Dubai is the metropolitan city of remarkable and luxury lifestyle, the opulent residents prefer traveling by car rather than using another approach of transportation.
It’s simply because luxury is a way of living in Dubai. Here is the Best way to get around in Dubai is illustrate below with insider’s dubai best recommendation. how to get around in the city like a local even if you are visiting dubai for the first time.
Dubai boasts a transit system that is most convenient, comfortable, and safe. You’ll find there a range of transportation to get around in dubai.
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED IN DUBAI
Its good to know that Dubai transportation officially make it necessary for travelers to buy a NOL card while traveling because cash transaction is not applicable in metro, public buses and taxi’s, and water buses across dubai.
WHAT IS NOL CARD:
In Dubai NOL Card is authorised by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), is a kind of prepaid smart cards generally use by expats and travellers across dubai while travelling.
There are 4 kinds of prepaid cards designed to meet the needs of residents as well as first time visitors. Among them, the Silver Card and Red Ticket are the most suitable options for travellers.
The Silver Card anyone can be purchased it at AED 25 ($6.81). This card allows visitors to enjoy the rides on all modes of transport.
The Red Ticket facility is available at any ticket vending machine at a very cheap price – AED 2 ($0.54). However, this paper ticket only allows ticket holders to ride a mode of transport at ones. That means you need to buy another ticket to use on different kind of vehicles.
Anyone new to this metropolitan city would surprise to know that taxi fares in this luxury city are very affordable so no need to bargain with the taxi drivers because they always use the taxi meters.
No wonder, Dubai taxis have tan bodies and color roofs (red/yellow/blue/green/pink) same as other countries have in common.
but there is additional pink-colored taxi and as its symbolised the pink-colored cabs have female drivers and allow family and female passengers only.
you’ll see plenty of them running on the streets. Anyone can easily take a taxi in front of hotels and malls.
Taxi fares:start from AED 1.75/km (USD0.48). and the minimum taxi fare is AED 12 (USD3.27). The fare for a short trip of (10km) will cost you not more than AED 17.5 (USD4.76) quite affordable.
Availability: 24 hours
Note: Insider’s money saver tips, if you want to cut your taxi fare cost then stay away from the hotel taxis and limousines.
They can be expensive because they are not regulated by official rates.
2. DUBAI METRO
Metro is a always fast and cheapest option for travelers to explore the city – Best way to get around the city with metro is surely worth a try.
Metrois new, air conditioned, clean and its fare are affordable, stops during short intervals across its all stations.
The system has 2 main lines the Red line and Green Line. The Red Line stretches 51 km runs across 28 station in the south of the city from Rashidiya Station to Jebel Ali station.
The Green Line stretches 24 km it runs through Deira and Bur juman Dubaiparallel to Dubai Creek. Stopping every 20-30 seconds at each station.
The Green Metro Lineruns from Etisalat Metro Station in Al Qusais to Creek in Al Jaddafacross 20 stations along its route.
Metro fares: Fare start from AED 4 ($1.09) for one zone to AED 8.50 ($2.31) for more than two zones while paying via NOL Red Ticket Standard Class card.
Metro hours schedule: Every 3-5 minutes Red Metro Line: Daily Sat to Wed 05:30 – 00:00 | Thu 05:30 – 01:00 | Fri 10:00 – 01:00 Green Metro Line: Daily Sat to Wed 05:50 – 00:00 | Thu 05:00 – 01:00 | Fri 10:00 – 01:00
Notes: – Service hours are slightly changed during the month of Ramadan.
3. DUBAI PUBLIC BUSES
Dubai’s public busnetwork is vast and super-fast. There is active busroutes around 75 inter-city and 15 inter-emirates all the public buses are new, modern, and clean.
The dubai public bus service is a good option to take if you wanted to travel between central Dubai and suburban areas then this means of transport is good option and affordable too.
Dubai Buses starts its journey from the Gold Soukafter which runs through the tunnel underneath Dubai Creek eventually stop near the dubai Internet City.
It comes throughout the Heritage Village, Jumeirah Beach Road, Burj Al Arab, and Wild Wadiearlier than accomplishing the last stop. The popular bus line among visitors is Line 8. however, the 8A alternative travels a few extra miles.
Bus fares: Bus fares can cost you from AED 1-4 ($0.27-1.09) for an inter city trip and its price vary depending upon distance you travel in different zones in Dubai.
Daily Bus hours: starts on time 05:00 – 00:00 – At Gold Souk, Al Ghubaibah stations Another bus starts Daily 05:00 – 23:00 – At Al Satwa, Al Qusais, Al Quoz Industrial stations.
Daily 06:00 – 22:10 – At Jebel Ali station and At Metro Feeder Bus stations its start Daily – 05:15 – 01:10
Notes: – Visitors have the facility to get the timetables and route maps at the bus stations. – The fare might be higher for long-hour rides to travel distance suburbs
4. DUBAI PALM MONORAIL
The Palm Monorail is a privately owned transport network that run regularly between the Gateway Station and the Atlantis hotel.
The distance cover by monorail is short only 3 miles along the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah. Compare with the Dubai Tram system, the Palm Monorail has no connection with other modes of transport in Dubai.
Tickets can be purchased only by cash at the ticket vending machines at the stations. visitors surely enjoy the beauty of the famous Palm Jumeirah, dubai first manmade island most visited destination among travelers.
Dubai monorail serves daily at 10:00 to 22:00 in every 20 minutes and its fare cost you AED 15 ($4.08) for a single trip and for a round trip AED 25 ($6.81).
5. DUBAI TRAM
Dubai Tramtransport network helps those who live around Dubai Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah Beach Road, and the famous Burj Al Arab.
Because this transport system help to connect people at those areas to the Metro and Palm Monorail systems.
Tram fares: Fixed at AED 3 ($.82) or AED 4 ($1.09) for NOL Red Ticket. It starts daily 06:30 – 01:00 but on friday it start 09:00 – 01:30 in every 6 minutes.
6. DUBAI ABRA TAXI
Dubai history has revealed that the city is home to the most vibrant creek harbour a place where the city meets the sea.
Both locals and travels frequently use the Abras for crossing the Dubai Creek. Riding an Abra is a great way to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the city.
Many visitors believe that its a must try while visit dubai and enjoy abra ride.
Abra taxi is the fastest and cheapest means of transport that can brings you to most famous touristic places along creek side is Bur Dubai which brings you to Deira Gold Souk and Spice Souk in dubai.
Abra taxi has 2 route, route 1 lies between Deira Old Souk Abra Station and Bur Dubai Deira Old Souk Abra Station.
Anyone can reach at 06:00 to 00:00 daily and cross the creek in less than 5 minutes of ride.
Route 2 is covered between Dubai Old Souk Station and Sabkha Abra Station which opens daily 24 hours & it takes 7 minutes of ride.
Abra taxi fares are fixed and cost you a penny AED 1 ($0.27) per person. But you need to pay the driver in cash after you reach your destination.
Note: If you want to hire a boat for a private tour that will cost you around AED 120 ($32.67) per hour.
7. DUBAI WATER BUSES
Dubai is famous for its Water Bus and as its expected you can find bigger sized air-conditioned water buses.
which is also a boat service which route along Dubai Creek, covering 8 stations in 15 minutes, While abras provide creek-crossing service.
While abrasare open air boat-service cost you only 1 dhiram. however, dubai water buses cose you one-way trip at just AED 2 ($0.54); and round trip will costs you just AED 4 ($1.09).
While travelling in water buses it can bring you relaxing and breeze-filled trips. One who want to travel across Marina Mallto Marina Walk it would be your pleasant ride and worth your money.
A water bus ride satisfied you and its also a great chance for sightseers to glimpse a great views of both sides of the dubai creekside.
Another alternatives of dubai water taxi or buses are hop-on hop-off water bus service if you plan to explore many tourist attractions along both side of the creek all day out.
you can go with the hop-on hop-off water bus service its fares are fixed at AED 50 ($13.61) for adults and AED 25 ($6.81) for children.
You can also pay by a Red Ticket at the waterbus station or via your Silver NOL Card.
Water bus hours: Fridays & Public holidays 12:00 – 00:00; other days 10:00 – 23:00