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Dubai's Public Transport

The public transportation system in Dubai consists of buses, water buses, monorail system, tram, and the Dubai metro. The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) is the operator of the entire public transportation network.

The Dubai metro is considered to be one of the most modern and cost-effective public transportation systems in the world. It consists of two lines: the Green line (20 stops that spans from the Etisalat region to Dubai Creek) and the Red line (28 stops that spans between Al Rashidiya and UAE Exchange). The lines intersect each other at Union Square and at Khalid Bin al Waleed (Bur Juman Center). 

To plan out how to get around Dubai, we recommend using the official app by the RTA: the WOJHATI. This app can be downloaded for free from the Playstore or AppStore. With it, you can look up the trains’ time schedules and tariff prices so that you can easily and cost-effectively plan your day in Dubai.

Please note: Public Transport in Dubai is not included with the Dubai Pass. Transport tickets must be purchased separately.

Recommended Airport Transfers from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Central Dubai

The Dubai International Airport is located about 5 kilometers away from central Dubai. These are our cost-effective suggestions on how to get from the airport to central Dubai.

Transfer via the metro

Connections to the metro towards the city are located in Terminals 1 & 3 at the airport for the Red line and in Terminal 2 for the Green line. It takes about 45 minutes to reach your destination in central Dubai, and trains come every 10 minutes

During Ramadan (from about May-Jun):
Saturday-Thursday: 6:00 – 12:00 AM
Friday: 14:00 (2 PM) –12:00 AM 

When it is not Ramadan time (about June-April):
Saturday-Thursday: 6:00-23:00 (11 PM)
Friday: 14:00 (2 PM) –12:00 AM

Transfer via Bus 

Bus connections to central Dubai are located in Terminals 1, 2, and 3, and they come every 10 minutes. 

Monday-Sunday: 6:00-22:00 (10 PM)  

Tickets

Tickets to use the metro and buses can be purchases at all metro and bus stations at the respective RTA Ticket Offices. Self-service ticketing machines are also located at a variety of bus stations in Dubai and also in shopping malls.

Children under the age of 5 can generally ride all public transport for free in Dubai.

Recommended for Tourists: the NOL Red Ticket 

Validity: 90 days, for up to 10 single trips or 5-day tickets
Forms of Public Transport: Bus, metro, or water bus
Cost: from 2 AED, depending on the zones and number of trips you have chosen: a day-ticket costs 20 AED. Advantages: You can decide the number of trips and which zones you would like to travel within at the time of purchase. The amount paid on this ticket can be topped off at any time at a ticketing machine.
Disadvantages: This ticket can only be used for one form of transportation (ex. metro OR bus). 

Alternative for Tourists: the SILVER NOL CARD 

Validity: 5 years
Forms of Public Transport: Bus, metro, and water bus
Cost: 25 AED
Advantages: This Smartcard can be topped off and can be used for all types of public transport.
Money will be subsequently deducted from your bank account.

A single ride from the airport (Zone 5) to central Dubai (ex. Dubai Mall) costs 5 AED. 

Terminal, 1, 2, and 3: RTA Ticket Office
Terminal 1 and 3: RTA ticketing machines

Please be aware that you must have a public transport ticket before getting on any form of public transportation. It is not possible to buy tickets at any form of public transport, nor is it permitted to pay cash to the driver!