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Getting from Al Maktoum Airport to City

The modern Al Maktoum International airport (DWC) is the second airport of Dubai, located 52km southwest of the city centre. The airport is a major hub for smaller airlines and serves as a relief valve to Dubai International Airport (DXB). The fastest and most common method of transportation from the airport to downtown Dubai is by taking a Dubai Al Maktoum airport taxi. Alternatively, travellers can use F55 bus from the airport heading to Ibn Battuta Metro Station, in order to take a green line connection to Dubai Mall (city centre).

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How to get from Al Maktoum airport to city centre by taxi

Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) offers similar private taxi services as the main Dubai airport (DBX). All taxi companies are government controlled, with cream coloured vehicles and metered fares per kilometre. The trip to Dubai lasts around 40 minutes under regular traffic. During the day, a one-way trip costs €37 and should not exceed €40, whilst a night trip should cost €50.

Taxi fare from Al Maktoum airport to city centre

All taxi operators must follow the government pricing system which includes a €7 initial airport fee, a €0.45/km distance fee and a €0.15/min waiting fee. As a result, regular trips to the downtown district of Dubai cost between €37 (160 AED) and 50€ (215 AED) at most during the night.



Trip Duration

40 min

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

Value for Money

Taxis at Al Maktoum airport are available available day and night

Where do I get it from?

The taxi rank at Al Maktoum airport is located outside each corresponding arrivals terminal. Luggage claim signs are throughout the airport and can help guide travellers to the taxi ranks.


Despite Dubai’s expensive and lavish reputation, taxi prices in the city and UAE are quite affordable in comparison to European and American cities. Looking at the taxi service market, a trip from Al Maktoum airport to Dubai would cost less than €10 per person for a group of four. Furthermore, taxi companies in Dubai operate relatively new and modern cars.

Editor’s Note

In all fairness, taxis and private transfers are the most convenient and easiest means of transportation from Al Maktoum airport to Dubai.

Useful Tips

Taxis at the airport are not equipped with card readers, so make sure to exchange your money beforehand, in order to pay in cash.
Remember that a taximeter is the only legal pricing system, any driver charging otherwise is doing so illegally.

How to get from Al Maktoum airport to city centre (Burj Khalifa) by bus

Unfortunately, Al Maktoum airport offers no direct public transportation to the heart of Dubai. Instead, people travelling to Dubai must take the provided airport bus (F55) to Ibn Battuta Metro Station and then get the green metro line to Burj Khalifa station. The total travel price for both transits will sum up to €2 (8.40 AED) and the journey will last around 60 minutes, excluding the waiting time at the metro station.

How much is the bus from Al Maktoum airport to the city centre?

Tickets can only be purchased through the red or silver NOL top up passes. Prices will vary depending on the number of regions you pass through. Consequently both the bus to Ibn Battuta Metro Station and the green metro line to Burj Khalifa station cost €1 (4.20 AED) each.



Trip Duration

60 min

The waiting time for both the F55 and the F55A night bus is about 1 hour.

Value for Money

The F55 bus line is available 24/7.

Where do I get it from?

The bus stop for the F55 and F55A night bus is located outside the arrivals hall. The airport staff and signage can help direct you to the bus stop.


The F55 and the F55A night buses are the only means of public transportation to the city centre of Dubai. They only offer a connection to the Ibn Battuta Metro Station, and this, once every hour. In other words, travellers on a tight schedule should not consider this method of transportation since it’s neither efficient nor frequent. However, it is important to note that the connection is available 24/7 which can be very helpful in certain situations.

Editor’s Note

Similar to Dubai airport, public transportation at Al Maktoum does not follow a set timetable, just a few trips within certain time periods, so waiting times can be long.

Useful Tips

If you plan to take a bus from the airport, it’s important to note that Dubai buses do not accept payment in cash.
There are kiosks in the airport where you can purchase a NOL card before getting on a bus.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the cheapest month to travel to Dubai?

The best time to visit Dubai is from November to March. Weather-wise, Dubai really only experiences two seasons: hot and hotter. During the winter months, the city sees blue skies and primo beach weather. However, this is also peak tourist season, so expect plenty of company on Jumeirah Beach.

What is the closest metro station to Al Maktoum airport?

The nearest metro station is located at Ibn Battuta Mall which can be reached via bus or taxi.

What medical facilities are available and where can I find them?

If you have unfortunately fallen ill while at the airport, please don’t worry. There are world-class medical facilities and response teams on hand 24/7 to assist you.

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