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Public Transportation in Taif

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Taif is an important step in adjusting to life in Taif. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.

Public transportation in Taif is a blend of modern and traditional systems. The city offers a variety of options including buses, taxis, and the popular ride-hailing services like Uber and Careem. While the city does not have a subway or tram system, the existing transportation options are efficient and reliable. For expats living in Taif, it is possible to comfortably live without a car, relying on these public transportation systems and walking. However, owning a car can provide more convenience and flexibility.


The bus system in Taif is run by the Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO). SAPTCO operates a network of intercity and intracity buses, providing a cost-effective way to travel around the city and to other parts of the country. The buses are air-conditioned and comfortable, making them a popular choice for both locals and expats. However, the bus routes are not as extensive as in some larger cities, so depending on your location and destination, a bus may not always be the most convenient option. The bus service is generally safe to use at any time of the day, and it is common to see women and children using the service.


Taxis are another common form of public transportation in Taif. They are readily available throughout the city and can be hailed on the street or booked in advance. Taxis in Taif are metered, ensuring fair pricing. However, it is always a good idea to confirm the fare with the driver before starting the journey. Taxis provide a more direct and faster way to reach your destination compared to buses. They are considered safe, but as with any form of transportation, it is advisable to be aware of your surroundings and take basic safety precautions, especially when traveling alone at night.

Ride-Hailing Services

Uber and Careem, the two most popular ride-hailing services in Saudi Arabia, are widely used in Taif. These services offer a convenient and reliable way to get around the city. With the ability to book a ride using a smartphone app, users can see the cost of the trip upfront and track the driver’s location in real time. Both Uber and Careem offer a range of vehicle options to suit different needs and budgets. These services are considered safe and reliable, and they often provide a more comfortable and private travel experience compared to traditional taxis and buses.


Walking is a viable option for getting around in certain parts of Taif, especially in the city center where many shops, restaurants, and attractions are located close together. The city has a number of pedestrian-friendly areas with sidewalks and crosswalks. However, given the hot climate, walking may not be the most comfortable option during the summer months. It is also worth noting that the city’s layout and infrastructure are more geared towards cars, so walking may not always be the most convenient or efficient way to get around.

In conclusion, while owning a car can provide more convenience and flexibility, it is certainly possible to live in Taif without one. The city’s public transportation options are efficient, reliable, and safe, making it easy for both locals and expats to navigate the city.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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