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There are 6 ways to get from Mecca to Karbala by bus, plane, car or train

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Bus to Jeddah, fly to Baghdad, drive  •  10h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Makkah to Jeddah
  2. Fly from Jeddah (JED) to Baghdad (BGW) JED - BGW
  3. Drive from Baghdad to Karbala

5 alternative options

Bus to Jeddah, fly to Najaf, drive  •  9h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Makkah to Jeddah
  2. Fly from Jeddah (JED) to Najaf (NJF) JED - NJF
  3. Drive from Najaf to Karbala

Drive to Taif, fly to Baghdad, drive  •  9h 50m

  1. Drive from Mecca to Taif
  2. Fly from Taif (TIF) to Baghdad (BGW) TIF - BGW
  3. Drive from Baghdad to Karbala

Drive to Taif, fly to Najaf, drive  •  8h 48m

  1. Drive from Mecca to Taif
  2. Fly from Taif (TIF) to Najaf (NJF) TIF - NJF
  3. Drive from Najaf to Karbala

Train, bus, drive  •  38h 40m

  1. Take the train from Makkah to Madinah
  2. Take the bus from Al Medina to Amman Abdali Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Amman Abdali Terminal to Baghdad
  4. Drive from Baghdad to Karbala

Bus, drive  •  43h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Mecca to Abdali
  2. Take the bus from Amman Abdali Terminal to Baghdad
  3. Drive from Baghdad to Karbala

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iraq

There is widespread community transmission globally.
Some travel restrictions are being lifted in Iraq. For the latest travel status, please check the official page for Iraq.

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For the latest travel status, we recommend checking the official page for Iraq.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advice

Some international borders began to reopen in Iraq from July 16.

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Iraq

Some domestic travel restrictions began to ease in Iraq from July 23.

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Iraq

International flights leaving Saudi Arabia are suspended as part of the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Restrictions may also be in place for other modes of transport.

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Saudi Arabia

Last updated: October 21 | Data sourced from: ACAPS, OXFORD

Questions & Answers

The distance between Mecca and Karbala is 1312 km.

It takes approximately 10h 44m to get from Mecca to Karbala, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Jeddah Airport to Baghdad Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 25m and has one stopover.

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Saudia, Qatar Airways, Flydubai and two other airlines offer flights from Jeddah Airport to Baghdad Airport.

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Map of how to get from Mecca to Karbala.
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  • Distance: 1311.5 km
  • Duration: 10h 44m

What companies run services between Mecca, Saudi Arabia and Karbala, Iraq?

There is no direct connection from Mecca to Karbala. However, you can take the bus to Jeddah, take the bus to King Abdulaziz Airport, take the walk to Jeddah airport, fly to Baghdad, then take the drive to Karbala. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Jeddah, take the bus to King Abdulaziz Airport, take the walk to Jeddah airport, fly to Najaf, then take the drive to Karbala.

Airlines
Iraqi Airways
Website
iraqiairways.com.iq
Flights from Jeddah to Najaf via Kuwait
Ave. Duration
6h 23m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,000
Flights from Jeddah to Najaf via Dubai
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$490 - $1,500
Flights from Jeddah to Najaf via Beirut
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,300
Flights from Jeddah to Najaf via Amman, Kuwait
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,300
Flights from Jeddah to Najaf via Riyadh, Kuwait
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,200
Flights from Taif to Baghdad via Riyadh, Kuwait
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$370 - $750
Flights from Taif to Baghdad via Riyadh, Dubai
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Taif to Baghdad via Riyadh, Abu Dhabi
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Taif to Najaf via Riyadh, Kuwait
Ave. Duration
6h 47m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$460 - $1,600
Flights from Taif to Najaf via Riyadh, Beirut
Ave. Duration
11h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,300
Flights from Taif to Najaf via Dammam, Dubai
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from Taif to Najaf via Dammam, Kuwait
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Emirates
Website
emirates.com
Flights from Jeddah to Baghdad via Dubai
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $900
Flights from Jeddah to Najaf via Dubai
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,400
Flights from Taif to Baghdad via Jeddah, Dubai
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $900
Flights from Taif to Baghdad via Riyadh, Dubai
Ave. Duration
9h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $900
Flights from Taif to Najaf via Riyadh, Dubai
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$450 - $1,200
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Jeddah to Baghdad via Amman
Ave. Duration
9h 31m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $850
Flights from Taif to Baghdad via Riyadh, Amman
Ave. Duration
11h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Flydubai
Website
flydubai.com
Flights from Jeddah to Baghdad via Dubai
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $900
Flights from Jeddah to Najaf via Dubai
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,400
Flights from Taif to Baghdad via Riyadh, Dubai
Ave. Duration
9h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Taif to Najaf via Riyadh, Dubai
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$450 - $1,200
Qatar Airways
Website
qatarairways.com
Flights from Jeddah to Baghdad via Doha
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,600
Flights from Jeddah to Najaf via Dammam, Doha
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,300
Flights from Taif to Baghdad via Riyadh, Doha
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Egyptair
Website
egyptair.com
Flights from Jeddah to Baghdad via Cairo
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $950
Flights from Taif to Baghdad via Cairo
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $440
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from Jeddah to Najaf via Beirut
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,300
Air Arabia
Website
airarabia.com
Flights from Taif to Baghdad via Riyadh, Sharjah
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Train operators
Saudi Railways Company (SAR)
Phone
920000329
Email
customerservices@sar.com.sa
Website
sar.com.sa
Train from Makkah to Madinah
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
sar.hhr.sa
Bus operators
SAPTCO
Website
saptco.com.sa
Bus from Makkah to Jeddah
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Website
saptco.com.sa
Jett
Phone
+962 6 566 4141
Email
info@jett.com.jo
Website
jett.com.jo
Bus from Al Medina to Amman Abdali Terminal
Ave. Duration
16h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
jett.com.jo
Bus from Amman Abdali Terminal to Baghdad
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
jett.com.jo
Bus from Mecca to Abdali
Ave. Duration
25h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
jett.com.jo

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