Dubai Metro Tickets

Dubai Metro tickets must be purchased in the form of a Nol card. No other payment form is possible for Dubai Metro tickets. A Nol card is like a credit card that holds a balance for travelling on Dubai transport.

dubai metro tickets - silver nol cardCheck out the section on Nol cards for which type of card is best for you. You can buy Dubai Metro tickets in the form of a Nol card at all of the metro stations. You can also buy Nol cards at any other public transport stations and customer service centres.

No Cash Payments

You cannot pay by cash or credit card to travel on the Dubai Metro, you need to buy a Nol card. However, you can top your Nol card up using cash or credit card.

The new prices for  travel on the Dubai Metro and Tram, with effect from 11 November 2014, are as follows:

Ticket Type 1 Zone or <3km 2 zones 2 Zones 3+ Zones
Standard Adult Ticket (Red) 4 dirhams 6 dirhams 8.50 dirhams
Pre-paid Standard Adult Ticket (Silver Nol) 3 dirhams 5 dirhams 7.50 dirhams
Concessionary (Blue Nol Card) 1.50 dirhams 2.50 dirhams 3.75 dirhams
Gold Class (Red Ticket) 8 dirhams 12 dirhams 17 dirhams
Gold Class Pre-Paid 6 dirhams 10 dirhams 15 dirhams

Standard tickets are those purchased by buying a red Nol card so are likely to be those charged to tourists or visitors. Pre-paid means where you have purchased a Silver, Blue or Gold Nol card.

Concessionary Nol cards are available to students, disabled and elderly people on registration and application. Standard Blue Nol cards have benefits including the purchase of season tickets.

Season Tickets

New season ticket passes have also been introduced with the opening of the Dubai Tram and the prices are as follows:


Ticket Type 1 Zone 2 Zones All Zones
Annual Silver Class 1,060 dirhams 1,770 dirhams 2,670 dirhams
Quarterly Silver Class 330 dirhams 550 dirhams 830 dirhams
Monthly Silver Class 140 dirhams 230 dirhams 350 dirhams
Weekly Silver Class 50 dirhams 80 dirhams 110 dirhams
Daily Silver Class 20 dirhams
Annual Gold Class 2,120 dirhams 3,540 dirhams 5,340 dirhams
Quarterly Gold Class 660 dirhams 1,100 dirhams 1,660 dirhams
Monthly Gold Class 280 dirhams 460 dirhams 700 dirhams
Weekly Gold Class 100 dirhams 160 dirhams 220 dirhams
Daily Gold Class 40 dirhams


Metro One Day Pass or Not?

You should work out how many journeys you are likely to make in one day as a one day pass may be better. The one day pass also includes travel on the Dubai Tram and Dubai buses. If you use a silver Nol card for travel you could get charged more than 20 dirhams if you make a lot of journeys and you have not purchased the one day ticket.

The above tickets can only be purchased on particular Nol cards:

You can get the one day card on a Red Nol ticket. You can get the weekly ticket on a silver or gold Nol card.

The remaining season tickets can only be purchased on a Blue Nol Card.  Blue cards require an application form with ID and photo.

Therefore if you are travelling to Dubai as a visitor your only options for a season ticket are the day or weekly passes.


59 thoughts on “Dubai Metro Tickets”

  1. How much is daily travel card for both metro and buses jointly
    Also how much weekly travel for both metro and buses jointly ,
    I am planning to visit Dubai soon as a visitor !

  2. I am travelling daily twice by metro 1 zone, which one is the best for buying a monthly card or quarterly card. if I am buying this card can i travel different zones. if I buy this card, if cash is remaining even after month will it be carryover to next month if I am recharging.


    1. If you do 2 trips in one zone 7 days a week on a silver Nol card then that is costing you 6 dirhams a day or 42 dirhams a week or around 180 dirhams a month. So if you are doing this every day for a month then the monthly card is cheaper at 140 dirhams. For this you will need to register for a blue Nol card. If you buy a monthly card then you can travel as many times as you like (within in zone) for 140 dirhams.

  3. I will be tourist for one week, what card shall I buy for unlimited travel in any of zone for a week and what will be cost? Is there any discount for child age of 8.5 years? Any discount on my child’s student ID card of Karachi, Pakistan?

    1. As a tourist you can only get the one day travel card as the weekly ticket requires you to have a blue Nol card. There is no discount for a 8.5 year old tourist either.

  4. I will be in dubai for 6 weeks
    I will have to travel daily from Bur Dubai to Emaar Square building.
    Which pass should i buy

    1. If you are able to get a blue Nol card then you could get a monthly pass and then use a silver nol for 2 weeks. If you are not able to get a blue nol card and you only use the metro twice a day then it is cheaper to just use a silver Nol card for that period.

  5. Dear Sir/Madam,

    My room at Al Rigga, and my office located at Near to Noor Bank Metro Station..
    I have work from Saturday to Thursday and there is no time to out..
    Which metro Card is better to use and reduce my travelling expenses.. My room is located at near to Al Rigga metro Station..
    Please suggest me to find the solution for this travel from my office to room with cheap and best..

    1. So you travel 3 zones twice a day for 6 days a week. On a silver Nol that is 15 dirhams a day or 90 dirhams a week. Monthly pass is 350 dirhams which would save you a small amount but you would need a blue Nol card to get it. You could then travel at any time you liked so could use it on Fridays etc.

  6. Hello,

    Could you please advise – if one uses two different connected buses what is the fare? from Um Suqueim to The Greens

    And also if one uses metro from Nakheel and then jumps on the bus to Um Suqueim, how much is that?

    Argh why is this so complicated :)) Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Ivana. You just need to work out how many zones that you travel through and then that is the fare as long as you make your connections within 30 minutes. You must also remember to tap in and out on each section of the journey.

  7. Can the silver cards be returned to get the money left on it back after a two week stay? Also, is there a refund on the card price id returned?

    1. Hi Trent, yes you can get a refund on any outstanding balance on the card subject to a 5 dirham or 2.5% charge (whichever is higher). You can get this at any ticket office.

    1. You need to work out how often you are going to use it and see if it is cheaper to get a daily pass or not. You can’t get a weekly pass as a visitor as it needs to be on a Blue Nol card.

  8. I am daily visiting Al Bharsh, Health Care City, WTC, Al Marina, Jebel Ali and other different location daily basis. I recharge the NOL card daily basis and about 20 to 30 Dihrams spent daily basis. Please advise me which card is better for me. and how much the card price.


  9. Can the daily passes used by a whole family or only a single person? I mean does the whole family have to buy individual cards.

  10. I will be in Dubai for 2 days. I’m going to travel (by metro and bus) a lot and explore. I know that there is something like Red Tickets- daily pass for 20AED. Is there a limit of travel /transfer on this ticket or is it unlimited? Should I choose this pass or another one? Thanks 🙂

  11. Hi,

    We are a family of 4 (3 adults and a 16 yr old). We wish to use the Metro to get round. We have found that it is cost effective to use the Metro to get to our Hotel.
    We will arrive at DXB at 22:30 on 2/8/17 I would suggest this would mean getting a metro train just after midnight on the 3/08/17. The nerest Metro stop to our hotel is DAMAC prpoerties.
    Please advise as to costs and what NOL ticket to buy, also will the metro be running at this time

    1. The Metro only runs until midnight so you would need to get a train before that. The ticket price depends on if you buy a red nol card or a silver one. Check the tickets page for more information.

  12. Hi, im planning to travel to Dubai for 2 weeks. I will be using the metro at least 4 times a day – all zones. Which card would be best for me and how much would it cost? Do under 5’s travel for free?

    1. As a visitor you can only get a day ticket as opposed to pay as you go, so if you do more then 3 trips a day then the day ticket may be worth while (single trips are 7.5 dirhams on silver card and day ticket is 20 dirhams). Yes, as per the FAQs under 5s travel free.

  13. I will stay in Dubai for 7 days (as a visitor) and want to use public transport as much as possible. Based on what I’ve read in above conversation the best solution for me is to buy RED ticket. I would like to ask how it works? I am buying it at vending machine or office for price 2 AED and then I need to charge it for what amount of AED to be able to use 5 daily passes (fo each day 20 AED). Can I do it as one time operation or it should be done each day separately?

  14. Hi! You have incorrect information. You are answering questions, write- “As a tourist you can only get the one day travel card as the weekly ticket requires you to have a blue Nol card.” This is mistake. You can buy a 7-day pass and a gold nol card and a silver nol card! Look at the table above, there are all the rates! I am a tourist and several times bought a 7-day pass (2 Zones) for 160 dirhams with a gold nol card!

    1. Hi Alex, this is the information I have been given by the RTA – see document here
      It is great if you can get the weekly pass on a silver or gold standard card as it seems wrong that you can’t.

  15. Hi, thanks for the reply! Yesterday I wrote a letter to, I thought, suddenly, in recent months something has changed! They told me in detail that I can get the 7-day pass on a silver or gold standard card and I do not need to buy a blue card! And confirmed the rates listed on your website!

    1. Thanks Alex, that is great, I will update the info tomorrow. It did seem wrong that it was only available on the blue card so it’s good they have changed it.

  16. Do I have to buy a red ticket before purchasing a silver all day pass?
    If yes, then, is there a limit that I can only travel on the zones of which I bought the Red Ticket.

    1. You will need to check at the ticket office when you buy the one day pass. The one day ticket is valid for all zones regardless which ticket it is attached to.

  17. We (2 adults and 1 8 year child) are visiting dubai first time. Most of time we will travel in train, bus and tram from one zone to another. Should we buy the three red tickets or any other economical alternative?

    1. It depends on how long you are staying for and how many journeys you will make. Also the red Nol card is only valid for one type of transport at a time so you may be better off getting a silver Nol card each.

  18. Good afternoon.
    Plan to visit Dubai for a week. I will move around the city every day. Which card is more economical to purchase? The ticket one day or silver?

    1. Yuo need to work out how many trips you are going to make over which zones and if that is going to add up to more than the cost of a day ticket then buy the day ticket 🙂

  19. How much is a gold card? Does she have the right day to make an unlimited number of trips?
    How much is a silver card? Does she have the right day to make an unlimited number of trips?

  20. Correctly I understood, the gold card costs 25 dirhams. On it 19 dirhams for journey. The maximum write-off on day 14 dirhams? And if I exceed 14 dirhams in a day, then on this day the rest of the trip will be free of charge?

    1. No, there is no maximum write off. If you think you will exceed 20 dirhams (silver class) or 40 dirhams (gold class) you need to buy a day ticket in advance. Otherwise you will be charged for all journeys that you make.

  21. Is it available a one way season ticket, because i am travelling one way only daily and coming back via my company car.

    1. It doesn’t matter which direction you travel, the season tickets are valid for unlimited travel for whatever period you purchase so if it is cheaper to buy a season ticket then do that, otherwise just buy singles.

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