Page update - Aug 11, 2023
What are the options to get from hotels in Sharjah to Dubai? Which option is cheapest, fastest, most convenient? How much is the taxi ride? What is the bus fare? How to get from Sharjah Airport to Dubai? Read the answers on this page.
The prices, timetables and other information on this page were updated in August 2023. Public buses to Sharjah are operating. But not all the buses are running now. See the exact list below on this page.
Starting August 6, 2023, the ferry between Dubai and Sharjah is running again. And that's great.
The Emirate of Sharjah is in many ways more convenient for vacation than the neighboring Emirate of Dubai. There are more affordable prices in hotels, especially on the first beach line. Prices in stores, cafes, and restaurants are lower. But besides beach time, tourists want to see the famous sights: Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountains, to visit the best water parks and aquariums, and all this is in the Emirate of Dubai.
This is a very curious point, there is no distance between them. The fact is that these cities form the single urban agglomeration "Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman". That is, one city flows smoothly into the other. When you cross the border then you will not probably notice the difference.
However, you can try to make some distance artificially. For example, between Sharjah Central Market and the center of Deira area (the closest district of Dubai to Sharjah) it is 10 miles (16 kilometers). Between Sharjah Central Market and the Downtown area it is 16 miles (27 kilometers).
The sums on taximeters can be astronomical. For example, if you ride from a hotel in the center of the Emirate of Sharjah to the Dubai Downtown (this is where all the main attractions are), it is 70-100 dirhams. See the current exchange rate in our review "Money in the UAE". Another negative thing is the constant traffic jams, especially around Dubai Airport and at Sheikh Zayed Road. The trip will take about an hour or even more.
The trip cost and time can be reduced by going not to the destination point in Dubai, but to the nearest metro station in the Deira area and taking the metro trought Dubai. In this case firstly - the distance of cab ride is reduced, secondly - you won't have to cross the Dubai Creek Canal, and its crossing on any of the bridges is paid.
The trip will cost 45-50 dirhams. We remind, the emirates border crossing is charged 20 dirhams additional, hence the high ride price despite the short distance. See the taxi fares for all emirates in our review "Taxis in the UAE". See our review "Dubai Metro" for subway fares and map. If you decide to go to the nearest subway station then ask the cab driver to take you to the stations: Stadium or Al Qiyadah, they are the closest to Sharjah.
Attention! Be sure to tell the driver the metro station, do not just say the word "Dubai". The driver will understand you exclusively in his favor, that is, will take you around Dubai as far as possible to get more money.
Find your flight
The Sharjah-Dubai buses depart from three stations: Al Jubail Bus Station, Al Taawun Terminus, Muwaileh Bus Terminal. There is an exception - the bus E316 goes from the University of Sharjah at Meleh street to Centrepoint Metro Station (until August 2021 was called Al Rashidiya).
Forget about Al Taawun Terminus station! It is further away from beach hotels, more difficult to reach, and the only bus there is the E301. In addition, the bus station is still closed because of the coronavirus. You can also forget about Muwaileh Bus Terminal, as it is located far from the hotels, it is difficult to reach, and the only bus there is the E315. But the Muwaileh Bus Terminal is already open.
Al Jubail Bus Station is the most convenient for tourists. Six of the nine existing Sharjah-Dubai routes depart from there. The easiest way to get from the hotel to Al Jubail Bus Station is by cab, which will cost from 13.5 to 15 dirhams, depending on the location of the hotel.
Then take the buses: E303, E303A (suspended), E304 (suspended), E306, E307, E307A. In early 2018, the UAE began buying new MAN buses with comfortable seats, air conditioning, and free WiFi. The buses pictured near, click on photo to enlarge to full screen. We wish all our readers a ride on one of these.
Which bus route is better? It depends on your destination in Dubai.
If you need to get to a metro station, you should choose between E303 (goes to Union Square station), E306 (goes to Al Ghubaiba station), E307 (goes to Deira City Centre station), E307A (goes to Abu Hail station).
The E303A bus goes to Sabkha Bus Station in the Deira area. There is no subway station near this bus stop but the Gold Market is close by. The E304 bus goes to Satwa Bus Station near Jumeirah. There is no subway station, but it is close to Jumeirah Mosque and Jumeirah public beach.
The fare for any of these buses is AED 10 per person. The buses belong to RTA Dubai (Dubai Transport Authority), and accordingly the payment is made by Dubai NOL card, which can be purchased at Al Jubail Bus Station for 25 dirhams (19 will go to the card wallet). While in Dubai, you can pay for the subway and buses with the same NOL card. Read more in our review "NOL Card".
On the financial point we have to stop and do the calculations. If you travel alone, of course the bus is more profitable than the cab. But for two people, there is no big difference. Even for two people the cab from the hotel to a subway station in Dubai is a little more expensive, but much more convenient.
Find your hotel
The cheapest option is to take the local bus to the bus station, but it's extremely inconvenient.
There are few buses in Sharjah and they don't run along the waterfront. Their routes run along Al-Sharq and Al-Arouba streets. You will need to walk from the hotel to Al-Sharq Street, look for the bus stop and wait for buses 14, 112, 112A, or 114. The fare is 8 dirhams (6 with the Sayer card) and the interval is 15 - 20 minutes. Bus 14 can be seen in the photo near, click on the photo to enlarge to full screen.
Again! It only pays off if you're traveling alone. Already for two tourists it is more profitable to take a cab. In addition, the local bus stops are rare, so you'll get tired of looking for them. This way is suitable only for those who like to save money.
There is a direct bus from Sharjah Airport to Dubai for Air Arabia passengers. The price of the trip is 20 dirhams per person. The situation is similar, for two or three people it is easier to take a cab.
The bus leaves the airport at 8-00, 12-30, 16-30, 22-30. It will take you to Al Ghurair Shopping Mall, which is next to Union Square Metro. Back from Union Square to the Airport buses leave at 10-30, 14-15, 18-00, 20-30, 22-30.
As of now (August 2023), the Air Arabia shuttle buses are temporarily out of service due to the coronavirus. We hope they will restart soon.
There have long been rumors that one of the Dubai Metro lines is going to be extended to Sharjah. This is a rumor and nothing more.
The Dubai Transport Authority (RTA) has not announced any such plans. Moreover, Dubai now (note: this page was updated in 2023) has no money to build new lines. All the subway construction is frozen now. Only the Expo line (The Route 2020) was opened in 2021. Sharjah has no money for the construction of the subway and is not expected.
A high-speed ferry between Sharjah and Dubai was launched in the summer of 2019. This way is very colorful, but expensive and inconvenient. You can take a ride once as entertainment.
The ferry runs between the Aquarium Marine Station (next to the Sharjah Aquarium) and Al Ghubaiba Marine Station (next to Al Ghubaiba Metro Station).
The journey is 15 dirhams (Silver class) and 25 dirhams (Gold class), children under 5 years old free of charge. The journey time is 35 minutes.
The timetable (in August 2023). From Dubai. Monday-Thursday: 7-45 am, 4-00 pm, 5-30 pm, 7-00 pm (7-45, 16-00, 17-30, 19-00). Friday-Sunday: 3-00 pm, 5-00 pm, 8-00 pm (15-00, 17-00, 20-00). From Sharjah. Monday-Thursday: 7-00 am, 8-30 am, 4-45 pm, 6-15 pm (7-00, 8-30, 16-45, 18-15). Friday-Sunday: 2-00 pm, 4-00 pm, 6-00 pm (14-00, 16-00, 18-00).
These ferries have been closed for a long time, but they are operational again starting August 2023.
Find your transfer
The best way to get from Sharjah to Dubai in terms of value for money is to take a cab from your hotel to the nearest Dubai Metro Station (costing 45-50 dirhams) and then take the metro.
If you're going alone and want to save money, go to Sharjah bus station and take a bus. Read the details above on this page.
If you want to take a breeze ride on the sea, go to Sharjah Oceanarium and take a ferry to Dubai. See the details above.
If you don't count money, take a cab directly from your hotel in Sharjah to the Dubai point of interest.
The first option is to take the subway to Al Qiyadah or Stadium stations. Take a cab to your hotel or sightseeing area. The fare is 45-50 dirhams.
Those two subway stations are the closest to Sharjah, but not the busiest. Cabs around them are usually hard to find. Take to the Stadium, as there is a supermarket there with cabs waiting.
The second option is to take the subway to Union Square station and then take the bus E303, the fare is 10 dirhams per person and the bus runs every 10 to 15 minutes. You will arrive at Al Jubail Bus Station, where the Central Souq Market is located. Then take a cab to the sightseeing area or hotel, the cab ride costs from 13,5 to 15 dirhams.
- We don't recommend going on Thursday and Friday because it's the day before the weekend, there will be traffic jams in the evening. It is also inconvenient to drive on Saturday and Sunday - it's a weekend, there will be a lot of people at the sights. As of January 3, 2022, weekends in the UAE have changed to 4½ weekdays and 2½ weekends, which you can read more about on our page "Weekends and Friday in the UAE". It is better to travel from Monday through Wednesday;
- In Dubai, transport is paid by a NOL card, which has a few important features of work. Read about them and the fares in our review "NOL Cards";
- You can take a cab with a good discount. If you buy an Etisalat Visitor Line SIM card, you'll get a 40% discount (but no more than AED 25) on four Careem cab rides. We talked about it in detail in the review "Internet in the UAE".
We wish you fast and comfortable travel between emirates, and read our interesting pages about the UAE (see the list of the pages below).
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