Sharjah is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is one of the most populated and covers an area of 1,000 square miles.
The emirate of Sharjah is located on the Arabian Gulf coast and borders the emirates of Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Quwain.
The capital city of Sharjah is also called Sharjah.
Sharjah is known for its rich heritage and its dedication to preserving traditional Emirati values. It is widely regarded as the cultural capital of the UAE.
The Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area (DSA) is a continuous urban area that includes the cities of Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman.
Sharjah is home to a significant number of expatriates who work in Dubai. This is because rents and the cost of living are significantly cheaper in Sharjah.
The proximity of the two cities makes it easy for commuters to travel between them. Some of these workers travel between Dubai and Sharjah by car, but many take a bus.
RTA Bus Services
Several bus services run between Dubai and Sharjah. All are operated by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Most of the services go to Al Jubail Bus Station. This is the main central bus station for intercity services in Sharjah.
Dedicated bus lanes have been introduced on sections of some of the routes.
Bus services from Dubai to Sharjah include:
- E303 Bus Service – Union Square Bus Station to Al Jubail Bus Station (Sharjah)
- E306 Bus Service – Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to Al Jubail Bus Station (Sharjah)
- E307 Bus Service – Deira City Centre Bus Station to Al Jubail Bus Station (Sharjah)
- E307A Bus Service – Abu Hail Bus Station to Al Jubail Bus Station (Sharjah
- E315 Bus Service – Etisalat Bus Station to Al Muwailah Bus Station (Sharjah)
Bus Timings – Buses Dubai-Sharjah Routes
Bus services between Dubai and Sharjah are excellent, with buses running frequently from early in the morning until late at night.
To find exact times, it is best to install the RTA’s S’hail app on your mobile phone. The app will give you real-time timings for all bus services, including those between Dubai and Sharjah.
The app offers users a choice of alternative routes and modes of transport to reach their destination.
E303 Bus Service – Dubai-Sharjah
Stops on the route to Al Jubail Bus Station in Sharjah include Salah Al Din Metro Station and the Reef Mall.
The fare from Union Square Bus Station to Al Jubail Bus Station is 10 AED (£2.15, €2.51, $2.72).
Buses run every day from early morning to late at night. The total travel time is around 50 minutes under normal traffic conditions.
E306 Bus Service – Dubai-Sharjah
Stops on the route E306 to Al Jubail Bus Station in Sharjah include Dubai Hospital.
Buses run throughout the week.
The fare from Al Ghubaiba to Al Jubail is 10 AED (£2.15, €2.51, $2.72).
The journey time is around 45 minutes.
E307 Bus Service – Dubai-Sharjah
The E307 bus service departs from Deira City Centre Bus Station.
The fare from Deira City Centre to Al Jubail is 10 AED (£2.15, €2.51, $2.72).
The journey time is around 30 minutes.
Deira City Centre Bus Station is near Deira City Centre Metro Station. Deira City Centre Metro Station is on the Red Line. It offers direct trains to destinations such as the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina, and Expo 2020.
E307A Bus Service – Dubai-Sharjah
The E307A bus service departs from Abu Hail Bus Station.
The ticket price from Abu Hail to Al Jubail is 10 AED (£2.15, €2.51, $2.72).
The travel time is around 40 minutes.
Abu Hail Bus Station is located in the Hor Al Anz area of Dubai, near Dubai International Airport. It is next to Abu Hail Metro Station (Green Line).
E315 Bus Service – Dubai-Sharjah
The E307 bus service departs from Etisalat Bus Station.
The fare from Etisalat Bus Station to Al Muwailah Bus Station is 10 AED (£2.15, €2.51, $2.72).
The journey time is around 30 minutes.
Etisalat Bus Station is located between Al Qusais and Al Twar, to the north of Dubai International Airport.
Etisalat Bus Station is connected to Etisalat Metro Station. The station offers a park-and-ride car park. Car parking is free for public transport users.
Bus Fares and Tickets
The cost of travelling from Dubai to Sharjah by bus is relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to the cost of travelling by taxi.
Fares are paid using Nol Cards (contactless travel cards). Nol Cards can be purchased and recharged at the ticket offices at any Dubai Metro station or bus station, making it easy to keep your card topped up and ready for your next journey.
Although the bus is not the quickest way to travel between Dubai and Sharjah, it is certainly the most economical option, making it the ideal choice for those on a budget.
If you’re planning a trip from Dubai to Sharjah, you might be wondering if it’s possible to book bus tickets in advance. Unfortunately, this is not possible.
However, there is no need to worry. Buses between Dubai and Sharjah are frequent, and generally speaking, they are not full.
So, even if a bus is full, another one will be along shortly.
Other Transport Options – Dubai to Sharjah
Aside from the RTA buses, alternatives for getting to Sharjah include:
You could catch a train to one of these stations and then take a taxi to Sharjah.
Both Uber and Careem provide transportation from Dubai to Sharjah. The metered taxi fare will be considerably more than the public bus fare.
While travelling from Dubai to Sharjah by rental car may be more expensive than taking public transport, it offers a great deal of flexibility. For instance, you can choose your own route and make stops along the way.
Car rentals are widely available in Dubai.
Other Intercity Bus Routes
We also offer information about other intercity bus services: