From the airport
The most popular transport option to and from the airport is using Dubai Taxis. It is fast and flexible. A cab from the airport to JBR beach costs around AED 100 ($27 / €20) and takes about 30 mins door to door.
Dubai International Airport website provides a general transport page but it it not great on detail. http://www.dubaiairport.com/en/passengers/airportguide/Pages/Transportation.aspx
Public transport, including buses, taxis and metro in Dubai is organised by the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority). RTA provide a ‘tool’ for planning trips on public transport. It is a little clunky but it is quite informative. It is called Wojhati: http://wojhati.rta.ae
Taxis are operated by the Dubai Taxi Corporation. There are large size taxis, and by pre-arrangement taxis can include child seats. http://dubai-taxi.com . Examples of fares from DXB to various areas of Dubai:
- DXB to/from Jebel Ali Freezone (+/-60kms) – AED115 (~$31 / ~€23)
- DXB to/from Dubai Marina (+/- 40kms) – AED80 (~$22 / ~€16)
- DXB to/from Green Community(+/- 50kms) – AED98 (~$27 / ~€20)
- DXB to/from Ibn Battuta Mall (+/- 44kms) – AED90 (~$25 / ~€18)
- DXB to/from Dubai Mall (+/- 19kms) – AED52 (~$14 / ~€10)
- DXB to/from Mall of the Emirates (+/- 34kms) – AED74 (~$20 / ~€15)
Splitting a taxi with 4 people makes travel affordable and pleasant.
A typical ticket/cash fare from DXB to Dubai Marina station is AED6.50 ($1.80 / €1.30). Generally speaking however there is a limit of two items of luggage for passengers. (81cm x 58cm x 30cm and 55cm x 38cm x 20cm) This can be a little limiting. Another downside is that the Metro can be a little time consuming. A metro ride from Dubai Airport to Dubai Marina is just over an hour but if you want to go cheap and your hotel is near a Metro station it is convenient.More info at: http://metro.rtaprojects.me/index.php
Fare Zone map – Fare Zones of Dubai
Fares vary based on the number of zones passed, but generally for cards, the fares range from AED 1.80 ($0.50 / €0.40) for a short trip (less than 3 km) to AED 5.80 ($1.60 / €1.20) (for an all zone trip), with a maximum daily cap of AED 14 ($3.80 / €2.80). When using the Nol Red Ticket, the prices are slightly higher.
Nol Card is a smart card that enables you to pay for the use of various RTA transport modes in Dubai with a single card. You can use your Nol Card to travel on Dubai’s Metro, Buses, Water Buses, as well as pay for RTA’s Paid Parking. They are available in different types to meet everyone’s needs. Find the right card for you at: http://www.nol.ae/RtaPortal/Portal.portal?_nfpb=true&_nfls=false&lang=en&_pageLabel=home_get_range_rang