If you regularly travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, we have some incredible commuting news.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is rolling out a new fleet of super-snazzy coaches that are going to make the intercity journey significantly more relaxing.
The 143 deluxe chauffeur-driven Volvos can carry 55 riders and will cover routes between Abu Dhabi and cities in the northern emirates. Climb on board (or use the automated hydraulic lift) and there’s free WiFi, USB charging points, footrests and cup holders.
From the pictures, we think it looks like a stadium-rock band’s touring coach. And whilst you might not necessarily catch Coldplay jamming in the back, pre-concert… Thanks to the free internet access, you can at least stream Coldplay and enjoy a concert in the privacy of your own headphones.How to catch the bus in Dubai – a handy guide!
As well as the bling buses, the authority has also snapped up 79 double-deckers for Dubai’s busy urban areas and 94 medium-size buses that are coming to new communities. They’ll also have WiFi and spots to charge your phone because we are living in the future.
In total the RTA has spent AED 465 million dirhams on 316 buses, which will bring the authority’s fleet to 2,085 by 2019. For the first time in the MENA region, all the new vehicles comply with European emission standards.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General of the RTA, says the purchases are part of a RTA master plan to to get more 30 per cent of the city using buses by 2030.
If you want to jump aboard this inter-city fun bus, these are your need-to-knows
The great news is, that as with most RTA services, you can pay with your increasingly useful Swiss Army-esque nol card (analogue tickets can only be purchased from Abu Dhabi central bus station). Fairs are currently charged at AED 25 each way between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The stations operating the service in Dubai are – Ghubaiba bus station (route E100) and Ibn Battuta bus station (route E101) – with services starting between 4-5am and finishing around midnight. The journey taxes approximately two hours and 21 minutes, with departures, roughly every 30 minutes.
The stations in Abu Dhabi are: at Samha, Shahama Village and Abu Dhabi central station.
A ful list of scheduled times and locations is available from the RTA website.