Before our trip to Dubai I was looking for practical information on different ways to get around the city. I ended up looking at so many different websites for every vehicle.
The fastest way to travel long distances in Dubai is by subway. Easy, plentiful, and trains run every few minutes. The drawbacks are the location of the underground station (depending on where you are) and long waiting times at the box office.
The rest of the time when you use the subway, buy a red ZERO card and they will charge you 2AED for it. You can put a certain amount of money on the card and avoid queues for each trip, or you can pay for the ride. If you decide to travel, make sure to use the same ZERO card so you don’t have to pay for a new one all the time.
The easiest way to travel to Dubai is by taxi. It’s not that expensive; Prices per kilometer are about AED 2.5-3 (EUR 0.6-0.75). We used to be Taxis are plentiful and getting five of us is often the cheapest way to travel. The disadvantage of shopping in Dubai can be a busy route.
Many hotels offer their own “taxi” service, which is usually 25-40% more expensive than a regular taxi.
DUBAI MARINAWATER BUS
With only 4 stops, the Dubai water bus is a convenient way to get from one side of the marina to the other, but not a fast way to get around. It works every 15-20 minutes depending on the time of day. We and the kids especially enjoyed it – it was a little touring the Marina and saved us the 3 kilometers by walking from the Marina pedestrian area to the Marina Walk. After that, we came back because the Marina pedestrian area is a very lively and pleasant place to walk around at night.
If you are traveling with family I would choose a taxi any time because it is fast, cheap (often the cheapest option for 4-5 people) and convenient. Take the subway for long distances and at peak times.
If you are all for the experience I recommend you to rent a boat with yachtrentaldubai247.com and enjoy the journey.
However, keep in mind that using different vehicles will add to your journey and can be a lot of fun.