Free Expo Rider buses Guide

Did you know? You can board a bus free of cost to get to Expo 2020 Dubai and back. Special RTA buses called Expo Riders have been shuttling ticketholders to and from the site every day, and will continue to do so until March 31, 2022.

To catch these colour-coded shuttles, you can approach select bus stops in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. We tell you which routes are the right ones and the operating times for each so that you can plan ahead for your world fair trip.

If you decide to supplement your commute with the Dubai Metro or a private car, check out our detailed guides to help you out.

rta-expo-rider-busCatch the free Expo Rider bus from these stops

You have plenty of options with 21 intercity and Dubai bus stops in total. Each Expo Rider bus route takes you to one of the three gates of Expo – Sustainability, Opportunity or Mobility District. If you’re headed out from Ajman, for instance, the only Expo Rider bus running from the emirate will drop you off at the Opportunity gate.

For the free return trip, make sure to board the same bus from the same Expo Rider gate to get home. Note down the route number beforehand to avoid any hiccup; each bus is colour-coordinated according to its district: Opportunity is orange, Sustainability is green and Mobility blue.

Here are the shuttles and their respective pick-up and drop-off locations.

Note: Bus arrival and departure times differ from station to station.

Dubai

Fair ticketholders can take the Expo Rider buses from the following stations in Dubai:

1. Al Baraha Bus Station – Route 291

Buses from Al Baraha Bus Station in Deira go to Expo’s Sustainability gate at a frequency of 30 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 7.40am from the station. From Saturday to Wednesday, the last bus leaves the Sustainability Expo Rider gate at 1.30am (midnight), and on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.30am.

Travel duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes

2. Al Ghubaiba Bus Station – Route 292

Buses from Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Al Fahidi go to Expo’s Sustainability gate at a frequency of 15 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 8.10am from the station. From Saturday to Wednesday, the last bus leaves the Sustainability Expo Rider gate at 2am (midnight), and on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.30am.

Travel duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes

3. Dubai Mall Expo Rider stop – Route 298

Buses from The Dubai Mall Expo Rider bus stop go to Expo’s Sustainability gate at a frequency of 30 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 8.35am from the stop. From Saturday to Wednesday, the last bus leaves the Sustainability Expo Rider gate at 1.30am (midnight), and on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.30am.

Travel duration: 55 minutes

4. Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3, Expo Rider stop – Route 391

Buses from Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3, Expo Rider stop go to Expo’s Mobility gate at a frequency of 20 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 8.25am from the stop. From Saturday to Wednesday, the last bus leaves the Mobility Expo Rider gate at 1.30am (midnight), and on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.30am.

Travel duration: 1 hour and 5 minutes

5. Dubai World Trade Centre, Novotel Hotel bus stop – Route 391

Buses from Dubai World Trade Centre, Novotel Hotel bus stop go to Expo’s Mobility gate at a frequency of 20 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 8.40am from the stop. From Saturday to Wednesday, the last bus leaves the Mobility Expo Rider gate at 2.15am (midnight), and on Thursdays and Fridays at 4.15am.

Travel duration: 50 minutes

6. Etisalat Bus Station – Route 293

Buses from Etisalat Bus Station in Al Qusais go to Expo’s Sustainability gate at a frequency of 30 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 8.25am from the station. From Saturday to Wednesday, the last bus leaves the Sustainability Expo Rider gate at 2am (midnight), and on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.30am.

Travel duration: 1 hour and 5 minutes

7. Palm Jumeirah Expo Rider stop – Route 191

Buses from Palm Jumeirah Expo Rider stop go to Expo’s Opportunity gate at a frequency of 15 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 8.51am from the stop. From Saturday to Wednesday, the last bus leaves the Opportunity Expo Rider gate at 1.30am (midnight), and on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.30am.

Travel duration: 39 minutes

8. Jumeirah Beach Residence 1, Landside bus stop – Route 191

Buses from Jumeirah Beach Residence 1, Landside bus stop go to Expo’s Opportunity gate at a frequency of 15 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 9.01am from the stop. From Saturday to Wednesday, the last bus leaves the Opportunity Expo Rider gate at 1.30am (midnight), and on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.30am.

Travel duration: 29 minutes

9. Jumeirah Beach Residence 2, Landside bus stop – Route 191

Buses from Jumeirah Beach Residence 2, Landside bus stop go to Expo’s Opportunity gate at a frequency of 15 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 9.05am from the stop. From Saturday to Wednesday, the last bus leaves the Opportunity Expo Rider gate at 1.30am (midnight), and on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.30am.

Travel duration: 25 minutes

10. International City Bus Station – Route 295

Buses from International City Bus Station go to Expo’s Sustainability gate at a frequency of 15 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 8am from the station. From Saturday to Wednesday, the last bus leaves the Sustainability Expo Rider gate at 1.30am (midnight), and on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.30am.

Travel duration: 1 hour

11. Dubai Silicon Oasis Bus Station – Route 295

Buses from Dubai Silicon Oasis Bus Station go to Expo’s Sustainability gate at a frequency of 15 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 8.25am from the station. From Saturday to Wednesday, the last bus leaves the Sustainability Expo Rider gate at 1.30am (midnight), and on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.30am.

Travel duration: 35 minutes

12. Global Village bus stop – Route 294

Buses from Global Village bus stop go to Expo’s Sustainability gate at a frequency of 60 minutes. On all days of the week, the first bus departs at 12.45pm from the stop, and the last bus leaves the Sustainability Expo Rider gate at 6.30pm.

Travel duration: 35 minutes

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