City guides United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi is well supplied with a vast number of metered taxis offering very reasonable fares. These are the best way of getting around in town and outside of it, and most taxi drivers speak English. Along with public bus services, most hotels offer bus services to principal destinations, including the airport. Ride sharing apps also operate in the city.
Car and limousine rental is slightly more expensive but of course petrol is cheap. Driving in the Emirates, however, can be a hair-raising experience, with an established hierarchy as to who has right of way, so it is often best to hire a vehicle with a local driver. There is also the Abu Dhabi Metro Rail system, which is convenient and aims to relieve traffic congestion. It provides optimal connectivity between Abu Dhabi Island and the suburbs.
Abu Dhabi Airport
The airport is 20 miles (32km) east of Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH)
LocationThe airport is 20 miles (32km) east of Abu Dhabi.
Getting to the city
The green and white A1 bus goes to the city and stops outside Arrivals at Terminals 1 and 2. It departs every 40 minutes, 24-hours a day. Travel time to the city is approximately 40 minutes depending on traffic.
Car rental companies represented at the airport include Thrifty, Avis, Budget and Europcar.
Metered airport taxis are readily available outside the arrivals hall. The journey to Abu Dhabi takes approximately 30-35 minutes.
Transfer between terminals
The three terminals at the airport are within walking distance of each other.
There is a business centre with internet access, showers, ATMs, a duty-free shop, restaurants, and a VIP lounge. Facilities at the airport itself include duty-free shops, a meet and assist service, a VIP lounge, pharmacy, medical service, ATMs, bureaux de change, restaurants and cafes, and post office.
There are many parking options at Abu Dhabi International Airport: short-term parking is conveniently located near the terminal and costs AED 20 per hour. 24 hours costs AED 240.