How to Get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

Getting from Dubai to Abu Dhabi can be a very smooth and hassle-free process based on our most recent visit to the United Arab Emirates. We first started our trip in Dubai.  As you probably already know, Dubai is loaded with both modern and historical attractions. After a few days exploring Dubai’s main attractions we decided to visit Abu Dhabi for a day and a night.  Abu Dhabi, unlike Dubai, is far less flashy and it has a noticeable emphasis on outdoor activities, especially along the city’s waterfront (corniche) area. If you are visiting Dubai, strongly consider visiting Abi Dhabi as well to get a better understanding of what the U.A.E has to offer. Getting from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is also extremely important for passengers flying into Dubai and then out of Abu Dhabi.  This might be a great idea if you don’t want to do a round trip bus trip from Dubai.  Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, based on our very recent travel experience:

How to Get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

1. Depending on where you are staying, proceed from your hotel/resort in Dubai to Al Ghubaiba Bus Station. This, of course, is where you need to go if you want to take the bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Since Al Ghubaiba Bus station is literally 200 meters away from the Al Ghubaiba Metro Station, it’s a very convenient spot to get the bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

Getting to Al Ghubaiba Station Dubai

Getting to Al Ghubaiba Station Dubai

A look inside the Al Ghubaiba Metro Stration

A look inside the Al Ghubaiba Metro Stration

2. Whether you decide to take a taxi, bus or the metro to Al Ghubaiba Bus Station, once you’re there it’s time to purchase a ticket for your intended trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

The Al Ghubaiba Train Station

The Al Ghubaiba Train Station

3. The ticket booth is very conveniently located at Al Ghubaiba Bus Station. During our trip, I simply approached the ticket booth and asked the representative how much the tickets were and whether we could purchase only one-way tickets or round-trip tickets from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Both single journey and round trip tickets can be purchased at Al Ghubaiba Bus Station.

The Bus Ticket Office at Al Ghubaiba Station.

The Bus Ticket Office at Al Ghubaiba Station.

4. Purchase the ticket. The regular bus ticket from Dubai to Abu Dhabi (or vice versa) costs 25 Dirhams. If you have a NOL Card, you only need to pay about 15 Dirhams for the bus ride.

Note: Most people living in Dubai use a NOL Card, which is a “touch & go” reloadable card that can be used in all RTA (public)  buses and water buses.  You get charged with cheaper rates if you’re using a NOL Card for public commuting.

The surroundings of the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station, Dubai

The surroundings of the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station, Dubai

5. Get on the bus heading for Abu Dhabi. During our experience, the bus driver monitored each passenger and checked tickets as everyone boarded the bus. The seats on the buses from Dubai to Abu Dhabi are filled using a first-come-first-served approach. Therefore, if you want a particular seat, try to arrive early and be prompt finding one. In our case, we really wanted to sit in the front seat so we arrived early. During our trip, buses from Dubai to Abu Dhabi were departing every 20 minutes from Al Ghubaiba Station according to the ticket agent at the bus station in Dubai.

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6. The journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi took us almost exactly 2 hours. As we departed Dubai we went through moderate traffic.  Once out of Dubai, traffic was fine.  Abu Dhabi had moderate traffic as we approached the central bus station. Based on our experience, if the trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is traffic-free it should take about 1 hour and 45 minutes.  If traffic is heavy, 2.5 hours is probably more realistic.

On the road to Abu Dhabi from Dubai

On the road to Abu Dhabi from Dubai

7. Once you arrive at Abu Dhabi’s Central Bus Station you should have no problem finding a taxi right near the station to bring you to your hotel/resort. During our experience, we got a taxi right away and the driver quickly brought us to our perfectly located hotel near Abu Dhabi’s waterfront area.

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If you want to take the bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and you follow the steps described above, you should have no problem with this trip. Alternatively, if you are traveling with a larger group or you have the budget, you could opt for a taxi from Dubai to Abu Dhabi instead.

If you’re planning to come back to Dubai, you just need to take a taxi to Abu Dhabi’s Central Bus Station, and catch the same type of bus.

A glimpse of Abu Dhabi

A glimpse of Abu Dhabi

Getting a Taxi from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

During our trip, there were some taxi drivers that were hanging around Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Dubai. They were offering some pretty good fares, which we think would be subject to what time of day you wanted to go and how many people were planning on going.  Getting a taxi from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is a very convenient option, especially if you get picked up directly from your hotel/resort. Again, the price you pay will depend on how you arrange the taxi – either privately or through the respective property you are staying at.  Either way, this is a quicker option than taking a bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

Renting a Car and Driving from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

The road that connects Dubai to Abu Dhabi is very straight and flat.  There are no real hills or sharp corners the entire way.  Therefore, Abu Dhabi is an easy destination to drive to in your rental car.  If you’re driving at a good pace you could get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 1.5 hours.

Getting from Dubai to Abu Dhabi doesn’t have to be a real stressful connection.  Hopefully, our step-by-step guide on how to get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi has been informative enough to help you out.  Of course, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to comment below or privately email us.  We would be more than happy to assist you!

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