Abu Dhabi Transport Options
Cheap taxis, a well-planned road system, highly cost-effective public transport and plenty of sidewalks make Abu Dhabi easy to navigate. Visitors may opt to rent a vehicle. People often rely on landmarks to give directions.
Taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful and can be flagged down at the roadside or booked by phone through the TransAD hotline 600 535353, or via the Abu Dhabi Taxi app available for both iOS and Android platforms. They are easily recognised by their silver livery and yellow roof sign. Many taxi drivers speak fluent English, but are not always familiar with street names, so it helps to know exactly where you are going. It's also helpful to take the phone number of your destination with you in case you get lost. When using a taxi, always take a receipt in case you leave something behind in the vehicle. It’s then much more likely that you will get your items back quickly, as the call centre will be able to identify the vehicle and call the driver immediately. Dedicated family taxis are also available in 4-seat or 7-seater options, which provide services dedicated to women and those travelling with children under 10 years old. TransAD also runs a fleet of specially adapted luxurious Mercedes Vito cars equipped with trained drivers and the latest technology providing wheelchair users and passengers with disabilities safe, secure and convenient options. It is recommended to book either service in advance to ensure specific requirements are met.
Public transport buses are modern, clean, air-conditioned reliable and highly cost-effective. The service is easy to use, with passengers hopping in and out of any bus by placing two Dirham coins in the collection box next to the driver. If you are planning to use the bus on a regular basis, day passes - monthly passes at AED 80 (US$ 21.8) are also available. Travelling by bus is complimentary for senior citizens above the age of 60 and for people with disabilities.
One of the more interesting ways to explore Abu Dhabi is by water taxi. A unique "Abra Water Hopping Service" using a traditional wooden abra operates between the Khor Al Maqta Hotels, Eastern Mangroves and Yas Island. Three routes are now available between some of Abu Dhabi’s most established waterfront tourist destinations, which provide a practical, affordable and attractive water transportation solution between these very popular destinations, with plenty of hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and shopping outlets to explore.
Alternative public transport
Launched in December 2014, ADCB Bikeshare is Abu Dhabi’s first and only bike share scheme. The revolutionary bike share schemes offer a convenient, green option for trips that are too far to walk but too short for the hassle of driving. It is a compelling and cost-effective way to create healthier lifestyles, reduce carbon footprint and ease congestion on streets and highways. ADCB Bikeshare, powered by Cyacle, currently operates on Yas Island and Al Raha Beach with 11 stations and 75 bikes. The stations are strategically located at hot spots within these areas for convenience.
Jalboot Luxury Sightseeing Cruise
Passionate about providing unforgettable sightseeing cruises for tourists, Jalboot’s fleet of luxury ferries offers the finest panoramic views of everywhere from the Corniche to the stunning Yas Marina, and all the waterways in between. Jalboot's range of ticket types and packages include an All Day Pass for exploring the city, a Corniche Sunset Cruise to witness an Abu Dhabi sunset over the city skyline, and an exciting range of exclusive packaged sightseeing experiences to Abu Dhabi’s most famous locations, including Yas Marina, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and the heavenly Zaya Nurai Island. Jalboot ferries accommodate up to 40 seated passengers and three crew members. These modern boats are fully enclosed, air-conditioned and have large panoramic windows for passengers to take in the views from their leather, business class-style seating. Private charter bookings are also available upon request.
Falcon Aviation has been established in the UAE for over ten years during which time the company has built an unrivalled reputation for its VIP Charter and support to the Government’s Oil and Gas Sector. With a new and diversified fleet of luxurious corporate jets and helicopters, Falcon offers a wide range of Business and General Aviation Services including Aircraft/Helicopter Charter, FBO Services and comprehensive MRO Support including Scheduled and Unscheduled Maintenance and CAMO, from Al Bateen Executive Airport.
Car Rental in Abu Dhabi
You will find all major car rental companies in Abu Dhabi, plus a few extra, and it's worth remembering that larger, more reputable firms generally have more reliable vehicles and a greater capacity to help in an emergency (an important factor when handling the trying times following an accident). All rentals are inclusive of registration, maintenance, replacement, 24-hour assistance and insurance (comprehensive insurance with personal accident cover is advisable). For short term rental, many companies offer daily rates - there are booths at the airport and most of the major hotels, and there are numerous shops dotted throughout the city. It's worth ringing around for rates, although usually the most competitive rates can be found online.