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The blue and white public transport buses are operated by the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT). They provide a convenient way to get around the city and are excellent value for money.
Introduced on 30th June 2008, there is a network of airconditioned bus services operated by the Department of Transport that serve Abu Dhabi Island and its suburbs including: Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Al Mina Shopping Centre, Khalidya Mall, Mushriff Mall, Al Maqta (Souk at Qaryat Al Beri and Shangri-La Hotel) Zayed Sport City (on Street 2, aka Airport Rd), Yas Island, and Saadiyat Island.
All buses have priority seating for women and families in the first three seat rows. Low-floor, wheelchair-accessible buses operate on all city buses services and main Regional bus services.
Bus services 005 and 007 operate every 10 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes between midnight and 5 AM. All other city bus services operate every 20 minutes during the day, and every 60 minutes between midnight and 5 AM.
Bus services 005 - 011 generally operate between Al Marina and Tourist Club Area.
Bus services 032 and 034 operate between Al Marina and Zayed Sport City
Bus services 044, 052, 054 and 056 operate between (or through) Tourist Club Area and Zayed Sport City.
Regional bus services operate every 60 minutes between 5 AM and midnight. Bus services 110, 115, 160, 200, 300, and 400 operate 24 hours. All Regional bus services follow a common route on Abu Dhabi Island: Muroor Road - Abu Dhabi Bus Station - Airport Road - Zayed Sport City.
Airport service A1 operates around the clock. Buses depart every 60 minutes, increased to every 30 minutes during peak hours.
Bus services 011, 032, 034, 052, 054, and 056 serve Abu Dhabi Bus Station (onward connections to Western Region, Eastern Region / Al Ain, Dubai, and Sharjah)
Bus services 032, 044, and 054 serve Zayed Grand Mosque
Bus services 190 and 195 connect Abu Dhabi with Yas Island Ferrari World
Bus services 404 and 405 connect Abu Dhabi with Saadiyat Island
Bus service A1 connects Abu Dhabi with Abu Dhabi International Airport
City Bus Fares:
Single Trip = AED 2 (need to pay in coins)
Weekly Pass = AED 30
Monthly Pass = AED 80
Weekly and monthly passes are available in Abu Dhabi Bus Station as well as at Red Crescent Stands throughout the island.
Regional and Airport Bus Fares:
Single Trip = 4 AED.
By end 2014, the current ticketing system should have been replaced by a smartcard-based electronic ticketing system that calculates fares by distance travelled.
Bus maps and timetables are installed at most bus stops and can be downloaded from the DOT website: http://dot.abudhabi.ae/en/info/Bus_Tr...
The bus information call center is available around the clock under 800 88888.
A new timetable is implemented on 31/01/2014.
Buses to Dubai are called Emirates Express, cost AED 25 Dhs per trip, and depart every 10 - 20 minutes throughout the day. Buses leave from the Abu Dhabi Bus Station and take about 2 hours. Abu Dhabi Bus Station is located on the corner of Muroor Road and Hazzaa Bin Zayed Road next to Al Wahda Mall.
There are nearly 10,000 taxis in Abu Dhabi and this is the most common form of 'public' transport. You can flag down a taxi anywhere so long as it is safe for the driver to stop. Taxis are owned by different companies but all branded with the Trans AD silver colour (starting at 3 Dhs per trip and a trip across town will cost about 30 to 50 Dirhams). Some taxi companies operate limousines from hotels (usually black in colour) are more expensive and most meters start from 20 Dhs. It is also possible to phone a taxi company (e.g. Al Ghazal or NTC) and those will generally have plain white cars that do longer trips (such as to Dubai, Al Ain or to the airport) - either metered or an agreed fixed price.
There are also 7-seater minibuses that operate from the airport to all destinations. Other taxis are not permitted to enter the taxi rank at the airport when the minibuses are present (currently about 150 in number).
Beware that if you get stuck in a traffic jam the meter on Abu Dhabi taxis will continue to run as there is a charge by distance and time.
Some useful conventions in Abu Dhabi for taxi users: