Dubai rings a bell when you are looking for an enthralling place to travel. However, it can be very expensive to stay in Dubai especially when you are not so familiar with how you can cut cost while enjoy the city at the same time.One of the things that can eat up your budget is the transportation expenses you will incur when you are in Dubai. To cut down on costs, you must get familiar with the different types of transportation in Dubai as you jump from one place to another.
• Taxis are everywhere in Dubai. In fact, riding a taxi is the most expensive to travel around Dubai. All taxis in Dubai are metered and could cost you much in taxi fare especially when you are caught in traffic. As you know, Dubai has one of the worse traffic congestion in the United Arab Emirates. Finding a taxi is also a problem because there are not enough taxis in Dubai. If by chance you cannot find a taxi to ride, you can send SMS to the toll-free number 4774 mentioning the number of the taxi stand where you are waiting. There are rank numbers in 54 locations or taxi stands in the congested areas in Dubai wherein every stand has its assigned area code. These area codes are mentioned on the boards installed at each taxi stand. You will then receive an acknowledgment message from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and a taxi would you up from the exact spot within minutes.
There are some private cars that are being used as taxis. Beware of this because private cars used as taxis are illegal in Dubai and are being penalized. Even though passengers are not penalized for riding private cars used as taxis, this poses risks in the passenger’s security and safety.
• Another transportation which you can enjoy in Dubai and is less expensive than taxis is riding the bus. You can find the bus routes at any major station throughout Dubai where free maps and fliers are written in both English and Arabic. Free route maps and bus schedule are also provided for the passengers. You can also buy an e-Go Card that is very useful and economical if you are a regular commuter. Riding a bus in Dubai is the most economical mode of transportation in Dubai. The only tip you need for riding the bus is that the front section is reserved for women only while men sit at the back in Dubai buses.
• Water taxis are the fastest and the least costly mode of transportation in crossing the Dubai Creek. Locals of Dubai use abras as their daily transport while tourists are fond of riding these water taxis as they enjoy the towering skyline and the bustling city while boating in the midst of the captivating waters of the Arabian Gulf. The ride will take just a minute or two. You must go to the designated stations for abras along either side of the creek and you can pay the driver on the boat. The abras operate from early mornings until midnight. The water taxi leaves as soon as it reaches its capacity of 20 passengers.