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The Dubai Metro - operation and fares

The Dubai Metro is world’s longest fully automated metro network spanning 75kilometers. The Dubai Metro entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest fully automated driverless metro network in the world.

The record has been created taking into account the total length of Metro’s Green and Red Lines. Both these lines are completely operational now, with more lines planned. The total length of the Green and Red Lines add up to 74.694km of which, 52kms are on the Red Line and 22.694km are on the Green Line. The Metro has total of 47 stations, with 29 stations being on the Red Line and 18 stations on the Green Line.

Dubai Metro Fares

The Red Line and Green Lines intersect twice, first at the Union Station, the biggest underground metro station in the world spanning 25,000 square meters and second at the Khalid Bin Al Waleed Station, the most stunning metro stations in the world.

The Dubai Metro has five car trains, and each train has a capacity to accommodate 643 passengers. All trains are air-conditioned with platform edge doors. The five cars in each train are divided into three classes – Gold (VIP) class, Women and Children (1 car), Silver class (3 cars). The Gold class has 18 seats and is furnished with luxurious interiors. There are trained wardens to accompany passengers to help with emergencies. All train cars have reserved wheelchair spaces for people with special needs.

There is a station every 1.5km on an average. Each station has bus connections, taxi pickup and places to lock bicycles. All stations have escalators and lifts. The stations have various themes such as the Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. The metro stations feature a creative architectural pattern, and are fitted with latest safety techniques. Each station has parking lots for private vehicles and public buses.

The latest statement from Rail Agency and Transport Authority reveals that the Dubai Metro transported 33.3mn people in Q1 of 2013, which is considerable increase in comparison to same period of previous year.

The Dubai Metro is operated by Serco under contract to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority. All trains are operated by an integrated electronic system enabling improved control and setting up of trip timings in a highly accurate format.

Facilities

There are special cabins for women and children. The private cabins for Gold class ticket holders have wide leather seats offering panoramic views. There are special accessibility facilities for passengers with special needs with ticket counters being within easy reach for wheel chair users, apart from dedicated toilets for people with special needs. There is complete mobile phone coverage across the entire network, apart from Wi-Fi access. The Metro is passenger friendly, with clear way-finding signage installed for passengers, and information is displayed on screens in trains and stations. Food is available at all stations, but no alcohol will be served within the station. Eating and drinking is not allowed inside the trains.

As for the medical facilities, more than 700 staff members are trained in providing first aid and medical assistance. They have been trained as first emergency response team.

There are designated areas for pick-up and drop-off areas for passengers at each station. There are special taxi ranks at each station, and taxis are available at all stations.

Passenger Safety:

The Metro ensures safety of people with dedicated Metro Police force, and more than 3000 CCTVs are installed in trains and stations to monitor security infringements on trains. Also, an Emergency Call Box is located in each train and station, and through integrated radio system between Metro and emergency services.

In case of any emergency when travelling in the Metro, you can call customer care at 8009090 or 999. Metro has a detailed evacuation plan necessary in case of an emergency. There is an evacuation point every 700m, and stairs have been built to evacuate passengers from elevated tracks, and arrangements have been made to help passengers exit from tunnels too.

In case you have lost an item or property, contact the Dubai Metro staff, or contact the customer care centre on 8009090.

Stations:

The Dubai Metro comprises of at-grade (G), elevated Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3 (T1, T2 and T3), underground stations (U) and underground transfer station types (UT). The Type 1 is the regular at-grade concourse station, Type 2 is a regular elevated concourse station and Type 3 is an elevated special track station with an extra track to hold a non-operational train. The underground stations accommodate Red and Green lines for easy transfers.

Four themes are used in the interiors of all stations – earth, water, fire and air. Earth stations will have tan-brown colour effects, water depicts blue-white colour effects, fire is give orange-red colour effects and air has green colour effects. The roof shape is inspired by pearl diving heritage of the UAE. For details about stations covered in the Red line and Green line, visit www.dubaimetro.eu.

NoL Card or Ticket:

To travel on the Metro, you will have to purchase a NoL Card or a NoL Ticket. NoL is an old Persian word, which implies ‘tariff’ or ‘fare’. The NoL Card is a unified automated fare collection card (UAFC) by the RTA, introduced as part of its new unified fare collection system for all modes of transports, including the metro, buses and water transport and for RTA’s Paid Parking. The NoL smart cards are available in different types to suit the needs of one and all. You can choose the right card based on your needs.

Types of NoL Cards

There are four categories of NoL cards. The NoL cards are ideal if you are a frequent traveller or wish to travel across various modes of transport using a single card. NoL Tickets are ideal for visitors and occasional travellers.

NoL Silver Card

NoL Silver Card is meant for frequent travellers. Can hold up to Dh.500 worth credit and comes with five year validity. It includes an e-purse, which enables automatic fare deduction. This card can be used immediately and topped up at any ticket office, online or ticket vending machine.

NoL Gold Card

This permits the privilege to use Gold class cabins in the Dubai Metro. But, when used on transports without the Gold class cabins, the user will be charged the standard fare. The card holds up to Dh.500 worth of credit and has five year validity. The e-purse deducts fare automatically. The card can be used immediately and topped up at any ticket office or ticket vending machine.

NoL Blue Card

This is a secure personal card meant for frequent travellers. This personalised card carries the user’s photo, discounts for students, senior citizens and people with special needs. People with disabilities can travel for free, while 50% discount is given for students. There are other features too such as loyalty points program, auto top-up facility etc. The card can be registered online. It holds credit worth up to Dh.500 and comes with five year validity.

NoL Red Ticket

This is ideal for occasional or casual users of public transport. There is no e-purse account available and has to be pre-paid with correct journey type based on the zones to be travelled. It is a paper ticket which can be purchased for Dh.2. On purchasing a NoL Red ticket, it should be used within 90 days from the date of purchase of the ticket. However, in all other types of tickets (NoL Silver Card, NoL Gold Card and NoL Blue Card), the validity is for five years, and you only need to top up your account. The Red ticket is rechargeable for use up to maximum of 10 journeys or five daily pass. The same ticket can be used for both metro and bus without need to get another new ticket. A permit for using both metro and buses on a single day is also available, on payment of Dh.14 for the permit and Dh.2 for the ticket.

NoL Fares

The fares for the Dubai Metro ranges from minimum of Dh.1.8 to maximum of Dh.6.5 for a single journey, depending on distance covered. The passengers can use public buses and the metro with the same fare to complete their journey.

Children up to five years of age and up to 90cm tall can travel free-of-charge, while people with special needs and senior citizens and students are given special discounted fares.

Commuters are given various ticket options to travel in the Metro. For a single journey, tickets range from Dh.2 to Dh.6.5, daily passes for Dh.14, while monthly passes are available ranging from Dh.100, Dh.180 and Dh. 270, depending on journey plans.

All tickets need to be purchased prior to travel and are available at the ticket offices, dedicated outlets and ticket vending machines. It is mandatory to purchase tickets before travel. There is only a single fare to complete the journey irrespective of whether you use the Metro and bus or either of them. A passenger can take a free trip on the bus, if he gets into the bus within 30 minutes from alighting the Metro or vice-versa. However, this is not permitted in NoL Red Ticket card, and with such a card you cannot change modes of travel using same ticket. Then, it can be used for Bus only or for Metro only.

If your ticket is lost or if you have damaged it, you may have to pay a fine. For violation of rules when travelling on metro, the fine charged is Dh.100.

Here's the detailed pricing list for various zones.

Type of ticket/travel distance

Nol card

All zones

< 3km

1 zone

2 zones

3 zones

4 zones

5 zones

Standard adult ticket price

Red

2.00

2.50

4.50

6.50

6.50

6.50

Pre-paid standard adult fare

Silver

1.80

2.30

4.10

5.80

5.80

5.80

Students (registered with Blue Nol card)

Blue

0.90

1.15

2.05

2.90

2.90

2.90

Senior citizens (registered)

Blue

0.90

1.15

2.05

2.90

2.90

2.90

Gold Class ticket

4.00

5.00

9.00

13.00

13.00

13.00

Gold Class pre-paid

Gold

3.60

4.60

8.20

11.60

11.60

11.60

One day ticket – valid in all zones

Any

14.00

30 day pass standard

Silver

270.00

100.00

100.00

180.00

270.00

270.00

270.00

30 day pass students

Blue

170.00

30 day pass senior citizens

Blue

200.00

To use NoL Card

The NoL Card readers are located at the gates of the Metro / entrances of the bus/ water bus. You only need to touch your card on the NoL card reader. Wait for the beep and green light which indicates successful check-in / check-out. Now you can pass through the gate or entrance. When checking out on completion of the journey, the system calculates your fare for the trip just taken and deducts the amount from your e-purse.

Balance in your NoL Card will be shown when you check-out on Metro and buses. It can also be viewed from any ticket vending machine, ticket office, and authorised sales agents. It can also be checked online by visiting www.nol.ae.

NoL Top-up

It is easy to purchase or top-up a card, or add trips to your NoL ticket. You just need to go to ticket vending machines located in various bus stops and metro stations throughout Dubai, ticket offices, or RTA authorised sales agent. But, Red Ticket can be topped up at any ticket office machine or vending machine only.

Ticket vending machines in Dubai

Jebel Ali, Mall of Emirates, Ibn Battuta, Emirates Towers, GGICO, Burjuman, Sharaf DG, Nakheel Harbour & Tower, Nakheel, World Trade Centre, Noor Islamic Bank, Union, Jumeirah Lakes Tower, Airport Terminal 1, Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina, Al Rigga, Al Jafiliya, Airport Terminal 3, First Gulf Bank, Emirates, Financial Centre, Dubai Internet City, Deira City Centre, Al Karama, Business Bay and Rashidiya.

Airport terminal 1, Airport terminal 2, Airport terminal 3, Al Gubaiba Bus Station, Gold Souq Bus Station, Jebel Ali Bus Station and Sabkha Bus Station.

For all details on NoL, visit www.nol.ae

Metro station & peak timings

Metro station Timings

Sunday – Wednesday – 5:50am to 00:00pm
Thursday – 5:50am to 01:00am
Friday – 1:00pm to 1:00am
Saturday – 5:50am to 24:00hrs

Peak Timings

Sundays to Wednesday - 16:30 to 19:00 hrs
Thursday - 16:30 to 20:00 hrs

Dubai Bus System

The bus system is equally reliable, although the routes change, as the new metro stops get operational. Every metro station has feeder bus lines and route maps. About 41 feeder routes meet the Metro’s Red Line. The feeder bus routes will run every five to ten minutes. The There are 7 bus stations with customer service staff.

The buses have good facilities such as tropical air conditioning, route announcements, automated fare collection system using cards, low floors, wide entrances, special rating areas for easy access of people with special needs, engines that limit amount of pollutants in the exhaust.

All metro stations are also bus stations, and there are more than 68 bus stations across the system.

You can plan your journey after collecting necessary details at http://wojhati.rta.ae or visit www.dubai-bus.com for more details.

Water Bus

The water bus is a highly advanced and modern water transit service offering luxury and comfort, while also helping passengers to reach their destinations. Water buses are air conditioned, with capacity to carry 36 passengers per ferry. They offer five stops along the Dubai Creek. The commuter ferry runs every 10 to 20 minutes depending on route, while the tourist ferry runs every hour.

 

Routes

B1

BM1

Station 1

ALSEEF

GHUBAIBA

Marina Mall

Station 2

BANIYAS

DUBAI O. S

Marina Walk

Station 3

SABKHA-2

SABKHA-1

 

Station 4

DUBAI O. S

BANIYAS

 

Station 5

GHUBAIBA

ALSEEF

 

Working time

07:00 am - 10:00 pm (Saturday to Thursday).
10:00 am -  12:00 Midnight (Fridays and public holidays).

10:00 – 24:00 HRS on Thursdays
12:00 – 24:00 HRS on Fridays
12:00 – 22:00 HRS on Saturdays
10:00 – 22:00 HRS Other Days

Frequency: Every 15 Minutes

Tariff

2 dirhams per passenger per one way trip

2 dirhams per passenger per one way trip

Method of payment

Buying the ticket ("nol" card - available at Waterbus Customer Service desks at every station).

Currently: You can pay in Cash onboard. The Automated Fare Collection System (NOL) will be installed soon.

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