The cheapest times to fly from RUH to AUH are

  • September 3rd to September 16th
  • October 8th to April 1st

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from RUH to AUH is late November to early December. Prices can be as high as $342 for Thursday flights during mid to late August, or as low as $269 for Saturday flights around late November to early December.


When to Fly to Abu Dhabi

Flying from Riyadh (RUH) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) will usually cost between $295 to $314 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late November to early December with an average ticket price of $294. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late August, with an average price of $318. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $24 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $312 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RUH to AUH flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the RUH to AUH route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

RUH to AUH Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RUH to AUH flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Riyadh. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.39, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to fly to AUH, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into RUH. Thursdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $6 (2%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $301. Return trip prices are from the AUH to RUH flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from RUH to AUH can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 53 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from RUH to AUH while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) in Sharjah

  • 82 miles (132 km) away from AUH
  • Usually 18.59% less expensive than AUH
  • Nonstop flights available

See RUH to SHJ flights

Destination alternative #2: Dubai International Airport (DXB) in Dubai

  • 72 miles (116 km) away from AUH
  • Usually 10.26% less expensive than AUH
  • Nonstop flights available

See RUH to DXB flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from RUH to AUH? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 20 major airlines flying this route most often: Aegean, Air India, Air-India Express, Airblue, China Eastern, EgyptAir, Etihad, Flynas, Gulf Air, IndiGo, KLM, Kuwait Airways, MEA, Oman Air, Pakistan, Pegasus, Royal Jordanian, SalamAir, Saudia, Turkish Airlines, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Abu Dhabi International Airport to King Khalid International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 500 miles or 805 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from RUH to AUH?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RUH to AUH flight is about 1 hour 53 minutes.

How many flights go between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 75 available flights from RUH to AUH.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeRUH
Origination airport nameKing Khalid International Airport
CountrySaudi Arabia

Return Airport

Destination codeAUH
Destination airport nameAbu Dhabi International Airport
CityAbu Dhabi
Countrythe United Arab Emirates


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