Getting there & away
The main bus terminal and long-distance taxi stand (cnr East Rd & Haza’a bin Zayed St) is south of the centre. The large buses near the taxi stand leave for Dubai, while buses for the rest of the emirate run from the left (south) side of the building. From 6.30am to 10pm daily buses leave every 10 minutes for Al-Ain (Dh10, two hours) and Dubai (Dh15, 2½ hours). Buses for Liwa (Dh15, 3½ hours) leave every hour; you need to change at Tarif for Madinat Zayed where there’s a connection to Liwa. The last bus leaves at 9pm.
The best bus service between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is the Emirates Express (800 4848) jointly operated by Dubai Public Transport and Abu Dhabi Public Transport. These new, large, comfortable buses depart 24 times a day, from 6.20am until 11.40pm, seven days a week (Dh15 one way). Buses leave every 20 to 40 minutes, taking two hours. These buses are best if you have luggage. Pick up a comprehensive bus timetable from the bus station.
Abu Dhabi has dozens of car-rental agencies, from big international companies to tiny local operations. The former may charge slightly more but you get peace of mind that there’s going to be a spare in the boot and 24 hour help if you need it. Europcar offers the best combination of low prices and efficient service in the UAE.
Avis(575 7180; www.avis.com)
Budget(633 4200; www.budget.com)
Europcar (626 1441; www.europcar-dubai.com)
Thrifty (575 7400; www.hertz-uae.com)
Abu Dhabiinternational airport (575 7500, flight information 575 7611) is on the mainland, about 30km from the centre.
Golden Class (575 7466) provides transport to the city for Dh65.