How to get the bus from Abu Dhabi to Dubai

Where they leave from, the route, prices, timings and more

How to get the bus from Abu Dhabi to Dubai

Do you want to travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai?

We love Abu Dhabi but that doesn’t stop us packing up and heading out to other emirates for a day trip.

If it’s a big city you have in mind for a day out then they don’t come much bigger than neighbouring Dubai where there’s always loads going on.

While not all of us have our own transport and car hailing services and taxis can be expensive when travelling between emirates, public buses are a great option for getting from A to B.

Ready to hop on a bus to Dubai? Here’s what you need to know.

Where to get the bus?

Buses in Abu Dhabi all operate out of Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station.

The bus station is located next to Al Wahda Mall on Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street in the city and you can’t miss it with its bright teal colour and unique appearance.

There you can get buses to destinations near and far as all route sin the city pass through the central station as part of their routes.

So, if you’re heading to Dubai by bus, or anywhere for that matter, the Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station should be your first port of call.

Are there different routes?

There are two routes than run between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the E100 and the E101.

The two routes have different stops, servicing different parts of Dubai, but both leave from Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station.

The E100 takes passengers to Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Bur Dubai and is the service to take if you’re planning on visiting The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Creek or Jumeirah.

The E101 is ideal for those travelling to Palm Jumeriah, Dubai Marina, JBR or JLT and stops at Ibn Battuta which has a Metro station and taxis for getting to your final destination.

Where can I see the schedule?

Each bus service run multiple times per hour but the E100 service is slightly more regular than the E101.

The services run multiple times an hour, although the E100 service is slightly more frequent than the E101.
You shouldn’t have to wait any longer than 30 minutes for a bus service connecting Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

How long does it take?

The bus service takes between 90 minutes and two hours depending on which service you’re using and your final destination.

For the longer route, the E100, you can expect the journey to take up to one hour and 50 minutes, traffic depending of course.

How much does it cost

A one-way ticket between the two city’s costs Dhs25.

To pay you will need a valid Hafilat card with sufficient balance. For more information on Hafilat cards, click here.

What are the buses like?

All Abu Dhabi buses are air conditioned and offer free Wi-Fi as well so you can stay cool in the hotter months and stay connected too while on the go.

What about other routes?

For all bus routes and to plan a journey around Abu Dhabi you can use the Integrated Transport Centre’s interactive online service and mobile app DARB.

It’s free to use and provides up to date information on all services including buses.

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