Transport options in Dubai

The best and most common methods of transport in the Dubai

Dubai is a bustling city with a lot to offer, so one of the most important things to learn when first arriving is how to get around. Fortunately, there are several transport options available in Dubai that cater to different budgets and preferences. In this page, we will share the four most popular transport options in Dubai: Bus, Metro, Cycling, Driving and riding Taxis.


Transport in Dubai can be split into Two Categories: Public and Private

In Public, you have the Metro and Buses, which are regulated and operated by the RTA (Road Transport and Authorities) of Dubai. They issue Nol Cards, which are transport cards you can top up and access more advantageous prices on a monthly or even yearly basis, on both Buses and Metro. Nol Cards also have different categories, and give you different pricing based on their TIER. You can find out more about Nol Cards in the official RTA website here.

Taking the Bus

The Overground is a railway network that connects different parts of London and its surrounding areas. It operates on several lines and offers a convenient and affordable option for traveling to and from the city center. The DLR is a light rail system that serves the Docklands area of East London. It operates on elevated tracks and provides quick and efficient transportation to popular destinations such as Canary Wharf, the Excel Exhibition Centre, and London City Airport. Both the Overground and DLR are integrated with the London Underground, making it easy to transfer between different modes of transportation.

Photo of an empty bus riding around Dubai.

Taking the Metro

The Dubai Metro is a popular transport option for both residents and tourists. It is a fast and efficient mode of transport, covering most parts of the city, including the airport. The average cost of a monthly pass is around AED 250, while a single trip ticket costs around AED 4 - this of course, depends on the zones you travel through.

The metro is a great option for those who want to avoid traffic congestion and arrive at their destination quickly. However, the downside is that it can be crowded during peak hours, and there are limited options for those traveling to areas not covered by the metro.

Photo of the Metro rail in Dubai, sorrounded by skyscrapers on both sides of the rail.

Cycling in Dubai

Cycling is a great way to explore Dubai, especially during the cooler months. Dubai has several cycling tracks that cater to both beginners and experienced cyclists. The cost of cycling in Dubai varies depending on whether you own a bicycle or need to rent one. A daily rental for a bicycle can cost around AED 20 (For Careem Bikes), while owning a bicycle can be more expensive.

Photo of bikes parked in Dubai.

Driving in Dubai

Driving is a popular option for residents in Dubai, and many Expats deciding to buy or rent a car. The cost of driving in Dubai depends on several factors, including the cost of the vehicle, fuel, parking and highway fees. The average cost of fuel in Dubai is quite low, at around AED 3 per litre; but you’ll need to add the rest of the costs to this, which may end up bring a bit pricey.

Driving is a convenient option for those who want to travel to areas not covered by public transport or have a busy schedule. The only downside is that traffic congestion can be a problem during peak hours, and parking can be expensive in some locations.

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Taxis in Dubai

A very popular way of getting around for those who don’t want to drive but still get the confort of a car, is driving Taxis. Due to the low cost of fuel in the UAE, riding taxis is a fairly affordable option. Taxis are usually around all the main areas, so it’s easy to grab one when you need. In addition, there are plenty of Apps that help you hail a car or taxi whenever and wherever you need it.

Careem is one of the best and most commonly used mobile apps to order a taxior private car.

Photo of the top of a yellow Taxi in Dubai.

In conclusion, Dubai has several transport options available that cater to different budgets and preferences. The bus and metro are affordable and efficient ways to get around, while cycling is a healthy and eco-friendly option. Driving is a convenient option for those who own a vehicle and want to explore Dubai at their own pace. Whichever transport option you choose, it's essential to consider the pros and cons before making a decision.

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