How to Use Dubai Metro for Airport Transfers

For those planning air travel to or from Dubai during peak seasons, navigating through heavy traffic is a common concern. The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority consistently advises both residents and tourists to opt for the Dubai Metro when commuting to and from the airport.

The extensive Dubai Metro network links the emirate, with numerous major hotels conveniently situated near metro stations. To ensure a hassle-free trip, here’s a comprehensive guide:


If your journey involves Dubai International Airport, the Dubai Metro offers two stations. Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 stations on the Red Line provide direct access to DXB. However, for Terminal 2, disembark at Abu Hail metro station on the Green Line and take a short cab ride.

For Dubai World Central, the nearest metro station is Ibn Battuta station on the Red Line.


The Dubai Metro Red Line operates from 5 am to 1 am (next day) from Monday to Thursday. On Saturdays, it runs from 5 am to midnight, and on Sundays, the service is available from 8 am to midnight. Keep in mind that metro timings may be affected on public holidays, so it’s advisable to check in advance.


Tickets can be purchased at airport ticket offices or any metro station. While individual tickets are affordable, for an extended stay, consider getting a Nol card, valid across Dubai’s public transport system. Additionally, you can opt for a ‘gold class’ ticket or Nol card to enjoy panoramic city views and secure a seat in the first carriage.

Baggage Allowance

Passengers are allowed two pieces of luggage, including hand baggage. It’s recommended to check the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) website for the latest updates.

Ensure a smooth and stress-free journey by leveraging the Dubai Metro, especially during peak travel times.