The cheapest times to fly from SWA to RUH are

  • February 5th to April 22nd (except the week of April 9th)
  • August 6th to December 2nd (except the weeks of September 24th, October 1st, October 22nd, and November 19th)
  • December 17th to December 31st

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 SWA to RUH is late August to early September. Prices can be as high as $1587 for Saturday flights during early May, or as low as $824 for Tuesday flights around late August to early September.


When to Fly to Riyadh

Flying from Shantou (SWA) to Riyadh (RUH) will usually cost between $840 to $1228 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late August to early September with an average ticket price of $828. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early May, with an average price of $1262. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $434 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $891 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SWA to RUH flight.

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

SWA to RUH Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SWA to RUH flight is cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Shantou. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays 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 $48 (5%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $917. Return trip prices are from the RUH to SWA 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 SWA to RUH can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 8 hour 50 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SWA to RUH

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SWA to RUH — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Kuala Lumpur (SWA > KUL > RUH)

  • Price for both tickets: $783
  • Average savings: $108 (12.12%)

See SWA to DEL flights

Hack #2: Delhi (SWA > DEL > RUH)

  • Price for both tickets: $868
  • Average savings: $23 (2.58%)

See SWA to KUL flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Air India, Bangkok Airways, Biman, China Eastern, China Southern, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Kenya Airways, Kuwait Airways, Saudia, SriLankan, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4363 miles or 7022 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SWA to RUH flight is about 8 hour 50 minutes.

How many flights go between Shantou and Riyadh?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 14 available flights from SWA to RUH.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SWA
Origination airport name Waisha Airport
City Shantou
Country China
Latitude 23.4
Longitude 116.8

Return Airport

Destination code RUH
Destination airport name King Khalid International Airport
City Riyadh
Country Saudi Arabia
Latitude 25
Longitude 46.7


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