SAUDI ARABIA: Further confirmation that the Haramain high speed line is about to open for commercial services comes with the publication of ticket prices by local media. The Saudi Gazette reports that services will start on September 24. There are likely to be four return trips a day with more added next year subject to demand.

Tourist class fares are reportedly 75 riyal for the 450 km between Makkah and Madinah and 125 riyal in Business class. Other fares include Makkah – Jeddah for 20 riyal in tourist class and Makkah – King Abdullah Economic City for 40 riyal.

Railway Gazette International understands that services will initially be limited to 200 km/h, increasing to the line's design speed of 300 km/h in 2019.