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Transfer Options from Abu Dhabi Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Abu Dhabi Airport to City Centre

There are two transfer options available from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to the city centre of Abu Dhabi. The first, quickest and most comfortable option for transport is by hiring 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. A standard taxi will cost around 19€ (80AED) to get you into the city centre and the journey should only take around 24 minutes. Public transport buses are available also at a much cheaper cost. There are two different bus options taking you to slightly different parts of the city centre, but they will both cost around 1€ (4AED) and take at least an hour to get you to the city as they have multiple stops.

Comparison of the options

Bus €2 45min 24/7
Taxi €19 24min 24/7

How to get from Abu Dhabi Airport to city centre by bus

There are a few bus services that leave from around the terminals at the airport, but the best and most efficient service is the A1 Bus Line, the major airport bus service between airport and city. This bus operates 24/7 and takes you to the City Air Terminal (bus station) in the central city. It should take around 45 minutes, traffic dependent, to reach the station and from here you will either need to take a cab or walk to your final destination.

How much is the bus from Abu Dhabi Airport to the city centre?

The bus services in Abu Dhabi are relatively cheap and therefore are a good alternative to a taxi for those on a budget. A single, one way ticket on the A1 line will cost around 1€ (4 AED).



Trip Duration

45 Min.

There can be up to a 40-minute wait for the bus.

Value for Money

The bus is available every 30-40 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Where do I get it from?

The A1 Airport line goes to Terminals 1, 2 & 3.
Lower curbside outside Terminals 1 & 3 and directly outside arrivals outside Terminal 2.


The buses leaving from the airport operate 24 hours, which makes them extremely convenient for those with early or late flight times as this is where taxis will charge extra. The buses are comfortable and economical, despite taking a little longer to reach the city, they are a great option for those on a budget.

Editor’s Note

The buses in Abu Dhabi are air-conditioned (which is a blessing in the summer months) as well as ample space for luggage. They are not usually that busy compared to the taxi stand, so they are a good option.

Useful Tips

The A1 Airport bus is easily spotted as it is green and white.
All bus stops are clearly indicated with blue and white signage.
The bus from the airport will stop at all legal bus stops along the route to the city, so this can add time to the journey.

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How to get from Abu Dhabi Airport to city centre by taxi

Taxis in Abu Dhabi are available in standard or luxury options. If you are looking for a standard taxi they are indentifiable by their silver body and yellow sign on the roof. Luxury taxis are black Mercedes-Benz Vitos and will cost a little extra on flag fall, but the price per km is the same. You can find taxis at any time from outside the airport. They are safe, reliable and very comfortable!

Taxi fare from Abu Dhabi Airport to city centre

The taxi fare between the airport and city is metered, but you can expect to pay around 19€ (80AED) for the journey, however this price can be affected by traffic/wait times.

The price includes a small flag fare fee which is the starting fare for airport pickups. There is a slightly larger fee for luxury vehicles, but the fare per km on the journey is the same.

Taxi prices
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Taxis are by far the quickest and most convenient way to travel into the city centre of Abu Dhabi. The luxury options are not too much more expensive and provide an array of extra benefits for those wanting peace of mind on the journey.

Editor’s Note

Luxury taxis offer high quality interiors, extra baggage space, up to date GPS and multi-lingual drivers to ensure maximum comfort and satisfaction on your journey.

Useful Tips

Most taxi drivers will speak English well, but are not always familiar with street names, so make sure you know the name of where you are going and the number in case you get lost.
Luxury vehicles will accept multiple currencies, so you don't have to worry about changing notes at the airport.
You can download the Abu Dhabi Taxi app available for both iOS and Android to easily book a taxi while you are out and about.

Frequently asked questions

How many transport options are there from Abu Dhabi Airport to the city centre?

There are two trasnportation options to get you from Abu Dhabi Airport to the city centre. The best option in terms of comfort and ease would be a taxi, however there is also a bus service that runs 24hrs from all terminals.

How much will a taxi cost me from Abu Dhabi Airport to the city centre?

Taxis between the airport and city are metered and therefore the price is based on journey time which can be influenced by traffic. You can expect to pay around 19€ for a journey into the city. Note that night time and weekend/holiday rates will apply and could change the price.

How far is the airport from the city centre of Abu Dhabi?

The airport is located around 32km from the city centre of Abu Dhabi. A journey in light traffic (by car) should take around 24 minutes.

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