Bus Services

Bus Services



On-demand service

Operates 7-days per week during non-peak hours.

  • Workdays from 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.
  • Weekends/Holidays from 6:00 A.M. to 12:00 A.M

The on-demand bus comes when you need it and takes you where you want to go on campus and residential areas of KAUST. 

To use the on-demand bus, download the Rekab app available on Google Play Store or Apple App Store

Tips to consider when using the on-demand bus: 

  • Remember you can book for multiple passengers – and you don't even need to be one of them. You can book a ride for a family member without joining them on the bus. 
  • Booking is required. We recommend using the Rekab app to book your journey, however, a smartphone is not required to book a trip with the on-demand bus; you can call the Saptco helpdesk for booking assistance at 012-808-5222 between 6:00 A.M. and 12:00 A.M.  
  • Book a little ahead of time. For example, if you want a bus to pick you up as close to 3:10 as possible, don't wait until 3:10 to make your request – start making your request at 3:00. 


Color-Coded Bus Service

  • Operating Hours: Workdays during peak hours - from 6:20 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. and from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  • To use this service, simply wait at the signposted bus stop. Booking is not required.
  • Schedule:


Golf Cart  Shuttle Service

Park your vehicle in the Discovery Square car park, located across from the KAUST Inn, and jump straight on the shuttle from Shuttle Stop 1. Get dropped off close to a variety of food and retail options in Discovery Square or the Harbor Walk.


Disability Services

Services for people with physical limitations are provided for qualifying passengers. For more information, contact the SAPTCO Helpdesk or 012-808 5222





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Coaches are available for off-campus trips, which cover the major shopping malls located in Jeddah such as the Red Sea Mall and Mall of Arabia. These are available for KAUST community members and visitors who hold a valid KAUST photo ID.

Free On-board Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is now available on all of the large gold buses, covering the majority of destinations. The smaller bus which travels the short journey to Thuwal does not have Wi-Fi. 




Jeddah Shopping Bus

Buses to various Jeddah shopping centers are available:


​Sunday
Monday​
​Tuesday
Wednesday​​Thursday
Friday​Saturday​
Balad





Leave KAUST 16:00
Return 23:00

IKEA



​Leave KAUST 08:15
Return 13:00
​Red Sea Mall

Leave ​KAUST 18:00
Return 22:00
Leave KAUST 18:00
Return 23:00
​Leave KAUST 16:00
Return 23:00
​Leave KAUST 16:00
Return  22:00
​Mall of Arabia

​Leave KAUST 18:00
Return 22:00

Leave ​KAUST 18:00
Return 23:00
​Leave KAUST 16:00
Return 23:00
​Leave KAUST 16:00
Return  22:00



Thuwal and KAEC Bus

Buses to Thuwal Downtown, the King Abdullah Economic City Corniche, and the King Abdullah Economic City Railway Station are available. The bus to the Railway Station is free, the standard roundtrip fare to Thuwal is SR 10 and the standard roundtrip fare for the KAEC Corniche is SR 30 – please see payment details below:
Your KAUST ID will be used for entry at the KAEC gate when entering via KAUST Bus or your own vehicle


​Sunday
Monday​
​Tuesday
Wednesday​​Thursday
Friday​Saturday​
KAEC

​Leave KAUST 18:00
Return 22:00

​Leave KAUST 18:00
Return 22:00
Leave KAUST 16:00
Return 22:00
Leave KAUST 16:00
Return 22:00
​Thuwal - AM

Leave KAUST 10:00
Return Thuwal 13:00
Thuwal - PM

​Leave KAUST 17:30
Return Thuwal 19:30

​Leave KAUST 17:30
Return Thuwal 19:30

Leave KAUST 16:00
Return Thuwal 19:00
Leave KAUST 16:00
Return Thuwal 19:00
Train Station - AM


Leave KAUST 07:45
Return HHSR 09:30
Leave KAUST 07:45
Return HHSR 09:30
Leave KAUST 07:45
Return HHSR 09:30
​Train Station - PM
​Leave KAUST 20:45
Return HHSR 22:30
Leave ​KAUST 20:45
Return HHSR 22:30
Leave ​KAUST 20:45
Return HHSR 22:30



​Destination
​Pick up/Drop Off
Destination
​Pick up/Drop Off
​Habitat
​Main Gate
​Red Sea Mall
​Parking in front of Gate 5
DSFMC
​Main Gate
​Mall of Arabia
​Gate 5 downstairs
​My Clinic
​Main Gate
​KAEC
​Water Front
IMC
​Main Gate
​Thuwal
​Main Market
​DSFH
​Main Gate
​KAEC Train Station
​Main Gate
Ballad
​Parking opposite Corniche Center near the big Mosque

​IKEA
​Main Parking lot



Work Haul Bus Schedule (Sunday - Thursday) 

Work Haul buses operate for staff who live in Jeddah and work at KAUST. Payment is arranged through HR and the schedule is as follows:

​Work Haul Bus REGULAR Schedule

​From Jeddah

Habitat Hotel

Al Jamal Square


​6:20 A.M. 

​6:50 A.M.


​From KAUST

CSAB

KRTP HQ

Building 16

4:30 P.M.

​4:40 P.M.

​4:50 P.M.


Jeddah Medical buses DSFMC, My Clinic, DSFH & IMC  (Saturday - Thursday)


(Saturday - Thursday)
 Medical bus regular schedule 
​Trips
​Departure from KAUST
​Return From IMC
​Return from DSFH
​Return from My Clinic
​Return from DSFMC
​1
​08:00
​13:00
​13:15
​13:40
​13:50
2
​11:30
18:00​​18:15
18:40​​18:55
​3
​16:00
​21:00
​21:15
​21:40
​21:55

Note: The above timing may be impacted by traffic delays, especially during public holidays and weekends.


Tawakkalna Status Required

For bus users ages 12+, you must show your COVID-19 status is listed as "immune by both doses" using the Tawakkalna app at the time of boarding. Download the Tawakkalna App

For the safety of the whole community, please ensure you follow the Keeping KAUST Safe guidelines at KAUST and while using KAUST buses off-campus.


Payment

While our off-campus bus services remain heavily subsidized by KAUST, fees are in place for Thuwal and KAEC corniche buses. In keeping with the strategy to "Grow Strategically While Optimizing Costs," introducing charging for these buses will help us continue to find efficiencies and optimize resources.

The round-trip fee is paid by card only when you arrive at the bus. There is no one-way payment option and cash cannot be accepted at this time. 

Discounts: Children aged 12 and under ride free. University Students and their dependents also ride free, and a copy of the KAUST ID indicating the primary's student status is required to be provided as proof


Booking

Pre-booking is recommended to guarantee your seat. The bus departure point for all trips is located opposite Tamimi Supermarket.


Private Bus Hire

KAUST also provides a Special Events Bus Service. For inquiries regarding this service please contact us.

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