Dubai Metro Tickets and Fares

Modes of public transport in Dubai include the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, bus, and water bus.

Journeys can be made using different modes of transport and paid for using credits added to a contactless card (Nol Card).

Dubai’s transport system is divided into 7 zones. The price paid for a journey depends on the number of zones crossed during the trip. Ticket prices are cheap compared to similar systems in other major cities.

Silver Nol Card - Dubai Metro Ticket and Pass

Silver Nol Card

Children aged up to 5 years travel free. Other concessionary fares (students, seniors etc.) are only available to residents.

Nol Cards

Passengers pay with Nol Cards; contactless smart cards. Different types of card are available to meet individual passenger needs. Cards must be purchased before travel.

  • Red Tickets – Ideal for tourists and occasional users that can be loaded with up to 10 trips or 5 daily passes.
  • Silver NOL Cards – Suitable for residents and tourists.
  • Gold NOL Cards – Suitable for residents and tourists wishing to travel in Gold Class (first class carriages).
  • Blue NOL Cards – Personalised card with photo (for residents only). Concessionary fares available for students, seniors, and the disabled.

Passengers cannot use cash to travel on the Dubai Metro, buses, or water buses.

Gold Class carriages are for those that wish to travel first class. Every Dubai Metro train has one Gold Class carriage. They have bigger and more comfortable seats with more legroom. Gold Class carriages are typically less crowded than the Standard Class carriages.

 Silver CardGold CardBlue (Personal) Card – Standard ClassBlue (Personal) Card – Gold ClassRed Ticket
Typical UsersStandard Class travellersGold Glass travellersFrequent travellers wishing to travel in Standard Class carriagesFrequent travellers wishing to travel in Gold Class carriagesTourists and visitors
Validity5 years5 years5 years5 years90 days
Card PriceAED 25 (includes AED 19 trip credit)AED 25 (includes AED 19 trip credit)AED 70 (includes AED 20 trip credit)AED 80 (includes AED 20 trip credit)AED 2
RechargeableYesYesYesYesUp to 10 trips or 5 daily passes
Documents RequiredNoneNoneIdentity Card issued by Emirates Identity Authority + photoIdentity Card issued by Emirates Identity Authority + photoNone
Where To BuyTicket offices, some ticket vending machinesTicket officesTicket offices, online applicationTicket offices, online applicationTicket offices, ticket vending machines
Where to Top-UpTicket offices, ticket vending machines, authorised sales agents, RTA Customer Service CentresTicket offices, ticket vending machines, authorised sales agents, RTA Customer Service CentresTicket offices, ticket vending machines, authorised sales agents, RTA Customer Service CentresTicket offices, ticket vending machines, authorised sales agents, RTA Customer Service CentresTicket vending machines
Minimum balance (AED) to start a journey (doesn’t apply if pass has been added to card)7.57.57.50 (3.75 for concessions)7.50 (3.75 for concessions)1 trip or 1 daily pass

Nol Cards can be used on different forms of transport (Metro, buses, water buses). Passengers are only charged once, dependent on the length of the journey, provided transfer times between different modes are adhered to (30 minutes maximum permitted).

Fares

The fare is charged at the end of the journey, and is dependent on the number of zones passed through. The fare is deducted when the card is tapped on one of the card readers located at the exits of Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram stations, buses, or water buses.

New fares came into effect in November 2014, coinciding with the opening of the Dubai Tram.

 Silver Card – Standard Class (AED)Gold Card – Gold Class (AED)Blue Card – Standard Class (AED)Blue Card – Gold Class (AED)Red Ticket –Standard Class (AED)Red Ticket - Gold Class (AED)
T1 – Single trip starts and ends in same zone363648
T2 – Single trip starts in one zone and ends in adjacent zone510510612
T3 – Single trip through more than two zones7.5157.5158.517

A 50 percent discount is available to resident students and senior citizens holding Blue Nol Cards. Blue Nol Cards are only available to UAE nationals and residents (application procedure and ID required). All children under 5 travel free (regardless of nationality and residence).

A map showing the zones and all Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram stations can be found here.

Passes

Passes are available and can be charged to Nol Cards.

1, 7, 30, 90, and 365 day passes are available. However, not all types are available for each type of card. For example, 1 day passes can only be applied to Red Tickets. 30, 90, and 365 day passes can only be applied to Blue Cards (available to residents only).

In other words, the only pass options available to visitors (eligible for Silver Cards, Gold Cards and Red Tickets) are 1 day and 7 day passes.

For a 1 day pass simply purchase the ticket and add a day pass for 20 AED (about US $5.40), or 40 AED for travel in Gold Class carriages. More 1 day passes can be added if and when required.

 Silver Card – Standard Class (AED)Gold Card – Gold Class (AED)Blue Card – Standard Class (AED)Blue Card – Gold Class (AED)Red Ticket –Standard Class (AED)Red Ticket - Gold Class (AED)
1 day – All Zones----2040
7 day – T15010050100--
7 day – T28016080160--
7 day – T3110220110220--
30 day – T1--140250--
30 day – T2--230460--
30 day – T3--350700--
90 day – T1--330660--
90 day – T2--5501100--
90 day – T3--8301660--
365 day – T1--10602120--
365 day – T2--17702540--
365 day – T3--26705340--
  • T1 – Single trip starts and ends in same zone
  • T2 – Single trip starts in one zone and ends in adjacent zone
  • T3 – Single trip through more than two zones

Comments and Additional Information

  1. Adithyan says

    Does one need 2 cards for travel on the red line and green line or 1 card is enough to travel both lines?

    • Editor says

      You only need one card.

  2. O. P. BAGARIA says

    We are two seniors (ages 72 and 74) travelling to Dubai for five days in February. We are looking for a pass that covers trains, trams and buses (including water buses).

  3. Zia Irshad says

    Hi. I’m going to visit Dubai this month for the job hunt. That means I will need to travel a lot. I’m coming for 30 days. Which card will be suitable for me? Thanks in advance.

    • Richard says

      You can get a Silver card (no ID required) and load it with a 30 day pass. The new fares came out late last year. I presume you will want a pass that covers all zones. This will cost 350 AED.

  4. Sera says

    We’re in Sharjah and Dubai on holiday for seventeen days. Is there any card which is valid for public transport to visit exciting places like Dubai Mall etc?

    • Richard says

      Depends how long you are in Dubai for? If you are in Dubai for a week you could buy a Silver card and charge it up with a 7 day pass for all zones for 110 AED (or two 7 day passes). You could also buy a red ticket(s) for 1 day at 20 AED.

  5. john kelly says

    We at staying in Dubai for 5 days. Is there a ticket that will cover all public transport for the 5 days or do we need to get a ticket for each trip?

    • Editor says

      You could buy a Red Ticket and load it with 5 daily passes. The Red Ticket costs 2 AED for the ticket itself. A daily pass costs 20 AED. So the total cost would be 102 AED.

      The ticket would be valid for the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, and buses.

      If you want to travel Gold Class on the Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram the daily pass costs 40 AED per day.

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