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Getting from Dubai Airport to City

Dubai International Airport (DXB), is considered the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic. The airport handles flights to and from Europe / Asia / Americas / Africa and Oceania on a 24 hour basis. Consequently, Dubai airport operates a smooth ground transportation network mainly through various taxi companies and frequent metro connections. Dubai airport taxi rides to the Downtown district last around 15 minutes and cost 15€ (62.50 AED) on average. On the other hand, Train connections to Burj Khalifa metro station take 24 minutes costing 1€ (4.20 AED) per ride.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Dubai at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €25 15min 24/7 Book
Taxi €15 15min 24/7
Train €2 24min 05:30–00:00

How to get from Dubai airport to city centre by taxi

All taxi companies in Dubai are generally franchised by the government of UAE, thus prices are always expected to be similar among different companies regardless of promoted benefits. All companies have cream colored vehicles with the distinctive taxi roof-sign, in addition to a unique roof color per company. Most cars carry advertisements on their doors as well. Normal trips to the downtown area last 15 minutes, while fares are common at 15€ (62.50 AED).

Taxi fare from Dubai airport to city centre

Most portion of the fare is government regulated, thus fares should not fluctuate significantly from company to company. As a result, travelers should expect; 7€ initial airport fee, 0.45€/km distance fare and 0.15€/km waiting fare. Total fare to Burj Khalifa / Downtown district should cost around 15€ (62.50 AED).

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Trip Duration

15 Min.

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis at the airport are available at all times.

Where do I get it from?

Getting a taxi from Dubai airport is easy with no requirements or any tedious process. All terminals have a rank on their own with an endless supply of cars. Regardless of the terminal you arrive to, just head out and get a cab.


The taxis in Dubai are generally considered a well respected service with professional drivers, clean and modern vehicles delivering comfortable and safe rides. On the other hand, peak hour traffic can be a problem at times.

Editor’s Note

The taxi companies are well spread across the city of Dubai with ranks in all major hot-spots, thus finding a taxi transfer should not be a concern regardless of location and time of the day.

Useful Tips

The preferred payment method is AED cash, since not all drivers carry card machines.
Taxis can also be summoned through texts at each metro station. All station display a certain code and send that code to 4774 will spawn a taxi as soon as possible.

How to get from Dubai airport to city centre (Burj Khalifa) by train

The train/metro industry in Dubai is well adapted to the colossal arrival and departure daily rate of travelers. Trips to the city last around 24 minutes, while connections are available every 4 to 7 minutes depending on the time of the day. The network operates on a slightly different schedule on certain days of the week and one way tickets cost 1€ (4.20 AED).

How much is the train from Dubai airport to city centre?

The price for a single one way ticket costs 1€ (4.20 AED). However, prices slightly vary depending if you buy a NOL pass. These passes allow travelers to customize their travel experience according to their schedule. the most popular NOL option is the Red day pass which allows for unlimited rides in all zones for 20AED / 5.00€



Trip Duration

24 Min.

Waiting time is 4 to 7 minutes.

Value for Money

A metro connection are available from 5:30 am until 12:00 am in most days.

Where do I get it from?

People from Dubai airport can board the Red metro line heading to Dubai downtown (Burj Khalifa station) through Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 of the airport. Tickets are available at ticket machines and ticket counters at the station.


The train is a very practical and safe mean of transportation to the heart of Dubai. However, travelers should always take into account: daily schedules, limited allowed luggage 2pcs. / and holidays that can affect the operating times during the week.

Editor’s Note

NOL passes can be used not only for the Dubai Metro but also for buses and water taxis

Useful Tips

Children below 5 years of age and below 90cm (Metro) travel for free (no card required).
Always remember that cash is not an acceptable payment method for Bus, Metro and Water Bus.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Dubai. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Drivers are always on time

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24/7 email & phone support

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Frequently asked questions

Is WiFi free in Dubai airport?

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Dubai Airport. Connect to the “DXB Free WiFi” or “DWC Free WiFi” networks. If you do not have a mobile device, internet kiosks are located beside Global Link (Gate C16) and Connect.

Where can I stay during a layover?

Dubai International Hotel is located inside Dubai Airport terminals 1 and 3. This hotel is perfect for a short rest in between international flights.

How early should I get to the airport for an international flight in Dubai?

Emirates is recommending that passengers arrive at least three hours before their departure time to make sure they don’t miss their flight.

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