By Bus, Dubai
The buses are modern, air-conditioned, a mixture of single & double-deckers and 'bendy buses'. There are currently over 60 routes and with hundreds more buses on order the network is constantly expanding.
Air-conditioned bus stops, the first in the world, are sited around the city to make waiting in the heat less of a problem.
In addition to the routes in and around the city and emirate of Dubai, there are also inter-emirate routes. And there are special feeder buses for the Metro - they have the letter F as part of their route number.
All the details are on the RTA website, given below. It may not be clear, but on the Home Page, click on 'Public Transport' then on the section headed 'About' click on the word 'More'. You'll see a list of clickable subjects, which will take you to the detailed information such as route maps and timetables.
Big Bus Tours has day and night, city and beach tours to choose from. They operate London double-decker buses, with open top and air-conditioned sections.
They're hop-on hop-off and run seven days a week.
It's a great way for a visitor to see the major sights of the old city and the new developments in New Dubai.
Dubai has an excellent and very cheap bus service. The popular routes have buses every ten minutes. Free route maps are available at bus stations. Pay the driver as you board. The front seats are reserved for females.
The destination signs on the front of the buses alternate between Arabic and English.
Busses are your lifeline to traveling economically to and around Dubai. Cabs are way too expensive if you're vying for a long distance travel. It is best to drop by one of the bus stations (not bus stops, mind you) and familiarize yourself with the bus numbers and its route first before getting into one of these vehicles. It's also recommended to ask the Dubai Transport people in the bus stations for suggestion on which bus number to take when going to a specific location. This should save you lots of time.
There are 3 kinds of busses. One is the Public Transport within the emirate. These are normally the red-and-white busses and they are sometimes draped with advertisements. These are the most common ones you see and will stop at bus stops every x meters. The other kind of bus is the inter-emirate bus operated by the Dubai Transport Authority. These will bring you to other emirates like Sharjah (5 dhs) and Abu Dhabi (33 dhs) from the Bur Dubai Bus Station. The last kind of bus are called shuttle services. These are operated by Avis, Fancy, Royal, Budget, Europcar, etc. They have a fixed route and normally, it's used by office people as it will save much time rather than sticking to the public transport bus routes.
Mini Buses are clean and safe like buses. They leave when they fill up.They leave from Deira near the bus and taxi station.
Every 20 mins, 7 Dirhams/oneway.
Every 20 mins, 5 Dirhams/oneway.
To Umm al Qaiwain:
Every 20 mins, 10 Dirhams/oneway.
To Ras al Khaimah:
Every 20 mins, 20 Dirhams/oneway.
Every 20 mins, 25 Dirhams/oneway.
To Khor Fakkani:
Every 20 mins, 30 Dirhams/oneway.
To Al Ain:
Every 20 mins, 33 Dirhams/oneway, Leaves from Bur Dubai station Al ghoubaiba Rd.
To Abu Dhabi:
Every 20 mins, 33 Dirhams/oneway, 1 hr and 40 mins journey, Leaves from Bur Dubai station Al ghoubaiba Rd.
There is a efficient transport network of buses in all Emirates states. There are buses operating locally and intercity. If you are looking for a intercity bus from Dubai to another emirates city then u first reach Bus station. From there u will find various buses going in many directions, such as following:
Every Hour, 10 Dirhams/oneway, 1 hr and 15 mins journey, from 6.00 am to 9.00 pm. Bus leave from Deira Bus Station near the Gold Market (gold souq).
To Muscut, Oman:
2 buses/day, 50 Dirhams/oneway & 90 DHS/return, 5 hr and 30 mins journey, at 7.30 am and at 4.30 pm. Bus leave from Dnata airline centre on Al-Maktoum Rd.
Get the bus from Ghubaiba Bus Station which is the main bus station in Bur Dubai or IBN Battuta. The buses run regularly and there are seperate queues for Male and Females.
Its caheap just AED 3 (USD1) going around Dubai via a Bus a more enjoyable is using Dhow Boat just pay AED1 ($.33)
The Deira bus station, which is very close to the Gold souq and the old souq and some reasonable price hotels, has buses, including NO. 4, to and from airport. The bus ride costs 1.5 Dh.