Abu Dhabi International Airport is about 30km east of the city centre and served by more than 50 airlines flying to 85 cities. It has three terminals, including Etihad's exclusive base, Terminal 3. A vast expansion, the Midfield Terminal, is expected to open in 2019. Free wi-fi throughout.
For two decades or more, the arrivals hall at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with its tiled mushroom-shaped dome, was one of the ways in which travellers knew immediately that they had landed in the Middle East. The tradition of providing more than just a transport experience continues today with lots of shopping (including duty free) and dining opportunities in the newer part of the airport, tourist information, meet and greet services, banks and ATMs, and many car-rental agencies (when returning a rental car, make your way to Level 4 of Skypark Plaza – there are no 'Rental Car Return' signs!).
Air-conditioned bus A1 picks up from outside the arrivals area of all terminals every 40 minutes around the clock (one hour, Dhs4) and travels via the central bus station all the way into town as far as Al Zahiyah.
Etihad passengers can use free shuttle buses to and from Dubai and Al Ain (show your boarding pass).
Taxis cost Dhs75 to Dhs85 for the half-hour trip to the city centre, including flagfall of Dhs25.
If you're leaving on Etihad, Cathay Pacific, Air Berlin and several other airlines, you may be able to check your luggage and pick up a boarding pass between four and 24 hours before departure at four remote check-in locations: the City Terminal near Abu Dhabi Mall, Adnec, Park Rotana and the Crowne Plaza on Yas Island.
The central bus terminal is about 4km south of the Corniche. RTA bus E100 leaves for Dubai's Al Ghubaiba bus station in Bur Dubai every 30 minutes from 4.30am to midnight (Dhs25, two hours).
Abu Dhabi Department of Transportation operates numerous services within the emirate. Destinations include the following.
Al Ain (X90)
Jebel Dhanna (X87)
4.50am, 9am, 1.50pm
Madinat Zayed (X60)
Car & Motorcycle
Abu Dhabi is 150km south of Dubai via Hwy E11. All the international car-rental agencies have branches at the airport and within the city.