- Water Bus (a.k.a. Marine transport)
Cheapest way of commuting of course is by using a bus and metro combined. As every coin has 2 sides, there are pros and cons taking a bus or metro. The advantage is obviously spending less money for commuting and contribute to a better greener future. And of course, metro does not depend on road traffic, and in high dense areas of the city there are dedicated bus lanes coming up. Disadvantage: you never know who will be sitting next to you in a bus of metro. Considering most of the time Dubai is hot and humid, chances of a person next to you being sweaty is more likely. That is the only thing I am personally not comfortable with. Other than that of course time. Let say I need to get to work from my house. If I drive it takes me 10-17 minutes, and if I take a bus and metro, active journey alone is about 45-60 minutes, and add the time I spend walking to and from bus station and metro station. By the way metro has first class cabins, but that will cost you. Instead, you can use that money for car sharing/pooling.
I have never tried a water bus though, but it sounds exciting. Within several days I'll try my best to use it and definitely write about my experience on this blog. So stay tuned!
Below, things you might consider making it useful for yourself.
Useful tools to download (courtesy of RTA)
- Dubai Roads Map
- Public Transport lines & Shelter Buses stops locations Map
- Tariff Zones for Public Transport and Dubai Metro
- Metro Red Line and surroundings Map
- Marine Transport Maps - Abra stations and Routes
- Marine Transport Maps - Water Bus stations and Lines.
The Public Transport Agency, provides you inter-emirates bus service on 12 routes in addition to 6 other routes served by Al Ghazal and Al Jawaher companies, linking Dubai Emirate with all other Emirates and cities across the UAE.
You can travel on fleet buses deployed for this service, comprising 123 buses of different types and capacities, to each of the following:
Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Al Jujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Ain, Al Dhaid, Hatta and Massafi.
Inter-City buses commute about 1,009,919 passengers every month to other Emirates and cities from the following start off points:
- Al Ittihad Metro Station.
- Al Gubaibah Station.
- Al Satwa Bus Station.
- Al Sabkha Bus Station.
- Jebel Ali Bus Station.
- Al Karamah Station.
- Al Qouz Industrial Area (3) Station.
- Ibn Battuta Metro Station.
- Al Rashidiya Metro Station.
- Deira City Center Station.
The main stations (Deira and Bur Duabi) operate on shifts from 06:00 am up to 12:00 am (midnight) and you may check the bus schedules of each station to know the time of the last service, which varies depending on the start off and arrival point.
No. Route No. Roads Description
1 E301 Bus Station at Al Rashidiya MS Shj. Al Jubail BS 5 2 E303 Bus Station at Union Square MS Shj. Al Jubail BS 5 3 E304 Al Satwa BS Shj. Al Jubail BS Via Karama 5 4 E306 Al Ghubaiba BS Shj. Al Jubail BS 5 5 E307 Deira City Center Bus Station Shj. Al Jubail BS 5 6 E308 Jebel Ali Bus Station Shj. Al Jubail BS 10 7 E309 Al Qouz Ind'l Area 3 Bus Station Shj. Al Jubail BS 10 8 E400 Bus Station at Union Square MS Ajman 7 9 E700 Bus Station at Union Square MS Fujeirah via Rashidiya MS 25 10 E100 Al Ghubaiba Bus Station Abu Dhabi BS 20 11 E16 Al Sabkha Bus Station Hatta Terminus 7 12 E101 Bus Station at Ibn Battuta MS Abu Dhabi BS 20 13 111 Shj intl. airport Rashidiya MS via Al Qusais 5 14 113 Shj. Al Jubail Bus Station Al Qusais BS 5 Al Ghazal
15 600 Deira Bus Station Ras Al Khaimah 20 16
Dubai ( Ghubaiba Bus Station .) Al Ain 20 17 Dubai ( Ghubaiba Bus Station .) Abu Dhabi 20 18
Bus Station at Ibn Battuta MS Musafah (AD) 15 Al Jawaher
19 Dubai ( Ghubaiba Bus Station .) Al Ain 20 20
Dubai ( Ghubaiba Bus Station .) Abu Dhabi 20