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 it is the Intercity Bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi that you need. This is by far the cheapest option, although not the quickest!
Public Bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi
As at 13 September 2021, it has been announced that the 101 route only at this stage will return post-pandemic. We will leave the full guide here for when services return as usual. Please note the journey will take longer as all passengers must have Green Status on Al Hosn checked at the station in order to board the bus in Ibn Battuta, and PCR status will be checked by Abu Dhabi Police at the border. Masks must be worn throughout the journey. See our complete guide to Dubai/Abu Dhabi border crossing procedures here.
So on to how it used to be! We will update this page in due course if we find any significant changes in service. We are not aware of the price changing but the timetables will differ – here’s the latest timetable we can find for the 101 Route.
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 minutes, approximately a 2.15-hour journey.
- Route 101 – Ibn Battuta Mall (Ibn Battuta Metro Station Red Line) to Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station, Al Wadha. Leaves every 30 minutes, approximately a 1.5-hour journey.
- Route 102 – Ibn Battuta Mall (Ibn Battuta Metro Station Red Line) to Mussafah Shabiya Bus Station. Leaves every hour, approximately a 1.45-hour journey.
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 as the terminal from Dubai.
What should I expect on board the Dubai to Abu Dhabi Bus?
These public buses are pretty luxurious on the scheme of things. They are all airconditioned, have information screens and priority seating for women, children and the disabled, as well as priority boarding lines.
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. Leaves every 15-20 minutes, approximately a 2.15-hour journey.
- Route 101 – Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station (Al Wadha) to Ibn Battuta Mall (Ibn Battuta Metro Red Line). Leaves every 30 minutes, approximately a 1.5-hour journey.
- Route 102 – Mussafah Shabiya Bus Station to Ibn Battuta Mall (Ibn Battuta Metro Red Line), Leaves every hour, approximately a 1.45-hour journey.
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 as 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.
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
Both Emirates and Etihad offer services to get their customers between the two major cities and their home airports. Inconveniently, neither runs and 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 how the FREE airline buses work, including what codes to use when booking your flights and the pickup points.
NB The Airline buses are still running during COVID but with altered timetables and restrictions, please contact the airlines direct as our information could be out of date by the time you read this.
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.
Alternatively, you could use a shared or private transit service to take you door to door from Dubai to Yas Island theme parks.
- Check out this shared van service pick up points & prices here
- Check out the private driver Dubai to Yas Island theme parks option here
2021 Update: COVID rules have affected this service; Please contact the Yas theme park or ticketing agent you have used to confirm if they can still offer transfer services before booking.
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).
A taxi from Abu Dhabi back to Dubai, depending on drop off point, can cost between 250 AED to 350AED.
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, there is absolutely no problems using a metered taxi in Dubai, taxies are heavily regulated and correct use of the meter is a must.
Airport transfer service from Dubai DXB or Abu Dhabi AUH airport
Pre-booked transfer services are really handy if you are landing into one city but actually need to be in the other. They work really well when you are travelling in a group and can split the cost, as well as providing you with surety and door to door service.
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.
For a truly unique way to travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, check out this service offered by Seawings from Dubai’s Port Rashid to Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. You can also add on tours and attraction tickets as part of your Seawings experience, including visiting the Louvre, or theme park fun on Yas Island.
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