Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, being the home base of the popular ‘Emirates’ airline. Dubai’s strategic position also makes it a perfect place for people booking flight layovers as they travel to Europe and North America from Asia (and vice-versa).
Landing in Dubai International Airport
Downtown Dubai is home to the city’s largest and most distinguished landmarks, which include Dubai Fountain, Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. Not to mention some of the best hotels on planet earth. If you only have a couple of hours to spare in Dubai, this is a convenient and popular spot to visit. The modern complex that encompasses the landmarks mentioned, is situated along Sheikh Zayed Road. To its south, you will find Dubai Creek and the Business Bay.
The Dubai Fountain with the Burj Khalifa in the background.
When it comes to getting to Downtown Dubai from Dubai International Airport, here are your transport options:
Option 1: Getting to Downtown Dubai by Train
Once you have booked your flight tickets to Dubai, the next thing to plan is how to get from the airport all the way downtown to your hotel. Dubai Metro is the most convenient way to get to downtown from the airport. Dubai’s Red Metro Line stops at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. You can easily purchase a single or return journey from machines at the train station or at a manned counter.
Ticker machines and counter at the Dubai International Airport
Train station at the Dubai International Airport
If you have a couple of days to spend in Dubai, consider getting one of the following:
This is a top-up card that can be used not only for the Dubai Metro but also for buses and water taxis. A trip using the Nol Card is less than a regular ticket and it will save you the time it would take to pay each and every trip. So if you’re planning to visit a couple of sites, using a Nol Card gives you more value for your money.
Check out the train network route and the available metro passes.
Dubai Metro offers one-day and multiple-day train passes, which allow you to take unlimited Metro rides within a designated period of time (1-day, 3-days) You may also purchase a day pass that is limited to just a certain line ( for example the Green Line).
The main disadvantage of getting a Day Pass is it can only be used for train rides and not the other transport options.
During our visit to Dubai, we opted to use a three-day pass because we were planning on seeing as many places as we could in the time frame.
Dubai Metro is new and modern
The Red Line goes to Downtown Dubai
The Disadvantage of Taking the Dubai Metro
Taking the train from Dubai International Airport to the downtown area is convenient. If you want to take it to get to your hotel, make sure your hotel is walking distance from a Metro Station (check on the map widget). If this is not the case, consider other more suitable transport options.
Dubai Metro services end at midnight, so if your flight arrives after that, you will need to take another transport option.