Dubai: For less than Dh10, you can explore iconic Dubai landmarks like the Dubai Frame, Burj Khalifa or Dubai Miracle Garden. All you need to do is get on a Dubai bus and have a nol card.
Dubai public transport users can take advantage of metro, tram and bus routes to reach the most popular locations in the emirate. The average bus fare for a single trip is around Dh3, however, seasonal bus routes and the Hatta bus may cost a little more as these buses do not make stops and take passengers directly to your location . The bus routes mentioned below come from other public transport points such as metro stations, so you can easily take advantage of the public transport infrastructure to explore Dubai on a budget.
How to get a nol card
Before starting your trip, you must purchase a nol card. You can buy it at kiosks in all Dubai metro stations. You can buy a red, silver or gold nol card, or you can get an unlimited travel pass, with which you can take multiple trips on any public transport line, except buses that cross the emirates.
1. Dubai Miracle Garden
Bus 106: Mall of the Emirates Bus Station
If you want to visit Dubai Miracle Garden, which reopened on September 29, can take a special bus that takes travelers from the Mall of the Emirates bus station to Dubai Miracle Garden. The bus station is next to the Mall of the Emirates metro station which belongs to the Red Line.
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
Cost: 5 dirhams for a single trip.
2. Burj Khalifa
Bus F13: Dubai Mall Metro Station
You can easily visit the iconic Burj Khalifa by taking the Dubai Metro, which has a station on the red line: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro Station. There is also a Metro Link bridge, which allows visitors to reach the Dubai Mall, after a 10 to 15 minute walk. But if you want to avoid walking, you can take a feeder bus from the metro station and reach the entrance of Dubai Mall.
When you are at the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro Station, follow the signs to Dubai Mall Metro Bus Stop 2. From there you can take the F13 bus to Dubai Mall. Once you are at the mall, follow the signs which direct you towards Burj Khalifa.
Duration: 5 to 10 minutes.
Cost: 3 dh for a single trip
3. Dubai Frame
Bus F09: Al Jafiliya Bus Station
You can take this feeder bus directly from Max Metro Bus Stop (Red Line) in Al Jafiliya Area and it will drop you at Dubai Frame Bus Stop.
Duration: Five minutes
Cost: 3 dirhams for a single trip.
How to find the Dubai public bus schedule?
If you want to know the updated public bus schedules and route details, you need to download the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) S’hail app, which is available for Apple and Android devices. The app allows travelers to plan their trip in Dubai using public transport and also provides them with an estimated cost of the trip.
4. Dubai Safari Park
Bus F10 – Rashidiya Bus Station
Dubai Safari Park Officially opening for its new season on Thursday, October 5, and if you plan to visit the outdoor zoo, you can take the feeder bus from Rashidiya Bus Station, which is located near Centrepoint Metro Station on the Red Line. .
Duration: Around an hour.
Cost: 3 dirhams for a single trip
5. Dubai Parks and Resorts
DPR1 Bus – Ibn Battuta Bus Station
Dubai Parks and Resorts, one of the largest theme parks in the Middle East, has its own RTA shuttle bus service.
To take this bus, take the Dubai Metro red line towards Jebel Ali and get off at Ibn Battuta metro station. Outside the Metro station is the Ibn Battuta bus station. From there, take the public bus to Dubai Parks and Resorts.
6. Blue water island
Bus F57: Jebel Ali Metro Station
If you plan to visit the popular man-made island, the easiest and cheapest way to get there is by bus route F57 from the Jebel Ali metro station on the red line. Just be sure to follow the signs to the Jebel Ali Landside metro bus stop.
Duration: Approximately 10 minutes.
Cost: 3 dh for a single trip
7. Wild Wadi
Bus EB1: La Mer South
Wild Wadi is one of the most popular outdoor water parks in the UAE and is located in Jumeirah, next to the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
You can travel for free to the water park in RTA’s new electric bus route – eB1, which runs between La Mer South and Al Sufouh tram station. The route also stops at Burj Al Arab and Umm Suqeim Park.
Duration: 15 minutes
8. Global Village
Bus routes for Global Village are not active yet, but will begin once Global Village reopens on October 18.
Four Dubai Bus Routes for Global Village
• Bus 102: from Centrepoint metro station in Rashidiya
• Bus 103: from Union Metro Station
• Bus 104: from Al Ghubaiba Bus Station
• Bus 105: from Mall of the Emirates Bus Station
Duration: Around 30 minutes or up to an hour depending on the route.
Cost: Between 5 and 10 ADH for a one-way trip.
Travel from Dubai to Hatta by bus
For Dh25, you can travel from Dubai to Hatta on the train Hatta Express Bus (H02). The bus service operates from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a frequency every two hours.
You can find the Hatta Express bus stop at the main entrance of Dubai Mall, in the tourist bus parking lot. The bus is easy to spot thanks to its distinctive green and blue logo and the message “Hatta Express” printed on it.
‘Hatta On and Off’ Bus
If you want to visit the main tourist attraction of Hatta, you can travel on the ‘Hatta On and Off’ Bus (H04) for only 2Dh.
The route starts and ends at Hatta Bus Station and passes by four landmarks: Hatta Wadi Hub, Hatta Hill Park, Hatta Dam and Heritage Village.
It operates from 7 am to 9 pm daily with a frequency of 30 minutes.