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How to Get Around in Dubai

How to Get Around in Dubai

While much of Dubai has been designed for car journeys, the city’s traffic can be heavy and the distances long. Add to that the difficulty of walking in the heat, and here’s where the city’s metro trains, buses, and a wide range of tours step in—providing convenient and stress-free ways to get around. Check out your options here.

Public Transit

Dubai boasts plenty of modern public transport options, including metro trains, buses, and trams—with the metro and buses providing the most comprehensive coverage. To get around easily and hop between the modes of transit, buy a Nol card—it can be used to pay fares on each of the networks.

Taxis

Taxis are often the quickest and easiest way from A to B. Hail them in the street or outside your hotel at any time, but be aware that fares—usually reasonable—can depend on the time of day.

Tours by Car

Dubai’s attractions extend across a huge area—Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina are 20 miles (33 kilometers) apart—so seeing the sights is easiest on a tour. Options include panoramic drives with photo stops; tours of specific areas, such as old Dubai, with visits to the attractions; and private tours by deluxe minivan or limousine.

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

Hop-on hop-off buses are one of the most convenient ways to get around Dubai—eliminating the need to juggle buses and metro trains. Tours typically follow routes around Dubai Creek, the main beachside drag, and Dubai Marina, and can include nighttime tours and entrance fees.

Walking Tours

Dubai’s heat and long distances aren’t conducive to walking, although some historical areas are ideal for exploring on foot, and particularly on walking tours that uncover their backstories. Topping the list are the Al Fahidi neighborhood and Deira’s lanes and souks, which face each other across Dubai Creek. Many tours cover both areas and incorporate a ride across the creek aboard an abra, a traditional wooden boat.

Ferry, Water Taxis, and Sailing Tours

Boats often fill the gaps left by Dubai’s metro and bus routes. Abra water taxis offer cheap crossings of Dubai Creek, while amphibious-vehicle “duck” tours take you cruising along its waters. Other options include speedboat and yacht trips along the coast, sightseeing cruises on the Dubai Ferry, and dinner cruises along the creek and marina aboard dhows, traditional Arab sailboats.

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Dubai City Half-Day City Tour

Dubai City Half-Day City Tour

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Discover the best of Dubai on a half-day Dubai sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Traveling by comfortable coach or minivan, take in Dubai’s top landmarks as you absorb the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Snap photos of the Burj Al-Arab, the sail-shaped hotel on its own artificial island; learn about local history at the Dubai Museum, ride an ‘abra’ water taxi across Dubai Creek, and much more. Sign off with a visit to the Deira Spice Souk and free time to explore the brilliant Gold Souk.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$31.30
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$31.30
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90 Minutes Speedboat Tour: Dubai Marina, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab

90 Minutes Speedboat Tour: Dubai Marina, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab

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See Dubai's landmarks and beautiful coastline from the deck of a boat on the Persian Gulf. During this boat tour, available in the early morning and late evening to beat the desert heat, get views of the Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Marina, and the Burj Al Arab. Bring your camera for photo ops and learn about the history and culture of Dubai through your guide's narration.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

City Sightseeing Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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See Dubai's main attractions on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day pass, enjoy unlimited sightseeing along multiple routes, taking you to several top Dubai attractions including Jumeirah Beach Park, Burj Al Arab, the Dubai Museum, Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Zayed Road, Madinat Jumeirah, the Gold Souk, and Dubai Creek. Your hop-on hop-off pass includes a Global Village entry ticket, a night tour, and more fun perks!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$57.20
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$57.20
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Private Tour: Dubai City Tour

Private Tour: Dubai City Tour

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Explore Dubai’s old and newest sights on a half-day sightseeing tour. With a private guide, travel by air-conditioned minivan between the city’s must-see sights. Admire top Dubai attractions such as Jumeirah Mosque and the iconic Burj Al-Arab and head inside Dubai Museum to trace the city’s history. Lastly, cross Dubai Creek on a traditional ‘abra’ water taxi, and explore the Spice and Gold souks as your guide provides commentary.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$154.00
Price varies by group size
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$154.00
Price varies by group size
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Explore the Backstreets of Old Dubai with an Insider

Explore the Backstreets of Old Dubai with an Insider

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Many visitors miss Dubai’s older side, concentrating on its futuristic architecture and glitz. This half-day walking tour bucks the trend, showcasing the old residential and souk quarters. Browse Deira’s souks, ride a wooden ‘abra’ boat across Dubai Creek, and explore Al Bastakiya’s lanes and wind towered houses while learning about Emirati history and culture. A traditional Arabian lunch and entrance fees included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.00
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$103.00
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Dubai Full-Day City Tour with Lunch and Burj Khalifa

Dubai Full-Day City Tour with Lunch and Burj Khalifa

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Take a deep dive into modern and traditional Dubai on this full-day city tour. Admire bird’s-eye views from the Burj Khalifa’s observatory and uncover Dubai’s past and culture at Dubai Museum and Heritage Village. Plus, visit souks, stop for photos by Jumeirah Mosque, the Burj Al Arab, and Palm Jumeirah; and visit Dubai Marina, Dubai Mall, and the Emirates Mall. Your tour includes lunch, air-conditioned transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$198.00
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$198.00
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Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Marina

Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Marina

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Step aboard a historic Dhow ship for a romantic, 2-hour, nighttime cruise with dinner beneath Dubai’s beautifully-illuminated skyline. Sail along the Dubai canal, enjoying views of the incredible array of architecture that characterizes modern Dubai. As you ride you’ll admire sights like the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina Mall, and the city’s numerous high-end hotels. You’ll also enjoy a tasty high-end dinner buffet, including soft drinks, tea and coffee. Your evening cruise also includes round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.00
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$34.00
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Dubai City Tour by Luxury Stretch Limousine

Dubai City Tour by Luxury Stretch Limousine

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Glide around Dubai’s highlights in absolute luxury and privacy on a 2-hour tour by stretch limousine. Sit back in the sumptuous leather interior and enjoy the views as you’re chauffeured around landmarks including Palm Jumeirah, the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, and more. Your limo features a state-of-the-art music system, fiber-optic lighting, tinted windows, upward-opening rear doors, and a host of other extras. Bottled water, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$465.00
per group
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$465.00
per group
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Private Walking Tour of Dubai at Night

Private Walking Tour of Dubai at Night

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See Dubai light up at night on this private 3-hour walking tour of the city with a flexible departure time between 5:30 and 9 p.m. Curate your tour to include a mix of the city’s top attractions and popular nightlife while learning about the area from your private guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$129.02
Price varies by group size
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$129.02
Price varies by group size
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