Getting around Dubai bus,dubai metro,taxi,abra
Getting around in the city of Dubai is easy as government provides different means of transportation to all major attactions, business and industrial areas.
Dubai Metro is the cheapest and fastest way to go around Dubai City. Dubai government also ensures safety to the passengers with dedicated Metro Police force, over 3000 surveillance cameras in trains and stations to monitor security.
Before taking the Dubai Metro train, you need to buy your nol card or ticket to the nearest bus or train stations. It's advisable to take nol card as this card can be use to all transportation in Dubai such as Dubai Metro, public buses, and car parking.
Dubai Metro also provides a feeder bus once you arrived at the train stations and it's free.
If you have your own car, a free huge car parks were also provided at Etisalat metro stations for Dubai Metro Greenline and Rashidiya metro stations and Nakheel Harbour mertro stations for those who are taking the Dubai Metro Redline.
Dubai Metro stations opens from Saturday to Wednesday from 0550H until midnight, during Thurdays from 0550H-0100H and Fridays from 1300H-0100H.
DUBAI PUBLIC BUS
Dubai public buses are available in all areas in Dubai City round the clock.
Before taking the bus, you need to secure your nol Card which is available at Dubai Metro stations or public bus stations. There are some nol card vending machine available in some bus stops.
Please note that public bus drivers don't accept cash or sell nol cards.
Once you enter the bus, card reading machines were installed at the door. You need to swipe your card everytime you embark the bus. The Road and Transport Authority or RTA staff has their portable machine and sometimes do the spot checking in the bus and they charge penalty to those passengers who didn't swipe. Checking out before you disembark the bus is also a must or else you will lost your balance and will be surprised the next time you swipe the card and the machine reader will show zero balance.
If you want a comfortable and fastest way Dubai Taxis are available in the city round the clock. Dubai taxi vehicles are well maintained to ensure the highest security and safety standards.
Each fleet has its individual meter for charge accuracy at the same time taxi companies monitors the exact location of its fleet.
Reservation is also possible with additional charge. The operator will advise you for the cost once you make the reservation through them.
Drivers can only accept cash. Don't forget to ask for your receipt before disembarking just in case you lost your belongings you have your taxi informations.
Here are the list of taxi companies for advance booking.
Taxi Companies Directory
Dubai Transport: 04-2080808
Metro Taxi: 04-2673222
National Taxi: 600 54 3322
Arabia Taxi: 04-2855111
Cars Taxi: 04-2692900
Ladies Taxi: 04-2080808
Abra is a traditional means of water transportation in UAE. Motorized Abra is available for those who avoid traffic jam if you're planning to visit Bastakiya, Bur Dubai and Dubai Gold SOuk.
Abra operates across the creek, linking Deira and Bur Dubai areas. Fares per trip is AED 1.00 with the duration of 5 minutes.
Abra may be chartered also for cruising, AED 100.00 for one hour.
THE BIG BUS
The Big Bus Sightseeing Tour in Dubai is a double decker bus with live-guided commentary in the Night Tour. The Day Tour includes Dhow River Cruise and Dubai Museum and provide a personal recorded commentary available in eight languages.
Ticket cost of The Big Bus
Dubai 24hr Tour
Adult - USD 60.00
Child - USD 27.00
Family - USD 147.00
Dubai 48hr Tour
Adult - USD 80.00
Child - USD 35.00
Family - USD 196.00
Dubai Night Tour
Adult - USD 34.00
Child - USD 20.00
Family - USD 90.00
THE WONDER BUS
Wonder Bus tours around the beautiful city of Dubai and cruises into the Dubai Creek. This unique bus is equipped with all facilities like full internal decoration, sound system, air-condition, television and DVD player.
Wonder Bus Tickets:
Adult - AED 140.00
Child - AED 95.00
Family - AED 440.00
* Kids below 3 years old are free.