You can fly into Dubai at either of the two world-class airports – Dubai International Airport (DXB) which is closer to the city centre or Dubai World Central (DWC) which is part of the Dubai South expansion and is located ~50kms from downtown Dubai.
The Dubai Metro has two convenient lines – red and green – that run from Dubai International Airport (DXB) and through the busiest areas of the city. It is the world’s largest driverless train system, offering comfortable seating, affordable prices and is fully air-conditioned. Simply buy a Nol card, keep it topped up, or grab a single-use ticket at your starting station.
Pro tip: Students can receive up to 50% discounts on their Nol (public transport) card. Simply apply with the RTA once you have enrolled at Murdoch University Dubai.
Buses are a low-cost option to explore the city. You can find a bus at all of Dubai's airport terminals, with routes intersecting every major neighbourhood in the city. They run 24-hours a day as often as every 30 minutes – just make sure to check your map to understand the routes.
Pro tip: Bus drivers don’t accept cash so keep your Nol card topped up.
A range of Dubai taxi services are available from the RTA (Road Transport Authority) and you can hail a cab from almost anywhere in the city, or order one by phone or via a ride-hailing app such as Careem or Uber. Airport taxis will start from AED25 ($6.80), with clear signs pointing you towards the official pick-up area in any terminal.
Pro tip: You can book an RTA cab using the app Careem.
There's a growing number of urban bike routes and easy options to get around on two wheels, thanks to bike rental services at tourist hotspots, including Downtown Dubai, JLT and Dubai Marina. Nextbike, Byky and Trek Bikes are popular companies to rent from, while Careem BIKE is the first large-scale, bike-sharing initiative in the region. In partnership with the city's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Careem BIKE makes it even easier to rent your ride via a dedicated smartphone app.
Pro tip: Explore the Jumeirah beach track with a rented bike.
Dubai emerged as a pearl diving hub so it's no surprise there are plenty of ways to travel by water. Options range from the affordable AED1 Dubai Creek crossing on a wooden abra to luxury yacht rental packages for huge parties and events. The RTA also offers convenient water taxis and the Dubai Ferry so visitors can tour the Dubai coastline and stop at several neighbourhoods, including Business Bay and Dubai Marina.
Pro tip: Enjoy the sights and sounds of Old Dubai by crossing the creek on a wooden abra.
Motorised and e-scooters are becoming increasingly popular in neighbourhoods across Dubai, including the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, and Dubai Internet City. To unlock a scooter near you, just download a licensed operator’s smartphone app – Careem, Tier, Skurtt, Arnab or Lime – available on the Apple Store and Google Play store.
Pro tip: Make sure you follow all safety regulations and maintain caution at crossings and intersections. Don’t use your AirPods while riding a scooter.