How to get from Abu Dhabi Airport to City Centre
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and the second-most populous city of the UAE. Mainly known for their commerce, their skyline’s modern towers, their grand shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls and their exquisite Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Over 10 million travellers fly through Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) per year, and 2 airport transfer options are available to the city centre of Abu Dhabi. The first, most efficient and most comfortable transportation option is to get an Abu Dhabi airport taxi. There are two types of taxis available at the airport; luxury or standard vehicles which differ in services and flag-fall fares. Your second, and longer option is to take an Abu Dhabi public bus, which is more cost-savvy. Two different bus options are available at AUH airport, and both take you to slightly different parts of the city centre.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €19|| 24min|| 24/7|
| Bus || €2|| 45min|| 24/7|
How to get from Abu Dhabi Airport to city centre by taxi
Both standard and luxury taxis are available in Abu Dhabi. Standard taxis are easy to recognise as they are silver with a yellow taxi rooftop sign. On the other hand, luxury taxis are black Mercedes-Benz Vitos and cost a little extra on flag fall, however, the price per km is the same. Taxis are great, safe, reliable and very comfortable!
Taxi fare from Abu Dhabi airport to city centre
Abu Dhabi taxis use a taximeter to calculate their fare between the airport and the city. You can expect to pay around €19 (80 AED) for the journey, however this price can be affected by traffic and waiting times.
Going further, this price includes a small initial fee which is the starting fare for all airport pickups. There is a slightly larger fee for luxury vehicles, but the price per km is the same.
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Taxis are by far the quickest and most convenient way to travel into the city centre of Abu Dhabi. Luxury taxis are not much more expensive and provide a great number of extra benefits for those wanting full comfort for their journey.
Luxury taxis offer high-quality interiors, extra lugagge space, up to date GPS and multi-lingual drivers, which ensure maximum comfort and satisfaction for your journey to the city.
Most taxi drivers speak English, but are not always familiar with street names. For this reason, make sure you know the number and name of the street you are headed to, in case you get lost.
Luxury vehicles accept multiple currencies, so you don't have to worry about changing your money into the local currency at the airport.
You can download the Abu Dhabi Taxi App, available for both iOS and Android. The app allows you to easily book a taxi while you are out and about.
How to get from Abu Dhabi airport to city centre by bus
There are a few bus services that operate from the airport's arrival terminals, however, the most efficient bus service is the A1 bus, which runs between the airport and city.
The bus operates 24/7 and takes you to the City Air Terminal (bus station) in Abu Dhabi centre. The total journey takes around 45 minutes to reach the station, traffic dependent. From the station, you will either have to take a cab or walk to your final location.
How much is a bus from ticket from Abu Dhabi airport to the city centre?
The Abu Dhabi bus services are relatively cheap and are therefore a good alternative to taxis, especially for those travelling on a budget. A single, one-way ticket on the A1 line costs €1 (4 AED).
There can be up to a 40-minute wait for the bus.
The bus is available daily 24/7, every 30 to 40 minutes.
Where do I get it from?
The A1 airport bus line runs through to Terminals 1, 2 & 3, on the lower curbside outside Terminals 1 & 3 and directly outside the arrivals exit at Terminal 2.
The Abu Dhabi airport bus service operates daily 24/7, making this travel option very convenient for those travelling on an early or late flight (as taxis charge extra for this). Buses are comfortable and economical, despite taking a little bit longer to reach the city, they are a great option for those on a budget.
The buses in Abu Dhabi are air-conditioned (which is very important during the summer months), and there is ample luggage storage. They are not usually that busy compared to the taxi stand, which is a great bonus.
The A1 airport bus is easy to recognise as the vehicle is green and white.
All bus stops are clearly indicated with blue and white signage.
The bus from the airport only stops at legal bus stops along the way to the city, which can add time to the journey.