No trip to Dubai is complete without seeing Abu Dhabi, the amazing capital of the UAE. But how can you get there? Is it possible to travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi by train or metro?
In this article, you will find out the best ways to plan your day trip to Abu Dhabi! And maybe even some curiosities about the famous train from Dubai to Abu Dhabi!
Okay, so is there a train or a metro from Dubai to Abu Dhabi?
No, you cannot currently travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi by train or metro.
There are several pending projects involving the construction of a railway from Dubai to Abu Dhabi (the distance between the two cities is about 150 km), mainly designed to move goods.
In addition, there is an incredible project for the construction of an ultra-fast train between the two cities: the Hyperloop.
What is Hyperloop?
Hyperloop is a magnetic levitation supersonic train capable of traveling at an insane speed of 1200 km/h. It looks like something out of a science fiction movie, but it’s close enough to come true.
If this were to happen, it would allow travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes. Today by car it takes at least 1 hour and a half. However, the works are still at the prototype stage.
How can I get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi?
Abu Dhabi is easily accessible from Dubai. You can choose between different solutions, depending on what your needs are:
- Rent a Car
- Guided Day Tour
- Private Transfer
- Public Bus
If your purpose is to visit the city, then going by taxi may not be the best solution (too expensive and impractical!).
It might be a great idea to rent a car, the E11 highway runs straight between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and allows you to travel between the two cities in just over 1 hour.
The easiest and most convenient way to visit Abu Dhabi in a day is to take part in one of the nice guided tours that depart daily from Dubai.
This way you don’t have to worry about a thing, your multilingual local guide will show you all the best things to see in Abu Dhabi, and you’ll enjoy round-trip transportation with pickup from your Dubai hotel.
If you need to go to Abu Dhabi airport or a specific hotel, or are traveling with heavy luggage, it might be a good idea to book a private transfer. This guarantees you punctuality, reliability and an impeccable service.
The cheapest way to get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is to take one of the public buses that connect the two cities. There are three different routes:
- Bus E100: from Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station. The ride takes about 2.15 to 3 hours.
- Bus E101: from Ibn Battuta Bus Station to Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station. The journey takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.
- Bus E102: from Ibn Battuta Bus Station to Mussafah Shabiya Bus Station in Abu Dhabi. The journey takes approximately 2 to 2.15 hours.
If you are interested in traveling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi by bus, here you will find all the information you need, including timings and fares.
The bus journey takes almost twice as long as the other options, and once you get there you will have to take a taxi to get around and visit, or you could take one of the convenient and practical hop on hop off double decker buses, which include an excellent audio guide service and whose route reaches all the places to see.
If you want to find out what to see and what to do in Abu Dhabi, here you will find a complete guide!