One of the most popular ways of getting about the Corniche or Yas Island is by hiring a bike and riding along the dedicated cycle track. Funride cycle-hire stations are scattered about the city.
Traditional water taxis, called abras, ply the waters of Khor Al Maqta, ferrying passengers for free from one five-star hotel to another. They also connect the hotels with Souk Qaryat Al Beri.
A service also links Khor Al Maqta with the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa, stopping at the Eastern Corniche on the way. This service, which runs once an hour and takes 25 minutes one-way, offers some of the best night-time views of Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi City Bus (http://dot.abudhabi.ae) operates on 14 routes around the clock. Useful services include bus 5, which links the Marina Mall with Al Maryah Island via Al Zahiya, and bus 54, which travels from Al Zahiya to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. For more routes and other details call or check the website.
The fare is Dhs2 per ride, however you can get a rechargeable smart card, Hafilat, available from vending machines at bus stops, shopping malls and customer-care centres. Of several card types available, the Temporary Card (Dhs5, valid for 14 days) is the most useful to visitors. Hold up your Hafilat card to the validator upon boarding and exiting the bus.
A great way to get around Yas Island is aboard the free Yas Express (www.yasisland.ae), a shuttle bus that links major attractions at least once hourly on three routes. See the website for route maps and the schedule.
- Blue Route Operates 9am to midnight; connects Yas Waterworld with the hotels at Yas Plaza, the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel, Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
- Red Route Runs 9.30am to midnight between Yas Plaza, the Viceroy, Yas Beach, Yas Marina and the Yas Links golf course.
Car & Motorcycle
Taxis are metered and charge Dhs5 at flagfall (Dhs20 at the airport) plus Dhs1.82 per kilometre. Between 10pm and 6am the flagfall climbs to Dhs5.50, respectively. A Dhs12 minimum fare is in effect at all times. Cabs can be flagged down or ordered through the call centre (Dhs4 to Dhs5 fee).
Abu Dhabi Taxi This government-monitored service runs metered taxis and also operates a ladies' cab service. Download its app at http://itc.abudhabi.ae/en/taxiapp.aspx to digitally hail a taxi.
Careem (www.careem.com) matches customers to private drivers closest to them. Cars can be booked online or via the free app. It operates more or less like Uber (which was banned in mid-2016) but follows strict guidelines.
Practical Tip: Road Names
Whether you're looking for Sheikh Zayed the First, 7th or Electra St will largely depend on what map you're using. The initiative to rename the city's roads (a term used interchangeably with 'streets') from the former numbering system has resulted in confusion, especially as some districts have been renamed too (including 'Tourist Club Area', now known Al Zahiyah).
Currently main roads are named after prominent Emirati figures while smaller roads reflect places. As former and current names are still common currency, here's a list of the main roads and their synonyms (without the suffix).
Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoom 2nd, Airport
Sultan Bin Zayed the First 4th, East, Muroor, New Airport
Fatima Bint Mubarak St 6th, Umm Al Nar, Bani Yas, Baniyas
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan 8th, Al Salam, East Coast, Eastern Ring, New Corniche
Khalifa Bin Zayed the First 3rd, Khalifa, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, Al Istiqalal
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed 5th, Hamdan, Al Nasr, Al Khubairah
Sheikh Zayed the First 7th, Electra
Al Falah 9th, Old Passport Rd