A road in Hatta, Dubai

How do you get from Dubai to Hatta? Hatta transport explained

by Dubai Travel Planner

Are you looking at making a day trip or weekender out to the mountainous village town of Hatta?

Here we take you through exactly how to plan your transportation from Dubai to Hatta for the perfect day out in the mountains.

Dubai to Hatta distance

The distance from Downtown Dubai to Hatta is 105 kilometres.

How to get from Dubai to Hatta by Public Bus

The cheapest, though not the most straightforward way for most to get from Dubai to Hatta and return by public transport is by using the bus.

The bus runs from Al Sabkha in Deira, Dubai to Hatta Bus Station.

Buses leave approximately every two hours and the journey takes around 2 hours 15 to 2 hours and 40 minutes depending on traffic and time of day. It makes multiple stops en route, both in Dubai and on the way into Hatta.

The bus from hatta to Dubai costs AED 10 one way. You can use your Nol card to pay for the journey.

From Hatta Bus Station, you will likely need a taxi to then reach your desired destination in Hatta, the main attractions are not easily walkable.

To accurate plot your route, use the RTA journey planner.

How to get from Dubai to Hatta by car

As the destinations to visit in Hatta are quite spread out, your best option for a full day of sightseeing is to take your own vehicle to properly explore the region.

You are still within the same emirate (although you do cross through the Emirate of Sharjah!), so there are no border crossings to deal with, making it one of the most straightforward Dubai day trips.

From Dubai, simple take the E44, then the E102 and keep following the signs to Hatta. The road makes a few turns as you cannot cross into Oman! the last part of the journey is steep, hilly terrain.

Dubai to Hatta with your own car

If you own your own car, this is an easy trip of just 1 hour and 20 minutes, depending on your starting point.

Dubai to Hatta Renting a Car

If you do not have your own car, renting a car and driving in Dubai is relatively straightforward.

It is the easiest way to map out your own adventure into the mountains and take things at your own pace as the highlights are not all close together.

Renting a car is relatively cheap in the UAE, you can check out available options with rentalcars.com.

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Unless you plan on making some desert dune stops on the way, or perhaps pulling off to explore the ghost town of Al Madam, you will only need a 2WD vehicle.

Dubai to Hatta by Taxi

You can take a metered Dubai taxi from the city to Hatta, it will cost approximately AED 200 – 250 each way.

Dubai to Hatta transfers

Another option is to get your own private driver using a service such as GetTransfer.

GetTransfer acts as a driver bidding service. You add in your pick up and drop off location and let your drivers offer you a price they will be willing to complete the journey for.

You could also hire the driver for a set number of hours if you’d like a driver for the full day to take you between attractions too. This is handy in a town like Hatta where not all the major sites are near one another.

We prefer to use this sort of service rather than a metered taxi as you know you will be fixing in your price.

You can also request additional services such as a large van if you are in a group or car seats travelling with infants, only those drivers who can meet your requirements can bid.

Why not give GetTransfer a try here.

Dubai to Hatta Day Tour

There aren’t a huge number of tours operating from Dubai to Hatta as yet, but we do think this will change in the near future as a huge amount of investment is being made into tourism infrastructure.

Hatta makes for an amazing Dubai day trip in the mountains – read on over here more about planning your day in Hatta once you’ve arrived – as well as extending you stay at one of the resorts or glamping experiences in the winter.

You can try these day tour experiences from Dubai to Hatta, offered by Viator here:

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