The popular Abu Dhabi taxi will disappear from the capital streets soon. The old taxies will be soon replaced by newer caps similar to Dubai. The prices will increase too. Taxi fares in Abu Dhabi will start at Dh2.50 against Dh2 at present. Fare meters will also rise by Dh1 for every additional kilometer, against Dh.50 at present.
You can travel between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain by bus using services provided by Abu Dhabi Municipality Transport in collaboration with Al Ain Municipality Transport. Their buses leave the bus stations very regularly, although I have never been able to establish whether any formal timetable exists or whether they simply run when full enough, like the shared taxis. Abu Dhabi bus stand is a little outside of the town but it is not expensive to take a taxi there from the town centre. Al Ain bus stand found is behind the livestock market.
The buses are full sized rather than mini buses and last time I used the service I was in a fairly smart comfortable one, although I have used rather shabby ones on previous visits. On both of these, ladies sit in the first few rows. The tickets, which I think were not expensive, had to be purchased from the ticket office before boarding.
The first time I used it, I seem to remember that it stopped somewhere on the way for passengers to use the toilet or buy a drink but I have not noticed this on more recent occasions. On our evening return journey (towards Al Ain) the bus has always stopped for the male passengers to pray, on the side of the road, at the appropriate time, although on the most recent journey, this only happened after a long and rather fiery discussion between the driver and a devout passenger. The drivers have usually been accommodating about letting us get down near to my friend's home, just before reaching Al Ain, which meant that we didn't have to wait for a taxi back from the town centre. The journey took approximately two and a half hours
Taxi's are plentiful and cheap but very few drivers speak English and they all drive like men possessed. The hotel cars are about 5x more expensive than the local cabs. Also a taxi to the airport is a fixed price
Taxi is unbelievably cheap in Abu Dhabi and there are many of them around. They are all white in colour (Toyota Corolla's) and most of the drivers do not speak English. If they do, they will most likely complain to you how they do not get enough business in Abu Dhabi and that they would like to move to Dubai....etc.
It is very important you negotiate the price in advance unless you are going for a short distance.
I was paying US$3 for 20km distance.
Dubai is around 100km away and getting there is quite simple.
From the main bus station there are minibuses leaving often (as soon as they find enough passengers). It gets quite packed occasionally but it is definitely worth it as part of an authentic experience.
The ride is cheap - 20 durhams (around US$6).
Taxis moving around abu dhabi will never reach more than 10 dhs.
You can stop a cab at any Bus stop/ Parking on the road side. Note that eventhough taxis will stop if you hail them anywhere on the road, you will get in trouble/ they willg et fined, if they stop anywhere else, but at the appropriate stops.
Taxi is very cheap so you can go everywhere, but sometimes taxi drivers don't understand english so they just drive and don't go where you want....they drive as lunatics as well as all the drivers in town.
As a pedestrian watch them cause they don't care about you!!!!
When travelling around Abu Dhabi I tend to walk the streets to catch a cab, (Grab the Gold and white cabs).
Try to avoid Gazzelle cabs as these are far more expensive then the ones that you pick up on the streets and seem to be available outside all the hotels. Further more the higher the star your hotel the more expensive your fare will be. This advise was given to me by a local.
Al Ghazal Express is a new taxi service launched recently. The initial fare in a private taxi starts from Dh2, charging 50 fails for each kilometer traveled. The Al Gazelle Express, however, does offer a competitive fare structure, starting with just Dh2 and Dh1 per kilometer thereafter, during the day. Between the hours of midnight and 6am, the fare shoots up with Dh4 being the initial charge and Dh1 per kilometer thereafter. Currently they are using new Toyota Camry vehicles. The service mainly available by call. However, sometimes you may find it in the front of some places like Abu Dhabi Co-Op or hotels.
I like this airport although it's crowded but when you are getting bored waiting for the flight, you can sit there and look people walking around you, they are people from typical gulf region, long white cloth covering whole body, I even saw a woman covering herself from head to feet with black cloth, worse than those in Afghenistan, they also cover their eyes! Yet I guess it's not polite if I try to take a pic of her! That's obvious!
The airport is 35 kilometres (22 miles) east of central Abu Dhabi and about 35 minutes drive. If travelling by taxi, confirm the fare with the driver before the journey. All major, as well as local self-drive hire companies, have offices at the airport and some also provide a chauffeur service
Abu Dhabi's airport is personel place. Not so large and easy to found everythink. There is free internet connecting.
I didn't notice any sign of public transport in Abu Dhabi. Maybe because everyone has a car. We used a taxi. It's cheap and you always pay by the meter. Very convenient and fast.