Using public transport in Dubai

Dubai’s integrated travel network makes it easy to get from A to B

Using public transport in Dubai
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Dubai has an extensive public transport network so it's an easy city to navigate. From the metro to the tram, buses, taxis and even a monorail it's time to hop on board and explore the city.

Jumping on the bus is a cheap and convenient way to travel the city. Dubai’s bus network has expanded considerably over the years and offers a reliable commute to work for many. Inspectors carry out random checks on board, so make sure you are carrying your Nol card with you while travelling on the bus or you will be given a Dhs200 fine. The first three rows are reserved for women and children.

Download the app for instant car hire, and pay by card. Careem cars use GPS to find you and you can track their progress while you wait for your driver. (04 440 5222).

Dubai Taxi
This firm has been in business for more than ten years, but there are some drivers who are new, so it’s advisable to keep a location map of your destination with you, in case you need to give directions. Taxi drivers usually have a reasonable grasp of English, but bear in mind that you’ll often need to navigate. Official taxis are well-maintained, air-conditioned and metered. Fares are 1.82 per kilometre, with the price for flagged-down taxis starting at Dhs5. Pre-booked taxis start at Dhs10-Dhs12 and the minimum fare is Dhs12. (04 208 0000).

The driverless, fully automated Dubai Metro runs on two lines (red and green), and all trains are air-conditioned, as are the stations and walkways. The cheapest way to travel is in standard class, with a single journey starting from Dhs3 and rising to Dhs7.5. There’s also a separate section for women. For a more comfortable journey, there’s the gold class, with fares between Dhs6 and Dhs15 per journey.

Palm Jumeirah Monorail
The monorial runs down the trunk of Palm Jumeirah over a three-mile long route from the Gateway Station in Al Sufouh to Atlantis The Palm hotel. The journey takes about ten minutes with services operating every 15 minutes.
Dhs20 (one-way), Dhs30 (return), free (children under 90cm). Open daily 9am-10pm. Al Sufouh to Palm Jumeirah,

The Dubai Tram was first put on the tracks in 2014 and runs for 10.6 kilometres from Dubai Marina to Jumeirah Beach Road. There are 11 stations with stops and trams arrive every eight minutes at peak times and every 12 minutes during regular hours. There is a flat rate of Dhs3 for travelling with a Nol card, or Dhs4 if buying a ticket.A journey in the gold class will cost Dhs6. Like the Metro, there is also a women-only carriage.

Another private taxi firm. Download the app and use GPS to book a car to pick you up and drop you off. You can pay by card as well as cash. (04 427 0491).

Water taxis
Abras ferry people across the Creek for Dhs1 between Deira and Bur Dubai. Other options for travelling by water include the water bus, which operates on the Creek between Al Seef and Al Ghubaiba, as well as around Dubai Marina. Fares range from Dhs2 to Dhs5.
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Nol cards
The days of scrambling around for loose change or arguing with a bus driver who won’t accept a large note are well and truly over, as now you have to use a travel pass. Cash is not accepted on public transport, and the Nol card takes the hassle out of using the city’s travel network. These easy-to-use smart cards can be loaded with credit, which is deducted when you check in and check out at metro or tram stations, as well as when using buses and water transport. You must have a minimum of Dhs7.50 on your card – the maximum amount that a single trip can cost – to ensure you always have the funds to pay for your journey.

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)
Learn more about the public transport options in Dubai and stay up to date with any changes on the RTA website.
Various locations, (800 9090).

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