Dubai Transport: Getting Around in Dubai

Travel by Car

Rent a Car

To hire a car, you need an international driver’s licence, passport, credit card and third-party insurance. Once you’re on the open road, take a drive out to Dubai’s mountain town of Hatta.

Want to get in on the luxury car action? One of Dubai’s favourite past times is cruising down the streets in style in a car that turns heads; opt for a Bentley with Paddock Rent A Car or a Bugatti with Apex Luxury Car Hire.

Looking for ultimate flexibility? Try a pay-as-you-go car rental app, like UDrive or ekar.

Travel by Bus

With nearly 1,500 buses circulating around the city and air conditioned shelters to keep you cool on your way, this is a great budget option for getting around. Travel like a resident on the city bus or book an open-top hop-on, hop-off bus tour to hit the main tourist sites.

And most convenient of all, the Nol smart card allows you to pay not only your bus fares, but also your metro fees.

Travel by Boat

Dhow Boats and Abras

Travel back in time on Dubai's traditional mode of transportation: an abra ride down Dubai Creek or through Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Enjoy a dinner cruise on the much larger dhow boat, a vessel used traditionally for sailing. For a modern view, travel down the cosmopolitan passages of Dubai Marina or the brand-new Dubai Water Canal.

Ferry and Water Taxi

Another way to take in the sights is aboard the Dubai Ferry. Starting at just AED15, visitors can take a tour across the city’s key water links starting from Business Bay to the Marina via Dubai Canal. Ferries from the Al Jaddaf station depart daily at 10am, 12pm and 5:30pm.

Yacht rentals

Get around Dubai in style while appreciating our skyline and iconic landmarks from off the coast. Yacht rental options include Dubai's Xclusive Yachts and CharterClick, an online booking service that allows you to choose, book and pay for your yacht. Discover even more ways to see Dubai from the water.

Cycling around Dubai

Bicycling around our beautiful city is becoming increasingly popular, as city paths are popping up all around. You can easily rent a bike at a curbside BYKY station to experience it for yourself.

If you're seeking a more rigorous cycling adventure, stop by TREK Bikes for your wheels of choice and discover Hatta's mountainous terrain or cycle through Dubai's beautiful desert on Al Qudra's 86km cycling track.

Travel by Rail

Dubai Metro

Our metro is a world-class, fully-automated, driverless railway system. Most of the metro rides above ground providing a great view while you travel to landmarks like like the Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina, the Gold Souk and Dubai's financial district (DIFC).

Dubai Metro tickets must be purchased in the form of a Nol card – which can also be used to pay for bus, tram and taxi fare – and rides can cost as little as AED3. Discover the city by its metro stations or use the journey planner app, Wojhati, to make the most of your Dubai itinerary.

Dubai Tram

The Dubai Tram runs from Al Sufouh to Jumeirah Beach Residences in 42 minutes. Running on the Nol card, the tram provides access to destinations like Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers and more.

The Palm Monorail

The tram connects directly to the Palm's monorail station, which runs from the trunk of the Palm to the iconic Atlantis, The Palm. Whether you're having a play day at Aquaventure, making friends a Dolphin Bay, or enjoying the Boardwalk, don't miss the chance to take in views of the Gulf from the Palm's crescent.

Travel by Taxi

Hail a Taxi

Dubai’s taxis are available to hail nearly everywhere at just about any time, day or night. If you prefer to schedule a ride, you can call for a Dubai taxi pick-up at +971 4 208 0808.

While taxis are reasonably priced in Dubai, the price per kilometre does change depending on a few factors, like tolls or the time of day.

If you prefer to use an app to book a ride, Uber or Careem are available. Feeling extravagant? Book an Uber chopper for a bird’s-eye commute.