Sharjah is the third largest city in the United Arab Emirates, just after Dubai and Abu Dhabi; it is also considered the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates due to its rich historical heritage.
Located along the coast of the Persian Gulf, Sharjah is only approximately 39 km north-east of Dubai, whether by road by Bus, by car via the famous Sheikh Zayed Road or by sea shuttle, it does not mean you. will take no more than an hour’s time to reach Sharjah.
Take advantage of your stay in Dubai to organize a Day Trip and discover this rich city that is more than 5000 years old.
By public bus
The cheapest way to travel between Dubai and Sharjah is undoubtedly by Bus; several intercity lines provide a link between the two cities.
Line E306: From Al Ghubaiba bus station in Dubai to Al Jubail Bus Station central bus station in Sharjah: Bus E306 runs between 6 a.m. and 11:40 p.m. with a frequency every 10 to 20 minutes.
Line E307: From Deira City Center Bus station in Dubai to Al Jubail Bus Station in Sharjah: Bus E307 runs between 6 a.m. and 11:40 p.m. with a frequency every 10 to 20 minutes.
Line E311: From Al Rashidiya Metro Station in Dubai to Al Jubail Bus Station in Sharjah: Bus E311 runs between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. with a frequency every 30 minutes.
Depending on the departure station, the journey by Bus from Dubai to Sharjah, depending on the vagaries of traffic can take around 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.
How much does it cost? The price for the ride with public buses is AED 18 per person and you can pay for it by purchasing a ticket from the ticket offices on site.
Dubai to Sharjah by ferry
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) services recently set up a ferry line from Dubai to the Emirate of Sharjah. You can check out the ferries in Dubai here.
The 125-person ferry departs from Dubai’s Al Ghubaiba marine station to Sharjah Aquarium marine station, the journey only takes around thirty-five minutes.
The Ferry runs from Saturday to Thursday with a frequency of 30 minutes between 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and once every 1:30 outside these time slots; on Fridays, the ferry runs from 2 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. with a frequency of once an hour.
How much does it cost? The price for a one-way ferry ticket is AED 15 per person for standard class and AED 25 for gold class; you can buy a ticket at the counters on site or use your Nol Card to pay for your trip. (Do not forget in this case to validate your Nol Card when entering and leaving the station).
From Dubai to Sharjah in Private Transfers
If you prefer to get to Sharjah as quickly as possible, drive around in a comfortable car and without having to wait for the Buses departure times, you can book a private transfer
HolidayTafis is a new way of worldwide transport that can pick you up at any address in Dubai, you enter your desired departure time, your embarkation address in Dubai, the one where you want to be dropped off in Sharjah, the number of passengers, if you also want to book a return trip.
The advantage of the HolidayTaxis private taxi rental is that you can choose the type of vehicle and add other additional options such as adding a car seat for example if you are traveling with small children.
Also remember to book your return trip with HolidayTaxis if you do not plan to spend the night in Sharjah.
Dubai to Sharjah Excursion
During a day trip between Dubai and Sharjah, the organization is completely taken care of by a tour operator, once your Bus reservation is made, you will not have to worry about the rest: the tour operator s ” will ensure outward transfer, on-site visits and return transfer
Thanks to this day trip organized with audio guide in French, you will discover the main historical and emblematic sites of Sharjah: the Al-Noor Mosque, the Souk Al Arsah, the Al Hisn fort, the Souk Al Jubail, the promenade on the Al Buhaira corniche and many other discoveries.
On this Sharjah day trip from Dubai, you can learn about the ancient traditions and origins of Sharjah, dating back 5,000 years.
Finally, also consider that the company’s hop-on-hop-off tourist buses such as the Dubai Big Bus Tours offer a hop on hop off tour from Dubai to Sharjah included in the 48 and 72 hour ticket; so if you have planned to visit Dubai using the Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Sightseeing, it may be a good alternative to dedicate a day to get to Sharjah as part of your 48 or 72 hour ticket.
Best things to do in Sharjah
Once there, of course if you do not go through a tour operator, there are the essential activities not to be missed:
- The Sharjah Classic Cars museum
- Sharjah Calligraphy Museum
- Sharjah Art Museum
- Souk Al Markazi
- Al-Noor Mosque
- Al Qasba Canal
- Eye of the Emirates: the 60-meter-high Ferris wheel with panoramic cabins
- The Sharjah Heritage Museum
- King Faisal Mosque
- Sharjah Aquarium
- Sharjah Fort
- Central Souq
- The classic Sharjah hop-on hop-off bus tour
- Al Montazah Parks
These few activities are not exhaustive, in order to discover the Emirate of Sharjah between traditions and modernity, there is still a multitude of things to do and discover, this list is only to give you an overview of the tourist activities that l you can do when you take the time to organize a Day Trip to Sharjah from Dubai.
Good to know
Despite its proximity to Dubai, Sharjah is a rather conservative city compared to other Emirates; some aspects that are tolerated in Dubai are strictly prohibited in Sharjah.
For example, the ban on alcohol consumption in Sharjah applies to everyone whether you are Muslim or not.
Sharia law is upheld in Sharjah, therefore, during your Day Trip to Sharjah, you should also pay attention you cover your knees and shoulders at all time. Please do not dress too sexy as you might be fined.