One of the fastest and most convenient ways to get around Dubai is on the Metro. Opened in 2010, the public transportation system features driverless, automated trains with five cars each, including one reserved for women and children.
Two lines are operational; the Red Line mostly parallels Sheikh Zayed Road and features 29 stations with a total one-way travel time of an hour and 12 minutes, while the Green Line services 20 stations between the Dubai Airport Free Zone and Dubai Healthcare City with a round-trip time of one hour and 23 minutes. Three more lines are in the works, and some tours include metro rides to reach attractions around the city.
Both the Dubai Metro and the local bus network use rechargeable Nol Cards when it comes to fare payment. Every metro station has a ticket vending machine with instructions in English and a variety of card categories, including 10-journey tickets and unlimited day passes.
The Dubai Metro runs from about 6am to midnight Saturday through Thursday, but doesn’t start operation until 1pm on Fridays.