Getting Around Dubai

From the heritage district of Deira in the North, to the theme park city of Dubai Parks and Resorts near Abu Dhabi and out in the desert to the East, there’s plenty of ground to cover in Dubai. Tailor your transport to your experience – from a futuristic ride through the city on our driverless metro to a heritage safari in the desert. Find out how to get around our iconic landmarks every step of the way.

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 (or in the off chance that you can’t find one curbside), you can call for a Dubai taxi pick-up at +971 4 208 0808.

While taxis are reasonably priced in Dubai compared to other major cities, the price per kilometre does change depending on a few factors, like tolls or the time of day you’re travelling.

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.

Dubai metro or tram

A great way to get to Dubai’s busy landmarks and popular neighbourhoods like the Dubai Mall, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and JBR is via the driverless metro and tram system.

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.

You can also purchase multi-day passes, ideal if you plan on using the metro frequently during your stay.

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Dubai 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 local on the city bus or book an open-top hop-on-hop-off bus tour to hit the main tourist sites.

Hire a car

If you’d like to explore the city on your own, renting a car gives you flexibility to explore Dubai at your own pace. To hire a car, all you need is an international driver’s licence, passport and credit card; third-party insurance is also compulsory. Once you’re on the open road, don’t miss the chance to take a drive out to Dubai’s mountain town of Hatta or visit the beautiful desert. Learn more about a trip through the desert.

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

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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, all the way to Dubai Marina via the newly opened route on the Dubai Canal. In addition to creating an important link to our transport system, they give passengers and tourists a great view of the Dubai coast and skyline. Ferries from the Al Jaddaf station depart daily at 10am, 12pm and 5.30pm.

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Dhow boats and abras

Travel back in time through Dubai’s waterways with a boat ride on one of our traditional modes of transportation. Journey on an abra down Dubai Creek or through Souk Madinat Jumeirah for a truly historical experience. Or, take a ride on the much larger dhow boat, a vessel used traditionally for sailing. Some dhows are even the host vehicle for dinner cruises. Rides on Dubai’s traditional or modern boats can be enjoyed in Deira’s historical waterway, the Dubai Creek; in the cosmopolitan passages of Dubai Marina; or along the brand-new Dubai Canal.

Yacht rentals

Get around Dubai in style while appreciating our skyline and iconic landmarks with an incredible sea breeze. There are plenty of options such as Dubai’s Xclusive Yachts or CharterClick, an online booking service that allows you to choose, book and pay for your yacht with just a few clicks. Discover even more ways to see Dubai from the water.

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