Transports in Abu Dhabi

Getting around Abu Dhabi
Updated 2021-11-10 08:56

Abu Dhabi is a relatively small city compared to Dubai and getting around is very convenient and easy. If you want to walk to your workplace or prefer a short commute, you can choose to stay in the city centre or wherever your place of work is located.


Abu Dhabi is a walking city, and if you are willing to pay a bit more for the convenience of working in the city to be near your workplace, then this will enable you to walk there. However, harsh temperatures can be a problem when summer sets in and humidity gets too difficult to make a walk bearable.


Buses in Abu Dhabi are very convenient, clean and efficient. It is also cheap to get around, and it takes just about thirty minutes to get from one place to another. If you get a Hafilat card (reloadable with AED 5 plus money for fares), you just need that to swipe and get around the city for a reasonable price. These cards are available at vending machines of some bus stops as well as the main bus station of the city ' Al Wahda bus station.


Taxis are also widely available for the convenience of the capital's residents. Rates begin at a minimum of 12 AED no matter how near the distance. You can call or schedule a ride beforehand if you wish through a call centre. Taxi companies are government monitored, which makes them very safe and dependable at all times. You can also get a taxi via an app like Abu Dhabi Taxi.


If you prefer having your own car, you can rent a car or buy one. However, you will need to obtain a driver's license valid for UAE driving first.

Office service

For some companies, especially those who work outside the city near the industrial areas, minibuses are available for pick up and drop off. This convenience is a benefit for employees so they will not have to worry about long and expensive commutes from the city to faraway workplaces.


While it may be a bit more expensive than local taxis in the city, Uber rides are available for the convenience of commuters. It is fast and easy to call for a ride, especially if you want to get to a destination a bit farther than just city driving.

Road names in Abu Dhabi

Before going around the city, memorising road names and their location can be of great help to find a reference point to navigate around. Names can be a bit confusing, especially road signs, and what locals actually call them is different. Here are top examples of former and current names of roads in Abu Dhabi:

  • Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoom 2nd, Airport
  • Sultan Bin Zayed the First 4th, East, Muroor, New Airport
  • Fatima Bint Mubarak St 6th, Umm Al Nar, Bani Yas, Baniyas
  • Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan 8th, Al Salam, East Coast, Eastern Ring, New Corniche
  • Khalifa Bin Zayed the First 3rd, Khalifa, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, Al Istiqalal
  • Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed 5th, Hamdan, Al Nasr, Al Khubairah
  • Sheikh Zayed the First 7th, Electra
  • Al Falah 9th, Old Passport Rd

The speed limit in Abu Dhabi

When driving in the city, observe the speed limit because there are numerous cameras that can catch over speeding drivers. This is punishable by hefty fines and black points, which are accumulated every year.

Useful links:

Abu Dhabi Department of Transport

WhatsOn: getting from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back

Uber Abu Dhabi

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