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Dubai Tram - Guide for Tourists


Page update - Sep 23, 2022

Where does the tram run in Dubai? How can it be useful for tourists? What are the operating hours and fares? What are the special features? Read the detailed answers and see the map of the stations on this page.

Prices, timetable, and other information on this page were updated in September 2022. As of January 3, 2022, the timetable has changed due to the UAE's transition to the new work week format. The current hours of operation are below on this page. For more details on the new work week, see our review "Friday and Weekends in the UAE".

Interesting news

The RTA Dubai (Dubai Transport Authority) has published a list of the top 3 violations in the Dubai Tram and Metro in 2021.

In first place (856 fines): occupation of seats designated for special categories of passengers. The fine is 100 dirhams.

In second place (107 fines): travelling without a ticket or with a Silver card in a Gold car. The fine is 200 dirhams.

In third place (79 fines): eating or drinking. The fine is 100 dirhams.

Keep this statistic in mind when you use the Dubai Tram. Watch carefully which part of the car you get in and which seat you sit on. Better don't eat or drink anything at all in the tram or at the stations. All details are below on this page.

Do not mix up two trams

There are two trams in the city of Dubai.

The first one is called "Dubai Tram". It is a full value public transport type in Dubai Marina district. On this page we talk about this one.

The second one is called "Dubai Trolley", it is the small tram for tourists in the DownTown district.

General description and map

The tram line (it is only one) of 11 stations was built for the needs of residents and guests of Dubai Marina district, and especially the Jumeirah Beach Residence complex. For a common tourist the tram can be useful in a number of cases, and we will list these cases in the second part of this review.

The tram runs from the Al Sufouh neighborhood, goes southwest past the Dubai Internet City technology park and the entrance to The Palm Jumeirah island, in the Dubai Marina district it makes a loop and comes back. The two stations have interchanges to DMCC and Sobha Realty (called Dubai Marina until 4.08.21, called Damac until 25.11.20) subway stations on the red (first) line. See detailed subway map in our review "Dubai Metro".

The map of Dubai Tram stations is below. CLICK to enlarge to full screen. We recommend to turn smartphones and tablets horizontally.

If the inscriptions are not clearly visible, then use the zoom - two-finger gesture on tablets and smartphones, the mouse wheel with the Ctrl (Control) key on desktop computers.

The length of the line is 10.5 kilometers, the number of stations - 11, the travel time on the full route - 42 minutes.

Car length - 44 meters, capacity - 408 passengers. Maximum speed - 50 kilometers per hour.

Frequency of movement - from 6 to 12 minutes, depends on time of day.

Working hours (from January 3, 2022) - from 6:00 am to 1:00 am. On Sunday from 9-00 am to 1-00 am.



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Phase II and Phase III

There are plans to extend the tram line another 5 kilometers northeast to the Mall of the Emirates, the Burj Al-Arab hotel and the Madinat Jumeirah Resort. This will be Phase II.

There are plans to extend the line further along the coast, along the beaches of Jumeirah up to La Mer and the Jumeirah Mosque. This will be Phase III.

But it seems there is no money for these next phases of construction yet. When these plans will come to life, no one knows. And there is no urgent need, because the passenger traffic in this direction is perfectly coped with the bus route number 8.

Stations

Station What is nearby
Al Sufouh Terminus, also the first station
Knowledge Village
Palm Jumeirah Connector to The Palm Island by monorail
Media City
Mina Seyahi
Marina Towers
Dubai Marina Interchange to Sobha Realty Metro station (ex. Dubai Marina, ex. Damac)
Dubai Marina Mall Dubai Marina Mall, Pier 7 Restaurants, interchange to ferry to Bluewaters island
Jumeirah Lakes Towers Interchange to DMCC Metro station
Jumeirah Beach Residence 2 JBR Beach, The Beach Shopping Mall
Jumeirah Beach Residence 1 JBR Beach, The Beach Shopping Mall

Car space division

The division of car space in the tram is exactly the same as in the subway.

There is a "Women's section" where only women and children under 12 can stay.

There is a "Gold part" where you can stay only if you paid by Gold card or Red card with paid Gold trip.

There is a "Silver part" for everyone else.

Prices and important features

The Dubai Tram is part of the public transport system of Dubai City, operated by the RTA (Dubai Transport Authority). Therefore:

- Fares can only be paid with NOL cards. You are required to validate the card on entry (check-in) and exit (check-out) for the system to correctly calculate the fare. If you do not validate the card at the entrance, the ticket inspectors may fine you for not paying the fare. If you don't validate the card at the exit, the system will incorrectly write off the money from the card - you will pay 7.5 dirhams for the trip. See our review "What is the money in the UAE" for the current rate.

- Since all 11 stations are located in the same transport zone (Zone 2), the tram ride always costs either AED 3 with the Silver card, or AED 4 with the Red card (fare T1), or AED 6 with the Gold card, or AED 8 with the Red card if a Gold ride is recorded on it.

- There is a "30 minutes" rule for the tram. You can read more in our review "The NOL Transport Card".

In what situations the tram is convenient

First, if you are vacationing in one of the hotels or appartments in Dubai Marina. The tram connects hotels, two subway stations, Dubai Marina Mall, JBR beach. It is very convenient to walk less and not waste precious time.

Secondly, if you are going to JBR beach. It takes 15-20 minutes to walk from the DMCC subway station to the beach. You can take the tram and save time.



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Third, if you want to take a monorail to Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. The monorail station is far from the subway stations. It is more convenient to take the subway to DMCC or Sobha Realty (ex. "Dubai Marina", ex. "Damac") stations, change to the tram, go to the Palm Jumeirah stop and cross the bridge to the monorail station.

That's the end of the list of tourist-friendly features of the tram. As you see, the list is short.

Dubai Tram as a landmark

The Dubai Tram is now the most advanced in the world. Probably some tourists will be interested just to look at it.

First of all, the electrical current is not supplied by wires from above, but underground. There are only four such trams in the world right now.

Second, it is the only tram in the world where boarding is done through the special doors. The special computer system synchronizes doors opening at the stop and at the cars. Another system monitors the accuracy of the train stops.

The Dubai Tram cost is $947 million, almost as much as the Burj Khalifa. Did the sheikhs spend almost a billion wisely? Take a ride and decide for yourself.

If all these technical wonders do not excite you then there is not much profit in watching the tram. Unless you want to take a ride in big leather seats in Gold class for fun. Where else would you see leather seats on a tram?

Useful and important tips

- Look carefully under your feet. Standing is forbidden in some areas, as indicated by markings on the floor. The penalty is 100 dirhams;

- If you are vacationing in Dubai Marina and you are afraid of the ever-crowded JBR beach then take the tram to Al Sufouh terminus. Nearby there is the semi-wild and always empty on weekdays Al Sufouh beach. From the station you will need to walk 300 meters further along the coast. Read about beaches in our detailed review "Beaches in Dubai";

- At Jumeirah Beach Residence 1 and 2 stations, you can interchange to buses 8 and 84. Bus 8 is very useful; it travels all along the coast along all the beaches of Jumeirah, the Wild Wadi water park and goes to Deira and the Gold Market;

- During Ramadan, the Dubai Tram's hours of operation do not change. However, be aware of other Ramadan rules, read our review "Ramadan in the UAE";

- If you don't like the Dubai Tram then take a cab. The Dubai Marina area is small and all rides inside its borders cost 12 dirhams, which is the minimum price for a cab ride in Dubai. See all the taxi fares in our review "Taxis in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah".

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