Nol Card

Nol cards are used to pay for public transport and street car parking. They are rechargeable and can be used on the metro, bus, and water buses, with fares calculated depending on how many zones your journey takes you through.

Nol card fares
Single journeys start at Dhs.1.80 for up to 3km, rising to Dhs.5.80 for travel across two or more zones. The red Nol card is a paper ticket aimed at tourists. It can be charged for up to 10 journeys, but is only valid on one type of transport – bus, metro or water bus. The silver Nol card costs Dhs.20, including Dhs.14 credit. It can be recharged up to Dhs.500 and can be used across all forms of transport and for street parking. The gold Nol card is identical to the silver, except that holders are charged first-class prices (usually double the standard fare) and can travel in the Gold Class cabins on the metro. There are daily and monthly Nol passes available. A daily unlimited travel pass costs Dhs.14, while the monthly passes range from Dhs.100 to Dhs.270.

Where to buy your Nol card
Student and senior discounts are available on most ticket types. Nol cards can be purchased and topped up at metro and bus stations and at selected supermarkets including Carrefour and Spinneys. Information on the Nol fare structure and a map of the different zones can be found at nol.ae. 

As from September 2013, smartphone users can swipe in and out at metro stations, public bus and water bus stations if they have a NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled phone. You can buy NFC SIM cards from Etisalat and du business centres. Transport is free for disabled people on Dubai’s metro and buses.

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