The Dubai Metro system is one of the most popular ways to travel in Dubai. Not only is it affordable, but it’s also a quick and easy way to get around the city.
We will provide you with all the information you need to know about Dubai Metro tickets and fares. We’ll cover everything from single journey fares to passes, so you can choose the option that best suits your needs.
Journeys can be made using a combination of different modes of transport and paid for using credits added to a contactless travel 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.
Children aged up to 5 years travel free. Concessionary fares for students and senior citizens are only available to residents.
Passengers pay with Nol Cards; contactless smart cards. Different types of cards are available to meet individual passenger needs. Cards must be purchased before travel.
- 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).
- Personal Nol Cards – Personalised card with photo. Concessionary fares are available for students, seniors, and the disabled.
- Red Tickets (paper) – Ideal for occasional users. Can be loaded with up to 10 trips or 5 daily passes.
Passengers cannot use cash as a direct payment method on the Dubai Metro, buses, or water buses. Credit cards and other payment forms are also not accepted as direct payments. Cash and credit cards can be used to buy the Nol cards, top them up, and add passes.
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 Standard Class carriages.
Nol Cards can be purchased at many locations in Dubai, including ticket offices at Dubai Metro stations and Dubai Bus stations. There are ticket offices at all stations on both the Red Line and the Green Line.
|Silver Card||Gold Card||Personal Card||Red Ticket|
|Typical Users||Standard Class Travellers||Gold Class travellers||Concession fare travellers||Occasional travellers|
|Validity||5 years||5 years||5 years||90 days or 10 trips|
|Card Price||AED 25 (includes AED 19 trip credit)||AED 25 (includes AED 19 trip credit)||AED 70 (includes AED 20 trip credit)||AED 2|
|Rechargeable||Yes||Yes||Yes||Up to 10 trips or 5 daily passes|
|Documents Required||None||None||Students - Student ID, Senior Citizens - Emirates ID, People of Determination (residents) - Emirates ID + photo + POD Card, People of Determination (tourists) - Official POD document from competent authority||None|
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).
For example, if your journey involves a trip on the Dubai Metro and a bus, your journey will be counted as a single trip provided you check-in on the bus within 30 minutes of checking out of the Dubai Metro station.
Nol is the Arabic word for ‘fare’.
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.
|Silver Card (AED)||Gold Card (AED)||Personal Card (AED)||Red Ticket (AED)|
|Journey within 1 zone||3||6||3||4|
|Journey between 2 adjacent zones||5||10||5||6|
|Journey crossing more than 2 zones||7.5||15||7.5||8.5|
|Students and Senior Citizens||N/A||N/A||50% discount||N/A|
|People of Determination||N/A||N/A||Free||N/A|
|Children (Aged 5 and under)||Free||Free||Free||Free|
The latest AED exchange rates are:
- Euro – 1 AED = 0.27 euros
- British pound – 1 AED = 0.23 British pounds
- US dollars – 1 AED = 0.27 US dollars
Exchange rates were last updated on . Exchange rates for other currencies can be found here.
A 50 percent discount is available to resident students and senior citizens holding Personal Nol Cards. Personal Nol Cards are only available to UAE nationals and residents (application procedure and ID required).
Small children (aged 5 and under) travel free (regardless of nationality and residence).
A map showing the zones and all Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram stations can be found here.
The easiest way to work out the cost of a Metro trip is to use the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) S’hail app. The app gives the cost of the trip and journey times. It will also give the cost and journey times for other modes of transport (bus, local taxi, Uber, etc.).
Passes are available and can be added/charged to Nol Cards. They allow unlimited travel on the Metro, buses, Dubai Tram, etc. Passes offer cheaper fares for frequent travellers.
Prices for passes are shown in the table below:
|Silver Card||Silver Card||Silver Card||Gold Card||Gold Card||Gold Card||Students/ Seniors||Students/ Seniors||Students/ Seniors|
|1 Zone||2 Zones||Unlimited Zones||1 Zone||2 Zones||Unlimited Zones||1 Zone||2 Zones||Unlimited Zones|
As an example, holders of a Silver Card can add a 7-day all-zone pass for 110 AED (£25.06, €29.19, $29.95).
Holders of Silver Cards can add an all-zone monthly pass (30-day) at a cost of 350 AED (£79.72, €92.87, $95.29).
Resident students and seniors enjoy a 50 percent discount on the cost of travel passes.
Anonymous Silver Card and Gold Card users can only add a 7-day pass. To add 30-day (monthly), 90-day, or 1-year passes, users need to register their cards.
Red Ticket holders can add a standard 1 day pass for 20 AED (£4.56, €5.31, $5.45). The cost of a 1-day pass for travel in Gold Class carriages is 40 AED (£9.11, €10.61, $10.89). The 1-day ticket allows holders to travel in all zones by any method of transport. More 1 day passes can be added if and when required.
Best Nol Card for Tourists
Most tourists that plan to get around the city using public transport, will find that the Nol Silver Card suits their needs.
They can add a 7-day pass to the card without having to register the card. Further 7-day passes can be added for longer stays.
Tourists anticipating infrequent use of public transport should purchase a Red Ticket and add funds as required.
Nol Cards – Other Uses – Taxis, Parking, Shopping, etc
Nol Cards were introduced to pay for public transport (Dubai Metro, buses, etc.).
Since being launched their use has expanded. Holders can now use the Nol Card system to pay for a variety of services and goods including:
- Shopping – Stores accepting Nol Cards include Circle K (convenience store) and Carrefour.
- Restaurants – Nol Cards can be used to buy food and drink at outlets such as Burger King and Gloria Jean’s Coffees.
- Parking – The latest parking meters allow drivers to pay for their parking without obtaining a paper ticket. Drivers simply enter their number plate on the touchscreen of the parking meter and pay using a Nol Card (or coins)
- Public Parks – The small fee to enter public parks can now only be paid by Nol Card. Public parks where entry fees apply include Zabeel Park, Al Mamzar Beach Park, Dubai Creek Park, and Mushrif Park.
Nol Cards only work in Dubai. They are not accepted as a form of payment in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, or any of the other emirates.