No passenger should have to step off a plane and find their hotel on foot; especially not while carrying a suitcase in Dubai’s humid weather! For this reason, taxis are cheap, common and used by locals and tourists alike. Rigid restrictions over fares ensure that journeys cost very little, enabling all holidaymakers to use them without the fear of being ripped-off by unscrupulous drivers preying on tourists.
Taxis, car hire and the Dubai Metro ensure that the city is small enough to explore without getting lost, needing a map or walking in circles for hours. Car hire is worthwhile for visitors staying for a longer period, but driving in Dubai can be quite erratic, so less confident drivers may prefer taxis and the Metro, over tackling the roads of Dubai.
The Dubai Metro is a great way to get around the city, but try to avoid it if carrying suitcases. A combination of the heat and the location of the terminals can make it a less than pleasant journey. Most of Dubai’s buses have been replaced by the Metro, but a few still run in conjunction with the train line.
Dubai is currently adding a tram service and monorail to its efficient, reliable public transport system, but neither has been fully incorporated into working service as yet.