How to Reach Dubai from India

Dubai is home to the Emirates National Airlines which connects Dubai and UAE with many cities located in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. IndoGo, Jet Airways, Air India, SpiceJet, Air India Express and Flydubai are the other flying options available for those travelling from India to Dubai. One can also board flight from several Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and many more.

Most frequently searched routes to Dubai

Route Name Distance Time
Abu Dhabi to Dubai 139 kms 1 hour 22 minutes
Sharjah to Dubai 28 kms 26 minutes
Ras-al-khaimah to Dubai 114.2 kms 1 hour 15 minutes
Muscat to Dubai 452 kms 4 hours, 30 minutes
Ajman to Dubai 40 kms 43 minutes
Fujairah to Dubai 121 kms 1 hour 15 minutes
Al-ain to Dubai 147 kms 1 hour 35 minutes

How to reach Dubai by flight

The Dubai International Airport is the only airport in the metropolis and is the busiest in the UAE. Several airline operate here including the Emirates Airlines (Dubaiês official international airline, connecting the city to more than a 100 destinations worldwide), FlyDubai (an LCC) and Etihad. Another way to enter the city is through the Sharjah International Airport with Air Arabia. A taxi ride from airport will get you to the main city in no time.

How to reach Dubai by road

If you are planning to visit Dubai through road, the only way to enter the city is through Oman. There is no requirement of any permit but only an exit charge of OMR 3000. On your way back, you will need to produce the payment receipt in order to re-enter Oman.

How to reach Dubai by train

No railway routes are available for Dubai as of now.

How to reach Dubai by bus

Emirates Express connects Dubai to all other emirates. One can easily avail the frequent bus services between Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Masafi, Abu Dhabi and others.

Local transport in Dubai

Getting around in Dubai is quite easy with several options for local transportation available. Dubai Metro, local buses, monorails, waterbuses and Abras (motorized traditional wooden boats) are the available options. If you wish to frequently commute using public transport, we recommend you get a Nol Card. 

Nol Card

A Nol Card is an all-inclusive card which can be used when travelling via metro, trams, waterbuses and bus. They can also be used for inter-city bus services around Dubai. Children under the age of five years can travel free. For further information, visit the website

Where to get it: They are available at major bus stations, RTA offices and also the latest online portal where you can apply for it.
First-time purchase charges: Starting at AED 6
Maximum top-up: AED 500

Four types of cards:
1. Gold Card: 
Price: First-time charges - AED 19 and credit of AED 6, Max Top Up - AED 500
Valid For: 5 Years
Accepted in: All modes of public transport in UAE and access to Metro Gold Class Seats

2. Silver Card: 
Price: First-time charges - AED 19 and credit of AED 6, Max Top Up - AED 1000
Valid For: 5 Years
Accepted in: All modes of public transport in UAE

3. Personalised Card: 
Price: First-time charges - AED 50 and credit of AED 20, Max Top Up - AED 5000
Valid For: 5 Years
Accepted in: All modes of public transport in UAE
Note: You can recover your balance if your card gets stolen or is lost. Online application available

4. Red Card: 
Price: First-time charges - AED 2 and credit of AED 4, Max Top Up - AED 500
Valid For: 90 Days
Accepted in: Metro, Bus and Tram only
Note: For a max of 10 journeys

Modes of Transport Within Dubai

1. Metro: 
Number of stations: 50
Starting Price: AED 2 - AED 6.5 per ticket

2. Bus:
Main Bus stations: Al Ghubaiba, Al Karama 
Starting Price: AED 3 - AED 17

3. Taxi:
Starting Price: AED 18 for 3kms

4. Dubai Tram:
Price: AED 3 per ride
Route: To see the Dubai Tram map, click here

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