Before you navigate the tight-knit alleyways and spice-scented curry houses of the Hyderabad Old City, you'll need to book those Dammam to Hyderabad flights. Doing that means swapping the shifting sands of Saudi Arabia for the enthralling Mughal Masjid and the ivory-white Qutb Shahi tombs. It means following in the footsteps of the pearl traders of the Indian Ocean, who would once have crossed the seas to hawk their wares in the Laad Bazaar – only now the journey’s a little easier, with direct air connections available.
Barring a huge spike in travel costs that coincides roughly with the Eid festivities of late June, the price of Dammam-Hyderabad flights remains constantly low for much of the year. That means it's possible to book cheap flights to Hyderabad from Dammam around the average INR 10,000 mark from January to May, August to October. Stats also reveal that it's worth planning your departure well in advance of the date you wish to travel.
The sprawling grounds of the King Fahd International Airport can only really be reached in 2 ways: by car or by bus. The first is best organised in conjunction with your hotel, who can engage reputable drivers for the route that will charge the typical rate of SAR 150. The bus is much cheaper, costing just SAR 15 and leaving the main stations of Dammam, Khobar and Jubail approximately every 30 minutes.
Direct flights between Dammam and Hyderabad take 4.5 hours to complete from departure to arrival, which is great news because they are run almost exclusively by Jet Airways, who also happen to be the cheapest carrier on the route. Other options for the 2,000-mile hop over 2 time zones include budget carriers flydubai and Air Arabia via the UAE.
Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport sits beyond the Outer Ring Road of the metropolis to the south. Infrastructure upgrades have improved the connectivity to the city, and today it's possible to ride the dedicated Pushpak Airport Liner to stops right in the centre for around INR 250. There's also the usual pre-paid taxi desk in the arrivals hall, which should help you avoid the touts and tuk-tuk hawkers outside.
Booking those cheap flights from Dammam to Hyderabad is just the first step towards exploring this enthralling metropolis in the very heart of the Indian subcontinent. Once you step off the shuttle bus from the airport, get ready to be surrounded by mystical Mughal domes and enticing arcades filled with Mughlai curry houses. Meanwhile, mandirs and mosques and Buddha statues crowd the edge of Hussain Sagar Lake, and there are also some elegant reminders of the rule of the British Raj to boot.
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