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Dubai Metro Nol card tickets and fares

Dubai Metro Nol card tickets and costs

Dubai Metro ticket fares and cost structure were announced on 22 July 2009 by the RTA boss, Matter Al Tayer. Passengers will need to buy one of 4 different colored cards, called Nol cards, to pay for Dubai Metro trips.

21 Oct 2014 announcement (press release): Nol card prices will increase from 11 Nov 2014, and the RTA will introduce quarterly and annual payments for public transport use in Dubai. Nol cards will include travel on the new Dubai Tram which starts operations on 11 Nov 2014. Announced discounts apply to special traveller categories - students and senior citizens. See revised table of fares below.

Other than daily passes, activation is not immediate, it can take up to 5 days according to 21 Oct 2014 announcement. This sounds inefficient to us but that's what they said, so apply for weekly, monthly, or annual pass at least 5 days before you need it.

Blue Nol cards are personalised, can only be used by the registered user. Discounted passes can only be loaded onto Blue Nol cards. Silver and Gold cards are not personalised so can be used by anyone.

Dubai Metro fare calculator - changes from 11 Nov 2014 in blue text.

Type of ticket/travel distance Nol card All zones < 3km 1 zone 2 zones 3 zones 4 zones 5 zones
Single trip tickets - prices need update                
Standard adult ticket price Red   2.00 2.50 4.50 6.50 6.50 6.50
Pre-paid standard adult fare Silver   1.80 2.30 4.10 5.80 5.80 5.80
Students (registered with Blue Nol card) Blue   0.90 1.15 2.05 2.90 2.90 2.90
Senior citizens (registered) Blue   0.90 1.15 2.05 2.90 2.90 2.90
Gold Class standard ticket Red   4.00 5.00 9.00 13.00 13.00 13.00
Gold Class pre-paid ticket Gold   3.60 4.60 8.20 11.60 11.60 11.60
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Silver Nol cards and passes                
One day ticket valid all zones Silver 20.00            
Weekly pass standard1 Silver 110.00   50 80 110 110 110
30 day (or monthly) pass standard1 Silver 350.00   140 230 350 350 350
Quarterly pass standard1 Silver 830.00   330 530 830 830 830
Annual pass standard1 Silver 2,670.00   1,060 1,770 2,670 2,670 2,670
Gold Nol cards and passes                
One day ticket valid all zones Gold 40.00            
Weekly pass standard1 Gold 220.00   100 160 220 220 220
30 day (or monthly) pass standard1 Gold 700.00   280 460 700 700 700
Quarterly pass standard1 Gold 1,660.00   660 1,100 1,660 1,660 1,660
Annual pass standard1 Gold 5,340.00   2,120 3,540 5,340 5,340 5,340
Previous information                
30 day (or monthly) pass standard Silver 270.00 100.00 100.00 180.00 270.00 270.00 270.00
30 day (or monthly) pass students Blue 170.00   70.00 115.00 175.00 175.00 175.00
30 day (or monthly) pass senior citizens2 Blue 200.00   70.00 115.00 175.00 175.00 175.00
Disabled / Special Needs travellers Blue Free            
Children under 5 years old no card Free            
  1. 50% discount for students, senior citizens, and other social beneficiaries for weekly, monthly, annual passes. Not for daily passes.
  2. From 11 Nov 2014 includes expat resident senior citizens over 60. Previously was only for Emirati nationals. RTA press release said ... to include not only students but beneficiaries of social security and seniors above 60 years, be they citizens or residents. According to the previous system, such a discount was restricted to citizens only.

Confused about Dubai Metro fares? If you don't want to try and figure it all out, just buy a Silver Nol Card at ticket booth or machine for 20 dhs (might be higher after 11 Nov 2014), then swipe it at the reader when going through entry and exit turnstiles. All the calculations will be done for you and deducted automatically. The card automatically limits total charge for a day at 14 dirhams 20 dhs from 11 Nov 2014, unless you use buses, so don't worry about trying to find a day pass. After the first day you'll probably need to recharge it if you want to use the Dubai Metro again, 50-100 dhs should be enough for an average week if used daily. Or a month if used occasionally.

Dubai Metro tickets for tourists

Nol card background information

Updates

Limited edition Nol Cards
Blue Nol Cards for Dubai Metro and monthly passes

Update 22 Oct 2014: The RTA announced revisions to monthly pass prices and introduced quarterly and annual passes. See table below.

Nol card updates

Feb 2011 news reports and press releases ...

Discounted Dubai Metro travel

Information based on RTA announcement as reported in Emirates Business 24-7 on 20 September 2009. Date which discounts come into effect not supplied.

Dubai Travel Pass
Dubai Metro Nol cards
Nol card color Type Available Validity Cost Max Credit For use by
Nol Red Card   10 September 2009 90 days AED 2 10 journeys Infrequent travellers
Nol Silver Card epurse 20 August 2009 5 years AED 20 AED 500 Regular passengers
Nol Gold Card epurse 10 September 2009 5 years AED 20 AED 500 Hoi Polloi VIP travellers
Nol Blue Card epurse 15 March 2011 1-5 years AED 70 AED 500 Students, Senior Citizens
Dubai Metro Blue Nol Cards
Category Discount Photos Emirates ID Passport Other Nationality UAE resident Age
Student 50% Yes Yes, or ... Yes Letter Any Yes 5-23
Special Needs 100% Yes Yes, or ... Yes SN Card Any Yes Any
Senior Citizen 50% Yes Yes No?   UAE Yes > 60
Dubai Metro tickets, prices, and fares - all prices in AED (divide by 4 to get approximate $US value)
Type of ticket/travel distance Nol card All zones < 3km 1 zone 2 zones 3 zones 4 zones 5 zones
Standard adult ticket price Red   2.00 2.50 4.50 6.50 6.50 6.50
Pre-paid standard adult fare Silver   1.80 2.30 4.10 5.80 5.80 5.80
Students (registered with Blue Nol card) Blue   0.90 1.15 2.05 2.90 2.90 2.90
Senior citizens (registered) Blue   0.90 1.15 2.05 2.90 2.90 2.90
Gold Class standard ticket Red   4.00 5.00 9.00 13.00 13.00 13.00
Gold Class pre-paid ticket Gold   3.60 4.60 8.20 11.60 11.60 11.60
 
One day ticket valid all zones Any 14.00            
30 day (or monthly) pass standard Silver 270.00 100.00 100.00 180.00 270.00 270.00 270.00
30 day (or monthly) pass students Blue 170.00            
30 day (or monthly) pass senior citizens Blue 200.00            
Disabled / Special Needs travellers Blue Free            

Note that "pre-paid" in reference to tickets refers to pre-payment by loading Nol card with credit, not buying an individual one trip ticket before travelling. The actual "pre-paid" ticket cost is deducted automatically from your Nol card at the end of each journey. Confused? Don't worry about it, just press your Nol card on entry to and exit from the Dubai Metro station.

Dubai Metro Nol Card outlets for purchase and recharge
Nol card use for other public transport and parking in Dubai
Last update Saturday 14-Mar-2015
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