The Metro in Dubai offers a cost-effective way to travel around the UAE’s most populous city without the hassle of getting a taxi.
After investing around AED 28 billion in the Metro in 2005, Dubai now boasts probably the best public transport system in the Middle East. There is over 75 kms of track winding across the city and every day it’s anticipated that the completely driver-less system transports over 1.2 million people.
Here is all you need to know about
Using the Dubai Metro card
Travelling on the Metro requires you to use a NoI card, which means ‘fare’ in Arabic. These are automated cards that passengers use to enter and exit stations. A NoI card also allows you to travel around Dubai on some buses and water buses as well as on the Metro.
There are four different types of NoI cards:
- Red – a paper ticket that you load with up to 10 different trips which only lasts up to 90 days before expiring. It costs AED 2.
- Silver – a card you can load up to AED 500 on. It costs AED 20 but includes AED 14 pre-loaded. Silver card holders enjoy 20% cheaper fares than those with Red. This is the best option for tourists.
- Gold – a card costs the same as the silver and has identical features. However it also offers you the opportunity to rise in the prestigious premium Gold Class seats.
- Blue – a card for students and senior citizens. It costs AED 70, which includes AED 20 pre-loaded, but ticket prices are half the price of tickets from Gold cards.
How much does it cost to ride on the Dubai Metro?
Once you’ve got your card, you’re free to buy your tickets and travel across the city. Metro tickets vary in price depending on which 'zone’ you’re heading to. For a standard adult ticket, prices range from AED 1.80 to 6.50.
However, if you’re planning on travelling in style, you can pay slightly more (up to AED 13) and use your Gold Card to get to your destination in the UAE equivalent of first class.
You can buy a one day ticket across all zones for AED 14. Remember, if you’re found without a valid ticket you could face a fine of AED 200.
What to remember when riding the Dubai Metro
- No eating – you’re not allowed to eat on the Metro, including any gum. If you are found eating you could be fined AED 100.
- No drinking – there’s also no drinking allowed. Although Dubai is a notoriously hot city, the Metro’s air-conditioned compartments makes this less of a problem.
- No bad behaviour – fines are also payable for causing inconvenience and distress to others, bringing pets (excluding guide dogs), throwing litter, smoking or spitting.
Information on Dubai Metro Tickets
Dubai Metro Timetable