The third-largest among the 7 emirates of the UAE, Sharjah is bordered by the cities of Dubai and Ajman. There are many places to visit in Sharjah: Al Hisn Museum, Al Zahra Square, Arabian Wildlife Centre, Sharjah Heritage Area, and so much more!
With its many attractions, Sharjah is also known as the “Cultural Capital of the UAE.” Are you interested in taking a trip to this charming emirate? In today’s article, we will discuss how you can travel from Dubai to Sharjah — specifically by using public bus transportation.
Dubai to Sharjah: Public Bus Transport Guide
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is the primary agency that oversees all public transportation networks (including buses) within Dubai. Notably, RTA’s intercity bus routes include not just one, but several routes shuttling from Dubai to Sharjah, and vice versa.
Below are the bus routes from Dubai to Sharjah. These bus routes start from different points in Dubai, although most of them end at Al Jubail Bus Station in Sharjah:
- E301 – Al Ahli Club to Al Taawun Terminus
- E303 – Union Square Metro Station to Al Jubail Bus Station
- E303A – Al Sabkha Bus Station to Al Jubail Bus Station
- E304 – Al Satwa Bus Station to Al Jubail Bus Station
- E306 – Ghubaiba Bus Station to Al Jubail Bus Station
- E307 – Deira City Centre Bus Station to Al Jubail Bus Station
- E307A – Abu Hail Metro Station to Al Jubail Bus Station
- E311 – Rashidiya Metro Station to Al Jubail Bus Station
The E311 bus route was added only recently, in June 2018. Every 30 minutes, a new route departs from Rashidiya Metro Station in Dubai to Al Jubail Bus Station in Sharjah.
— RTA (@RTA_Dubai) June 29, 2018
Public Bus Timings and Fare
The bus route timings vary slightly, depending on the station category. The RTA website indicates that a main station (e.g. Al Ghubaiba) operates from 5 am to 12 midnight, while a substation (e.g. Al Satwa) operates from 5 am to 11 pm. Meanwhile, metro feeder bus stations (e.g. Abu Hail, Rashidiya) are open from 5:15 am until 1:10 am of the following day.
The bus fare for Dubai-Sharjah routes is AED 10. The trip takes one hour (more or less), depending on the route and stops. If you commute regularly, we recommend that you purchase a NOL Card, which you can use to pay fares on any public transportation mode in Dubai.
Now that you know how to get there, you’re probably wondering about the things you can do in Sharjah. Speaking of which, we recommend a visit to the Rain Room attraction! (ALSO READ: How to Travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi via Public Bus Transport)
E306 and E307 Dubai to Sharjah Bus Routes
UPDATE: DUBAI, 25th December, 2020 (WAM) — Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in coordination with Sharjah’s Roads and Transport Authority, announced the resumption of two intercity bus routes between the two Emirates as of Sunday, December 27th.
The first is Route E306 where buses will start from Al Ghubaiba Bus station in Dubai and head to Al Jubail Bus Station in Sharjah via the dedicated bus route of Al Mamzar, at a frequency of 20 minutes.
Six double-deck buses will be deployed on this route.
The second is Route E307, which will be served by six double-deck buses as well. Buses will start from Deira City Centre Bus Station in Dubai and head to Al Jubail Bus Station in Sharjah via Al Ittihad Road. The service frequency will be 20 minutes. The daily ridership of each route is arround 1500 riders.
On December 27th, RTA will also re-route two intercity bus routes, namely Route E307A and Route E400, to pass via the dedicated bus lane of Al Mamzar, instead of Al Ittihad Road.
RTA is keen to implement all the precautionary measures to cope with the spread of Covid-19. All riders of Dubai Bus and Intercity Bus services are requested to abide by the applicable precautionary measures, such as physical distancing and wearing masks. The compliance with these measures is mandatory for protecting the public health of individuals and the community of the UAE.