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List of bus routes in Dubai

  • List of bus routes and numbers in Dubai with areas, location guide, and route information.
  • See separate page for Dubai Metro feeder buses.
  • Contact number for RTA bus services is 800-9090 (toll-free in UAE).
  • BS - Bus Station, MS - Metro Station.
  • A, B, C, D, E, F, M, X prefixes and suffixes before or after bus route numbers:
    • A, B, D refer to alternative routes, not necessarily with the same start and end points. For example 13, 13A, 13B, 13D between Gold Souq and Al Ghusais bus stations have same start end end points (or not, check #13). But 91 between Al Ghubaiba and Jebel Ali BS different from 91A between Gold Souq and Jebel Ali BS.
    • C as prefix refers to central city or CBD routes.
    • C as suffix refers to an alternative route.
    • E as prefix refers to inter-emirate bus routes (not listed on this page).
    • [?] E as suffix refers to an alternative route, e.g. 98E between Al Satwa and Al Quoz bus stations (but what happened to #98)?
    • F refers to feeder bus to Dubai Metro stations (not listed on this page).
    • [?] J refers to minibus or microbus services? Or Jumeirah Village services? Only one (J01) as of end 2015. See Al Freej Bus Service heading.
    • [?] M? Example 11M?
    • X refers to Express Service, does not stop at all bus stops along route. Not all express services use letter X, for example 91A and 13B are express services.
Number End points Frequency Areas Start Checklist Notes
J01           Extended 01 Nov 2015 to MOE?
J01 (Al Freej Bus) JVC, MOTE MS   Al Barsha, JVC     Jumeirah Village Circle to Mall of the Emirates MS
C1           Night bus from Satwa BS to DXB airport?
2            
C2            
C3 Hor Al Anz         Rerouted 01 Jun 2010
4           01 Dec 2013 rerouted at DXB Terminal 1?
C4 Al Awir     01 Jun 2010   Lamcy Plaza loop removed 01 Dec 2013, use F18.
5           Cancelled 01 Jun 2010
5X           Cancelled 01 Jun 2010
C5 Al Awir     01 Jun 2010    
6           Cancelled 01 Jun 2010
C7 Al Qusais     01 Jun 2010    
C8           Cancelled 01 Jun 2010
9D           Cancelled 01 Jun 2010
C9 Al Qusais     01 Jun 2010    
C10 Palm Deira, Jumeirah 2   Deira, Karama, Jafiliya     End point near Mercato Mall from 01 Nov 2015.
X10           Cancelled 15 May 2010
X10 Gold Souq to Al Quoz BS         Cancelled 01 Nov 2015, use F26 instead.
11A           01 Dec 2013 rerouted at DXB Terminal 1?
11C            
11M            
12            
12X           Cancelled 15 May 2010
13B (X) Gold Souq BS to Al Qusais BS   Naif Rd, Al Rashid Rd, DXB T2     Not bus 138. Express service (Dec 2014 route list).
X13 Al Satwa BS to Lulu Village         Dec 2014 route list.
14           Cancelled 01 Jun 2010
C14     Al Nahda 1     Extended to May Tower 03 Feb 2012
15 Ghubaiba BS to Al Khail Gate   Al Quoz Ind Areas 1, 2, 3 01 Dec 2013    
16           01 Dec 2014 minor route changes.
18           Cancelled 01 Jun 2010
19           Cancelled 01 Jun 2010
C19           01 Dec 2014 minor route changes.
20           Cancelled 01 Jun 2010
22     Dubai Courts, Healthcare City      
23           Cancelled 01 Jun 2010
X23 Gold Souq BS International City         Dec 2014 route list.
24           Frequency decrease 08 Mar 2016
24C            
X25 Karama BS 20-30 min   01 Sep 2015   Loop to Silicon Oasis, Academic City, Outsource Zone.
X28 DIC MS, Lulu Village         Along Jumeirah Beach Rd.
X28 DIC MS to Lulu Village       Dec 2014 01 Dec 2014 end at DIC MS instead of Nakheel.
27     Downtown Dubai     Frequency decrease 08 Mar 2016
29 Al Ghubaiba BS   Downtown Dubai     Extended to Business Bay 01 Mar 2014.
32C            
33            
34            
41           Cancelled 01 Jun 2010
42     Al Garhoud     01 Dec 2013 end point changed to GGICO MS.
43           01 Dec 2013 rerouted at DXB Terminal 1?
43           01 Sep 2015 - changed near Umm Al Romool RTA HQ
44           Lamcy Plaza loop removed 01 Dec 2013, use F18.
53           01 Sep 2015 timing extended to 0030 (1230 am).
53           01 Dec 2014 minor route changes.
C55 Al Awir     01 Jun 2010    
F55A Satwa BS, DWC airport         Night bus, see also Dubai Metro F55 feeder bus
64            
64A           Frequency decrease 08 Mar 2016
64A           01 Sep 2015 Samari, Ras Al Khor route changed
81 Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates   Jumeirah 01 Sep 2015   Along Jumeirah Beach Rd
85 DIC MS, Discovery Garden         Route changed to circular 01 Nov 2015.
             
88           01 Dec 2013 end point changed to Deira City Center.
88           01 Dec 2014 end at DIC MS instead of Nakheel.
90            
91            
91A (X) Gold Souk BS to Jebel Ali BS         Dec 2014 route list. Express service.
X92 Al Ghubaiba BS to DIP         Dec 2014 route list. DIP - Dubai Investments Park.
93            
X94 Gold Souq BS to DIP         Dec 2014 route list.
99           01 Sep 2015 - minor route modification in JAFZ
             
103 Global Village         From Union Square MS BS
104 Global Village         From Al Ghubaibah BS
105 Miracle Garden   Only afternoon, evening4 17 Dec 2015   Express from Mall of the Emirates MS, fare AED5.
             
300           Frequency decreased 08 Mar 2016
             
313 Al Quoz BS   Al Quoz     Cancelled 01 Nov 2015, use F26 instead.
323 Al Quoz BS   Al Quoz     Cancelled 01 Nov 2015, use F26 instead.
330 Silicon Oasis, International City         Academic City, Outsource Zone
333     International City - Warsan 3 03 Feb 2012   Cancelled 01 Dec 2013
365           Frequency increased 08 Mar 2016
366           Frequency increased 08 Mar 2016
             
  1. not used
  2. not used
  3. not used
  4. Schedule for express bus route 105 (Dec 2015) MOE to Miracle Garden: Operates Sun-Thu from 15:56-20:03, frequency every 20 mins; Fri-Sat from 12:04-22:04, frequency every 15 mins. Trip duration about 20-30 mins. Service is direct, no stops between start and end points.

Al Freej buses in Dubai

  • Al Freej or AlFreej is a new bus service concept launched by the RTA in July 2015.
  • Smaller than normal buses are used, mini buses with 12-17 seats.
  • Fare payment is with NOL cards, same as used for metro and other buses in Dubai.
  • First route, J01 or J1 is a 12km route between Mall of the Emirates (MOTE, MOE) and Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC). It does not service Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT).
  • Route has designated bus stops but passengers can request drop off or pick up (wave your hand) anywhere along route, as long as it is safe for bus to stop.
  • Route can also be varied at driver's discretion for example to drop off elderly or disabled passengers.

Night bus routes in Dubai

  • C1 (or C01) between Dubai Airport (DXB) terminals 1 (arrivals area) and 3 (not terminal 2), and Satwa Bus Station, approx every 30 mins between 0100 and 0500 (frequency reduced in 2012? from every 15 mins), every 10 mins (approx) from 0500-0100. Update Mar 2016: frequency increased to every 15 mins again (from when?)?
  • *C2 (or C02) between Dubai Airport terminal 2 (not T1 or T3) and Zabeel Park. Frequency every 15 mins from 0015 and 0500, every 10 mins from 0500-2400. No longer operating, cancelled date unknown?
  • *401 between DXB T1 arrivals and Al Sabkha bus station via Union Square, every 30 mins. Cancelled, date unknown?
  • *402 between DXB terminal 1 arrivals and Al Ghubaiba bus station via Karama, every 30 mins. Cancelled, date unknown?
  • F55A between Satwa Bus Station and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). Start date 27 Oct 2013. Route ...

Dubai Airport bus routes

Is there a connecting or shuttle bus between Terminals 1, 2, and 3 at Dubai Airport? No, not for landside transfers. Yes, airside shuttle bus transfers only for transit passengers.

  • No bus needed between T1 and T3 if in transit - terminal buildings or concourses are connected. Walk.
  • Outside T1 and T3 use the Dubai Metro to connect, or bus C1 if outside metro operating hours.
  • Between T2 and T1 or T3 catch a taxi. No easy bus or metro connections between T2 and T1 or T3 (T2 is on the other side of the airport area from T1 and T3). Long walk around the airport and is difficult or impossible anyway since there are major highways at either end of the runways. Allow at least 2 hours if making an attempt, expect police to stop you if they see you walking along a main highway. No direct bus service. Only two barely realistic options:
    • Bus C26 (Al Satwa direction) to DNATA center at corner Al Ittihad and Airport Rds, then one of the buses up Airport Rd or walk 10 mins to Deira City Center Metro Station and catch metro to T1 or T3.
    • Bus 31 to Union Metro Station (Al Ghubaiba BS direction) then take Red Line to T1 or T3 station.
    • Erratic bus timings make those options tedious (15-20 min intervals on schedules can be up to 45 min or 1 hr in reality).
  • Between T2 and T1 or T3 catch a taxi. Yes we know we're repeating ourselves. You'll understand why if you try and catch the bus.
Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 (DXB T1) - Dubai Metro Red Line station
  • C1 (C01) - see bus route under T3 heading.
  • 4, 11A, 32C, 33, 43, 64A
  • 42 - terminates at T1, doesn't go to T3?
  • 88 - route curtailed at Deira City Center from 01 Dec 2013 (but some buses still seen after that with DXB T3 as destination?).
Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 (DXB T2) - Dubai Metro Red Line station
  • C1 (C01) (24 hours) - Endpoints DXB T3 and Al Satwa BS. Route: DXB T3, DXB T1, Airport Rd, Clock Tower Roundabout, Al Mussallah St, Union MS, Omar Bin Al Khattab Rd, Naif Rd, Al Khaleej Rd, Shindagha Tunnel, Khalid Bin Al Waleed St (Bank St), Al Fahidi MS, Mankhool Rd, Satwa Rd, Al Satwa BS.
  • *4, 11A, 32C, 33, 42 (terminates at T1?), 43, 64A - check if all buses stop at T3.
  • 88 - route curtailed at Deira City Center from 01 Dec 2013 (but some buses still seen after that with DXB T3 as destination?).
Dubai International Airport Terminal 2 (DXB T2)
  • No metro station at T2, nearest is Al Nahda MS on the Green Line, long walk, allow 30-40 min, too far in summer.
  • 13B, C26, 31.
Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC)
  • F53 daytime feeder bus from Danube Metro Station on the Red Line to Dubai Industrial City (check route)?
  • F55A night bus, operates at 1 or 2 hour intervals? From Al Satwa BS along Jumeirah Beach Rd (check route)?
How to connect between Dubai Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum Airport (DWC - Dubai World Central)?

Do not arrange a flight schedule that involves a transfer between DXB and DWC unless the airline is organising it for you at no extra charge. Seriously. We're not joking. Distance between them is about 80-100 km depending on route.

  • Taxi - will cost the same as annual GDP for a small country.
  • Walk - haha, allow a couple of weeks, DWC is halfway to Abu Dhabi from DXB.
  • Bus during metro operating hours:
    • From T1 or T3 take Dubai Metro Red Line to Danube MS (Jebel Ali direction), then feeder bus F53 (allow 1½-2 hrs).
    • From T2 take bus 31 to Union MS, then Red Line to Danube MS (Jebel Ali direction), then feeder bus F53 (allow 2-3 hrs).
  • Bus at night when metro not operating:
    • From T1 or T3 take bus C1 to Al Satwa BS, then bus F55A to DWC (allow 2-3 hrs).
    • From T2 no bus service at night. Take taxi to Al Satwa BS then bus F55A to DWC (allow 2-3 hrs). Or taxi to DNATA Center corner Airport Rd and Ittihad Rd, then bus C1 to Al Satwa BS, then bus F55A to DWC (allow 3-4 hrs), but that's very tedious and tiresome, don't do it.

Air-conditioned bus shelters in Dubai - RTA AC Bus Shelters Project

  • 28 Jan 2014 (Emirates 24-7) - Mohammed Al Ali, Director of DubaiBus, RTA was quoted as saying "We will build 1,200 new bus shelters, and this will be done in three phases. Currently, we are looking at the installment of the first 400 bus shelters" referring to an additional 1200 bus shelters to be built in Dubai, covering the entire bus network.
  • Or in a different statement from the RTA in the same report "... the RTA is planning to launch the 2nd phase of AC bus shelters project, which will include the development of about 400 locations around Dubai (followed by two more phases of 400 locations each)."
  • As of end 2013 about 650 airconditioned bus stops in Dubai.
A/C not working in Dubai bus stops
  • Some or many of the airconditioned bus shelters don't have working a/c, resulting in a sauna effect when waiting inside in spring, summer, autumn (fall), and on sunny days in winter.
  • One problem is bus commuters leave the doors open, perhaps thinking that the a/c will cool the outdoors eventually. Obviously it won't but the a/c motors will give up eventually.
  • Bus stops with non-working a/c seem to be more prevalent in the more popular areas for bus usage, which might reflect either less intelligent passengers living there or less interest by the RTA in maintaining the a/c units, or both. The dumb passenger theory has merit, as can be seen during busy times when trying to exit a bus (or metro train) - the passengers outside try to get on the bus before waiting for the exiting passengers to get off.
  • There is or was also a problem with the electrical connections - the RTA said some bus stops didn't have electricity to power the a/c units, or there was a faulty connection, or something.
Bus timetable electronic displays at bus stops - Real Time Passenger Information system (RTPI)
  • One bonus of the a/c bus shelters is that some or all of them have TV screen displays of buses on their way to you, and estimated waiting time before arrival. The times seem to be reasonably accurate, and are given in Arabic and English.

Bus Stations in Dubai

  • Abu Hail Bus Station (Hor Al Anz Bus Station)
  • Al Ghubaiba Bus Station (Ghubaibah) - Bur Dubai, near Shindagha Tunnel, next to Carrefour Shindaghah.
  • Al Jafiliya Bus Station (Al Jafiliyah).
  • Al Karama Bus Station.
  • Al Quoz Bus Station (Al Qouz).
  • Al Qusais Bus Station (Al Ghusais)
  • Al Sabkha Bus Staion, Deira.
  • Al Satwa Bus Station.
  • Deira City Center Bus Station - not exactly at Deira metro station, is in the
  • Gold Souq Bus Station (Gold Souq) - near Deira Fish Market.
  • Ibn Battuta Bus Station - Ibn Battuta Mall metro station.
  • Jebel Ali Bus Station - Gate 8 of Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA).
  • Karama Bus Station - see Al Karama Bus Station.
  • Rashidiya Bus Station (Rashidiyah).
  • Satwa Bus Station - see Al Satwa Bus Station.
  • Union Bus Station - behind Union Square and Union metro station.

Bus depots in Dubai

  • Al Khawaneej Bus Depot - new in August 2010, constructed over 15 months, construction cost AED 121 million, capacity 284 buses, facilities include parking yard, an air-conditioned maintenance workshop, painting workshop, refueling station, washing bay. Five Dubai Metro feeder bus routes operate between Rashidiya Metro Station and Al Khawanej Bus Depot - F3, F4, F5, F6, F10 (press release 31 August 2010)?

Route updates

  • 06 Mar 2016: New route F01. Route frequency increased on 365, 366, and E303 (Dubai to Sharjah). Route frequency decreased on 24, 27, 64A, and 300.
  • 01 Nov 2015, New route F26, modifications to C10, F47, J01 and 85, cancelled routes 313, 323, X10:
    • New route F26 (or replacement/modification of old F26 route). Replaces cancelled routes 313 and 323.
    • J01: Extended to Mall of the Emirates MS, and covers more of Jumeira Village Circle (Jumeria).
    • F29: Two more bus stops in IMPZ added.
    • F47: Route diversion in Jebel Ali Industrial Area to driving school.
    • C10 from Hamriyah Port (Palm Deira) Ends at Hassa Bint Al Murr Masjid bus stop (near Mercato Mall and Town Centre) instead of Jumeirah Beach Park bus stops. Due to Dubai Canal construction near Beach Park.
    • Jumeirah Beach Park 1 and 2 bus stops (near Chili's and Emirates Hospital) closed because of construction for the Dubai Canal Project. Press release said closure is permanent. Which means a long walk to Hilton Beach Club bus stops 1 and 2 towards Bur Dubai, or cross the zone boundary and pay extra to get on or off at Matar Bin Fadil Mosque bus stops in Jebel Ali direction from the Beach Park stops. Bus routes affected are 8, 81, 88, F55A, and X28. Press release also said route C10 was affected but it's not since the end point of that route was changed.
  • 01 Sep 2015:
    • New routes:
      • X25 express service from Karama, Bur Dubai, Oud Metha to Dubai Silicon Oasis, Academic City, and Dubai Outsource Zone.
      • F24 metro feeder bus from Stadium MS along Amman Rd to Al Ghusais (Al Qusais) Industrial Area, past Sahara Mall and the New Medical Centre.
      • 81 between Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall along Umm Suqeim Rd, Jumeirah Beach Rd and Al Safa Rd.
    • Route changes: 43 (Umm Al Ramool near RTA Head Office), 64A (Samari at Ras Al Khor), F29 extended to Centrium Tower at IMPZ, 99 (Jebel Ali Free Zone new road opened).
    • Intercity routes E101, E307, and E400 have increased frequency during peak hours.
    • Timing changes: Route 53 timing extended to 0030 (12:30 am), F10 timings now include Friday mornings.
  • 01 Dec 2014:
    • Routes 88 and X28 changed to end at Internet City MS instead of Nakheel MS.
    • Minor changes to routes F8, 16, C19, and 53.
  • Jul 2014
  • 01 Dec 2013: New routes 15, F18, F42. Route cancelled 333. Routes shortened or diverted:
    • F12: diverted along Mankhool Rd for better connection time to Al Jafiliya MS.
    • 4, 43, 11A: Changed at Dubai Airport Terminal 1?
    • C4 and 44: Lamcy Plaza loop removed from routes C4 and 44, replaced by new feeder bus F18.
    • 42: route now finishes at GGICO Metro Station, previously went to Airport Terminal 1 MS.
    • 88: route now finishes at Deira City Center, previously went to Airport Terminal 3 MS.
  • 27 Oct 2013: Night bus F55A from Satwa BS to DWC, runs hourly from 2200-0600. Route is Al Satwa Bus Station past Al Qaderi Mosque, Special Needs Centre, Jumeirah Post Office, Hilton Beach Club, Jumeirah Beach Park, Al Ghareefa Council, Jumeirah Mosque (3), Umm Suqeim Park, Wild Wadi, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah City, Al Sufouh Rd to Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). See also F55 Dubai Metro Feeder Bus from Ibn Battuta Mall metro station to DWC (daytime route).

Bus route details

  • Bus 15 from Al Ghubaiba bus station to Al Quoz and Al Khail Gate communities through Al Quoz Industrial Areas 1, 2, and 3. Other route points include Al Fahidi MS, Satwa Mosque, Jumeirah Post Office, Al Safa Dubai Municipality Center. Start date 01 Dec 2013.
Last update Friday 03-Jun-2016. Page development 4L 5C.
Related pages
Related websites (new window)
  • www.dubai-buses.com - RTA bus route maps and information website. Sort of ... availability for downloads of individual route maps and schedules is inconsistent.
  • www.dubai-bus.com - another RTA bus website, or a website pretending to be from the RTA by copying RTA bus information. Is blocked in the UAE though (du and Etisalat), perhaps indicating it's not an RTA website and the RTA made a request for it to be blocked.
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