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Wednesday 16 January 2019 (UAE)   

Dubai Airport shuttle bus service and routes

Dubai Airport (DXB) shuttle bus service, transportation, timings, and routes. Also to Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC). Services provided by the RTA, Emirates, Etihad, FlyDubai from DXB terminals 1, 2, 3 and DWC to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, Al Ghubaiba bus station. Cheap ways to travel and connect between airports and emirates in the UAE.

To use public bus services in Dubai, and RTA operated inter-city buses, you must have a prepaid Nol card. Cash is not accepted. Buy a Nol card at any metro station, or from machine at Dubai airport arrival terminals. There are 4 different types of Nol card. TL;DR answer to the question of which one ... buy the silver one.

  • *DXB to AUH bus: no direct services between Dubai airports and Abu Dhabi airport, unless provided by an airline for transfer passengers. Use intercity bus combined with taxi, metro, and/or local bus services.
  • *Abu Dhabi Airport bus service to and from Dubai city: direct service only available on Etihad Airways shuttle bus for EY passengers. Otherwise take taxi or bus 901 to downtown Abu Dhabi bus station near Al Wahda Mall, then intercity bus from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Al Ghubaiba bus station. No left luggage service at bus stations in the UAE. Shopping mall hypermarkets have a bag deposit facility for their customers which might be a dubious option e.g. Carrefour near Al Ghubaiba bus station in Dubai, Lulu's at Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi.
    • *[Check] Alternative route from Al Wahda bus station: Intercity bus E100, alight at Dubai World Trade Center metro station, take Red Line to DXB terminal 1 or 3.
  • *Airport shuttle bus between DXB and DWC operated between 24 Apr and 20 Jul 2014, free.
  • Dubai Airport bus service to and from Abu Dhabi city: use RTA intercity bus from Al Ghubaiba bus station in Dubai (frequent, regular timings). Etihad, Emirates, and FlyDubai have daily shuttle bus operations with limited timings.
  • Airport bus tour in Dubai: Big Bus Tour operates tours of Dubai city but Dubai airports are not on their routes. Nearest Big Bus Tour stop is Deira City Center (Red Bus Tour and Night Bus Tour routes), which is one or two stops on the Dubai Metro Red Line from T1 or T3.
  • Airport shuttle bus in Dubai: operates airside for transit passengers between DXB terminals 1, 2, 3.
  • Dubai Airport bus station: there isn't one. There are bus stops at arrivals level of terminals 1 and 3, at arrivals area of terminal 2, and at DWC. Bus stations for intercity or inter-emirate travel are Al Ghubaiba and Union Square.
  • Dubai Airport to Al Ghubaiba bus station - from terminal 1 take bus 33 or 42, from terminal 2 take bus 31. From terminal 3, take metro to T1 then bus 33 or 42, but if you're on the metro then you might as well continue to Burjuman station, change to the Green Line metro and go to Al Ghubaiba metro station, which is a short walk to the bus station.
  • Dubai Airport to Sharjah Airport (SHJ) bus: there isn't a direct service.
    • Sharjah Transport Services (STS) operates a bus service from Rashidiya metro station and Al Ghusais BS to SHJ (route 111). From Dubai Airport terminals 1 or 3, take the Dubai Metro Red Line to Rashidiya MS. From terminal 2 take a taxi to Rashidiya MS, it's not far, and complicated to get there otherwise.
    • *[Check] Alternatively get to Lamcy Plaza by taxi (bus and metro too complicated), and catch Air Arabia shuttle bus to SHJ.
    • From DWC (very bad idea by the way) ... catch bus to metro station, take red line to Rashidiya, take STS bus to SHJ, and allow 3-5 hours of travel and waiting time.
  • Al Maktoum International Airport, Jebel Ali (DWC) bus connection operates 24 hrs but two versions. Bus stop is outside the departures area.
    • Daytime from 0600 to 2200: Bus route F55 every hour on the hour from DWC to Ibn Battuta Mall metro station (0600, 0700 ... 2100, 2200), and Ibn Battuta station to DWC (0600, 0700, ... 2200), takes about 40 mins.
    • Night bus is route F55A, every hour from DWC to Al Satwa bus station (2300, 2400, ... 0400, 0500), and from Al Satwa to DWC (2209, 2309, ... 0409), duration about 90-120 mins depending on traffic. Through Dubai Marina can be very slow. Route is along Jumeirah Beach Road. Cannot buy tickets on bus, must buy a Nol travel card from the airport RTA counter between the food court and arrivals area.
    • No bus at 0500 to DWC from Ibn Battuta metro station or Al Satwa bus station. Bus at 0500 from DWC is F55A to Al Satwa, next bus from DWC at 0600 is F55 to Ibn Battuta.
Route Timings Notes
F55 DWC > Ibn Battuta 0600, 0700, ... hourly ... 2200  
F55 Ibn Battuta > DWC 0600, 0700, ... hourly ... 2200  
F55A DWC > Al Satwa 2200, 2300, 0000, ... hourly ... 0400, 0500  
F55A Al Satwa > DWC 2209, 2309, 0009, ... hourly ... 0409, 0509  
  • No direct metro, underground, or train connection to DWC. No metro station at DWC.

Times and costs are approximate. Time variations can be significant depending on traffic and waiting times. Most public transport services only operate between 0500 and midnight. Traffic congestion is heavy between Dubai and Sharjah, around Al Ghubaiba and Union Square bus stations in Dubai, and Abu Dhabi downtown bus station.

All public bus services in the UAE use airconditioned buses. RTA operated intercity buses are modern and comfortable. Emirates and Etihad airline operated shuttle buses are very comfortable.

Start End Suggested cheapest public transport service1 Time Cost Notes
Dubai airports       (AED)  
DXB T1 DXB T2 Shuttle bus2 or taxi 15-30m 20  
  DXB T3 Shuttle bus2 or metro 15m 5  
  DWC Day: Metro to Ibn Battuta MS, bus F55 to DWC 2-3 hrs 15  
  DWC Night: Bus to Satwa BS, bus F55A to DWC 3 hrs 15  
  DWC Free shuttle bus from 24 Apr to 20 Jul 2014 1 hr Free  
  Al Ghubaiba BS Bus routes 33, 42, or metro - change at Burjuman MS 30-60m 5-10  
  Abu Dhabi Metro or bus to Al Ghubaiba bus stand then intercity 3-4 hrs 30  
  Al Ain Metro or bus to Al Ghubaiba then intercity bus 3-4 hrs 30  
  Ras Al Khaimah        
  Sharjah Airport SHJ Metro to Rashidiya MS, then STS bus 111 to SHJ 2-3 hrs 15  
  Sharjah Airport SHJ Taxi 30-60m 100  
  Sharjah downtown        
  Umm Al Quwain        
  Muscat, Oman Metro or bus to Deira City Center DNATA > Oman bus5 6-8 hrs 100  
DXB T2 DXB T1 Shuttle bus2 or taxi      
  DXB T3 Shuttle bus2 or taxi      
  Al Ghubaiba BS Bus route 31      
  Abu Dhabi Bus 31 to Al Ghubaiba then intercity bus      
  Abu Dhabi FlyDubai bus service, costs AED 40-504      
  Al Ain Bus 31 to Al Ghubaiba then intercity bus      
  Al Ain FlyDubai bus service, costs AED 30-404      
  Sharjah Airport Taxi to Rashidiyah MS, STS bus to SHJ      
  Sharjah downtown        
DXB T3 DXB T1 Shuttle bus2 or metro      
  DXB T2 Shuttle bus2 or taxi      
  Al Ghubaiba BS Metro, change at Burjuman MS      
  Abu Dhabi Free EK coach to/from AUH if EK passenger3      
  Al Ain Free EK coach to/from AAN if EK passenger3      
  Sharjah Airport Metro to Rashidiya MS, then STS bus to SHJ      
DWC DXB T1 Bus>metro (Red Line) 2 hrs 15  
  DXB T2 Bus>metro>bus 2-3 hrs 15  
  DXB T3 Bus>metro (Red Line) 2 hrs 15  
  Al Ghubaiba BS Bus>metro (Red>Green), or night bus direct 2+ hrs 15  
  Abu Dhabi Bus>metro>bus to Al Ghubaiba then intercity bus 5+ hrs 40  
  Abu Dhabi Fly Dubai bus service 01 May to 20 Jul 2014 only4 1.5 hrs 40-50  
  Al Ain Bus>metro>bus to Al Ghubaiba then intercity bus 5+ hrs 40  
  Al Ain Fly Dubai bus service 01 May to 20 Jul 2014 only4 1.5 hrs 30-40  
  Sharjah Airport Bus>metro to Rashidiya>STS bus 111 3 hrs 30  
  Sharjah Airport Taxi 2-3 hrs 200  
  Sharjah downtown Bus>metro (Red>Green) to Al Ghubaiba > intercity bus 3-4 hrs 30  
  Sharjah downtown Taxi 2-3 hrs 200  
  1. Using buses and/or metro. Use of taxi is always possible but more expensive. For traveling between DXB terminal 2 and terminals 1 or 3, using a taxi is highly recommended if you are not able to use the airside free shuttle bus. You will save a lot of time, and the cost will be marginally more expensive than using buses and metro, or cheaper if more than one person traveling together.
  2. Only possible for transit passengers, available airside not landside.
  3. Emirates Airlines free shuttle bus for EK ticket holders only. Operates 2x per day for Al Ain, and 6x per day for Abu Dhabi.
  4. FlyDubai bus service operates 1x daily between AUH and DXB, between AUH and DWC; and 2x daily between AAN and DXB, and between AAN and DWC. Book in advance on FlyDubai website. Bus fares AED 10 higher if purchased from bus driver.
  5. *[Check] Buses to Oman operated by National Oman Transport depart from behind the DNATA center near Deira City Center. Could be difficult to find, taxi from DXB might be better option than trying metro or bus.

Hotel shuttle buses to Dubai airports

  • 15 May 2014 - the Dubai RTA started hotel shuttle bus services from Dubai International Airport DXB (not DWC) Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Fare is AED 15 dhs (using Nol public transport payment card), free Wifi included, snacks and drinks available. Service operates 24 hrs per day, every 30 minutes. Initially will operate for a 6 month trial period. Look for "SkyBus" or "Sky Bus" signs. Buy a silver Nol card and you can reuse it on the metro and other bus services in Dubai. Four bus routes in operation with following hotels on the routes:
      1. (Orange - Sheikh Zayed Road between Trade Center and Defense roundabouts): Crowne Plaza, Fairmont, Four Points Sheraton, Millenium Plaza, Radisson Royal, Shangri-La, Towers Rotana hotels.
      2. (Blue - Al Barsha 1 area near Mall of the Emirates): Auris Plaza, City Max, Dunes Hotel Apartments, Golden Tulip, Grandeur, Ibis, Marmara Hotel Apartments, Novotol Suites (Suite Novotel), Ramada Chelsea.
      3. (Purple - Karama, Mankhool areas): Burjuman Arjaan Rotana, Four Points Sheraton Dubai, Park Regis Kris Krin (Regent Palace), President, Ramada.
      4. (Green - near Dubai Airport): Al Bustan Rotana, Holiday Inn Express, Le Meridian, Premier Inn.
  • Most 4 and 5 star hotels will have an airport to hotel shuttle bus service for their guests but not necessarily free, and usually has to be booked in advance. Check when booking what the charges are. Exceptions:
    • Burj Al Arab operates a Rolls Royce limousine service, not shuttle buses.
    • Premier Inn on Airport Rd (closest hotel to DXB) operates a free shuttle bus every 30 mins to Terminals 1 and 3, in operation 24 hrs per day.

Emirates Airline Dubai airport shuttle bus

EK bus only for EK passengers. Service is free but must be booked at least 48 hrs in advance, or you'll be walking. Check timings with EK. As of Jul 2014 they are:

DXB to AUH dep DXB 0000 0200 0715 1000 1400 1900  
  arr AUH 0145 0345 0900 1145 1545 2045  
AUH to DXB dep AUH 0400 0600 0930 1130 1630 2200  
  arr DXB 0545 0745 1115 1315 1815 2345  
DXB to AAN dep DXB   0200     1430    
  arr AAN   0345     1615    
AAN to DXB dep AAN     0930     2100  
  arr DXB     1115     2245  
  • Dubai departure and arrival point is DXB Terminal 3. No EK bus service to terminals 1, 2, or to DWC as of mid-2014.
  • Abu Dhabi (AUH) location - to/from EK office on the Corniche, Khalidiya downtown Abu Dhabi.
  • Al Ain (AAN) location - to/from EK office Khalifa St.

Etihad Airways Dubai airport shuttle bus

  • https://www.etihad.com/en/plan-and-book/book-etihad-express/ - book a seat here.

FlyDubai airport shuttle bus

  • Operates only to Dubai Airport Terminal 2 to and from Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
  • Additional temporary service to Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) from 01 May to 20 Jul 2014.
  • FlyDubai bus timings as of May 2014:
    00-04 04-08 08-12 12-16 16-20 20-24  
DXB to AUH dep DXB     0830        
  arr AUH     1030        
AUH to DXB dep AUH       1500      
  arr DXB       1700      
DWC to AUH dep DWC 0200            
  arr AUH 0330            
AUH to DWC dep AUH     0800 1500      
  arr DWC     0930 1700      
DXB to AAN dep DXB     0930   1830    
  arr AAN     1130   2030    
AAN to DXB dep AAN   0600   1530      
  arr DXB   0800   1730      
DWC to AAN dep DXB 0100   1130        
  arr AAN 0300   1400        
AAN to DWC dep AAN     0800     2200  
  arr DXB     1030     0030  

Dubai Airport bus driver jobs and vacancies

  • Internal airport bus driving - apply to Dubai Airports company.
  • Hotel shuttle buses - apply to hotels or hotel operating companies.
  • Public buses in Dubai - apply to the RTA.
  • Airline operated shuttle buses - apply direct to airline companies: Air Arabia, Emirates, Etihad, FlyDubai.


  • Parent category - Dubai Airport, public transport Dubai.
  • Child pages -
  • Related pages - Dubai Metro, Big Bus Tour Dubai, Al Maktoum International Airport.


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