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Dubai International Airport

In Deira, near the border with the emirate of Sharjah, Dubai International Airport is the busiest airport in the world, handling some 84 million travellers. It has three terminals:

Terminal 1 Main terminal used for major international airlines.

Terminal 2 For small airlines and charters mainly en route to Iran, Eastern Africa and some Eastern European countries.

Terminal 3 Used exclusively by Emirates Airlines.

Dubai Metro

The Red Line stops at terminals 1 and 3 and is the most efficient way to get across town by public transport. Trains run roughly between 5.30am and midnight (until 1am on Thursdays and Fridays). On Fridays, train service starts at 10am. Up to two pieces of luggage are permitted. A Nol Card must be purchased at the station.

Bus

The bus is only really useful at night when metro service stops. The handiest route is bus C1, which runs 24 hours to Deira, Bur Dubai and Satwa from terminals 1 and 3. Buy a Nol Card in the arrivals terminal. For route planning, see www.wojhati.rta.ae.

Taxi

Taxis wait outside each arrivals terminal 24/7. A surcharge of Dhs25 applies to rides originating at the airport, plus Dhs1.96 per kilometre. Expect to pay about Dhs55 to Deira, Dhs60 to Bur Dubai, Dhs70 to Downtown Dubai, Dhs110 to Madinat Jumeirah and Dhs130 to Dubai Marina.

Al Maktoum International Airport

Dubai's second airport, Al Maktoum is a work in progress in the southern part of the emirate near Jebel Ali. The fiscal downturn of 2008–10 significantly delayed construction and pushed the completion date to 2027. For now, it's mostly used by cargo planes and receives only a smattering of commercial flights.

Bus

Bus F55 links the airport with the Ibn Battuta metro station hourly. It's served by the Red Line, which goes all the way to Dubai International Airport. At night, bus F55A goes from the airport to Satwa bus station.

Taxi

Taxis wait outside the passenger terminal. Expect a fare of Dhs70 for Dubai Marina, Dhs110 for Downtown Dubai and Dhs120 for Bur Dubai.

Bus

Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority (www.rta.ae) operates air-conditioned (often overcrowded) buses to other emirates between 6am and 11pm from three main terminals, as well as to Muscat, the capital of Oman. Maps, timetables and a journey planner are available at www.dubai-buses.com.

A shuttle bus runs between the airport and Ras Al Khaimah (www.rakshuttle.com; Dhs20); book your place online.

Union Square Bus Station

Several services depart from Union Bus Station, next to the Union metro station.

E303

Destination

Sharjah

Duration

45min-1hr

Fare

Dhs10

Frequency

every 15min

E400

Destination

Ajman

Duration

45min

Fare

Dhs12

Frequency

hourly

E700

Destination

Fujairah

Duration

2hr

Fare

Dhs25

Frequency

roughly hourly

Al Ghubaiba Bus Station

Al Ghubaiba Bus Station sits handily within steps from the Al Ghubaiba metro station.

E100

Destination

Abu Dhabi

Duration

2hr

Fare

Dhs25

Frequency

every 20min

E306

Destination

Sharjah

Duration

45min-1hr

Fare

Dhs10

Frequency

every 30min

Sabkha Bus Station

Sabkha Bus Station is in the heart of the Deira souqs.

E16

Destination

Hatta

Duration

2½hr

Fare

Dhs10

Frequency

hourly

E303A

Destination

Sharjah

Duration

45min-1hr

Fare

Dhs10

Frequency

half-hourly

Buses to Muscat (Oman)

Mwasalat runs comfortable buses with air-con and toilets between Muscat and Dubai. In Dubai, Bus 201 leaves at 7.30am, 3.30pm and 11pm from the local office about 800m north of Deira City Centre and arrives roughly six hours later at Azaiba station in Muscat. Return buses leave Muscat at 6.20am, 3.20pm and 11.20pm and take around 40 minutes longer. Buses make a pit stop in Sohar (Oman). Women travelling alone usually sit at the front of the bus.

Car & Motorcycle

To enter the UAE in your own vehicle from Oman, bring your passport, visa (if required), driving licence, car registration and proof of adequate insurance cover. If you have a hire car, check if the company allows border crossings. It's not possible to cross into Saudi Arabia by car.

Train

There is no train service in Dubai or the rest of the UAE.