Getting around the city of Dubai for local commute is quite simple, thanks to the efficient network of public transport available in Dubai. Though I personally did not use the public transport except monorail.
We hired a vehicle along with a driver for 3 days with a local service provider. We had plan to hopping on and off for 2 days to get the pulse of city and 1 day Abu Dhabi trip for the ease of commuting and save time. Rest 4 days we used local Dubai taxi.
Renting a vehicle approximately 600-800 AED per day (12 hrs), and taxi fare starts from 5 AED and then charged per mile and time consumed.
Taxi In Dubai
Unlike most well-developed tourist destinations, taxis in Dubai are pretty cheap, reliable and well-maintained are more importantly easily available so you can just hop onto one from an of the tourist locations.
Taxi fare depends on the place you are taking taxi from and what time of the day. During daytime (6am-10pm) flagfall for street taxis is Dh5.50. If you order local taxi from your hotel in advance flagfall of Dh6.50 applies. From 10pm to 6am the starting fare is Dh6.50.
The cost is per kilometer for taxi in dubai is Dh1.60. Trips starting at airport have a flagfall of Dh25 and from shopping malls where wait queue is long is Dh12.5.
Public Transport in Dubai
Coming to Public transport in Dubai, buses, water taxis, abras and the Dubai metro are very prominent throughout the city.
Abras are motorised traditional wooden boats that link Bur Dubai and Deira across the Creek. The fare is Dh1 and they run from 10am to 10pm along two routes. Water taxis is another new fleet of water transportation that navigates through the entire Arabian Gulf.
Dubai metro is quite a popular service that runs every 10 minutes from 6am to 11pm. The fare varies from Dh2 for stops within a single zone to Dh6.50 for stops within five zones. Feeder buses are available to take you from the metro station to the desired location.
Local Bus in Dubai
Local buses operate on 79 routes and serve most population at cheap fares. These buses are air-conditioned, cheap and cost around Dh2 per ride.
One thing that you need to remember before hopping onto a local bus or metro is that you need to rechargeable nol card available from the ticket offices in the metro stations or bus stations. There are four categories of Nol Card. Fares depend on distance and are divided into five zones. Day passes for unlimited travel in all zones are Dh14. Children under five years of age travel free.
Monorail in Dubai connects Palm Jumeirah to Dubai Marina. This driverless monorail has only two stations Gateways Towers near bottom of the trunk (Palm Jumeirah is palm tree shaped island) and Adventure park at Hotel Atlantis. This is mostly used by tourists to have a better view of Palm Jumeirah from the elevated rail. The 5.45km trip takes about five minutes and costs Dh15 for one side and Dh25 round trip.