Dubai Airport and Transportation

How to get to and from the airport, and getting around the city on public transportation

Dubai road

It is easy to drive around Dubai, but the city now has a good metro network - ©

Getting Around

Thanks to a growing Western population which prefers public transport and walking rather than driving everywhere, Dubai finally has a convenient metro. An above-ground metro was unveiled in 2009 and has expanded to different areas of the city since then, including to the airport. However, taxis remain the prefered means of transportation for many locals and tourists, as they're surprisingly affordable, are well-maintained and air-conditioned. Flagging one down is quick, and malls and hotels have big taxi ranks.

Dubai Airport

The Dubai International Airport is considered one of the best in the world. One terminal is exclusively for the Emirates airline but no matter where you land, you'll only be five kilometers (three miles) and 10-to-30 minutes from the center of town and of your hotel or resort. Taxis are the most convenient and practical form of transport.
If you choose the metro, trains run around every 10 minutes from Terminals 1 and 3. They operate between 5:50am and midnight (1am on Thursdays and Fridays). There's no service on Friday mornings, and the first train departs at 1pm. You can buy your ticket at the station.

Transfers from the Airport

If you don't wish to rely on public transportation and prefer the convenience of a transfer, here are your options:


Car Rental

If you prefer private transportaion or if you want to also visit Abu Dhabi, you need to rent a car. To visit Dubai's neighboring emirates you'll definitely need a car, as public transportation is non-existent (alternatively, go on a tour). Check the cheapest car rental rates:

Car Rentals

Dubai Map

Dubai City Break Travel Planner

  • Get a Room
  • Look for the right type of accommodation at the right place and at the right price for you:


  • Get the Tourist Card
  • Enjoy reduced admission at many of the top attractions and dinner cruises, and get a complimentary guidebook and map:

    Tourist Card

  • Plan Your Sightseeing
  • Hop on a sightseeing bus, join a walking tour, go on a cruise, on a helicopter tour over the skyscrapers, or on a day trip:

    Tours & Activities