How To Get From Dubai Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways

Last updated on April 8th, 2021 at 03:33 pm

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We will write how to get from Dubai airport to city center. The distance from Dubai Airport to downtown is 15 kilometers and the travel time from Dubai airport to Burj Khalifa in city center is around 20 minutes by taxi and 80 AED which is $20 USD. The cheapest way from Dubai airport to Burj Khalifa city center is by metro around 25 minutes for 8 AED which $2 USD depending on your final destination.

You can also rent a car in Dubai airport or get a private transfer. And make sure you check with your hotel a few of them offer a free shuttle from Dubai airport to city center. Read here Dubai sim card for tourist, how to get from Dubai airport to Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi airport to Dubai and Abu Dhabi airport to city center.

DUBAI AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

METRO DUBAI AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN (BEST WAY DUBAI AIRPORT TO BURJ KHALIFA)

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The best way from Dubai airport to city center is by metro. The metro trains are running from Dubai airport to city every 5-10 minutes from 5 am until midnight. The total travel time from Dubai airport to downtown is around 25 minutes to reach Dubai Mall or Burj Khalifa. The metro fare Dubai airport to Burj Khalifa is 6 AED (2 Zones).

You will have to pay with the NOL Card that you can get in the vending machine at the airport for 2 AED. Total metro fare is 8 AED from Dubai airport to city center which is $2 USD. For you will have a metro ticket 4 AED for 1 zone and 8.50 AED for 3 zones or more.

You can get the metro at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 and you will have to walk around 5-7 minutes to reach the Metro Station at Dubai airport. From Terminal 3 Dubai airport to Burj Khalifa you have to take Red Line.

BUS DUBAI AIRPORT TO DUBAI MALL

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I wouldn’t recommend going by bus from Dubai airport to downtown since it’s not possible to get a few places. You can go from Dubai airport to Dubai Mall but it will take around 1 hour. The metro is better and more efficient than the bus which takes longer. You can’t pay with cash and you will have to pay with the NOL Card. The bus will be a great option if you are going from Dubai airport to Abu Dhabi.

NOL Card

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NOL Card in Dubai is available in the vending machine at the airport. It will cost 2 AED which is only 0.50 cents of USD. You will have to top up. You can get unlimited transportation for 24 hours in Dubai for 20 AED which is $5 USD depending how many times you will move around Dubai.

The NOL Card is the payment method for buses, metro and water bus too. The Silver Card will cost 25 AED, The Red Ticket will cost 2 AED, Red Ticket day pass is 20 AED.

Dubai Metro Map

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There are two Metro Lines: Red the one coming from Dubai airport to Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and city center. You can also transfer to the Green Line.

BY TAXI DUBAI AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

If you go from Dubai airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 15-20 minutes and the taxi fare from Dubai airport to city center is 80 AED which is $20 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.

If you go from Dubai airport to Burj Khalifa and from Dubai airport to Dubai Mall will be the most common areas for city center in Dubai.

Free Shuttle Dubai Airport To Downtown

Is possible a free shuttle from Dubai airport to city center? There are hotels offering free shuttles from Dubai airport to downtown. It could be for free or paid just make sure you ask your hotel about this but when I was there a few the hotels were offering for free a few times during the day.

CAR RENTAL AT DUBAI AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car in Dubai’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Dubai. It will take you 20 minutes to get to Dubai from the airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, available in the airport for €30-40 per day.

Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Dubai. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Dubai.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION DUBAI AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Dubai. Prices are around €45 and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be €11 per person.

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For sure private transportation will be so comfortable same like taxi, they will wait for you and drive to your final destination without you worrying of anything!

WHERE TO STAY IN DUBAI

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A lot of budget option is available for accommodation in Dubai. Where you can sleep in a dorm room starting from $20-30 USD while you can stay in a budget hotel for as low as $60-90 USD. There are so many to choose from depending on what type and how luxurious you want your stay to be starting from $200 USD.

If you are traveling in Dubai outside the peak season prices will be much cheaper. You can also try Airbnb in Dubai. Get a pretty sweet discount for your first Airbnb booking in Dubai!

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL DUBAI

For food budget travel in Dubai we have to say that’s affordable. You can get snack meals in local places for €5-7 per person trying different choices. For decent meals expect to pay €15 per person in a restaurant.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT DUBAI

Dubai has a really hot desert climate. Summer (late May to September) is scorching hot that it’s uncomfortable for people who are not used to this weather.

We suggest that you visit during winter (November to March) when the weather is good for outdoor activities. If you have booked your travel during summer, don’t worry as there are many things to do in Dubai to beat the heat- like going to the mall, etc.

Check here the weather in Dubai!

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE IN DUBAI AND ATMS

The currency of Dubai is called Dirham and this is the money you will use while you travel around the country. And the exchange rate is €1= 4.4 AED. Also if you are bringing debit card you will find many ATM’s all over Dubai. You can pay in most of the places with card.

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You can also try AirBnB in Dubai with prices starting from $40 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!

Having insurance while you are traveling outside your home country is very important. Make sure that you have one too, to keep you safe in your trips around the world.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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