What Are The Best And Most Affordable Ways To Get Around In Dubai

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How to Get Around Dubai Safely and Affordably As An Intern

Dubai offers a variety of transportation options catering to different budgets and preferences. Here are some of the best and most affordable ways to get around:

Dubai Metro: The Dubai Metro is one of the most efficient and cost-effective modes of transportation. It covers most of the city and offers a convenient way to travel between key locations. The fares are reasonable, and there are options for single trips, day passes, or Nol cards for frequent travellers.

Public Buses: Dubai has an extensive bus network operated by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Buses cover almost every corner of the city and are a budget-friendly option for getting around. Fares are also affordable, and you can use Nol cards for seamless payments.

Dubai Tram: If you’re traveling within the Dubai Marina and JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) area, the Dubai Tram is a convenient choice. It connects with the Dubai Metro and offers a smooth ride along the coastline.

Ride-Hailing Services: Companies like Uber and Careem operate in Dubai, providing convenient door-to-door transportation services. While slightly more expensive than public transport, they offer comfort and flexibility, especially if you’re traveling with a group or have specific destinations.

Water Taxis and Abras: For a unique experience, you can use water taxis or abras (traditional wooden boats) to cross the Dubai Creek or travel along the Dubai Marina. These are affordable options and offer picturesque views of the city’s skyline.

Walking and Cycling: Certain areas in Dubai, such as Downtown Dubai and JBR, are pedestrian-friendly with designated walkways and cycle tracks. Walking or cycling can be a pleasant way to explore these areas while also being environmentally friendly and budget-conscious.

Car Rentals: If you prefer the flexibility of having your own vehicle, you can rent a car from various rental companies in Dubai. While this option may be more expensive than public transport for short trips, it can be cost-effective for longer stays or if you plan to explore areas outside the city.

When choosing the best transportation option in Dubai, consider factors such as your budget, convenience, and the locations you plan to visit. Combining different modes of transportation based on your itinerary can help you optimise both cost and efficiency during your stay.

Below we’ve added the latest prices for the main modes of travel listed above to help you budget and plan your costs while here. If you select housing as part of your ‘Training and Internship’ package, daily shuttle transport to and from your housing is included, so you’ll only need to plan for weekend and evening trips around Dubai.

Typical Costs:

Dubai Metro:

Single Trip Ticket: A one-way fare ranges from AED 2 to AED 6.50 depending on the distance travelled.

Day Pass: Unlimited travel for one day costs AED 20.

Nol Card: A reusable smart card that can be loaded with credit for multiple journeys. The initial cost is AED 25, and you can top it up as needed.

Public Buses:

Standard Fare: A one-way bus fare typically starts at AED 3. Depending on the distance, it may go up to AED 6.50 for longer journeys.

Nol Card: Same as for the metro, with fares deducted based on the distance travelled.

Dubai Tram:

A one-way trip on the Dubai Tram costs AED 3.

Nol Card can also be used for tram rides.

Ride-Hailing Services:

Uber and Careem fares vary depending on factors such as distance, time of day, and demand. As a rough estimate, a short trip within the city may cost around AED 20 to AED 50. Prices can surge during peak times or special events.

Water Taxis and Abras:

Abras crossing Dubai Creek: AED 1 per person per trip.

Water Taxis: Prices vary depending on the route and duration of the journey. It can range from AED 50 to AED 500 for a private ride.

Walking and Cycling:

Free of charge.

Car Rentals:

Daily rental rates for a compact car start from around AED 100 to AED 200, depending on the rental company, type of car, and rental duration. Additional costs may include fuel, parking fees, and insurance.

These prices are approximate and subject to change, so it’s always a good idea to check the latest fares and rental rates before planning your travel in Dubai, or contact us directly for more information.

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