Top five tourist destinations in Dubai you can reach via public transportation – Gulf News

Here’s how you can visit Burj Khalifa, Dubai Marina, Bluewaters Island and more
Dubai: If you are a tourist or new resident in Dubai, getting around the city using public transportation is easy and affordable.
If you want to visit Dubai’s major hotspots, such as Burj Khalifa or Bluewaters Island, you have many transportation options, like taxis, Metro, Tram, and ferries.
Here is how you can reach these five famous attractions in Dubai using public transportation.
The S’hail app from RTA, which is available for both Apple and Android devices, allows commuters to plan their journey in Dubai using public transportation in Dubai and gives them an estimated cost of the trip.
The app also provides details on the bus, Metro, Tram or abra (or other marine transport options) you can take within Dubai to reach your destination.
Seeing the Burj Khalifa and breathtaking Dubai Mall fountains are almost on every tourist’s itinerary list when they visit Dubai. The most convenient way to reach the Burj Khalifa area is by using the Dubai Metro.
The nearest Metro station is the ‘Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall station’, on the Red Line. Once you are at the Metro station, follow the exit signs that point towards ‘Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa’.
The Metro station is within a walking distance from The Dubai Mall by using the Metro Link Bridge or footbridge. The bridge is a glass tunnel travellator that links ‘Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Station’ and The Dubai Mall.
Alternatively, if you do not want to use the bridge, you can use the taxis available at the Metro station or the feeder buses. Feeder buses transport passengers from Metro stations to communities or business districts around Metro areas.
The bus stops and taxi stands at the Metro station are located in Dubai Mall Metro Bus Stop Landside, Exit 1. The feeder bus available at the Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa Metro station is the F13 bus route. The buses arrive and depart from the tourist drop-off area, located in front of the Grand Drive Entrance on the Lower Ground Floor of The Dubai Mall.
The cost of a bus trip from the station to the Dubai Mall entrance is approximately Dh3.
To see the Burj Khalifa, you must go into Dubai Mall, stay on the lower ground level, and follow the signs to Burj Khalifa, which are clearly marked around the mall.
Dubai Marina is a lively district that comprises of many neighbourhoods, including the Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR). Dubai Marina Walk also has a 7km promenade with shopping and dining options.
Since the Dubai Marina area encompasses many neighbourhoods, the easiest way to discover the area is via the Dubai Metro and Tram.
If you plan on visiting the Dubai Marina area via Metro, you need to get off at the SOBHA Realty Metro station on the Red Line. This Metro station will connect you to the Dubai Marina Tram Station. The tram will then stop at different areas in the Dubai Marina neighbourhood.
The two most famous attractions at JBR are The Walk and The Beach. If you are looking for a relaxing stroll by the beach, the beachside boulevard has retail shops, cafes and restaurants. The Walk runs parallel to The Beach, a public beach equipped with a 600m running track, and many outdoor activities, including beach volleyball and an outdoor gym.
The closest Metro station to JBR is Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) Metro station on the Red Line. The DMCC Metro station is also connected to the Dubai Tram, which is the Jumeirah Lake Towers Tram Station. Once you are in the Tram, go to the Jumeirah Beach Residence 1 station, which is the closest tram station to the JBR beach area.
If you are in the Dubai Marina and JBR area, you can easily rent a bike or e-scooter from the Metro stations in DMCC, Sobha Realty and Dubai Internet City. You will be charged 50 to 60 fils for every minute of your trip using a rented e-scooter.
For a complete guide on how to rent and use e-scooters and bikes in Dubai, read here and here.
Bluewaters Island was opened in 2018, and is another popular attraction in Dubai because of its luxury hotels, beach clubs, entertainment venues and the record-breaking Ain Dubai, an observational wheel which is currently closed.
Located across the Dubai Marina, the island is connected to the JBR Beach area via a public footbridge. The closest Dubai Tram station to the pedestrian bridge is Jumeirah Beach Residences 1 and 2. You can walk towards Bluewaters from the Tram station, which will take around six to seven minutes.
An alternative mode of transport is to take the Dubai Ferry or Dubai Water Taxi from the Dubai Marina Mall Marine Transport Station to the Bluewaters Marine Transport Station. Once you reach the station, you will have to walk towards the Bluewaters Island main area, which will take you around one to two minutes. You can use your nol card to travel on the Dubai Water Taxi or Ferry, which will cost you Dh25.
The Palm Monorail is the easiest way to navigate Palm Jumeirah because it connects key landmarks on the man-made island.
The monorail is a 5.5 km line, and the only public transportation system in Palm Jumeirah for residents, visitors and tourists.
It connects visitors and residents from the Gateway Station at the entry of the Palm Jumeirah, to Golden Mile Galleria, Al Ittihad Park, Nakheel Mall, The Pointe and Atlantis Aquaventure station at the final stop of the journey.
Click here to learn more about the Palm Monorail and all the stations.
You can access the Palm Monorail from the Dubai Tram. The beginning of the Palm Monorail is linked to the Dubai Tram station – Palm Jumeirah – by a footbridge. It will take approximately 10 minutes to reach the Palm Monorail station – Palm Gateway, the entry point into the island.
You can use your RTA nol card to travel on the Palm Monorail or you can buy separate tickets at any of the Palm Monorail station customer service desks.
A single-trip ticket price starts from Dh10 and can go up to Dh20, and a round-trip ticket price starts from Dh15 and can go up to Dh30.
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