Transfer from Dubai airport to the center

Taxi privé à Dubaï

Coming to Dubai soon? Then here are all your options for your transfer between Dubai airport and the center.

At the crossroads of East and West, Dubai is today an increasingly popular destination with a growing reputation on the world tourism scene.

To visit Dubai, you’re sure to land at Dubai International Airport. The country’s largest airport and the 3rd busiest in the world, it is served by the world’s leading airlines thanks to its position as a global hub.

But how do you get to the city center? In this article, you’ll discover the different transport solutions for a transfer between Dubai airport and the city center.

The least expensive: the metro

Le métro à Dubaï

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  • Duration: variable depending on destination, 30 minutes to Dubai Mall
  • Fares: 4 to 8 dirhams AED for one trip (€1 to €2)
  • Opening hours: 5 a.m. to midnight Saturday to Wednesday; 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday

The cheapest option for your transfer between Dubai airport and the city center is undoubtedly the metro. The airport is on the red line. This line takes you directly to the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. The metro journey between Dubai airport and the Dubai Mall, for example, takes around 30 minutes. It’s a fast and, above all, economical way to get around.

Nevertheless, this option may not be the most suitable or practical if you have large suitcases or a heavy load. Not to mention that at rush hour, you’ll run out of places on the metro.

If your hotel or accommodation is not close to a metro station, this can also be a time-consuming problem. In some cases, you may even have to take a cab after the metro, if the two are too far apart!

The fastest and most comfortable way: private transfer

Taxi privé à Dubaï

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  • Duration: variable depending on destination, 15 minutes to Dubai Mall
  • Prices: around €30 for a sedan, around €40 for a minivan
  • Schedules: variable

The quickest and most comfortable way to transfer between Dubai airport and the city center is by private cab, booked before your arrival.

Booking a private transfer online will definitely save you time. You’ll be taken directly from the arrivals hall at Dubai airport to your hotel or accommodation in the city.

What’s more, you won’t have to carry your luggage on public transport. It’s also an excellent solution when traveling with children. With several people, the trip can also be very affordable. You pay per vehicle, not per person.

For total comfort, it’s best to opt for a private transfer. We recommend TaxiTender, an online booking platform for reliable and affordable airport transfers.

Most available: private transfer or cab

The cab

Taxi à Dubaï

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  • Duration: variable depending on destination, 15 minutes to Dubai Mall
  • Fares: AED 12 dirhams (€2.80) for the start of a trip. The price per kilometer is AED 1.82 (€0.43) and the average price ranges from €6 to €10. The fare increases slightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Opening hours: daily, 24 hours a day

Cabs are an excellent way to get around Dubai and also to transfer between Dubai airport and your accommodation. In this city of the Emirates, they are a reliable, safe and affordable means of transport. They are also readily available on arrival at the airport.

Private transfer

As mentioned above, private transfers are fast and convenient. They’re also highly available, since you book online. So you’ll have a cab at your disposal as soon as you arrive to transfer you between Dubai airport and the center.

The alternative: rent a car near Dubai airport

Location de voiture à Dubaï

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Are you planning to explore Dubai’s surroundings, head out into the desert, visit other cities or sites outside the city? Then we recommend you start your car rental as soon as you arrive at Dubai airport.

Prices are sometimes even more affordable when you rent directly from the airport. You’ll also save on transfers between Dubai airport and the city center. Many hotels have secure private parking where you can park your freshly rented car.

Renting a car is therefore one of the most comfortable and, above all, most available options for this transfer between Dubai airport and the city center. You’ll enjoy all the advantages of a cab and a private transfer. You’ll also have complete freedom to explore the entire Dubai region and get around the city!

What’s more, most international and low-cost airlines, as well as local companies, can meet you at the airport. So you won’t have to cross town to find a good car rental agency. You’ll even find online promotions before you leave. These will enable you to reserve a cheap car and pick it up as soon as you arrive!

Sleeping near Dubai airport

Aéroport de Dubaï

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Do you have an early morning flight or arrive late in the evening? If so, don’t worry: Dubai airport is on the immediate north-eastern outskirts of the city.

However, it can be worthwhile staying close to the airport to avoid very early or very late transfers. You can still enjoy the charms of the city the day before your departure, before returning to your room for the night.

We can recommend several establishments to suit your budget. You can stay at the modern and affordable Flora Inn Hotel. You can also stay at the Grand Mercure Hotel And Residences Dubai Airport, at a slightly higher cost. Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre is also an excellent option if you have a bigger budget. All are within walking distance of the airport, but if none of them suit your needs, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for on this hotel comparison site.