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Are airport transfers available to/from Dubai Airport?

Yes, airport transfers are available from all terminals of Dubai International Airport towards the city. Depending on whether you are traveling alone or in a group, your location, and time available, you can opt to use a taxi, the metro, or shuttle services for your commute. Headout offers exclusive shuttle transfers in luxury coaches to/from Terminals 1 and 3 of Dubai Airport.

What transport options do I have from the airport to Dubai?

There are several Dubai Airport transfers available to get to and from Dubai International Airport and the city:
  • The Dubai Metro operates two lines to the airport. To directly get to Terminal 1 or 3, visitors can use the Red Line, and to get to Terminal 2, get off at the Airport Free Zone that is connected to the Green Line.
  • Bus: Bus stops are located outside all three terminals and are connected to all major pick-up points across the city. Visitors can opt for either the RTA-run local city buses or Dubai Airport buses that travel to over 80 hotels in the city. Emirates and Etihad Airways also have their own fleet of buses that shuttles between Dubai and Al-Ain, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi. You can also book pick-up and drop-off shuttle services at Headout for reasonable prices, luxury travel, and additional cashback.
  • Taxi: Taxis in Dubai run 24/7, serving as a convenient option if you are traveling at odd hours or alone. Keep in mind that airport taxis in Dubai are expensive, with fares starting from AED 25 and adding AED 1.75 for every kilometer traveled. Taxis can be booked via the DTC App, by calling 80088088 in advance, or by waiting at the designated taxi stand.

Is shuttle service available from Dubai Airport to Dubai?

Yes. Both pick-up and drop-off shuttle services are available from Dubai International Airport to different parts of the city such as Al Barsha, Dubai Marina, Deira, Bur Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, and more. You can book your shuttle service at the airport, or online at Headout.

What is the easiest way to get from Dubai Airport to the city?

The easiest way to get from Dubai International Airport to the city is by going for shuttle services or using the metro. Shuttle services include pick-up and drop-off in coaches, saving you the hassle of planning your own commute. The Dubai Metro is also well-connected to most parts of Dubai; however, if you have a late flight the metro will be unavailable for use.

What's the best way to get to/from Dubai if I'm traveling alone?

Plan your budget, time availability, and time of day you would be traveling to make this decision. If you don't have the time and are looking to avoid splurging on taxis, you can use the metro or a bus. If you have the time, the fastest way to get from the airport to the city would be by taking a taxi. A taxi is also the best option if you are a female visitor and/or are traveling between 11:00 AM to 6:00 AM. Dubai has a fleet of Pink Taxis that are driven by women and are exclusively for female passengers to ensure safety.

What's the best way to get to/from Dubai if I'm traveling in a group?

If you are traveling in a group, budget would not be a priority concern. Taking a taxi would be the fastest and most convenient option since you would avoid traveling with multiple pieces of luggage in public transport or having to change buses/metro lines. You can get into a 7-seater taxi and travel comfortably to your destination.

Are taxis from Dubai Airport to Dubai expensive?

Taking a taxi from the airport to the city is expensive, compared to using public transport. Fares from the airport begin at AED 25 and add on AED 1.75 for every kilometer traveled. However, if your stay is far from the city center, taking a taxi is a better option than changing public transport.

How much is the metro from Dubai Airport?

The only way to use the metro for any visitor is to carry a NOL card in Dubai, which can be directly purchased at any metro station, most grocery stores, and even the airport. Dubai Metro fares depend on the NOL card you have. With a Red Ticket, the base price of one journey is AED 4 while with the standard Silver Card, it is AED 3, both fares for traveling within a single zone. People of determination, children under the age of 5, students, senior citizens, and residents enjoy free travel on the Dubai Metro. For more information, visit the RTA website.

How long will it take to get from Dubai Airport to the city?

It depends on where you want to go. Thanks to the central location of Dubai Airport, it doesn't take long to get to major parts of the city. Deira is about 15 minutes away, Dubai Marina about 30 minutes, Bur Dubai about 15 minutes, and the northern emirate of Sharjah about 30 minutes.

Can I use public transport at night to get from Dubai Airport?

RTA buses run between 4:00 AM to 1:00 AM. From Saturday to Wednesday, the Dubai metro runs from 5:00 AM to 1:15 AM, and until 2:15 AM on Thursday and Friday. If you are traveling outside these hours, you can go for a taxi since they run 24/7.
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