Dubai to Abu Dhabi Bus

Public Bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi: All Intercity Routes [100, 101 and 102]

by Dubai Travel Planner

With so many exciting places to visit in Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital, it’s no wonder one of the most popular questions we get is, “how do I get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi?”

As we discussed in this article, there is no Metro between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  If you are seeking a public transport option between the UAE’s two largest cities, then you need the Intercity Bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. This is by far the cheapest option, although not the quickest!

You can read everything you need to know about Dubai’s public transport here

Public Bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

Intercity public bus services between Dubai and Abu Dhabi were suspended during COVID-19; however, we finally saw all routes return in August 2022.

What bus services operate from Dubai to Abu Dhabi?

There are three Intercity bus routes between Dubai and Abu Dhabi

  • Route 100 – Al Ghubaiba Bus Station (Dubai Metro Green Line ) in Bur Dubai to Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station, Al Wadha. Leaves every 20 to 35 minutes (varies by time of day), approximately a 2.15-hour journey.
  • Route 101 – Ibn Battuta Mall (connect with Ibn Battuta Metro Station Red Line) to Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station, Al Wadha. Leaves every 20 – 35 minutes (varies by time of day), approximately a 1.5-hour journey. See the latest 101 Timetable here.
  • Route 102 – Ibn Battuta Mall (Ibn Battuta Metro Station Red Line) to Mussafah Shabiya Bus Station. It leaves around once per hour, approximately a 2-hour journey. See the latest 102 timetable here.

What does the bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi cost?

All bus fares are 25 AED one way.  Customers can use a NOL card or pay cash at the terminal from Dubai.

the E102 Bus Service from Ibn Battuta to Abu Dhabi shopping a stop At Zayed International Airport
102 Service from Ibn Battuta
timetable for the 101 service
101 Service from Ibn Battuta

What should I expect on board the Dubai to Abu Dhabi Bus?

These public buses are pretty luxurious in the scheme of things. They are air-conditioned, have information screens, priority seating for women, children, and the disabled, and priority boarding lines.

Do be prepared to turn up early for your chosen service as queues can start forming, and once the bus is full, doors need to close, and you’ll wait for the next scheduled service.

Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station
Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station – a distinct landmark in the UAE capital

Bus from Abu Dhabi to Dubai

All these routes also run in reverse from Abu Dhabi back to Dubai.

  • Route 100 – Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station (Al Wadha) to Al Ghubaiba Bus Station (connects to Dubai Metro Green Line) in Bur Dubai. It leaves every 20-35 minutes and stops in Sahama Village and Samha. Approximately a 2 hour 15 minute journey.
  • Route 101 – Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station (Al Wadha) to Ibn Battuta Mall (connects to Ibn Battuta Metro Red Line). Leaves every 20 to 35 minutes, approximately a 1 hour 40 minute journey.
  • Route 102 – Mussafah Shabiya Bus Station to Ibn Battuta Mall (Ibn Battuta Metro Red Line), leaves approximately every hour, stopping at Zayed International Airport, a 1 hour 55 minute journey.
Intercity bus timetable from Abu Dhabi to Dubai
The E100 and E101 schedules from Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station to Dubai

What does the bus from Abu Dhabi to Dubai cost?

All bus fares are 25 AED one way.  Customers can use a NOL card or pay cash at the bus station in Al Wadha.

There is no pre-booking, you turn up on the day and pay as you board.

For further inquiries on how the public buses work, please contact the RTA 800 90 90.

Dubai to Abu Dhabi Bus
Intercity buses await at Abu Dhabi’s Al Wadha station

Alternative ways to get between Dubai and Abu Dhabi

If you don’t fancy the long bus journey or it doesn’t fit your timings, then you can also consider these options to get between Dubai and Abu Dhabi:

Free airline buses

Emirates, Etihad, and AirArabia offer services to get their customers between the major cities and their home airports. Inconveniently, no airline runs an airport-to-airport service, but they do take you from the airport to a fairly central spot in the neighbouring city.

You can see our complete guide here on how the FREE airline buses work, including which codes to use when booking your flights and the pickup points.

Paid AUH Shuttle

An Abu Dhabi Airport shuttle service – AUH Express – was launched in September 2022 for passengers travelling between AUH Zayed International Airport and Dubai. Again, it’s not an airport-to-airport service but will get passengers from Ibn Battuta directly to AUH.

Abu Dhabi Airport Express Bus timetable

It costs 35 AED, one way to buy at the bus counter or from the ticket machine (Stand 11 at Ibn Battuta) – learn more about this Abu Dhabi to Dubai service here.

Book your tickets via Get Your Guide CHEAPER than at the bus! (with flexibility to cancel up to 24 hours ahead if you change your mind).

Check availability for the AUH Express here – NB if you miss the booked time, there’s no problem catching the next scheduled service.

Bus from Dubai to Yas Island theme parks in Abu Dhabi

Whilst there are no direct buses from Dubai to Yas Island, the Yas Island theme parks DO offer their own transit services to get passengers from popular pickup points in Dubai to the entrance of Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld.

You can read a complete review of how these transit services work here.

Alternatively, you could use a shared or private transit service to take you door to door from Dubai to Yas Island theme parks.

Free Cultural Express

Are you seeking to visit two of the cultural highlights of Abu Dhabi, the Louvre and Qasr Al Watan (The Presidential Palace)? You may be able to take advantage of the free cultural express service that runs once a day from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

Dubai to Abu Dhabi by Taxi

Travelling by public taxi is actually surprisingly more cost-effective than you might think, compared to a booked car service. You can expect a public taxi from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to cost you around 350 AED to central Abu Dhabi (including airport flag fall).

Depending on the drop-off point, a taxi from Abu Dhabi back to Dubai can cost between 250 AED to 350 AED.

In our experience, Uber and Careem cost more from Dubai to Abu Dhabi than a standard taxi, but it is always worth checking out pricing on these apps to see if you can get a better deal or don’t want to chance the meter running too high.

You should note, though, that there are absolutely no problems using a metered taxi in Dubai. Taxis are heavily regulated, and correct use of the meter is a must. If you want to lock your price in though, go with Uber or Careem.

Airport transfer service from Dubai DXB or Abu Dhabi AUH airport

Pre-booked transfer services are handy if you land in one city but need to be in the other. They work really well when you are travelling in a group, can split the cost, and provide you with surety and door-to-door service. Why not try:

Or see more options available with our partners at GYG:

Note there is NO DIRECT public transport option between the UAE’s major airports, making transfer services all the more appealing but the most expensive of all your Dubai to Abu Dhabi transport options.


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