The dazzling metropolis of Dubai is distinguished by its wide array of commute options, including modern monorails, trams, and even traditional boats. Reaching the city of towering skyscrapers, thrilling amusement parks, and decadent malls is fairly easy. Travelers usually fly into Dubai International Airport, but sometimes, there are better deals available for nearby Sharjah International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport. But where do you go from there?
Private Transport in Dubai
Dubai by Taxi
You can get a taxi to your hotel right outside arrivals at Dubai airport. When you exit Terminal 1, look to your left and you’ll find a row of metered taxis with minimum fare being 20 AED. Taxis are usually available outside hotels and malls, making it easy to find one during your travels in the city. However, peak hours on weekdays tend to be a different story.
Renting a Car in Dubai
Renting your own car is a great option for getting around Dubai, as it is not that expensive and doesn’t involve too many formalities. The company may or may not ask for an International Driving License. Herzt (https://www.hertz.ae/p/rental-car/uae/dubai) and Sixt (https://www.sixt.com/car-rental/united-arab-emirates/dubai) come well-recommended for car rentals in Dubai. Try and get a car with a navigation system, and look out for speeding drivers on the roads.
Local Transport in Dubai
Dubai by Metro
The rapid rail transit network in Dubai is modern and super-efficient, with driverless trains equipped with large window panels that let you look upon the city as you travel. The Red Line runs between Rashidiya, which is near the airport, and UAE Exchange, while the Green Line connects Etisalat Metro Station to Creek in Al Jaddaf.
Dubai by Bus
Public buses are definitely widely available in Dubai, but they don’t cover all areas. If you’re looking for a nice hop-on hop-off tour, check out Big Bus Dubai (https://www.bigbustours.com/en/dubai/dubai-bus-tours/). You can get buses for many routes from Al Ghubaiba bus station in Bur Dubai and Gold Souq Market in Deira. An NoI card or ticket must be purchased from the station before travelling.
Dubai by Tram
The Dubai Tram opened in 2014, and is a good option for travelling from Jumeirah Beach Residence to Al Sufouh, with Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina Mall along the way. NoI cards are required for travelling on trams as well.
Boat/Ferry Rides in Dubai
Taking luxury cruises on the Dubai Marina is obviously enthralling, but for an authentic and charming experience, why not cross the Dubai Creek on an abra? These traditional wooden boats ply from Bur Dubai as well as Deira offer splendid views of the city. You could also rent one for a private tour.
Dubai by Monorail
Although expensive, riding on the Palm Jumeirah monorail is the best way to enjoy stunning views of the palm-shaped island. It runs daily between Atlantis hotel and Al Sufouh.
In conclusion, remember to always take metered taxis while travelling within Dubai and if renting a car, make sure it is equipped with a GPS system.