Jeddah does not have an extensive public transport system and the easiest way of getting around the city is by private vehicle. Women are not allowed to drive a car in Saudi Arabia and are therefore reliant on male members of their family or a driver for transport. It's relatively easy for male visitors to rent a car and a number of well-known international car hire companies are located at the airport and in the city centre. Most hotels and expatriate compounds also offer shuttle services to the airport and the main shopping and business districts.
Public buses are available, but are mostly used by foreign workers for travel within the city. There are plenty of taxis in Jeddah, which can be hailed from the street or pre-booked by telephone. These offer the best means of transport for those not wanting to hire a car. Single women travelling alone should avoid taking a taxi on their own.
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