The metro is a world-class, fully-automated, driverless railway system. Most of the metro rides above ground providing a great view while you travel to landmarks like like the Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina, the Gold Souk and Dubai's financial district (DIFC). Dubai Metro tickets must be purchased in the form of a Nol card – which can also be used to pay for bus, tram and taxi fare – and rides can cost as little as AED3. Discover the city by using the journey planner app, Wojhati, to make the most of it.
The Dubai Tram runs from Al Sufouh to Jumeirah Beach Residences in 42 minutes. Running on the Nol card, the tram provides access to destinations like Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers and more.
With nearly 1,500 buses circulating around the city and air conditioned shelters to keep you cool on your way, this is a great budget option for getting around. Travel like a resident on the city bus or book an open-top hop-on, hop-off bus tour to hit the main tourist sites. And most convenient of all, the Nol smart card allows you to pay not only your bus fares, but also your metro fees.
Travel back in time on Dubai's traditional mode of transportation: an abra ride down Dubai Creek or through Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Enjoy a dinner cruise on the much larger dhow boat, a vessel used traditionally for sailing. For a modern view, travel down the cosmopolitan passages of Dubai Marina or the brand-new Dubai Water Canal.
Another way to take in the sights is aboard the Dubai Ferry. Starting at just AED15, visitors can take a tour across the city’s key water links starting from Business Bay to the Marina via Dubai Canal. Ferries from the Al Jaddaf station depart daily at 10am, 12pm and 5:30pm.