Bus, Boat and Metro Services in Dubai

Find out how to get around Dubai or between Emirates using the bus and Metro transport systems, Abra and water buses...

There are various options for public transport in Dubai, including a Metro system, buses, Abra boats, water buses and taxis. There are some facilities in place for passengers with disabilities.

Metro in Dubai

The Metro rail system was launched in September 2009. There are several underground stations, but the Metro mostly runs above ground. All trains are fully automated and have air conditioning.

Red Line: There are 26 Red Line stations currently open in Dubai. They stretch from Al Rashidiya Station in the north-east to Ibn Battuta Station (Jebel Ali) in the south. Trains run every 6-8 minutes and arrive on-time about 90 percent on-time rate.

Green Line: The RTA plans to open the Green Line in August 2011. It will cover densely populated areas within the Deira and Bur Dubai areas. Once the Green Line opens, Union Square and Khalid Bin Al Waleed stations will serve as transfer stations between the Red and Green lines.

The Metro operates Saturday to Wednesday from 06:00-23:00, Thursday from 06:00-00:00 and Friday from 13:00-00:00.

  • For a map of Dubai Metro: Click here
  • For a list of Metro stations and the feeder buses operating at each station: Click here

Bus Travel in Dubai

There are nine bus stations and over 1,800 bus stops throughout the Emirate of Dubai. Approximately 500 of these bus stops have air-conditioned passenger shelters.

All public buses were custom-built for the RTA and include automated destination displays, electronic fare machines and air-conditioning. There are also more than 50 feeder bus routes that solely transport passengers to and from the Metro Stations and various living areas.

  • For further information on bus travel in Dubai: Click here
  • For information on using public buses: Click here

Inter-Emirate Bus

Inter-Emirate buses transport passengers from Dubai to cities in the other Emirates. The main stations in Deira and Bur Dubai operate from 06:00-00:00.

Abra Boats

An abra is a traditional wooden boat (also called a water taxi) used to cross the Dubai Creek. There are four Abra stations and two routes of travel between them:

  • Bur Dubai Station to Deira Old Souk Station, operates from 05:00-12:00
  • Dubai Old Souk Station to Sabhka Station, operates 24 hours a day

It takes between five and seven minutes to travel by Abra from one side of Dubai Creek to the other.

Fares

Tickets cost AED 1 per passenger for each one-way trip. Payable in cash only.

Water buses

Water buses are larger enclosed versions of Abras, which passengers can take to cross certain points of Dubai Creek. It takes less than ten minutes to cross the creek by water bus. There are eight stations in total from the Shindagha area of Deira to Creekside Park.

Water buses run every 15-30 minutes (depending on the route) from 07:00-19:00.

Fares

Passengers must pay with Nol cards. The rate is AED 4 for each round trip, per day.

There is a special tourist rate that allows passengers the flexibility to ride the water bus to unlimited destinations throughout a one day period. This costs AED 50 (adult) and AED 25 (child). Fares must be paid in cash.

Taxis

The RTA runs the Dubai Taxi Corporation, which is the largest fleet of taxis in Dubai. In addition to traditional taxis, the Dubai Taxi Corporation has ladies' only taxis (driven by female drivers) and taxis for people with reduced mobility.

All taxi companies run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Taxi fares

Starting fares depend on the time of day a person is travelling, and whether a car is booked in advance through the dispatch centre or flagged down on the streets.

Once a journey begins, the fare increases by AED 1.60 per kilometre travelled. Regardless of distance travelled, the minimum fare a person pays is AED 10. For trips originating at Dubai International Airport, the starting fare is AED 20 for a regular taxi or AED 25 for a large taxi.

Transport for People with Disabilities

Most areas of the public transport system have been built with provisions for passengers with special needs. About 70 percent of buses and all Metro stations and trains are fitted with a wheelchair lift and spaces. Buses that have a blue placard in the front right window can transport wheelchairs.

The Dubai Taxi Corporation has vehicles that are specially fitted for passengers with physical disabilities. These taxis run on a separate fare than regular taxis and can be reserved through the Booking and Dispatch centre: