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Updated June 2023

The bustling cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, located in the United Arab Emirates, are lively urban hubs that offer an array of experiences and possibilities for both locals and tourists. Connecting these two remarkable cities is an efficient and convenient public transportation system.

Although there is still no direct train route from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, in this article, we have covered an alternative way in which travelers can indirectly use the Dubai metro from Dubai to reach Abu Dhabi. Keep reading to find out more.

Train from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

Unfortunately, there are no direct train routes available for traveling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi at present. However, there is a metro route that extends from Burjuman in Dubai to a point roughly midway between the two cities. Travelers can then take a public bus from this midpoint to reach Abu Dhabi.

Alternatively, you can plan your journey via metro from Dubai on the RTA website.

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Train from Dubai to Abu Dhabi routes & schedule

Although there is no direct train or metro route from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, you can use the Red Line metro route from Burjuman in Dubai to the Ibn Battuta metro station, which is conveniently located next to the Ibn Battuta Mall. From there, you can access the Ibn Battuta bus station, situated just outside the metro station. The RTA operates two bus routes, E101 and E102, from the Ibn Battuta bus station to Abu Dhabi:

  • Bus E101: This route operates from the Ibn Battuta Bus Station in Dubai to the Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station
  • Bus E102: This route operates from the Ibn Battuta Bus Station to the Mussafah Shabiya Bus Station in Abu Dhabi

Please refer to our dedicated article below to find more information about bus routes from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

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The Red Line metro from Burjuman in Dubai to Ibn Battuta metro station operates from:

  • Monday to Thursday: 5:02 AM to 11:52 PM
  • Friday: 5:02 AM to 12:54 AM
  • Saturday: 5:02 AM to 11:57 PM, and
  • Sunday: 8:02 AM to 11:53 PM

The duration of the journey is approximately around 45 to 50 minutes.

Please note that the timings and schedule are subject to change. Hence, make sure to refer to the RTA website for accurate information.

You can find out the full schedule of metro routes from Dubai here.

Train from Dubai to Abu Dhabi price

The fare for the metro train from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is quite affordable, starting at approximately AED 5 (USD 1.36 or EUR 1.24).

Please keep in mind that you will require the NOL Card, a contactless payment card specifically designed for public transportation in Dubai. The card can be obtained and topped up at any bus or Dubai metro station.


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