Getting around Dubai: Metro and other public transport options

Everything you need to know for exploring Dubai’s best attractions with ease.

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Dubai is not a particularly pedestrian-friendly place, but it is still possible to navigate the city with relative ease.

Taxis are the most used form of transport and are very budget-friendly.

Public transport is air-conditioned and the hop-on hop-off bus is perfect for getting to all of the tourist destinations. Renting a car is also an easy way to get around town.


Dubai metro map

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Dubai public transport

Types of transport: The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) runs the metro, buses, trams and water buses.

Paying for transport: A Nol card must be purchased before using public transport. Red tickets are great for tourists because they can be loaded with 10 trips or 5 daily passes. Red tickets cost AED2.00 and can be purchased at ticket offices and ticket vending machines at all metro and some bus stations. They can be used for any form of public transport and fares depend on the distance travelled.

Getting to and from the airport: Trains run every 10 minutes from terminals 1 and 3 into the city centre where they connect with more trains and buses. There are multiple bus routes that run from every terminal of Dubai International Airport into the city.

Best apps for getting around: The Wojhati Journey Planner app has walking directions to and from bus stops and stations, shares delay information, tracks your journey in real time and shows the next departures from stops around you.


Dubai car hire companies

Car rentals in Dubai are becoming increasingly popular. Driving in Dubai is much safer than it once was and getting around the city won’t be an issue.

Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, Fast Rent a Car, Diamondlease, Payless and Dollar all have cars for hire at the Dubai International Airport. Use Drive Now to compare prices and find the best deal.

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Taxis and Uber

Taxis: Taxi ranks can be found throughout the city at major shopping malls, the airport and outside of metro stations. Taxis can be pre-booked by calling the taxi company in advance.

Uber: Uber is available in Dubai and costs AED95.00-154.00 from Dubai International Airport to the city centre.

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