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Traveling between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is extremely easy and very affordable. There are several possibilities and travelers can choose from whatever mode of transportation is more convenient for their travel plans.
If one is arriving to Dubai International Airport between 11 pm and 6 am, the only available option is a taxi, unless one is renting a car. A cab from the Airport to Abu Dhabi costs around 300 Dhs each way. It is a very safe way to travel.
Buses depart every 20 minutes from the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Dubai. The Al Ghubaiba Metro station is just couple blocks away, so it is possible to arrive there from the International Airport using the Metro. The buses are quite luxurious, with air conditioning, the price is 25 Dhs and return from Dubai 15 Dhs. This route is operated in conjunction with the Dubai and the Abu Dhabi Transport authority, the buses belonging to the Abu Dhabi company charge 15 Dhs each way. The first bus departs at 6 am and the last one at 11 pm. From Abu Dhabi the buses depart from the terminal located on the corner of Hazza bin Zayed the First (11th) St and East (4th). The bus normally makes a stop close to Yas Island on its way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. It is good to keep in mind that front seats are always reserved for women and families, the seats on the back are for men only.
Etihad coach Service:
Passengers flying with Etihad in Economy can take advantage of the free coach service that this company offers to and from Abu Dhabi. A reservation has to be done 24 hours before the trip on their website or by calling their offices.
These are normally affordable, and gas is as well very cheap. There is free parking almost anywhere in the Emirates, including hotels and shopping centers. It is important know that there are five electronic tolls in Dubai, so ask about it, otherwise your credit card will be charged automatically. There are always good parallel highways that are toll free in Dubai, and to keep in mind that it is necessary to have an international drivers license along with the regular drivers license, this rule is enforced even more if ones drivers license is not in English. We found easier to rent a car in Dubai than in Abu Dhabi, but it is not very difficult in either of the two airports.