myriad luxury resorts await short seaplane or speedboat rides away. Flights from Riyadh to Male this summer start from Dhs1,650 return including one free carry-on bag. Even if you upgrade to include a 20kg check-in bag and an additional hand luggage case, fares start from SAR1,842 return.
SAR1,678: Riyadh or Jeddah to Istanbul, Turkey with flyadeal
From the city’s Ottoman mosques to its rooftop restaurants, Istanbul is a haven for culture vultures, foodies and history buffs. No visit to Turkey’s biggest city is complete without a stop at Sultanahmet, the World Heritage site and home to both the Hagia Sophia and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (The Blue Mosque). Lying within the district of Fatih (once the Byzantine city of Constantinople), the neighbourhood is pretty much rammed all year round and contains most of the city’s top attractions. There’s daily flights with flyadeal from Riyadh and Jeddah over the summer, with prices from SAR1,678 with a carry-on bag, or SAR1,838 if you add checked baggage.
SAR1,808: Riyadh to Prague, Czech Republic with flynas
Architectural masterpieces, budget-friendly eats, the world’s largest castle complex… Prague has got it all if you’re looking for a city break packed with things to do. The capital of Czech Republic can be reached via a six hour flight from Riyadh, and summer is a perfect time to go to experience a festival-like atmosphere with food and music taking over Naplavka, Prague’s river boardwalk area. If you travel light, you’ll pay from SAR1,808 for a return, and if you need to add a checked bag then return fares are priced from SAR2,023.