Dhahran is in Eastern Saudi Arabia.
Dhahran completes the triangle of the Dammam Area, and is accessible from both Dammam and nearby Khobar by 6-8 lane expressways. Journey time being 15 and 7 min respectively. Dhahran airport(DHA) was attached to the town, but now the new complex is about 65 km away, Dammam King Fahd Int'l Airport (DMM). Regular buses don't operate in the inner areas of Dhaharan, but are over linked by Aramco. This bus service is for Aramco employees and dependents only. Dammam railway station is 18 km away. Dhahran itself lies on the Dhahran-Hofuf highway.
The easiest way to get to Khobar from King Fahd International Airport (DMM) is to take a taxi which would cost less then USD 20. The ride is about 15 min away. While DMM is not serviced by many international carriers, the other option is to go to nearby Bahrain and take a bus over the causeway connecting the island of Bahrain to Al Khobar (60 mins trip).
There is a large variety of options and cuisines to serve anyone's appetite such as, fast food, seafood, Indian, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Sushi, etc. The price ranges from 10-25 SAR for a budget priced meal (mostly Indian), 18-26 SAR for fast food, and 25-160 SAR for mid-range to fancy, top-of-the-line Western restaurants or sushi places.
If you can get a budget motel or make a deal to rent a room from an expatriate, rooms start at 1500 SAR and range all the way up to 2250 SAR for a room in an upscale hotel