How do you use the Dubai Metro?

Being one of the longest driverless metro networks in the world, the Dubai Metro is something that is used not only by the locals in Dubai but also by the millions of tourists who come to visit Dubai. The metro is designed to ease traffic on the roads of Dubai. The Dubai Metro is approximately 80 kilometers long and has 49 stations covering all major locations in the city. It is one of the first urban train networks in the Arabian Peninsula.

If you are planning a trip to Dubai, using the Dubai Metro would be a very good option as it saves time and money. As you know the fact that Dubai is expensive and so are the private transportation like local cabs and taxis. If you haven’t thought about your mode of transportation in Dubai, trust me, you won’t find any cheaper mode other than the Dubai Metro. You can use the Dubai Metro for your sightseeing trips, shopping trips and much more as you move around the city.

While traveling in the Dubai Metro, the most basic things you need to know are related to the metro line and metro fares. Well, in this article, we provide the metro route details as well as fares, and other inevitable information you need to know about Dubai Metro.

About train lines:

The Dubai Metro is a driverless and fully automated metro network that operates partly in subways and partly via elevated bridges. So far, two lines have been established, one is the red line and the other is the green line. The Red Line extends from Al Rashidiya to Jebel Ali, while the Green Line extends from Al Qusais to Dubai Creek. The Redline has a total of 29 stations and the Green Line has a total of 20 stations so far. However, the Dubai Metro will expand its network until 2020.

Metro fare:

Now regarding the prices, for a single trip your fare will range from 1.8 dirhams to 6.5 dirhams max depending on the distance traveled which is much less as compared to private taxis. However, with this fare, you also get the privilege of using public buses for the same distance as well as the metro. Seniors and students will receive a special discounted metro fare.

Dubai Metro: A useful guide for tourists

If you are visiting Dubai for the first time, it will be very difficult for you to find transportation and connections from the airport itself because Dubai International Airport is very big. People come to the airport and get confused about which way they want to go. Here in this article, we will give you the basic guidelines about the Dubai Metro so that you can use it while traveling with ease.

Simply buy a ticket for your destination at the metro station and you are ready to roam around the city. Or you can get one NoI top-up card which is very effective and easy to use. In order to avoid the long wait in the Dubai metro, the NoI card is the best choice. Recharge the amount and travel hassle free.

How will you get to the Dubai Metro from Dubai Airport?

After landing from the flight, you can get to the Dubai metro from the airport itself. If you head directly towards Terminal 1 or Terminal 3, you can get to the Dubai Metro. You will find Redline at the airport that runs from Jebel Ali or Al Rashidiya. Well, we suggest you take the train to Jebel Ali for a metro tour.

• After entering the station, you will find the box office and buy the ticket while telling him about your destination.

• Tap your card on the card reader to enter the gate. Wait for the green light, then you can enter.

• Once you enter the station, follow the directions on the board, you will reach the platform from which you will board the train.

• Follow the directions shown on the floor if you are looking for a particular cabin.

• Listen to the announcements made inside the train. Once at your destination, get off the train and approach the exit gate.

• Keep your card with you as you will need it during checkout.

• At the exit gate, you will need your ticket or NoI card to exit the station.

Again, follow the directions to the metro station, and you will be able to find the gate that will lead to your destination.

Things to remember:-

About trains:

You will get the train at 10 minutes interval and during peak times you will not have to wait much as you will get the trains at 3 minutes interval. Remember that you have to be careful while boarding and disembarking the train as the door will remain open for 18-20 seconds.

NoI card:

If you plan to use the Dubai Metro, don’t forget that you need to buy a NoI card because cash is not accepted in the Dubai Metro. With your NoI card, you can travel hassle-free not only on the Dubai Metro but also on water buses, buses, etc. Keep your card with you when traveling on the metro.

High cleanliness:

You are not allowed to eat or drink on the train as well as in the metro station. However, there are metro stations where you will find many restaurants as well as restaurants where you can eat and drink. But within the premise, it doesn’t apply at all.

Safety facilities:

Do not abuse the safety facilities that are on the train or in the metro station, otherwise, you have to sign the penalty.

Pet allowance:

For hygiene purposes, the Dubai Metro does not allow any pets inside the train as well as in the stations.

Train frequency:

In any festival and special occasions, in order to meet the crowd, the number of trains will increase. Apart from that, the frequency of the train also increases. The gap decreases from 10 minutes to 3 minutes during peak hours.

Train times:

Trains usually run from Saturday to Thursday from 6am to 11pm and from 2pm to 12am on Friday.

Number of passengers per car:

Each car is designed for 643 per 5-car train. However, it can carry up to 900 passengers at its height. The structural layout is designed to accommodate up to 1,150 passengers. In one train you will find 142 seats.

Train service classes:

There are three classes you will find on the Dubai Metro trains which are Women and Children, Gold Class and Silver Class. You cannot enter any category if you do not have a ticket for that particular category.

Important stations you need to know:

Deira City Centre:

Here you will find the Deira City Center Mall which is home to more than 340 shops and restaurants.

The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa:

At this station, you can see both the popular attractions of Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. There is a metro link bridge through which you can access these areas. It is an air-conditioned walkway with a length of 828 metres.


It is an important stop where you can have room to change from the red line to the green line. The station is located near many of the famous Dubai attractions like Burjuman Mall, Spice Souk, Gold Souk, Textile Souk, Dubai Creek, etc. Dubai creek is the area from which you can access many kinds of famous attractions in Dubai.

Emirates Mall:

From this moment on, you can easily move to the second largest mall in the city, i.e. Mall of the Emirates. Shopaholics, this is the perfect destination for you. You can complete your trip with the indoor ski slope.

Dubai is a place of unlimited opportunities. It is a city that welcomes all kinds of tourists as you will find attractions to entertain tourists of all ages. You can hop and skip across the city while using the Dubai Metro very cheaply. However, there are some places where the metro is not connected. Hence, to reach this place, you need to use any public transportation or other private transportation based on your mode of transportation.

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