High-speed Rail from Riyadh to Kuwait City Approved

A few days ago Saudi Arabia approved a major high-speed rail link that will connect Riyadh and Kuwait City together. This rail link shouldn’t be confused with the metro project and instead is meant to connect Kuwait with the rest of the GCC via rail. Source

I actually watched a TikTok video recently of someone who took the train from Riyadh to a city near the borders with Jordan. The train carried cars and passengers so once he got to the last stop, his car got unloaded from the train and he continued his journey to Jordan by car. I hope the train linking Kuwait and Riyadh also carries cars since it means we potentially could easily transport our cars around the region to speed up road trips. I’ve been wanting to do an Oman road trip for example but it’s around a 16 hour drive, not worth it unless I’m planning to spend a couple of weeks in Oman.

7 replies on “High-speed Rail from Riyadh to Kuwait City Approved”

last weekend i was in Riyadh for the very first time. We assumed Thursday which was public holiday in Kuwait would also be a holiday. so we thought traffic will be less! but no! we reached during rush hour and oh my god its worse than Kuwait. Small high and in the middle of a highway there is a Big U-Turn. it takes forever from point A to Point B. But the riyadh boulevard, edge of the world and city streets are far better.

I was told this project was discussed in the early 1980s.

I don’t think there will be railways in Kuwait but maybe in Saudi Arabia only.

Kuwait GCC rail is under development & Construction the matter is done and approved, As for Kuwait City-Riyadh City rail it will be another link and has been approved from both countries and construction will begin soon.

By the way, it is not a high-speed rail link. It will use modern diesel-electric locomotives, which are still pretty fast (200+ kmh). Makes sense since HSR can’t really be used for freight.

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