Getting Around Dubai

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Getting Around Dubai
ATI's Guide to Transport in Dubai
Wondering how to navigate the city of Dubai? Check out our guide to public transport, car hire and a little luxury...

The transport system in Dubai is becoming more and more modern, in line with the city’s revolution into one of the most stylish and luxurious cities in the world. Flash air conditioned metros and fleets of new buses now work alongside old-fashioned abra boats to move commuters, expats and tourists through the metropolis.

If you are planning to travel by public transport in Dubai, it’s worth purchasing a Red Nol Card for 2 Dirhams. It can be recharged for up to 10 journeys at a time and you can pick up this card from bus and metro stations, as well as malls and airports.

So what are the best ways to get around Dubai? Here are a few options:

 

Metro

 

Dubai Metro

 

The Metro in Dubai only opened in 2009, but has already revolutionised travel around the city. The Metro connects Dubai International Airport to the city centre and the marina, as well as running between those all-important shopping malls. It’s also air conditioned, which can be a real blessing on a hot day in the Emirates, where temperatures can soar to 45 degrees celsius!  It’s important to note that the Metro does not run on Friday mornings, as Friday is the equivalent to our Sunday and many people do not work on this day.

 

Bus

 

Dubai Buses

 

Buses are a cheap and air-conditioned way to navigate the city and perfect for travelling along Jumeirah Beach Road in particular. There is also a handy route between the Burj Khalifa metro and the Dubai Mall. Prices are very low, at just 2 dirhams for a short ride but beware, traffic can make the journey rather slow at peak times.

 

Taxi

 

Dubai Taxi's

 

Taxis are one of the most popular means of transport in Dubai and are surprisingly affordable. Minimum fares start from around £3 and it costs less than £25 to go from one end of the city to the other. Official taxis are metered and paid in cash, so make sure you carry smaller notes whatever mode of transport you decide to take. Another handy thing to carry is the name of the place you want to go printed in English and Arabic, just in case you can’t make yourself understood to the driver in English.

 

Car Hire

 

Dubai Car Hire

 

Hiring a car is so convenient because, expansive as the public transport system has become, it’s great to have the freedom of a car to hop from attraction to attraction. Driving in Dubai can be a pretty hair-raising experience, with erratic driving a common problem. However, if you’re a confident driver and used to driving abroad, car hire may be an option for you.

 

Boat

 

Dubai Abra Boat

 

If you want to experience a taste of traditional Dubai, you should take a tiny Abra boat across the beautiful Dubai Creek – one of the most relaxing and inexpensive ways to travel in Dubai. A short journey costs as little as 1 Dirham, which is around 20p. In the evening, you can enjoy this experience accompanied by traditional Arabic dishes and folk music, by boarding an historic wooden Dhow boat for a tranquil dinner cruise

 

Luxury

 

Dubai Helicopter Flight

 

If the budget will stretch a few Dirhams, there are plenty of ways to travel in style in Dubai. Why not charter a helicopter for your airport transfer and land at the gorgeous Burj Al Arab on their private helipad? Or, for between £160 and £220, you can book a one way transfer for 3 people in one of the hotel’s custom designed Rolls Royce Phantoms. Alternatively, you can take in Dubai from the air by booking a helicopter flight over this incredible city.

 

To book tickets for all our fabulous Dubai Attractions, head to our Dubai Tickets page here

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