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How to Travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai via Public Bus Transport

We’ve already shared about how you can travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi via public transport, so today we’re going to discuss the other way round! If you are based in the capital and you’d like to visit places in Dubai — what is the best means of public transport you can take?

When it comes to traveling around the UAE, perhaps the safest and most affordable way to go is through public buses. Comfortable, fully air-conditioned, and equipped with a payment system — these buses regularly transport passengers from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, and vice versa.

Abu Dhabi central bus station

public buses in Abu Dhabi going to Dubai
the bus station is right across Al Wahda Mall

Cheapest Transport – Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Dubai via Public Bus

There are 2 bus routes shuttling regularly between Abu Dhabi and Dubai: E100 and E101. Both buses start from Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station — though with different timings, intervals, and destinations.

Bus Route E100 – Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station to Al Ghubaiba Bus Station

This route starts from Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station and ends at Bur Dubai, Al Ghubaiba Bus Station. Depending on traffic, travel time is around 2 hours.

Bus timings are as follows:

  • Sunday to Wednesday – from 4:30 am to 12:05 am (11 to 20-minute intervals)
  • Thursday – from 4:30 am to 12:20 am (8 to 20-minute intervals)
  • Friday – from 5:00 am to 12:00 am (8 to 15-minute intervals)
  • Saturday – from 5:00 am to 12:00 am (8 to 15-minute intervals)

Each ticket costs AED 25, which you can buy over the counter or simply use your NOL card. However, take note that there aren’t any machines to recharge your NOL card at Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station, so you will have to buy your ticket at the counter.

Abu Dhabi central bus station

Abu Dhabi central bus station

inside the bus terminal

Bus Route E101 – Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station to Ibn Battuta Metro Station

This route starts from Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station and ends at Ibn Battuta Metro Station. Travel time is around 1.5 hours, depending on traffic. Tickets cost AED 25 each.

Bus timings are as follows:

  • Sunday to Wednesday – from 6:50 am to 11:50 pm (30-minute intervals)
  • Thursday – from 6 :50 am to 01:05 am (20 to 30-minute intervals)
  • Friday – from 7:50 am to 1:00 am (25 to 60-minute intervals)
  • Saturday – from 6:50 am to 1:03 am (20 to 30-minute intervals)

Now that you know how to get here from Abu Dhabi, we recommend reading this list of things to do in Dubai! In the meantime, for more information about traveling in the emirate, here are all the bus routes going in and out of Dubai.


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