Metro

Dubai’s driverless metro currently has two lines. The Red Line, which runs from Rashidiyah to Dubai International Airport, and down Sheikh Zayed Road – passing the financial district, Downtown, Al Barsha and Marsa Dubai – before terminating at Jebal Ali. The Green Line runs from Al Qusais on the Sharjah border to Jaddaf. Most of the stations along the existing lines are now open – you can check dubaimetro.eu for updates. Blue, Gold and Purple Lines are planned to be running by 2030 and the current Red and Green Lines will be further expanded.

Timings and fares
Trains run from 5.50am to midnight Saturday to Wednesday; 5.50am to 1am on Thursdays; and 1pm to 1am on Fridays. The frequency is every 3.45 minutes during peak times, and every seven minutes during off-peak hours. Each train has a section for women and children only, and a first or Gold Class cabin. The fare structure operates as a pay-as-you-go system, in which you scan your pre-paid Nol card in and out of stations.

Your commute
Commuters can also take advantage of du wi-fi at stations and on the trains themselves. Access cards are available for Dhs.20 per hour, or you can pay via credit card at a rate of Dhs.10 per hour.
There is a feeder bus system to transport passengers from stations to local destinations. The buses are free if boarded within 30 minutes of exiting the metro. Each station also has a taxi rank outside the exit to help you reach destinations that aren’t accessible by bus.

Monorail and tram
A monorail runs the length of Palm Jumeirah from the Gateway Towers station on the mainland to Atlantis hotel. Trains run daily from 10am to 10pm and cost Dhs.15 for a single fare or Dhs.25 for a return. Work has also begun on the Al Sufouh Tram system which is being designed as a key link for the Dubai Metro and the Palm Monorail. The tram will run along Al Sufouh Road, linking Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina, and Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Construction is underway and the tram is due for completion at the end of 2014.

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