After the success of the Dubai Metro, the services of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) decided to set up a new public transport system by establishing a tram line. This was officially opened in 2014.
Dubai Tram Tickets
As with the entire network of the Dubai public transport system, you must have a NOL Card to take the Dubai Tramway.
This card can be purchased at the ticket office or at the ATMs in metro stations.
The value of your trip will then be automatically deducted from your transport card at the end of your trip.
Different Classes in the Dubai Tram
The Dubai Tram also has two classes for travelers (as is the case for the metro); a Gold Class and a Regular Class which also includes two trainsets reserved for women and children.
The only difference on the tram is that these different classes are not specified before entering the train, but once inside, you can see which class you are in.
Gold Class is usually located at the front of the train, has wide seats and offers a panoramic view, which is only available to users of NOL Gold Card tickets.
How to validate your transport ticket to take the Dubai Tram?
Unlike the Dubai Metro, there are no barriers to access the Tramway trains, however there are validation kiosks at each station entrance.
Approach the validation terminals located at each entry / or exit of Tram stations, place your NOL Card on the card reader, wait to hear a beep or to see the green light which indicates that your ticket has been validated for this trip.
NB: Do not forget to validate your NOL Card at the entrance but also at the exit of the Tram station, this allows the system to calculate the appropriate price corresponding to your journey.
Dubai Tram Map
Here is a complete Dubai tram map.
Dubai Tram Connections with the metro
At the moment, there is only one line on the Dubai Tramway, this one forms a loop through eleven stations and serves the districts of Jumeirah Beach (JBR), Jumeirah Lake tower, the adjacent areas of the Dubai Marina to Al Sufouh.
Of the eleven tram stations, two connect with the Dubai Metro red line at Dubai Marina (Damac Properties) and Jumeirah Lake Towers (DMCC) stations.
The Palm Jumeirah Tram station also connects to the Dubai Monorail which crosses the famous man-made Palm Jumeirah Island to the lavish Atlantis The Palm hotel; this is the cheapest way to get to Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park and The Lost Chambers Aquarium located at the far end of the island.
Dubai Tram Prices
The Dubai Tram offers a fixed, one-time rate of AED 4 per trip, regardless of the distance travelled, as currently all stations are located in one and the same pricing zone.
Note that children under five and under three feet can travel for free and without a card.
Dubai Tram Timings
The Dubai tram runs every day:
- From Saturday to Thursday from 6.30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
With a frequency of about 6 to 8 minutes.