From the Airport

By Taxi: Taxis are the best way to get into town from the airport.  They are readily available outside the arrivals area.  All taxis are metered.  The starting rate from the airport is 20Dhs as opposed to the city starting rate which is 3Dhs.  Make sure you take a receipt for your fare in case you happen to leave behind a piece of luggage!

By Bus: There are a few public buses available from the airport and their service is very cheap.  Bus routes 401 and 402 go to Al-Sabhka (Deira) and Al-Ghubaiba (Bur Dubai) bus terminals respectively.  Route 33 goes to Al-Rashidiya.  There are also big air-conditioned buses that have luggage areas which head towards Dubai’s key locations, such as trade centers, hotels and furnished apartments.

By Metro: Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 have stations on the Red Line of the Dubai metro.

Hotel pick-up: Most hotels also have a pick-up and drop-off service.  You can arrange for this when you make your reservation.

Rent-a-Car: If you intend driving yourself around the city then there are many options for you to choose from.  The 24-hour desk at the airport arrivals lounge has offices of all the major car rental companies.