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List of inter-emirate and intercity bus services in UAE

List of inter-emirates and intercity buses in the UAE between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Ain, Al Gharbia (Western Region), Dhaid, Fujairah, Jebel Ali, Hatta, Masafi, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain (UAQ). Timetable, fares, first and last buses, frequency of service.

Good services operate between Dubai and Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Ok services operate between Dubai and Fujairah, Sharjah and East Coast destinations, Abu Dhabi city and other towns in Abu Dhabi emirate, Dubai or Sharjah to Northern Emirates (Ajman, RAK, UAQ); poor services between Dubai and Al Ain, or Sharjah and Al Ain; no direct services between Abu Dhabi or Al Ain and Northern Emirates or East Coast (but journey is possible via Dubai or Sharjah); between Al Gharbiya (Western Region of Abu Dhabi emirate) and emirates other than Abu Dhabi (connect via Abu Dhabi city).

There are no 24 hr intercity bus services in the UAE. Route E306 between Dubai and Sharjah is almost 24 hrs.

Notes about the list of bus routes in table below:

  • BS = Bus Station, MS = Metro Station. RTA = Roads and Transport Authority (usually Dubai, if Sharjah then is SRTA). DOT = Abu Dhabi Department of Transport.
  • There are no public bus services operated by transport authorities in the emirates of Ajman, Fujairah, RAK, UAQ ... not yet.
  • Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station is the Al Wahda Bus Station. Sharjah Central Bus Station is Al Jubail Bus Station. There is no Dubai Central Bus Station (there are several bus stations used for intercity routes), but Al Ghubaiba Bus Station is the closest approximation.
  • Deira City Center is the name of a Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) shopping mall in Deira (also called, or renamed as, City Centre Deira), not a reference to a central or CBD area in Deira. Similarly for Ajman City Centre, Fujairah City Centre, Mirdif City Centre, Sharjah City Centre.
  • Al Ghubaiba and Deira City Centre bus stops and metro stations are in different, but nearby locations. This can be confusing because a number of buses stop outside the metro station exits, but not the intercity buses which operate from the nearby bus stations which are both a 5 min walk away from the respective metro stations.
  • [Check] Union Square Bus Station (for intercity routes) (Exit 2 from metro station?) is not the same as Union Metro Station bus stops (A, B, C, D). And even more confusingly, intercity route E16 to Hatta, stops at Union MS Bus Stop D, not Union Square BS.
  • [Check and update] Rolla Park and Rolla Square refer to the same location (a park in downtown Sharjah). There is a bus stop and a bus terminal in different locations. Rolla Park or Rolla Square usually refers to the bus stop. The bus station is called Rolla Bus Terminal. But don't rely on anything being 100% correctly referenced (this page or any other source), just make sure to allow 5-10 mins for walking between the bus stop and the bus terminal if necessary.
  • Start and end times, frequency timings are approximate (websites checked Jul 2017).
    • Check RTA Wojhati website for detailed schedules, timetables, and route maps for RTA buses to and from Dubai.
    • Sharjah RTA (Mowasalat) and Rihlati trip planner websites do not have intercity bus information; Sharjah Transport website offline.
    • Al Ghazal website does not have bus route timings or schedules.
  • Dubai RTA and Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DOT) operated buses generally follow scheduled times (but allow for delays due to traffic congestion). Sharjah Transport (KGL) are usually ok also. Al Ghazal buses seem to be more random about following scheduled times.
  • Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah transport authority intercity coaches are modern and comfortable. Al Ghazal operates mostly older Toyota Coaster minibuses which are less comfortable, especially at busy times.
  • [Check] Abu Dhabi fares most recent information provided was dated 01 Nov 2012 (checked 19 Jul 2017). Fares do not change often so they might still be correct.
From To Route Operator Fare
First Last Interval Updated

Abu Dhabi

Al Wahda BS Mussafah BS <> X60,X65,X80 DOT AUH 15       04 Oct 2013
Mussafah BS Al Wahda BS > X86,X87,X88,X89   15       04 Oct 2013
Al Wahda BS Al Ain X90, no Mussafah stop   25 0430 2400 30 min 19 Jul 2017
Al Wahda Al Sila'a (Silaa) X89   45       04 Oct 2013
Al Wahda Dubai E100, E101 RTA 25        
Al Wahda Ghayathi, Gayati X86   35       04 Oct 2013
Al Wahda Jebel Dhanna Ferry X87   35       04 Oct 2013
Al Wahda Liwa - Mezairaa X60   30       04 Oct 2013
Al Wahda Liwa - Hameem X65           04 Oct 2013
Al Wahda Madinat Zayed X60 to Liwa   25       04 Oct 2013
Al Wahda Mirfa X80 to Ruwais   25       04 Oct 2013
Al Wahda Ruwais X80,X86,X87,X88,X89   35       04 Oct 2013
Al Wahda Tarif X80,X81,X86,X87,X88,X89   20       04 Oct 2013
Al Wahda Tarif 700 via Mussafah            
AUH Airport Al Ain 490   10       04 Oct 2013
AUH Airport Ruwais X81           04 Oct 2013
Mussafah BS Al Ain 440   10       04 Oct 2013
Mussafah BS Ruwais X81 from AUH           04 Oct 2013
Ruwais AUH Airport X81, no Mussafah stop           04 Oct 2013
Ajman Sharjah E401   3        

Al Ain

Al Ain AUH Airport T1, T2 490     0450 2050 2 hrs 19 Jul 2017
Al Ain Dubai   Al Ghazal 20 0540 2300 40 min3 14 Apr 2014
Al Ain Mussafah BS 440     0400 2000 2 hrs 19 Jul 2017
Al Ain Eastern Region 350,360,380,390,550            
Al Dhaid                


Ghubaiba BS Abu Dhabi E100E100 RTA 25 0420 2400 10-20 min 19 Jul 2017
Ibn Battuta Mall BS MS Abu Dhabi E101E101 RTA 25 0415 0100 10-60 min 19 Jul 2017
Gubaiba BS Al Ain   Al Ghazal 20 0540 2340 40 min3 14 Apr 2014
Union MS Ajman E400 RTA 12       01 Aug 2017
Union MS Fujairah (via DXB T1) E700 RTA 25       19 Jul 2017
Sabkha BS Hatta via Madam E16 RTA 10       19 Jul 2017
Abu Hail MS Sharjah Jubail BS E307A RTA 10       19 Jul 2017
Deira City Centre BS Sharjah Jubail BS E307 RTA 10       19 Jul 2017
Ghubaiba BS Sharjah Jubail BS E306, 24 hrs RTA 10       19 Jul 2017
    E306N see E306            
Sabkha BS Sharjah Jubail BS E303A RTA 10       19 Jul 2017
Satwa BS via Karama Sharjah Jubail BS E304 RTA 10       19 Jul 2017
Union metro station Sharjah Jubail BS E303 RTA 10       19 Jul 2017
Ahli Club, Stadium MS Sharjah Taawun BS E301 RTA 10       19 Jul 2017

East Coast

Dibba (Sharjah)                
Kalba (Sharjah)                
Khorfakkan (Sharjah)                
Hamriya (Sharjah)                
Hatta (Dubai)                
Ras Al Khaimah                


  Abu Dhabi 117 SRTA          
Jubail bus station Al Ain   Al Ghazal?          
Jubail bus station                
Rolla Square2 Jebel Ali E308   10 0545 2245 75m-2hrs 01 Jul 2012
Umm Al Quwain                

Archive information

Dubai Union Square Sharjah, Ajman E400            
Dubai Union Square Fujairah E700            
Ghubaiba Bus Station Abu Dhabi E102 (or E1?)   20 0500 2300 20 min 03 Sep 2013
Ghubaiba Abu Dhabi E102 (or E1?)   20 2300 0100 1 hr 03 Sep 2013
Ghubaiba Abu Dhabi (Gazal)     15        
Gubaiba Station Al Ain   Al Ghazal 20 0540 2340 40 min3 14 Apr 2014
Ittihad Station Ajman     7 0600 2200 30 min 03 Sep 2013
Ittihad Station Ajman E401 via Sharjah   7        
Ittihad Station Dhaid     15        
Ittihad Station Fujairah E701   25 0600 2200 1 hr 03 Sep 2013
Ittihad Station Masafi     20        
Ittihad Station Ras Al Khaimah E601 (via UAQ)   20 0600 2200 1 hr 03 Sep 2013
Sabkha (Deira) Hatta E16, E201, or E216?   7        
Dubai various Sharjah E301-E307, E309   5 0600 2400 15-60 min 03 Sep 2013
Ghubaibah Sharjah E306 (almost 24 hrs)   10 2400 0400 1 hr 03 Sep 2013
Ittihad Station Sharjah > Ajman E401            
Jebel Ali2 Sharjah Rolla Sq E308   10 0715 2115 75m-2hrs 01 Jul 2012
Ittihad Station Umm Al Quwain E601 (bus to RAK)   7 0600 2200 1 hr 03 Sep 2013

Last bus timings if after midnight are for the next day e.g. Thu 0100 means 1 hour after Thu midnight not Wed midnight. Yes we know that should be Fri 0100 to be precise but we're thinking about the "Last bus" that day or night, and the RTA timetables use the same convention.

  • E100 Dubai Al Ghubaiba <> Abu Dhabi Al Wahda:
    • Al Ghubaiba > Abu Dhabii (stops at Samha and Shahama Village in Abu Dhabi emirate, does not stop in Dubai): First bus Sun-Wed 0430, Thu 0420, Fri 0440, Sat 0440. Last bus Sun-Wed 2400, Thu 0100, Fri 0105, Sat 0100.
    • Abu Dhabi > Al Ghubaiba (stops at Samha only in Abu Dhabi, also stops at Jafiliya metro station and Ports & Customs Dept in Dubai): First bus Sun-Wed 0420, Thu 0430, Fri 0440, Sat 0440. Last bus Sun-Wed 2400, Thu 0100, Fri 0100, Sat 0100.
  • E101 Dubai Ibn Battuta Mall <> Abu Dhabi Al Wahda:
    • Ibn Battuta Mall > Abu Dhabi (stops at Samha and Shahama Village in Abu Dhabi emirate): First bus Sun-Wed 0445, Thu 0415, Fri 0515, Sat 0445. Last bus Sun-Wed 2315, Thu 0115, Fri 0145, Sat 0015.
    • Abu Dhabi > Ibn Battuta Mall (only stops at Samha, not Shahama Village): First bus Sun-Wed 0440, Thu 0430, Fri 0430, Sat 0430. Last bus Sun-Wed 2300, Thu 0100, Fri 2400, Sat 2400.
  1. removed
  2. Not clear if this route still operating - Dubai RTA does not have it in intercity bus route list supplied Mar 2014. No cancellation notice provided.
  3. Interval between buses inconsistent. An RTA official at Al Ghubaiba station in Dubai told us in Apr 2014 that Al Ain buses depart when full, not according to any schedule. Our interpretation and experience is that generally the schedule is followed (every 40 mins from 0540 to 2340 daily) but don't rely on it - especially if the big bus is waiting for passengers (most of the time minibuses are used), and especially around Iftar time during Ramadan. Duration is about 2 hrs, sometimes longer if traffic or slow driver. This variability seems to apply more to routes operated by Al Ghazal (similar comments heard about the Sharjah to Al Ain route schedule not being followed).

Other notes

  • Bus fare amounts are one way only, if not updated, from 2008?
  • Dubai-Sharjah routes started January 2004, other routes at later dates.
  • Emirates Express between Dubai and Abu Dhabi launched 15 March 2005.
  • Dubai-Al Ain route operated by Al Ghazal.
  • Ittihad Bus Station renamed as Union Bus Station, is near Union Square metro station.
  • Dubai to Sharjah first bus at 0600, last bus at 0400, every 15-60 mins from 0500 to 2300 depending on route, and every hour from 2300 to 0400 on route E306 to Al Ghubaibah bus station in Dubai.
  • The prefix "Al" for place names (Arabic for "The") appears to be used or not used without following any consistent rules. For example:
    • In Dubai, Al Satwa and Al Karama areas are often referred to as just Satwa and Karama. But the Al Karamah area in Abu Dhabi is more often referred with the "Al" prefix rather than just Karamah. And spelling is usually with "h" for the Abu Dhabi area, without for the Dubai area.
    • Al Ghubaiba bus station in Dubai is randomly referred to as Al Ghubaiba bus station or Ghubaiba bus station. Same for Al Jubail bus station in Sharjah.
    • Rolla Square in Sharjah is sometimes called Al Rolla Sq but more often just Rolla Sq.
    • Al Wahda bus station in Abu Dhabi is rarely or never referred to as just Wahda bus station.
    • Al Wasl Road in Dubai (Iranian Hospital Rd) is randomly referred to as Al Wasl Rd or just Wasl Rd.
    • Burj Al Arab in Dubai is (almost) never called Burj Arab. And Burj Khalifa is rarely called Burj Al Khalifa.
    • Sharjah and Fujairah are occasionally referred to as Al Sharjah and Al Fujairah. Dhaid is often called Al Dhaid. And Al Ain is always Al Ain, never just "Ain". But Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Bur Dubai, Deira, Dibba, Dubai, Kalba, Khorfakkan, Masafi, RAK, UAQ are never (or almost never for Kalba) prefixed with "Al" (Masafi is though if referring to the Iraqi football team, or some UAE based companies).
  • Bus station and place names have different spellings e.g. Deira (Deirah, Derah), Ghubaiba (Al Ghubaibah, Gubaiba, Gubaibah, Gubaybah, Gubaiyba, Gubiba, etc), Jebel Ali (Jabal Ali), Masafi (Masafih), Ras Al Khaimah (RAK, Ras Al Khaima, Ras AlKhaimah, Ras Alkhaima), Umm Al Quwain (UAQ, Um Al Quwin).

Airport transfers by bus in the UAE

  • Bus from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Airport Terminal 1, 2, 3: Careful when relying on route search results, the Google seems to think T2 is in the same place as T1 and T3 (it's not). Results also suggest a bus from Jafiliya metro station to T1 or T3; don't bother, just take the red line metro from Jafiliah MS if going to T1 or T3. For T2 you'll need a bus or taxi.

There are no direct public bus links between different airports in the UAE. Indirect links are possible but time-consuming and require at least one bus-bus or bus-metro (in Dubai) change. Most efficient way usually involves a taxi for at least part of the journey. Better yet, don't plan your trip to the UAE with different departure and arrival airports.

Airport codes: AAN = Al Ain Airport, AUH = Abu Dhabi Airport, DWC = Al Maktoum Airport, DXB = Dubai Airport, FJR (not FUJ) = Fujairah Airport, RKT (not RAK) = Ras Al Khaimah Airport, SHJ = Sharjah Airport.

  • AUH > AAN: Bus 490 from AUH T1 or T2 (stops at both) to Al Ain Central Bus Station > Taxi to Al Ain Airport (no direct bus service). Infrequent and slow: every 2 hrs, duration 3 hr 40 min (!), last bus 8:50pm from AUH, 9pm from Al Ain Airport.
  • AUH > DWC (Al Maktoum International Airport near Jebel Ali): Bus to Al Wahda bus station > Intercity bus E101 to Ibn Battuta Mall > bus F55 to DWC (allow 4-6 hrs or seriously consider a taxi for AED 200).
  • AUH > DXB Terminals 1 or 3 (Dubai International Airport): Bus to Al Wahda bus station > Intercity bus E101 to Ibn Battuta Mall > metro Red Line to T1 or T3.
  • AUH > DXB Terminal 2:
    1. Bus to Al Wahda bus station > Intercity bus E100 to Al Ghubaiba bus station but exit at Jafiliya metro station bus stop > bus C26 to DXB T2 (bus stops at arrival and at departure areas).
    2. Bus to Al Wahda bus station > Intercity bus E101 to Ibn Battuta Mall > metro Red Line to Jafiliya or ADCB (Karama) > bus C26 to DXB T2.
    3. If you want to sound clever to someone annoying, suggest they go Abu Dhabi to Sharjah by direct bus, and then take the 313 "Express" bus from Sharjah to DXB T2. They'll curse you on the way to Sharjah when they get stuck in Sharjah-Dubai Ittihad Rd car park traffic jam, and will be sticking pins in dolls when they have to return through the same jam to go back to DXB T2. We have seen this as a real suggestion on traveler forums, don't do it.
  • AUH > FJR: Bus to Al Wahda bus station > E101 to Ibn Battuta Mall > Red Line metro to Union MS > Intercity E700 from Union MS bus stop to Fujairah > taxi to FJR airport.
  • [Update] AUH > RKT (RAK Airport): Aaaaaaahhhhh .... who does this? Bus to Dubai, then another bus to RAK, then taxi to RKT?
  • AUH > SHJ: Bus to Al Wahda bus station > Intercity bus to Jubail BS in Sharjah > Bus 99 to SHJ Airport.
  • [Update] Dubai Airport to Ras Al Khaimah Airport ... a bad idea but if you must, bus to RAK then taxi to the airport (check Al Hamra bus inter-emirate services, but not intra-emirate?).
  • DXB T1 > T2: No direct bus route. Take a taxi.
  • DXB T1 > T3: Red line metro one stop.
  • DXB T2 > T3: No direct bus route. Take a taxi.
  • DXB T1 or T3 > AUH: Reverse of AUH > DXB T1 or T3.
  • DXB T1 or T3 > DWC: Metro Red Line to Ibn Batutta Mall, F55 bus to DWC.
  • DXB T1 or T3 > FJR: From T3 take metro Red Line one stop to T1 > walk to T1 arrivals stop on other side of Airport Rd (bridge and through car park) > E700 bus to Fujairah > taxi to FJR Airport.
  • DXB T2 > AUH: reverse of AUH > DXB T2 route #2 using E101 from Ibn Battuta Mall. Route #1 not possible because E100 from Ghubaiba to Abu Dhabi only stops at Jafiliya from Abu Dhabi > Dubai, not Dubai > Abu Dhabi.
  • DXB T2 > DWC: Bus C26 to ADCB (Karama) or Jafiliya metro stations on the Red Line, Red Line to Ibn Battuta Mall, F55 bus to DWC.
  • DXB T2 > SHJ: reverse of SHJ > DXB T2.
  • FJR > DXB T1: Taxi to Fujairah bus station > E700 to Dubai, stops at DXB T1 arrivals.
  • SHJ > DXB T1 or T3:
    1. Taxi to Rashidiya metro station, metro Red Line to T1 or T3 (but will only cost an extra AED 20-30 to continue journey by taxi directly to airport). Note that Bus Route 111 SHJ Airport to Rashidiya MS is no longer operating.
    2. Bus 99 to Al Jubail bus station > E303 to Union Square BS > Red Line metro to T1 or T3.
    3. Bus 99 to Al Jubail bus station > E307 to Deira City Centre bus station > walk 5 min to Deira City Centre metro station > Red Line metro to T1 or T3.
    4. Bus 14, 15, 88, or 99 to Al Rolla Terminal (not Rolla Park) bus stop > Bus 113 to Rashidiya MS > Red Line metro to T1 or T3.
    5. Bus 14, 15, 88, or 99 to Al Rolla Terminal (not Rolla Park) bus stop > Bus 313 to DXB T2 > taxi to DXB T1 or T3.
  • SHJ > DXB T2:
    1. Bus 14, 15, 88, or 99 to Al Rolla Terminal (not Rolla Park) bus stop > Bus 313 to DXB T2.
    2. Bus 99 to Jubail bus station > Bus 313 to DXB T2 but this option a bit superfluous since more buses go from airport to Rolla Terminal, and Bus 313 starts from Rolla.

Updates to routes and new routes

  • 01 Sep 2015 (PR 25 Aug 2015), frequency increased on routes E101, E307, E400.

Sharjah Transport inter-emirate bus routes

  • Sharjah Transport operates intercity bus services (one-way bus fares in brackets) between Sharjah and Abu Dhabi (AED 30), Ajman (AED 3), Al Dhaid (AED 20), Dubai (AED 5), Hamriya, Jebel Ali (AED 10), Khorfakkan (AED 20), Ras Al Khaimah (AED 25), Umm Al Quwain.
  • New routes launched July 2009.
  • Operating times 0500-2300 (5am-11pm)?

Wifi wireless internet service on RTA inter-city buses

  • 20 Dec 2013 (WAM) - all intercity buses operated by the Dubai RTA will have wireless internet services for passengers by the end of January 2014. Wifi has been available on Dubai-Abu Dhabi bus route since 2013 (date?).
Last update Friday 18-Aug-2017. Page development 1H 2T 3D 4L 5C.
Related pages
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  • www.alghazaltransport.ae - Al Ghazal Transport website. No bus route information (Jul 2017).


Abu Dhabi AUH ABD ADB, Ajman AJM, Al Ain AAN, Dubai DXB, Fujairah FUJ, Ras Al Khaimah RAK, Sharjah SHJ, Umm Al Quwain UAQ

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