Choosing the right Dubai Pass is one of the smartest moves when planning your Dubai vacation! Dubai is a city full of attractions and things to do: the experience of a trip to Dubai lies in making the most of what it has to offer, its vibrant nightlife, incredible desert safaris, breathtaking views from the top of the Burj Khalifa. And this can be really expensive!
Fortunately, you can choose a Dubai Pass that will allow you to enjoy the city to the fullest, without compromise and without breaking the bank! With the right Dubai Pass you can visit the best attractions and save up to 60%. In this guide you will find a detailed review of all the various possible solutions, so maybe you can find the right one for you!
What you will find in this guide to choosing the right Dubai Pass for you:
- What is a Dubai Pass?
- Why should I choose a Dubai Pass?
- Which Dubai Pass is right for me?
- iVenture Card Dubai
- Go Dubai Card
- Other Dubai City Cards
What is a Dubai Pass?
What are commonly called Dubai Passes are city tourist cards designed to allow tourists to visit more attractions for less. This definitely comes in handy in a city like Dubai, where tickets and tours can be quite expensive.
Dubai Passes can be physical or electronic cards (e-tickets, a kind of voucher that you can print or show directly from your smartphone).
The electronic version is quite convenient, it is activated automatically when you enter the first attraction you choose to visit. In most of the attractions to enter you just need to scan the QR code of the card from your smartphone, while in others there is a dedicated desk where you can redeem a physical ticket.
With the Dubai Pass you can visit all the attractions included (depending on the type of pass you have) without having to buy tickets for each attraction: you can simply enter and visit, thus saving a lot of money and time.
In addition, some of the most popular experiences in Dubai are included in the Dubai Passes, such as desert safaris and dinner cruises. Just book the experience in advance (by email or phone) and follow the instructions regarding the meeting time and place. This allows you to live all the most exciting experiences, spending much less than their price.
Why should I choose a Dubai Pass?
Dubai city passes might be a good solution for you if you are a traveler who likes to enjoy the city to the fullest and have the most fun experiences it can offer: enjoying the view from the top of Burj Khalifa, an exciting desert safari, a romantic dinner cruise, a day full of fun in one of the best theme parks or water parks, and much more.
Buying tickets for each attraction separately would end up costing you a hefty sum! Dubai passes come in handy in this, giving you a wide selection of the best activities to do, offered by reputable partners, at around half the normal price.
The main benefits of a Dubai Pass are:
- Easy, fast and free entry to Dubai’s best attractions
- Save up to 60% compared to normal gate prices
- Over 40 attractions (among the most unmissable in Dubai) with just one ticket
- Skip the Line at the entrance to most attractions
- Free audio guides and discounts at many of the attractions
- Free local food experiences and Hop On Hop Off sightseeing tours
Depending on your needs, there are passes that allow you to choose a certain number of attractions to visit (for example, if you want to visit just 3 or 4 attractions), and others that give you maximum flexibility: you can enjoy as many attractions as you can.
Which Dubai Pass is right for me?
The most popular tourist city cards in Dubai are the iVenture Card Dubai and the Go Dubai Card.
They are quite similar, the Go Dubai Card also includes several things to do in Abu Dhabi (including the famous Ferrari World and the Grand Mosque), while the iVenture Card has a more comprehensive offer for fun in Dubai and includes the best theme parks.
Both offer 2 main types of Dubai Pass that you can choose according to your needs: with the All Inclusive Pass (Unlimited) you can enjoy all the attractions you want, while with the Explorer pass (Flexi) you can choose from 2 to 7 attractions to visit.
These 3 simple questions will help you choose the right Dubai Pass for you:
How many attractions can you visit?
With the Dubai Pass you can visit most of Dubai’s most popular attractions, as well as the best theme parks and water parks.
Most attractions don’t take up the whole day, so it’s pretty easy to combine even 3 or more attractions on the same day.
- Unlimited passes (such as the Dubai Unlimited Pass and the Go Dubai All Inclusive Pass) allow you to visit all of Dubai’s major attractions. With these passes, you have free entry to over 35 of the best attractions in Dubai.
- If, on the other hand, you are interested in just a few specific attractions, then one of the passes that allow you to visit a predefined number of attractions of your choice, such as the iVenture Dubai Flexi Attractions Pass or the Go Dubai Explorer Pass, may be more appropriate.
How many days is the pass valid for?
- With the Dubai Unlimited Pass iVenture Card you can visit as many attractions as you want (from a list of over 40 attractions) within 3 or 5 days, depending on your choice.
- With the Go Dubai All Inclusive Pass you can visit as many attractions as you want (choosing from a list of over 35 attractions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi) within 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 days, depending on your choice.
- With the iVenture Dubai Flexi Attractions Pass you can visit 3, 5 or 7 attractions of your choice (from a list of over 40 attractions) within 7 days.
- With the Go Dubai Explorer Pass, you can visit 3, 4, 5 or 7 attractions of your choice (from a list of over 40 attractions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi) within 30 days.
The count of days of validity of the Pass starts from the date of activation (date of first use).
What attractions can I enter for free with a Dubai Pass?
At first glance, the passes offered by iVenture and those of Go Dubai might seem very similar in terms of the attractions included.
There are actually some important differences you should consider for your choice:
- The iVenture Card Dubai passes are a great choice for those who want to enjoy all the best of Dubai, they include a greater choice of theme parks to visit, in addition to the classic entrance to the most popular attractions. They also include a good choice of tours and experiences to live in Dubai.
- Go Dubai passes are perfect for those who also want to visit Abu Dhabi, as they include attractions and experiences to do in both cities. There is a smaller choice of theme parks, balanced by a large choice of interesting experiences, tours and activities to do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
iVenture Card Dubai
The iVenture Card Dubai Pass is designed for tourists who want to enjoy the best of Dubai, visit the most popular attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Frame and Dubai Aquarium, enjoy interesting city tours, and experience a full day of fun in one of the best theme parks in Dubai.
IVenture Card passes are perfect for those traveling with the family, offering a great balance of cultural attractions, relaxing breaks (such as romantic cruise dinners) and dozens of attractions that kids will love.
These passes are also the most affordable: you can save up to 60% with the Dubai Unlimited Pass and up to 40% with the Dubai Flexi Attraction Pass, and visit over 40 attractions, among the best in Dubai.
Dubai Unlimited Pass iVenture
The Dubai Unlimited Pass is the most convenient and complete solution for those who want to enjoy Dubai to the fullest, in a simple, practical and smart way, saving up to 60% compared to the gate price.
With the Dubai Unlimited Pass you can visit over 40 attractions in Dubai, including:
- Burj Khalifa At the Top
- Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
- Dubai Frame
- Dubai Fountain Boardwalk and Lake Ride
- Etihad Museum and Al Shindagha Museum
You can enjoy an unforgettable Dubai Desert Safari with Dinner and some of the most romantic and unmissable dinner cruises, such as the one on Dubai Creek or the one in Dubai Marina.
Also included are several interesting cultural tours that allow you to discover the old city of Dubai, and others dedicated to the wonders of the modern city.
Plus you can enjoy free admission to some of Dubai’s best theme parks, such as:
- IMG Worlds of Adventure
- La Perle by Dragone
- Ski Dubai
- Wild Wadi Waterpark
- Dubai Parks and Resorts (Motiongate, LEGOLand, Bollywood Park)
You can find the full list of attractions included here.
Your Dubai Unlimited Pass can be valid for 3 or 5 days, depending on your choice. During the validity days you can enjoy ALL the attractions included.
Prices start at 1189 AED. You can book your Dubai Unlimited Pass online at a special price.
Dubai Flexi Attractions Pass
The Dubai Flexi Attractions Pass is a more affordable pass, designed for those who want to choose just a few attractions to visit, saving up to 40% on the gate price.
You can choose 3, 5 or 7 attractions to visit from a list of over 40 attractions (these are practically the same as the Dubai Unlimited Pass).
In short, you have to choose a limited number of attractions to do, so it’s good for those who just want to try some theme parks or just enjoy the main must-see attractions.
The good thing is that the Dubai Flexi Attractions Pass is valid for 7 days from first use, and prices start at AED 459, making it perfect for those traveling on a budget.
You can book your Dubai Flexi Attractions Pass online at a special price.
Go Dubai Card
Go Dubai passes are a great solution for those who want to enjoy the best of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. While the choice of attractions might seem smaller, these passes actually offer great flexibility, with an excellent balance of tours, food experiences and free entry to the best theme parks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Go Dubai All-Inclusive Pass
The Go Dubai All-Inclusive Pass is a flexible and comfortable pass, allowing you to enjoy the best of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, saving up to 35% on the gate price.
You can choose from over 35 attractions and experiences. For example, you can visit some of the most famous attractions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, such as:
- Burj Khalifa At the Top
- Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
- Dubai Opera House
- Qasr al Watan in Abu Dhabi
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi
Plus you can enjoy exciting tours and experiences, such as:
- Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner
- Speed Boat Sightseeing Tour
- Camel Trekking in Abu Dhabi
- Kayak Tour of the Mangroves in Abu Dhabi
And a wide choice of dining experiences and dinner cruises in the most scenic spots of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as fun experiences such as the chance to take windsurfing lessons or enjoy a fun-filled day in one of the famous theme parks in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, such as:
- Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm
- Ski Dubai
- IMG Worlds of Adventure
- iFly Dubai Indoor Skydiving
- The Green Planet
- Dubai Parks and Resorts (Motiongate, LEGOLand, Bollywood Park)
- Mattel Play! Town
- Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
One thing I really like about these passes is that they include a lot of food experiences: considering that restaurants in Dubai are quite expensive, these passes are great for those traveling on a budget, as it allows you to experience great food and eat as much as you want without spend an extra penny.
You can choose the duration of the pass that best suits your needs, from 2 to 7 consecutive days. Prices start at AED 1149 and you can book your pass online at a special price.
Go Dubai Explorer Pass
The Go Dubai Explorer Pass is a flexible solution, designed for those who stay in Dubai for a longer time (it is valid for 30 days from the date of activation) and want to enjoy just some attractions and save up to 41%.
You can choose from a list of over 40 attractions, basically the same as the Go Dubai All-Inclusive Pass plus some famous theme parks, such as Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World in Abu Dhabi, and interesting tours, such as the round-trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi by bus.
You can choose to visit 3, 4, 5 or 7 attractions in a month, prices start at AED 659 for the 3-attraction pass. You can choose and book your Go Dubai Explorer Pass online at a special price.
Other Dubai City Cards
If you don’t care about theme parks, and what you are looking for is just an easy and cheap way to visit the city, then you should check out these city sightseeing bus tours!
You can buy a pass for the Hop On Hop Off double-decker buses that go around Dubai, passing through all the main attractions of the city. It’s a great way to visit the city, especially if you don’t have much time to spare!
In Dubai there are two companies offering this service: Big Bus and City Sightseeing. Both offer an efficient and punctual service, as well as audio guide in over 10 languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Hindi, Persian, Korean).
They have different routes that allow you to visit all of Dubai’s major attractions and hop on and off whenever you want thanks to over 40 stops along the way, right in front of the main sights.
City Sightseeing Dubai Pass
The passes offered by City Sightseeing are particularly convenient: they allow you to get around Dubai in an easy and fun way, they include a nice night tour and a capillary network of 6 routes, which allow you to see all the major attractions of Dubai in a short time .
One of the routes passes through the cruise terminals, so it could be a perfect solution for those visiting Dubai on a cruise and want to visit the city at its best.
The Premium Pass also allows you to enter some attractions for free and take a boat ride on the Dubai Canal.
You can choose the 24, 48 or 72 hour ticket, prices start from 220 AED with significant discounts for multi-day tickets. You can buy your tickets online at a discounted price.
Big Bus Dubai Pass
Big Bus offers a complete and engaging experience: its double-decker buses allow you to easily visit all the main attractions of Dubai, in the evening you can enjoy an exciting night tour and you can also take advantage of discounts for attractions and restaurants.
For a small surcharge, you can upgrade to a Premium or Deluxe Ticket, which includes a bus tour to Sharjah, a bus tour to see the sunset in the desert, a dhow ride (typical local boat) on Dubai Creek and the free admission to some attractions such as the Lost Chambers Aquarium on Palm Jumeirah.
Big Bus tours are also perfect for cruise passengers: a free shuttle from the cruise terminals will allow you to quickly reach the Dubai Mall, where you can catch the double-decker bus.
You can choose the 1, 2 or 5 day ticket and you can buy your ticket online at a discounted price.
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