Dubai Intl

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

About The Airport

Dubai International is one of the world's busiest travel hubs and was voted 3rd best airport in the world in 2017 by Condé Nast Traveller readers. It's a paradise for duty-free shoppers with great shopping in all 3 terminals, and has won numerous Airport Retailer of the Year awards for 8 years running. Terminals 1 and 3 are connected by a transit area, and you can move freely between them after Security. All international flights (except Emirates and Qantas) arrive in Terminal 1. Terminal 3 is the largest airport terminal in the world, and is used solely for Emirates and Qantas flights. It has 11 levels, complete with separate levels for First Class and Business lounges. Terminal 2 is on the other side of the airport and serves regional destinations and low-cost airlines, including Dubai's budget airline, flydubai.


Free unlimited Wi-Fi in all areas.

Getting to and from the airport

Dubai International is 5km from the city center.

Taxi - taxis are available 24/7 from ranks outside each terminal. They're cream colored and those with pink trim have female drivers. Many taxis have card readers. Some may accept US dollars, but it's best to have UAE dirhams on you if you want to pay cash.

Bus - while Dubai city operates a good fleet of modern buses, visitors tend to use taxis, which are good value. If you need to take a bus, they leave for various destinations in Dubai from stands opposite the terminals. Buses don't accept payment in cash, so to board you'll need to buy an Nol payment card in advance.

Metro - trains on the Red Line run around every 5-10 minutes from Terminals 1 and 3 between the airport and city center. Metro access can only be gained with a prepaid Nol card, which can be purchased from the station or from vending machines outside the terminal. Service only begins at 10am on Friday mornings.

Hotel shuttle - a few hotels offering a free shuttle service can be found near the terminals and in the airport free zone, as well as on the main Airport Road; these include Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport and Premier Inn Dubai International Airport Hotel. The airport shuttle stop isn't well signposted and hotel shuttles often don't have a logo and just a display a small sign on the windshield - best to ask the hotel in advance for details.

Car rental - you'll find car rental kiosks in the Arrivals area at all 3 terminals.

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Short-stay and long-stay parking are available at all terminals. Terminals 1 and 2 offer economy and premium options. Premium parking spaces are closer to the terminals.

Transit and in-airport hotels

A free 24-hour shuttle service runs every 20 minutes between the terminals. It takes around 20 minutes to get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1, and 30 minutes to get to Terminal 3. Terminal 1 is connected to Concourse D by elevated rail service with a journey time of 2 minutes.

Sleep 'n Fly's Sleep Pods - located opposite Gate A1 in Terminal 3 - are the perfect place to squeeze in a power nap before your flight. Simply present your Priority Pass Membership Card to gain access.

The five-star Dubai International Hotel is in Terminal 3, after Security, with locations in Concourses A, B and C; it has an in-house spa and wellness center. The hotel is accessible from Terminal 1.


Healthy Travel Tip

Fancy a swim between flights? The G-Force Health Club at the Dubai International Hotel has its own swimming pool, as well as a fitness center, showers, steam rooms and saunas.

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