Getting Around Abu Dhabi

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

Transport & Travel

The capital boasts impressive infrastructure with many options for car hire and public transport and is home to two international airports. Here's some useful information that will help you get around the city easily.


Abu Dhabi is home to one of the world’s top airlines, Etihad Airways. Etihad is the UAE’s national airline and was founded in 2003. The company has grown so much that it has its own dedicated terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Terminal 3. The airline flies passenger and cargo aircraft to 110 destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and America, with a fleet of more than 120 aircraft. Al Ain also has an airport, which offers various flights each week, to a total of 9 destinations. It is located 18km from Al Ain city centre.

Hire Cars

There are numerous car rental companies with desks at Abu Dhabi International Airport. You will find them across from the entrance to Terminal 3. They include brands that you will be familiar with, like Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. Hiring a small car in Abu Dhabi will cost around AED150 a day. But the longer you hire it for, the better rate you will receive. To hire a car, you must have an International Driving Permit. The company will also take a copy of your passport. If you decide to hire a car once you leave the airport, there are various locations downtown. Try a site like, which compares all the major and independent car suppliers and offers discounts of up to 40 percent. If you plan to drive to Dubai while you are here, it is straightforward but you will be charged every time you pass under its tolls. You will have to pay any costs when you hand back the car.


There are more than 10,000 taxis in Abu Dhabi. They are a great way to get around the city. You can either flag one on the street or call one to collect you by ringing 600 53 53 53. There are two main types operated by TransAD, Abu Dhabi’s taxi regulator: standard taxis, which are silver, and luxury airport taxis, which are black, bigger and a bit more expensive. But if you are a woman and would feel more comfortable, you can request a ladies-only taxi, which are silver, with pink, as opposed to the usual plain silver and yellow combination. Seven-seater and taxis designed for disabled passengers are also available via TransAD. There is a third option: Careem, which operates a fleet of private taxis in Abu Dhabi via an app. You can choose between a limo and a minivan. It is more comfortable - and more expensive than a standard taxi. The journey from Abu Dhabi International Airport to the Yas Viceroy hotel on Yas Island will cost about AED100.

Public Transport

Buses are another option to get around. They are cheap, reliable and clean. Routes run throughout the city and out to Yas Island and beyond. Visit the Roads and Transport Authority’s website for more information, or call 800 90 90.

+971 2 491 9760

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