Re: going for Umrah
Definitely you'll be landing in Jeddah. The bus depot for Makkah is in the downtown (Ballad District) few meters from the Cornische commercial center along the main road, all taxis knows that.
Taxi from Jeddah's airport (either Saudia terminal or the foreign airlines terminal in the north) would cost you SR50, some taxis would ask you more but bargain and the most should be SR50 ($13).
From Jeddah to Makkah, one-way transport would be about SR15, Jeddah to Madinah would be about SR50. The government bus SAPTCO have comfortable A/C buses, and normally they give 25% discount on return (2-way) tickets.
There are so much hotels to choose from in Jeddah, Makkah & Madinah even near the bus station - depends on your budget. In Makkah, there're too much cheap hotels around haram, don't worry you'll never run out of place to stay, it's no longer the peak season.
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