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New express bus service between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

Department of Transport’s new service a hit with commuters

  • By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:30 August 21, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: AHMED KUTTY/Gulf News
  • The new services ensure bus connectivity from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain every half hour starting from 4:30am until 12 midnight.

Abu Dhabi: A new express bus service, brought in over Eid, has proven a hit with commuters.

Operating between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, the speedy service has become popular among regular commuters between the two cities.

The bus office at Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi introduced the new line on Sunday.

Named ‘X90’, it operates from Abu Dhabi between 4:30am and 12 midnight every half hour, said a customer care executive at DoT’s call centre.

From Al Ain, it also operates between 4.30am and 12 midnight, every half hour, between the two cities. The Abu Dhabi–Al Ain service has only one stop in between at Al Khatem. The ticket to Al Khatem costs Dh8.

The new service replaced the previous bus service over Eid, named 700, which had multiple stops between the two cities.

An executive hinted that since the service was introduced during Eid holidays, this may be withdrawn and the previous service restored later.

The officials at DoT were not available for comments yesterday.

Although the new service costs Dh15 between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, up from Dh10 charged by the previous service, regular commuters have found it convenient as it saves their time.

“It reaches [the destination] by one and half hour whereas the previous service with multiple stops used to take one hour and forty five minutes,” said Abdul Rahman Mountebako who lives in Al Ain and works in Abu Dhabi city.

He said he is able to save half an hour everyday. “For regular commuters like me it is very much convenient.”

Two more bus services have also been introduced between Al Ain and Abu Dhabi.

Bus number 440 is operating from Musaffah in Abu Dhabi to Al Ain International Airport and bus number 490 is from Al Ain Bus Station to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The ticket costs between Dh2 and Dh10 as these routes have multiple stops.

The Mussaffah- Al Ain Airport service (440) operates between 5:05 and 9:05 pm in every 2 hour and 20 minutes. The duration of the journey is about 2 hour 45 minutes.

The Al Ain-Abu Dhabi airport service (490) operates between 6 am and 10 pm in every 3 hour and 10 minutes. The duration is 2 hour and 55 minutes. The public bus transport service was launched in Abu Dhabi in 2008 by the Department of Transport (DoT). By the end of 2011, the Bus Office at the DoT operated around 650 busses on over 95 routes catering to more than 50 million passengers within the different regions of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Comments (14)

  1. Added 08:11 August 26, 2012

    I have to agree with the naysayers. This trip is 2 hours period, not 1hr 45 mins as someone suggested. The priority should be on the number of buses. Abu Dhabi-Alin is an extremely busy route, buses should be every 20 mins minimum and as someone else hinted at, going home on a Thursday is a nightmare; I once waited forr three buses before could get on one - that is one and a half hours in the heat

    anon, Al Aiin, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 08:52 August 25, 2012

    Hi, i've been commuting daily from Al-Ain-Abu dhabi-Al Ain 2X a day - 6X a week. if you will implement no stop policy, it should not stop in Al Khatim area and pick up less/none passenger which takes more time rounding in that area, how come it's proven to be speedy when it is delayed for almost 30mins reaching Abu Dhabi before when it is not entering Al Khatim area i am always on time. i still consider the previous routine you have.....i would also suggest if you will have your system issuing tickets for passengers (same with Sharjah & Dubai)

    Abner, Al Ain, Philippines

  3. Added 21:29 August 22, 2012

    its really would be really helpful if the government keep a ladies only bus service as it is in case of taxis.this will be very comfortable for us and we will feel safe.

    kk, alain, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 18:04 August 22, 2012

    I am sorry to say, the timings are same and the service is not useful as i visited several times and the bus was full and just it passed away to Al Khatim inside area and only wasted time. at the time of coming it was the same, but there is AED 5 extra for nothing, if any body wants to go to al khatim he can get off on main road as well as the stop is just 20-30 feets away from the main road and on the other hand Abu dhabi Transport loses the customers who want to go to central points like bani Yas, Musaffa Etc. Now people are using Taxis and i think its only a waste of time and extra 5 Dirhams

    Syed Fahad Aftab, Al Ain, Pakistan

  5. Added 18:02 August 22, 2012

    abudhabi government should launch new routes from tourist club area to all over the city. because lack of bus services from this area. introducing new routes will help commuters, and bus stop should be at least minimum 300 meters distance.

    younus, Abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 15:59 August 22, 2012

    One request for me also. Is there any bus service to Global Village from Abu Dhabi at the time of DSF. We (especially ladies) like to visit Global Village, more than one time. But without any driving licence it is not easy for us. Also we are not interested to drive after visiting G.Village because everybody is tired. Atleast Friday and Saturday there should be some bus service from Abu dhabi to Global Village is requested.

    Reena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:18 August 22, 2012

    I have been traveling from Alain to Abu-Dhabi back and forth for over a year now and to be honest there is no change in travel time Time of travel is exactly the same which is 2 Hours

    Mohammed, Alain, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:02 August 22, 2012

    This is good news. The government should also introduce buses between Musaffah & Dubai. Residents of Musaffah have to come all the way to Abu Dhabi city to take a bus to Dubai. Direct buses will be of great help to the residents of Musaffah especially when several families from the city are moving towards Musaffah in search of cheaper accomodation.

    Premnath, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:33 August 22, 2012

    Dear Sir, There is a lot of people living in Mussafa Shabia and we are facing difficult to reach Abudhabi as there is only one bus 102 and I request your good self introduce one more bus or time frequence has been reduced to atleast 15mts. As its really a tough to reach Abudhabi particularly on Thursday evening and there is a huge rush. Kindly look into the matter and do the needul. Thanks S Srikanth

    S Srikanth, Abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:48 August 22, 2012

    perfect planning . good job DoT

    Shahid, Abu Dhabi, India

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