TRAVEL CLINIC

Ques­tion: What’s the best way to travel be­tween Dubai and Abu Dhabi? Doug W

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - TRAVEL -

An­swer:

The dis­tance be­tween the two Emi­rates is less than 100 miles, and even though the UAE is hyper­ac­tive in terms of avi­a­tion, there are no flights be­tween the two.

In­stead, the main links are the E100 and E101 buses.

They are per­fectly com­fort­able and are run fairly re­li­ably by the Dubai Roads & Trans­port Au­thor­ity.

The E100 starts from the Al Ghubaiba bus sta­tion, fairly cen­trally lo­cated on the west side of Dubai Creek, and a five-minute walk from Al Ghubaiba Marine Sta­tion — handy if you are cross­ing the creek from the heart of Dubai.

Buses run four times an hour dur­ing the day.

Al Ghubaiba Metro sta­tion is also close to the bus sta­tion. But if you are ac­cess­ing the bus on Dubai’s ex­cel­lent Metro, then the E101 ser­vice from Ibn Bat­tuta Metro sta­tion is a bet­ter bet; you avoid pos­si­ble traf­fic conges­tion, and join the bus on the out­skirts of town.

The jour­ney to Abu Dhabi Cen­tral Bus Sta­tion takes 95 min­utes from here, about 45 min­utes shorter than the jour­ney from Al Ghubaiba in cen­tral Dubai. There are three buses an hour. The bus sta­tion in Abu Dhabi is well lo­cated, with loads of cheap and ef­fi­cient taxis wait­ing to take you to your fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

The one-way fare for ei­ther bus is 25 dirhams, or about £5.

To pay, you should buy a recharge­able Nol Red Ticket, which can also be used on the Dubai Metro.

EASY AC­CESS: Dubai has good bus fa­cil­i­ties

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