Guide to Dubai's public transport

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Public transport in Dubai 20200123T142411 20200123T142721:637153864417678611 Travel Tools Getting around in Dubai is convenient, safe and comfortable, with major hotspots in the city accessible by sea, road or rail. So get your itinerary in place and use this comprehensive guide to enjoy exploring the city. Plan your journey with efficient public transportation routes in Dubai

Getting around in Dubai is convenient, safe and comfortable, with major hotspots in the city accessible by sea, road or rail. So get your itinerary in place and use this comprehensive guide to enjoy exploring the city.

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By car

Dubai's road network has evolved over time to provide a seamless travelling experience for visitors and residents alike. The city's main artery, Sheikh Zayed Road, connects a number of neighbourhoods and must-visit spots. With stunning buildings, hotels and malls on either side of this highway, driving down this highway is a sight to see.

You can grab a taxi from Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) from almost any corner in the city – whether pre-booked or hailed at a roadside curb. Dubai also offers a special taxi service for ladies operated by female drivers. You can book a ride today by downloading the official RTA app, S'hail.

You can book a ride using transport apps like Uber or the local equivalent Careem, which is also integrated with RTA taxis. Choose to pay using cash or card, and your ride will be at your doorstep in no time.

If you own a valid licence, enjoy a self-driving experience in the city by downloading the UDrive application. Find a car closest to you, hop in and pay-as-you-go. Drive down the fascinating streets of Jumeirah or simply stop by the beach. You can also drive your dream car by renting it at a reasonable cost from any of the local car hire service providers.

Do take note of speed limits and traffic rules before you start driving. When travelling by road, it is also advisable to factor in travel time. If you plan to leave during rush hour (4-7pm) ensure that you leave a little ahead of time in case of any delays due to traffic.

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By bus

There are more than 1,500 air-conditioned buses in Dubai that make travelling on a budget possible. Air-conditioned shelters are located at every bus stop and departures are scheduled at frequent intervals to make commuting hassle-free. Why not take a bus to any of the prime bus stations located in Old Dubai and embark on a fascinating walk through Dubai’s storied streets filled with history and culture?

You can also choose to book a tour on any of the hop-on, hop-off tours for a quick and fun-filled tourist experience. These can be booked online or at any of the major malls in the city.

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By metro

Perhaps the easiest way to get around the city is through the Dubai’s world-class metro system. This economical, safe and reliable mode of travel connects you to the main sights of the city. The metro offers two lines: Red and Green. The former runs across Jebel Ali to Rashidiya, while the latter runs through Old Dubai.

When travelling by any form of rail transport in Dubai, ensure you carry a Nol card which enables you to skip the queues for a ticket. You can recharge this at any of the train or bus stations or by using the RTA Dubai app - and you can use it across all forms of public transportation.

All metro stations are equipped with designated areas for women, the elderly and people of determination (special needs). For any questions before or during your commute, download the RTA Dubai app, which has all the information you need. The Dubai Metro also offers an exceptional travelling experience to its Gold Nol card holders with a separate cabin with better seats and more space.

Dubai also has two other rail options: the Dubai Tram which operates from The Walk at JBR to Al Sufouh, and the Palm Jumeirah monorail which runs along the trunk of the manmade island until Al Sufouh.

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By water

Dubai also has a comprehensive network of water transport. Commuting by sea allows you to experience one of the oldest and most economical modes of travel in the city: the abra. These traditional wooden boats can be accessed from any station in Bur Dubai or Deira. There are also more modern water-taxis which provide waterfront views and faster access to more than 43 stations across the city.

The Dubai Ferry connects to some of the city’s key water links such as Business Bay and the Dubai Marina via the Dubai Canal. For special occasions, you can book a private yacht service online with providers like Dubai’s Xclusive Yachts and Charter Click. When travelling by water, remember to carry a hat and enough water to keep you hydrated.

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By foot

If you would like to explore Dubai by foot, there are well-planned and easily identifiable walkways available through the city with clear sign-boards to guide you on your route. You will also find pedestrian over-bridges that link different areas and ensure safe crossings on highways. Highly controlled traffic junctions ensure that drivers wait for you to cross the road and help preserve road safety.

The best time to explore by walking – especially recommended when in Old Dubai – is during the cooler months starting from November. It is recommended to carry essentials like a sun hat, water, snacks and some sunscreen for the day. You might also want to pick a map of the city from any of the leading malls or plan your trip online on the RTA Dubai website.
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