Running both underground and on elevated rails, the Dubai Metro Green Line flanks Dubai Creek, while its Red Line runs north–south and near-parallel to the city’s main Sheikh Zayed Road. The routes cover seven zones, with journey prices linked to the zones crossed. Trains run daily every few minutes and more frequently during morning and evening rush hours.
Many travelers use the metro to reach major attractions such as Dubai Mall, and some tours include a metro ride. To use the trains, you need to prepurchase a Nol smart card, choosing from a Red Ticket for up to 10 trips, a Silver Card for more regular travel, a Gold Card for premium train seats, or other options. You can also use your Nol card on Dubai’s public buses, trams, and water buses.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Dubai Metro is a fast and inexpensive way to travel around the city.
Route maps are available online and at stations.
Buy Nol cards from the station machines or counters using bank cards or cash.
Tap your Nol card on the entry gates and keep it—you’ll need it to exit the system afterward.
Be sure to board the right car: Each train has separate Gold Card and women-and-children-only cabins.
Eating, drinking, and chewing gum on the metro is prohibited and incurs heavy fines.
How to Get There
Stations are situated near most of Dubai’s major attractions. The Red Line has 29 stops, including at Dubai Airport, the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall, and Dubai Marina. The Green Line has 20 stations, including Al Fahidi, Dubai Creek, and Deira. Switching between the lines is only possible at the Union or BurJuman station.
When to Get There
The Dubai Metro Red Line runs 5am–12am Saturday–Wednesday, 5am–1am Thursday, and 10am–1am Friday. The Green Line is open 5:30am–12am Saturday–Wednesday, 5:30am–1am Thursday, and 10am–1am Friday. Trains are busy during rush hours, so avoid those times if you can.
Tips for Using the Metro
Some stations are a distance away from the places they serve, so be prepared to walk. Dubai Mall station, for instance, is about 10 minutes on foot from the mall. Women with children are free to use the women-only cabins for no extra charge.
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