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    Big Tour Bus

    by machomikemd Written Jul 17, 2013
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    the most numerous of the buses in Dubai Emirate is the tour bus. Dubai has lots of things to do and a lot of attractions and hence there is a proliferation of big tour buses for the large group tours that most tourists usually book. there all a variety of half-day, full day, night tours in and around dubai like the city tour, shopping tour, buffet lunch and dinner tour and more. But all of them use the big tour buses unless you hire the small van or SUV private tours which costs almost double for the regular mass based tour.

    any travel and tour company that you choose to get a dubai tour package will use the ubiqitous big buses as the main mode of transport for between destinations.

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    Big Bus Tours (Hop On Hop Off)

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 16, 2013
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    RTA Public Buses are a cheap way to go around the attractions of Dubai at 2 AED per trip (less than 90 minutes with free transfers) but it can be time consuming to wait at the bust stops to take you from point A to Point B. If you want a slightly more expensive option but not the high prices of getting taxi or a private tour around, then your best bet will be the Dubai Big Bus Tours (which are Hop On Hop Off (HOHO).

    they have different options for you like a 24 hour HOHO at 223 AED, 48 Hour HOHO at 293 AED, Night Tour at 124 AED and Dubai-Abu Dhabi HOHO Combo at 422 AED. Plus a free RTA water bus ticket to cross from Buj Dubai to Deira and a Dhow 1 hour cruise and free entrance to Shiekh Al Makhtoum House and Dubai Museum.

    you can buy the tickets online at the webite below or at by geting inside their bus at the designated bus stops and paying the bus driver on the type of service you want.

    they have big air conditioned buses and amphibian vehicles and offer free chilled bottled water to guests.

    according to their website:

    The Day Tour is a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Dubai, with a personal recorded commentary available in ten languages.



    The Tour’s two routes, the Beach Tour and the City Tour, provide the perfect orientation of Dubai. You can hop on and off as many times as you wish and explore 21 places of interest, discovering everything from the world famous Burj Al Arab to the traditional gold and spice souks.



    To suit your itinerary, you can choose either a 24-hour or a 48-hour ticket, affording you plenty of time to visit all the attractions that interest you. Our fleet of purpose built vehicles enables you to interchange between the air-conditioned fore-cabin or open-air seating at the rear.



    We are also pleased to provide several free inclusions with your ticket: an Arabian Dhow Cruise on Dubai Creek, entry to Dubai Museum, entry to Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House, a ticket for the RTA Water Bus, a Walking Tour (October to April), Big Bus Reward booklet offering substantial retail, leisure and dining discounts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi - making the Big Bus tour your perfect introduction to Dubai.

    Tours run every 20 minutes (November to April) and 30 minutes (May to October) on both the City Tour (Red Route) and the Beach Tour (Blue route). The first bus is at 9.00 am and the last departure is 5.00pm.

    You can purchase tickets either on this website, on the bus, at most Dubai hotels, or from one of the main Big Bus departure points: Wafi City, City Centre, BurJuman Centre, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Festival City and Souk Madinat Jumeriah

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    Dubai RTA Buses

    by machomikemd Written Jul 16, 2013
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    RTA Buses is the only public bus transportation in Dubai and is owned by the Dubai Government. they have more than 600 bus stops in and around Dubai that have air conditioned waiting sheds. the bus routes are divided into express bus routes, feeder bus routes, Intercity Bus Route, Local Bus Route and CBD Bus Route and there are a variety of the size of public buses and all are air conditioned.

    if you are a tourist, you can buy a red NOL cards for AED 20 (with a 14 AED value) at any convenience stores, malls, some supermarkets and shops and use them as payment to ride the bus and the metro. standard prices of a bus ride is 2 AED for a bus ride less then 90 minutes, up to AED 6.50 for bus rides les than 180 minutes, depending on the route. Unlike the dubai metro, you cannot pay cash for a trip at the Public Buses.

    if you are not scrimping on travel costs, then just use taxis.

    according to their website:

    The Dubai Bus fleet consist of 1574 buses (by the end of the 1st Quarter 2013) operating on 22 Dubai Metro Feeder routes out of the 86 inner routes covering 85% of Dubai’s urban districts. Dubai Bus fleet is cutting over 5,759,116 kilometers (as of February 2013). The bus transport infrastructure includes 17 well-attended bus stations, over 2033 bus stops, 636 of it are air conditioned passenger shelters. All stops has point timetables and route maps.

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    Dubai Metro

    by sarrahh Written Apr 14, 2013

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    The Dubai Metro is the best way of transportation, where you can move from a place to another for 4 derhams = 2 dollars.
    for example you can go from Mall of the Emirates to Dubai Mall or burj Khalifa in less than 15 mins.
    NO food NO drinks are allowed in the metro. (you will get a ticket if you do it)
    good choice if you have a baby and a stroller.
    You can say it is a 5 star metro.

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    Free Airport Buses

    by IreneMcKay Written Apr 17, 2012

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    free shuttle bus service.

    Every time we arrive in Dubai we arrive at some ungodly time of the morning. With several hours to kill in the airport in the middle of the night before we could go to our hotel we had a good look around terminal 3 and discovered this sign about free shuttle buses to Al Ain and Abu Dahbi. I do not know what you have to show to use them i.e. do you need a flight to Dubai ticket, do you need a hotel booking in Abu Dahbi or Al ain, or can anyone use them? Sorry, too tired in the middle of the night to find out, but did take a photo of the schedule, though.

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    Emirates Express

    by zuyao Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A reasonably good bus service is available between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The bus departs from Abu Dhabi Municipality Bus Station to Al-Ghubaiba Bus Station in Bur Dubai, just near the Creek. The fare is Dh15. The frequency of the service is about every 40 mins. The journey takes 2 hours.

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    Dubai Transport Buses

    by Amisha074 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Dubai Transport Buses are pretty cheap. Most routes are well serviced and the city is well connected. The fare ranges from Dh. 1.5 to 2.5.

    When in the city you can dial their toll free number : 8004848 for queries regarding bus routes, fares and schedules.

    Taxis are much, much faster than buses and not too expensive. The starting (minimum) fare is Dhs. 3.50. They run by meter.

    The best way to get to the city from the airport is by bus. The starting fare for taxis is Dh. 20, whereas an airport bus will get you pretty much anywhere for Dhs. 3. These Buses have most major hotels on their routes. The 402 terminates at Al Ghubaiba bus station covering most of Bur Dubai. The 401 terminates at Al Sabkha covering most of Deira.

    All bus drivers speak English and are very helpful.

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    Efficient bus routes

    by Durfun Updated Jan 16, 2011

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    Stylish & modern bus stops
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    The local bus network is very good, linking most areas. Bus stops have a good map showing the various routes covered by the many bus numbers. And added bonus is that most stops are air-conditioned, with sliding doors.

    One can get buses from the airport to the city. The financial districts further south are also covered, as is the beach area, and many of the big & popular shopping malls, eg ibn Battuta, etc.

    Buses are air-conditioned too, and most have electronic card readers that require you to swipe your prepaid cards both as you aboard & alight, automatically charging you & deducting the appropriate fare. Unfortunately you cannot pay the driver in cash.

    Inside, there are several buttons to press to indicate you want to get off at the next stop.

    The forthcoming stops are announced verbally & also displayed on the electronic LCD screens.

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  • Big Bus Tour - Colossal waste of money and time!

    by fleurbutler_ads Written Feb 25, 2010

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    Date of visit : February 18, 2010 :

    We've just done this tour and thought it an absolute waste of time and money. I won't mention the lack of airconditioning, the iffy headsets with loose connections, and the absolute inability to hear anything on the Blue Route due to the sound of the wind whistling in ones ears, since other people have already mentioned some of these.

    What really annoyed us the most was the "24 hour" spiel that was touted to us by the Big Bus Tour staff. The ticket may have a 24 hour validity, however this does not mean that you can actually use the ticket outside of 9am to 5pm/latest 6.15pm on the Red route. It's a bit longer on the Blue Route.

    Therefore the TRUE validity of the ticket is only between 9am and latest 6.15 on the Red Route as we learned the hard way! So the 24 hour bit is really misleading.

    They do not tell you that the last bus could be as early as 5.15 until after you've bought your ticket, whereupon you are stuck with it! We spent two hours on the bus with more than 40 minutes of it just sitting in the bus, stopped at Wafi mall. As a result we only arrived at the Gold Souk at 6.15 and were told it was the last bus back. We had no option therefore but to either forego the visit or take a taxi back, which we decided to do.

    For the Dhs 440 ($ 120) we spent for 2 persons we could have hired a car for four days, plus we could have explored at leisure and actually got to see and do everything for a far longer time frame. In fact this is what we ended up doing since the Big Bus turned out to be such a washout.

    I would not recommend this tour to anyone who really wants to see and experience Dubai by getting off the bus and exploring. The ONLY people who might benefit might be someone who just wanted to stay on the bus and complete the entire circuit in order to see from a distance the sights of Dubai due to a very short visit. No one else will benefit, as it is quite clear from the other reviewers.

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    Along Dubai by bus

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 7, 2009

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    Our trip to Dubai from Sharjah was orginized by "Al Khaldiah Tourism" group of companies.
    It costs $35 (December, 2008).
    Every Monday, wednesday and Saturday.
    Sharjah Grand Hotel where we lived offered Shattle service to Dubai City Center daily free of charge.
    Departure from hotel to Dubai:
    9.30, 12.00, 16.00, 19.30.
    City Centter:
    10.00, 12.30, 16.30, 20.00.
    Dubai Deira:
    10.10, 12.40, 16.40, 20.10.

    You can watch my 3 min 02 sec HD Video Dubai Along by bus part 2 out of my Youtube channel with Quadro - Turkish.

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    Bus from Dubai Airport to Dubai

    by flytheworld Written Oct 9, 2008

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    There are both city buses and private airport buses from the Dubai airport to Dubai. The airport buses are luxury buses with AC and baggage holds. Both city buses and airport buses leave from Terminals 1 and 2, and both have multiple drop-off points throughout the Dubai city center. The cost of a city bus is 3dhs.

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  • hop on bus

    by FATIMAO Written May 23, 2008

    hi
    not sure about the running of the hop on hop off tours but just some advice
    i have been to dubai quite a few times and despite being a fan of hop on hop off in other cities i dont suggest doing it in dubai .the stops seem to be further away from each other and not as regular .also realy hot most of the year so not suitable to be on top if bus .if you do do it i dont think you would get real value for money on it .anyway just my thoughts

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    Airport Bus 401 (Deira and surrounds) & 402

    by xuessium Updated Feb 6, 2008

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    The Dubai airport buses operate 24 hours a day. They arrive and depart from the Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 (near the carpark) in 30 minutes intervals.

    Two Dubai airport bus routes are currently in place: 401 and 402.

    Rate is 3 AED per journey.

    Dubai Airport Bus 401 transports passengers from the airport in Dubai to the Deira section of Dubai. Route: Dubai Airport- DNATA Airline Centre - Al Maktoum Road - Deira Taxi Station - Al Sabkha Bus Station

    Dubai Airport Bus 402 transports passengers from the airport to the Dubai city area which is located on the other side of the Dubai Creek. Route 402: Dubai Airport - Deira City Centre - Al Karama - Golden Sands - Al Mankhool - Al Ghubaiba Bus Station

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    Public transport by Municipalty Bus

    by beethin Written Nov 15, 2007

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    The major bus stations in dubai are Al Gubaiba (Bur Dubai), Gold Souk, Satwa. All the bus used by Road Transport Authority (RTA) are air-conditioned and of make Mercedes-Benz or Scania or Volvo. The bus route network covers most of the places in Dubai. The central bus station is Al Ghubaiba. Travelling time in bus is more than taxi as one has to pay to the driver first then enter the bus. This happens in all the stoppages hence the stoppage time is bit high which makes the time to reach destination higher. Traffic condition is Dubai are getting worse day by day due in increase in vehicular traffic and road block due to Metro rail project.
    There are special seating arrangement for ladies.

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  • Big Bus Tours

    by rash1 Written Jun 8, 2007

    Its also in Dubai, The Big Bus tour has audio commentary as you go around dubai. 2 lines - red and blue. Blue along the coast and red in the centre. Everything covered and will cost you about £20 for 24 hours.

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