Dubai: Found just the right flight, which is within your budget, but realised it flies out of a different Emirate? Well, if you are flying with a UAE-based airline, chances are you might get a free or budget-friendly shuttle service from your Emirate of residence.
In the UAE, airlines like Emirates, Etihad and Air Arabia provide affordable inter-Emirate bus rides for passengers, which can further expand your flight options. Here is all you need to know about the services offered and how you can book them.
Emirates operates coach services for Economy Class and Premium Economy passengers holding a flight ticket and travelling from Abu Dhabi or Al Ain to Dubai.
It is important to note that to use the free service, you must have a valid Emirates flight ticket and you must book the service at least 48 hours in advance.
How do I book the Emirates shuttle bus service?
According to the Emirates website, passengers are advised to specify Abu Dhabi or Al Ain as their departure or arrival city, to ensure that that their booking on the shuttle bus is included in their flight.
However, you can also make a booking for the shuttle bus service by calling the Emirates’ toll free number 600 555555 and providing the call centre agent with your booking reference number to reserve a seat on the bus.
Timings for the Emirates Shuttle service
From Abu Dhabi to Dubai
Departure - 3am
Arrival - 5.15am
Departure - 6am
Arrival - 8.15am
Departure - 9.30am
Arrival - 11.45am
Departure - 4.30pm
Arrival - 6.45pm
Departure - 10pm
Arrival - 11.59pm
From Dubai to Abu Dhabi
Departure - 3am
Arrival - 5.15am
Departure - 6.30am
Arrival - 8.45am
Departure - 10am
Arrival - 12.15pm
Departure - 3pm
Arrival - 5.15pm
Departure - 11pm
Arrival - 1.15am
Abu Dhabi pick-up/drop-off point
Emirates Airline Office, Corniche Road, Al Khalidiya
Location link: https://goo.gl/maps/VC9Bn58fANWiX3SG9
Drop off: Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3, Departure Level, check in area C.
Pick-up: Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3, Arrivals Level, last lane opposite Exit 3.
From Al Ain to Dubai
Departure - 9pm
Arrival - 11.15pm
From Dubai to Al Ain
Departure – 2.30am
Arrival – 4.15 am
Al Ain pick-up/drop-off point
Al Falah Plaza, next To Emirates Commercial Complex, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, Central District, Abu Dhabi
Location link: https://goo.gl/maps/LoBYGUXK1rzkh1qLA
If you have booked a flight with Etihad, you can also use their free coach service, which is available from Dubai and Al Ain to Abu Dhabi International Airport.
How do I book the Etihad coach service?
Etihad advises passengers to make a booking 24 hours prior to travel. Passengers without a booking confirmation will not be able to board the bus.
To reserve a booking for the Etihad bus service, you must visit this link here: https://www.etihad.com/en-ae/book/airport-transfers/etihad-coach and enter your booking reference number or ticket number and enter your last name.
Dubai pick-up/drop-off location:
There is a dedicated bus station for Etihad Airways’ shuttle service behind the new Safestway Supermarket on Sheikh Zayed Road. The shuttle bus can be identified by the bus number starting with ‘EY’.
Location link: https://goo.gl/maps/97PFhnDHrUR2wkjCA
Abu Dhabi to Dubai:
Dubai to Abu Dhabi:
Departure: 11.30 am
Travelling to and from Al Ain
Al Ain pick up and drop off location: Al Ain Club Tower, Al Riyadh Street
Location link: https://goo.gl/maps/JE4hjW6uk1epGnmY9
Abu Dhabi to Al Ain
Al Ain to Abu Dhabi
Currently, Air Arabia offers shuttle bus services for its passengers from Ras Al Khaimah to the Sharjah International Airport. However, the shuttle service needs to be paid for, with a one-way trip costing Dh30. You must make the payment for the bus at the Air Arabia Sales Shop on Oman Road in Ras Al Khaimah, which is also the pick-up point. The drop-off point is the Sharjah International Airport.
Shuttle schedule for Ras Al Khaimah to Sharjah International Airport
Shuttle schedule for Sharjah International Airport to Ras Al Khaimah
FlyDubai does not provide shuttle bus services for passengers from other Emirates. However, they do provide private airport transfer services for individuals and groups. The cost of the service will depend on the location from which you wish to be picked up or the location to which you wish to be dropped off at.
According to FlyDubai, these are the steps for booking a private van or taxi:
- Visit this link: https://cars.cartrawler.com/flydubai/en/transfers/?clientID=526782¤cy=AED#/search and enter the following details:
- Enter your pick-up and drop-off location
- Next fill in the pickup and return date and time.
- Enter the number of passengers.
- Click on search, and FlyDubai will provide you with the available private transportation options:
- Enter passenger contact information, such as the email address, full name and mobile number
- Next, enter your flight number and click ‘go to checkout’
- Enter your credit/debit card details and make the payment to book your airport transfer.
- Print the receipt sent to via your registered email address and follow the instructions listed out on the email.