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Travelling to the Garden City of the UAE? The drive from Dubai to Al Ain can take a few hours, so if you don’t own your own vehicle it can be expensive to take a taxi from Dubai to Al Ain. Thus, a cost-effective way to reach the picturesque emirate is to take the Dubai to Al Ain bus.
Travelling to Al Ain is easy, as the city is well-connected with the rest of the UAE through an extensive network of roads and highways. This blog details all the information you need to know to travel from Dubai to Al Ain on a bus.
All About Taking a Bus from Dubai to Al Ain
Dubai is located roughly 100 km from Al Ain. Thus, driving or taking a bus to reach Al Ain is not a difficult task. Whether it’s for work, leisure or tourism, you can easily take a bus from Dubai to Al Ain and reach your destination in a couple of hours.
Al Ain, the birthplace of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE’s founding father is one of the greenest cities in the region. It is also a peaceful location, ideal for a weekend getaway. So if you want to visit the beautiful destination, taking a bus is ideal for those travelling on a budget.
How do I get from Dubai to Al Ain by bus?
You can take both buses and minibuses from the Al Ghubaiba bus station in Dubai to reach Al Ain. This is one of the major bus stations in Dubai located in Al Shindagha area, to the west of the Dubai Creek. Facilities at the bus station include toilets, cafes, an information office and car parking.
One can reach Al Ghubaiba by metro from where it is a short walk to the bus station. Al Ghubaiba bus station is just 350 m from the area’s metro station and you can walk there in less than five minutes.
Earlier, there was no direct bus from Dubai to Al Ain. Those wanting to travel by bus to Al Ain from Dubai had to take the bus to Sharjah’s Al Jubail Bus Station. From here there were minibus services to Al Ain. However, this was quite a long journey taking over three and a half hours.
E201 Dubai to Al Ain Bus
Those who travel frequently from Dubai to Al Ain will be pleased to know that the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched a new route in April 2019 connecting Dubai and Al Ain by bus. Now you can take the E201 bus from Dubai to Al Ain from the aforementioned Al Ghubaiba bus station.
This is the first direct bus service from Dubai to Al Ain. The Public Transport Agency of RTA collaborated with the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi for this initiative that will increase commute between the two cities. You can also read more about Abu Dhabi-Dubai intercity buses, which offer similar conveniences to commuters.
The project was launched to fulfil the increasing need for affordable transport services between Dubai and Al Ain. The RTA bus from Dubai to Al Ain will also boost the quality of transportation services offered between the emirates. For those in the workforce, this means greater mobility, i.e. they will be able to seek better opportunities slightly farther from their residences.
And of course, tourists and locals alike will now have affordable travel options at their disposal.
Al Ain (literally ‘the spring’) offers much in the way of dining, shopping, entertainment and culture. Filled with historical sites and natural spaces, the city is truly an oasis of tranquillity. And you can now explore the things to do in Al Ain on a budget by taking a bus.
RTA and DoT expect around 250,000 passengers annually on the new route.
E201 Dubai to Al Ain Bus Prices
A one-way ticket from Dubai to Al Ain on E201 bus route Dubai will cost AED 25. You can also use your Nol Card to make the trip.
E201 Bus Timings
Dubai to Al Ain bus timings start from 05:30 am and go on till 12:00 am. Buses depart every 30 minutes during peak hours. These bus timings include the following stops are well:
- Al Jafiliya Metro Station (north)
- Wasl Club 1
- Emirates NBD – Nad Al Sheba
- Marmoom Dairy Farm 1
- Al Faqa Station 1
- UAW University Mohammed bin Khalifa Street 1
- City Petrol Station 1
- Sheikha Salama Mosque 1
You can always look for additional information and timings on RTA’s official website.
Once you reach your destination, you can take several buses to reach Al-Ain Town Square. Routes are posted at most bus stops on the city and you can view maps of the area at some interchange stops. Inter-city bus rides will cost you AED 2 for a one-way trip.
Finally, facilities on the bus include air-conditioning, wide seats and special sections for passengers with special needs. On-board entertainment is also provided, which further makes the trip comfortable and enjoyable.
Minibus From Dubai to Al Ain
You can also take Al Ghazal minibuses from the Al Ghubaiba bus station. These minibuses depart from the station every 40 minutes. The Al Ghubaiba bus station to Al Ain minibus timings starts from 05:40 am with intermittent services until 11:40 pm. One-way tickets cost AED 20 and it takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to travel from Al Ghubaiba bus station to Al Ain.
Passengers can also take a minibus from Dubai to Al Ain from the Bur Dubai taxi station.
Emirates Bus Service from Dubai to Al Ain
If you are travelling Economy class between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the airline also provides coach services as well. The Emirates bus service Dubai to Al Ain (connection for flight EK7025) departs at 02:30 am and arrives at 04:15 pm, and the drop-off point is Al Ain Mall.
This completes our guide on the bus service from Dubai to Al Ain. If you’re travelling for the first time, it’s ideal that you learn some important information about using Nol cards in Dubai. Travellers may also be interested in Dubai bus tours as well, which is a pocket-friendly way of exploring all the emirate has to offer.