Abu Dhabi Public Bus Service

The blue and white public transport buses are operated by local operator City Transport on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport (DMAT). They provide a convenient way to get around the city and are excellent value for money.

Introduced on 30th June 2008, DMAT bus services operate throughout Abu Dhabi Emirate including: Abu Dhabi Intl Airport, Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Al Mina Shopping Centre, Khalidya Mall, Mushriff Mall, Dalma Mall, Mazyad Mall, Al Maqta (Souk at Qaryat Al Beri) Zayed Sport City, Yas Island, and Saadiyat Island.

All buses are air-conditioned and have priority seating for women and families in the first three seat rows. 

All city buses services and main Regional bus services have stepless entries and are fully wheelchair-accessible.

 

Service Details - Abu Dhabi Island effective April 2016

There are currently 14 CityBus Services.

Timetable:

- Bus services 005 and 007 operate every 10 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes between midnight and 5 AM.

- Bus Services 032 and 054 operate every 20 minutes during thday and every 60 minutes between midnight and 5 AM.

- All other city bus services operate every 20 minutes between 5 AM and 11 PM

Route Network

- Bus services 005 - 011 generally operate between Al Marina and Al Zahiyah (formerly known as Tourist Club Area).

- Bus services 032 and 034 operate between Al Marina and Zayed Sport City

- Bus services 040, 044, 052, 054 and 056 operate between (or through) Al Zahiyah  and Zayed Sport City.

- Bus service 063 operates between Al Marina and Reem Island via Al Zahiyah

 

Popular Destinations

- Abu Dhabi Bus Station - Bus services 011, 032, 034, 052, 054, and 056

- ADNEC Exhibition Centre - Bus services 040 and A1

- Emirates Palace Hotel, Etihad Towers - Bus services 010 and 034

- Corniche / Public Beach - Bus services 034, 063

- Immigration Department - Bus services 032, 052 and Regional Buses 101 - 155, 400 - 406

- Zayed Grand Mosque - Bus services 032, 044, 054, and Regional Buses 160 - 163 (fasted option)

 

Service Details - Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Region effective April 2016

Regional bus services operate every 120 minutes between 5 AM and midnight.

All Regional bus services follow a common route on Abu Dhabi Island: Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Street (Muroor Road) - Abu Dhabi Bus Station - Sheikh Rashid Bin Maktoum Street (Airport Road) - Zayed Sport City.

Popular Destinations

- Yas Island Ferrari World / Yas Mall - Bus services 170, 180, 190 and 195 every 30 minutes-

- Saadiyat Island Hotels and Public Beach - Bus service 192

 

Service Details - Abu Intl Dhabi Airport effective April 2016

 

Abu Dhabi including Abu Dhabi Bus Station:

- Bus Service  A1 - 24 hours, every 60 minutes, every 30 minutes during peak hours

- Bus Service 162 - every 120 minutes

- Bus Service 170 - every 120 minutes

 

Baniyas, Shwameikh and Al Wathba Worker City:

- Bus service 240 - every 120 minutes

 

Khalifa City:

-Bus service 162 - every 120 minutes

 

Mussafah, Shakhbout City and Dalma Mall:

- Bus service 211 - every 120 minutes

 

Al Raha Beach, Yas Island (Yas Mall, Yas Waterworld):

- Bus Service 170 - every 120 minutes

 

Al Bahya, Shahama, Al Rahba Hospital:

- Bus service 211 - every 120 minutes

- Bus service 240 - every 120 minutes

 

Fares and Ticketing - Abu Dhabi City Buses:

Cash is not accepted.

"Hafilat" Smartcards are available from ticket vending machines at bus stops, bus stations, and the DAMT Customer Service Centre in Al Maqta.

When entering and exiting buses, hold your card near one of the card readers installed at all doors for validation.

Single Trip = AED 2

Monthly Pass = AED 80

 

Fares and Ticketing - Abu Dhabi Regional Buses:

Cash is not accepted.

"Hafilat" Smartcards are available and can be reloaded at bus stop ticket vending machines, in bus stations, and in the DMAT Customer Service Centre in Al Maqta (Sunday - Thursday 07:30 - 15:30).

Single Trip: AED 2 + AED 0.05 per kilometre

Limited Stop Services L10, L20, L40: AED 2 + AED 0.10 per kilometre

No Regional Bus passes are currently available

 

Bus Service Information:

Bus maps and timetables are installed at most bus stops and can be downloaded from the DMAT website: http://dot.abudhabi.ae/en/info/Abu_Dh...

A journey planner is available under www.darb.ae

DMAT Bus Information Hotline: 800 88888

 

Emirates Express E100 Abu Dhabi <> Dubai

Buses to Dubai are called Emirates Express and are operated by RTA Dubai.

Fare: AED 25 Dhs per trip

 Timetable:

- Departs Abu Dhabi Bus Station (near Al Wahda Mall) between 04:30 and midnight every 10 - 20 minutes

- Departs Dubai Al Ghubaiba Metro Station (Bur Dubai) between 05:00 and 01:00 every 10 - 20 minutes

- Trip Time: about 2 hours

Service Information: http://wojhati.rta.ae

Taxi 

There are nearly 10,000 taxis in Abu Dhabi and this is the most common form of 'public' transport. You can flag down a taxi anywhere so long as it is safe for the driver to stop.  Taxis are owned by different companies but all branded with the Trans AD silver colour (starting at 3 Dhs per trip and a trip across town will cost about 30 to 50 Dirhams). Some taxi companies operate limousines from hotels (usually black in colour) are more expensive and most meters start from 20 Dhs.  It is also possible to phone a taxi company (e.g. Al Ghazal or NTC) and those will generally have plain white cars that do longer trips (such as to Dubai, Al Ain or to the airport) - either metered or an agreed fixed price.

There are also 7-seater minibuses that operate from the airport to all destinations. Other taxis are not permitted to enter the taxi rank at the airport when the minibuses are present (currently about 150 in number).

Beware that if you get stuck in a traffic jam the meter on Abu Dhabi taxis will continue to run as there is a charge by distance and time.

Some useful conventions in Abu Dhabi for taxi users:

  • Women should sit in the back.
  • Seat belts are compulsory in the front but you are advised to use them in the back as well.
  • Enter the taxi from the pavement (right) side. The door behind the driver is often locked for safety reasons.
  • Make sure the meter is started just as you commence your journey.
  • It helps if you know where you are going (have a map handy). Most taxi drivers navigate by landmarks and old street names (not the street numbers or new street names).
  • Taxi fares increase after 10:00 pm.
  • Many taxi drivers do not know the city well and only speak a little English.
  • It is courteous (but not mandatory) to tip at the end of your trip by rounding up to the nearest 5 Dhs.