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How to travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi?

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We all have often heard about the two famous cities of UAE that is Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Both of them hold importance in terms of tourism. In recent years, travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi becomes easier. In terms of modern architecture, both cities are attractive and well-developed as well. Dubai is called as a luxurious city while Abu Dhabi is considered to be more traditional and has Arabic vibes in it. Both of them are important, according to their own reasoning’s. There are international airports in both cities, these are, Abu Dhabi International Airport and Dubai International Airport(DXB). Both of the cities are busiest in terms of businesses and tourism. 

If you are planning to visit the UAE soon, then you should visit both of the cities. However, a tourist must look into different factors and transportation from going to Abu Dhabi from Dubai. 

How to go to Abu Dhabi from Dubai? 

The distance between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is 140 KM, that is about 2 hours minutes’ drive by bus. The roads of the UAE are modern, well-maintained and cleaned. It’s easier to go through roads and takes less time as well. There are different types of transportation that are available to go from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Most of the people also rent a car as there are agencies available in both of the cities. As compared to Dubai, Abu Dhabi has more traffic accidents. So be careful. Avoid driving by owner in fog session unless you’re familiar with the highway. Back in 2018,  44-car pile-up in, because of heavy fogYou must be a pro at driving and accustomed to UAE rules. 

Dubai to Abu Dhabi By Taxi 

Taxi is a simple way of going to Dubai from Abu Dhabi. There are many taxis available in both cities and the standard cost begins from DH 250-DH 350 one way, but that also depends that which region do you choose. The distance is about two hours. Taxi works through a meter system to both of the cities that is DH 5-DH 5:30 from 10 Pm to 6 am) however, charges may decrease thereafter. Taxis are very convenient for more people travelling together as the rates can be split between them.

Sharing Taxi

Yes, it is one of a cheaper way and a comfortable as well. It’s the best choice for solo travellers who don’t mind sharing a taxi. These taxis are available at main bus stations where taxi drivers are looking for single passengers to share a taxi with each other. The rates depend between DH 40-Dh 60 depending upon the number of seaters. Of course, one drawback of this transport is to have a one drop-off location similar to buses. However, it’s much cheaper to reach your destination quicker. If you’re a group of travel then hire a private taxi. . If you are 3-4 passengers, then VW Passat, Toyota Camry, Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Suburban are the best options.  They are quite ideal for family trips and costs between 80 to  120 USD. Mercedes E-class, Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and many more are considered ideal for luxury trips and is suitable for luxury travellers.  VW Multivan, Toyota Hiace and Opel Vivaro, Hyundai H-1etc are suitable for long journeys, 3-4 bags and for 4-7 passengers. The rates are around 200 USD. 

Dubai to Abu Dhabi By Bus

It has now become easier and affordable to go from Dubai to Abu Dhabi by Bus. Buses in the UAE are quiet, clean, air-conditioned and has comfortable seats. The duration time on the bus is 2 hours and so because of the traffic jams in the city. The bus service is not available at night, hence, you have to wait till morning. The ticket price of the bus is between $8.6  to 10 USD (25 to 35 aed) depending on the bus station.  The waiting time for the bus is about 30 minutes and the travelling time is about 2 hours 20 minutes. 

How to get an Abu Dhabi bus from Dubai?

You can get a bus for Abu Dhabi from Al Ghubaiba bus station and it arrives at Abu Dhabi central bus station and you could anywhere you want from there. Ticket cost would be about 10 USD (35 AED) from Al Ghubaiba station. Another bus station is Ibn Battuta Station. You can reach to the Ibn Battuta metro station by metro and then take a bus from there.  You can either book the bus online or pay at that time, it’s your choice only, but it’s better to reach sometime before the departure to avoid any sort of mishap. 

How to go to Dubai airport to Abu Dhabi?

You have several options. You can get a taxi from the airport (terminal 2) to Al Ghubaiba bus station and take a bus even metro as well. To get to Al Ghubaiba bus station by metro, you need to take the Green metro line and get off at the station of the same name. The Greenline station is located near Terminal 2 of the airport. From Al Ghubaiba bus station, take a bus to Abu Dhabi central bus station.

Free Shuttle Service

 The best news is that Etihad and Emirates, both of them are free for economy class passengers. You have to find the relevant schedule of both facilities at respectable websites. The pickup point and dropped points for Etihad passengers is at the Etihad travel mall in downtown Dubai while for Emirates passengers the pickup and dropped point is at the Emirates downtown office in Khalidiya. These shuttles run up to 6-10 times a day. They are usually on time, so make sure that you are on time. It’s better to be 10 minutes early at shuttle point. The time duration is up to two hours. There is a separate luggage area, but it’s better to keep important documents and personal financial things in the hands. These shuttles are air-conditioned, clean, safe and comfortable. 

Which Bus Should You Take?

There are two buses options to choose from; E100 and E101. 

E101 is the best service for those who are travelling from and to Palm, Jumeirah, Marina, JBR or JLT areas in Dubai. 

The bus will leave from and arrive at Ibn Battuta and after that, you can either leave in a taxi or in the metro for your final destination. 

Further E100 is best for those in Downtown and it’s available at Ghubaiba bus station and is also useful for visiting Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Jumeirah or the Dubai creek area. All buses are comfortable. 

All buses have luggage space, neat and clean, security camera and comfortable seats.

Rent a car

You can also rent a car for your conveyance from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. There are many rental agencies available at the Airport or you can also rent a car through the hotel. They will help you in finding a suitable car. You need to provide your local and international driving license along with a few other documents to rent a car. You should be pro in driving a car and should follow all the instructions.  Plan out your route beforehand and should take all the necessary measures before starting off with the journey. Fuel up the car and you are all set to you. It’s better to take Highway E-11 or Sheikh Zayed road for the less traffic or hustle. The route is about for two hours if all instructions are being followed carefully. This type of transport is cheaper and less time-consuming. 

Hire a Helicopter

You can also travel through a helicopter for an adventurous ride. There are various private helicopter transit companies that could help in scheduling your trip. You can go through their websites and choose one according to your choice. It is expensive to travel through a helicopter as it costs around 14,900 AED for five people. Most of the companies give pick and drop services and others can ask you to drop at a particular location. The scenery is beautiful and attractive. You will go through many beautiful landscapes and it’s better to carry a camera with to capture beauty. The duration of the trip is around 45 minutes. 

(Hyperloop – 10 Minutes  Travel Duration)

Imagine the time duration, the distance between Dubai to Abu Dhabi reduce to 15 minutes. A new system called the Hyperloop system is about to launch in Dubai for making the travelling between the two cities much easier and faster. This project is still developing and will be launch soon at the end of 2020.  This extra-ordinary system will run at the speed of 1200km per hour and will be cheaper than the commercial rail. It would be fast enough to reach on a given time. 

Safety and rules

It’s better to follow all the rules and instructions given by the police and law. It is important to follow rules to avoid any sort of accidents. The roads are clean and are nicely constructed. However, otherwise, it is completely safe if you take all the precautionary measures.  Travelling between these two cities is essential due to businesses, jobs or for tourism purposes and these transportations will assist you to reach the destination without any chaos.  I hope this article is informative enough for making the right choice. 

Updated on 5 October 2020.

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