Dubai’s extensive public transport network has played a significant role in the emirate’s development as a top tourist destination. One can find various modes of transport such as Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, taxis, buses and ferries operating in the city, to provide a seamless experience for the city’s busy commuters.
The population of Dubai has grown considerably over the past two to three decades. With high capital investment in the market, the government has recognised the need to support it with auxiliary public services. After extensive research and with the help of urban development experts, wide-ranging solutions have been offered to citizens in terms of public transport in Dubai. One such initiative is the Dubai Tram network, that helps the city’s residents to easily navigate around key hubs in New Dubai including Dubai Marina and JBR.
Dubai Tram Guide
The Dubai Tram is an essential part of the public transport network in the city providing maximum convenience, safety and security for passengers. With 11 stations and a route that includes several landmarks such as Dubai Marina and JBR, the Dubai Tram is a convenient way to get from one place to another. This blog is a complete guide to Dubai Tram. We present a list of Dubai Tram stations, timings, fares, tickets and more.
The Dubai Tram
The Dubai Tram was built to link the Dubai Metro with the Palm Monorail along the Jumeirah Beach Road and Al Sufouh Road. It loops around Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence and Al Sufouh Road passing through Dubai Media City, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Knowledge Park. Launched in November 2014, the service has helped to reduce traffic congestion in these popular tourist areas.
Dubai Tram is a modern and fully automated rail system that uses Platform Screen Doors and alerts such as audible beeps and flashing light signals to indicate the opening and closing of doors. Each tram can carry about 400 passengers and there are dedicated cabins for women and children. One can also find gold class cabins that offer more space and comfort for the travellers.
Dubai Tram Stations
Here is the list of Dubai Tram stations:
- JBR 1 Tram Station
- JBR 2 Tram Station
- JLT Tram Station
- Dubai Marina Mall
- Dubai Marina Tram Station
- Marina Towers Tram Station
- Mina Seyahi Tram Station
- Media City Tram Station
- Palm Jumeirah Tram Station
- Knowledge Village Tram Station
- Al Sufouh Tram Station
Accessing Dubai Tram stations using the Dubai Metro
You can interchange to Dubai Metro and Palm Monorail from specific Dubai Tram stations. Get off the tram at Dubai Marina station and walk over to the DAMAC Properties Metro Station served by the Red Line Metro. Alternatively, board the tram at Jumeirah Lakes Towers station and find a metro at the DMCC Metro Station.
To continue your journey in the Palm Monorail board off at the Palm Monorail station. It’s a short walk across to the Monorail station from the Tram station.
Dubai Tram Timings
From Saturday to Thursday, the first tram runs at 06:30 am and the last tram of the day is scheduled for departure at 01:30 am. Dubai tram operating hours are slightly different on Fridays. The Tram opening timing is 09:00 am while tram closing timing is 01:30 am.
* During peak hours a tram arrives at the station after every ten minutes and after twelve minutes during off-peak hours.
* The whole Dubai Tram journey takes around forty minutes.
To travel via Dubai Tram, you would need a Nol card or Nol ticket. You could buy either at the ticket office or a ticket machine at any station.
A Nol Card is an electronic payment card. You can learn more about the multiple categories and many uses in our detailed guide on the RTA Nol cards in Dubai. Essentially there are three main categories available for ticket holders: Silver, Blue and Gold. The Silver category is a regular card, which can be topped with up for up to AED 1,000. Whereas a Blue Card is more personalised with greater security features and online services. Lastly, the Gold Card gives you access to the Gold Class cabins. Each time you travel, you can tap the card at the validator and it will deduct the correct fare for your journey.
The Nol Card Ticket can be bought by visitors for one-time usage.
Dubai Tram Tickets and Fares
How much does it cost to buy Dubai Tram Tickets? You can use your Nol card to pay for the journey. The pricing detail is as follows:
- Silver Card: AED 3
- Gold Card: AED 6
- Blue Card: AED 3
- Red Ticket: AED 4
* Currently all Tram Stations are in one zone. With future expansions, prices will increase depending on the zones you travel.
Free Parking for Tram Passengers
Sometimes people try to avoid driving due to traffic voes. But they also don’t want to walk a long distance to get to a Dubai Tram Station. In such a case, you can use the multi-storied parking garage on Al Sufouh Road at Palm Jumeirah. The parking service is free for Dubai Tram passengers. You can walk to the Palm Jumeirah station and continue along your journey.
Dubai Tram Fines
Like the metro and buses, there are certain rules which tram passengers have to follow. Failing to do so leads to a hefty fine. The following violations are an absolute no-no and invite a fine of up to AED 2,000.
- Standing or sitting in non-passenger areas.
- Placing your foot on the seats.
- Causing disturbance or inconvenience in any way.
- Sitting in areas designated for specific categories.
- Eating or drinking in prohibited areas.
- Bringing animals in the tram except for guide dogs.
- Misusing lifts or escalators
- Attempting to open tram’s door while it is moving.
- Using another person’s card.
- Using an expired card.
- Selling or promoting a product or service in the tram.
- Smoking, littering or spitting inside the tram.
- Carrying alcoholic beverages in the tram.
- Sleeping inside the tram.
- Carrying hazardous items such as weapons, sharp tools and inflammable material.
- Damaging or vandalising the tram or items in the stations.
- Using an emergency exit when it is not necessary.
- Parking vehicles in areas designated for metro users longer than permitted period.
This concludes our guide to Dubai Tram. If you live in the area serviced by the tram, it is a helpful way to get around the city. You can easily avoid peak hour traffic and reach your destination on time. There are different transport apps in Dubai, which can help you in reducing your travel time. Similarly, there are specific apps for RTA services in Dubai. Whether you are a resident or a tourist, these apps can come in handy.
The Dubai government is always actively looking to reduce congestion on the roads. The upcoming expansion of the metro with Route 2020, in particular, is a great example of such an effort. We can also expect the Dubai tram extension in the near future.