Public transportation in Abu Dhabi is managed by Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), that manages buses and public taxis, ferries and parkings.
In March 2020, ITC rolled out 60 new public transport buses in Abu Dhabi, with additional seats and facilities, the first city-running Euro 6 buses within the Mena region, to reduce the pollutant emissions and greenhouse.
The new buses in Abu Dhabi offer additional seating capacity and some modern facilities, such as USB power charging points.
There are new routes, modification and extensions on existing ones, and increase in frequency of some Abu Dhabi buses (such as routes 33, 41, 42 and 67) operating every 10-15 minutes.
Another novelty for Abu Dhabi buses, much appreciated by waiting passengers, is the possibility on some routes to check the arrival of the vehicles in real time, thanks to the monitors of the stops (e-paper displays) powered by energy solar.
All information can be monitored through the improved app DARBI – Integrated Transport Centre, an interactive map that provides with all the needed information about any itinerary in the Abu Dhabi Emirate, also available in desktop version.
Bus connections between Abu Dhabi and Dubai
Abu Dhabi and Dubai are connected by bus lines:
– Line E100: connects the central bus station of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi Bus Station) with Dubai Al Ghubaiba Bus Station, close to the Dubai Al Ghubaiba metro station and the Bur Dubai area. The journey takes about a couple of hours.
– Line E101: Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station – Ibn Battuta Bus Station, close to Ibn Battuta Metro Station and Shopping Mall, and Jumeirah, Palm and Jebel Ali areas.
The journey takes about an hour and a half.
For updates and details on timetables, costs and connections, consult the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) website
Connection services between the cities of the emirate of Abu Dhabi
The affected lines are:
– X90 between the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
– X60, X86 and X88 between Abu Dhabi City and Al Dhafra region.
Abu Dhabi Link: bus service on demand (trial)
On 25 October 2020, Abu Dhabi Link an on-demand bus service, was launched by Integrated Transport Centre, at the moment as a trial service and free of charge until further notice.
Abu Dhabi Link currently serves the areas of Al Shahama, (old) Al Bahyah, Al Rahbah, Al Samha, Al Sader (partially), Sheikh Shakbout Medical City, Mafraq Hospital and Baniyas East.
Abu Dhabi Link is operational from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is accessible via app (in Arabic and English), for Iphone and Android, downloadable from the respective sites.