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.
Check 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 prices for travel on the Dubai Metro, Tram and Buses 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|
You can work out how many zones you will travel through by checking out the Metro Map. Prices apply to the number of zones and do not take account of the actual zone numbers.
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.
New season ticket passes were introduced with the opening of the Dubai Tram in 2014 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 do not purchase a one day ticket you can still get charged more than 20 dirhams if you make a lot of journeys as travel is not capped at 20 dirhams unless you buy 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 ticket. You can get the weekly ticket on a Blue, Silver or Gold Nol card.
You can charge the Red ticket with up to 5 one day tickets – you need to buy each ticket on the day of travel and not in advance and it is only valid up until midnight of the day of purchase.
The remaining season tickets can only be purchased on a Blue Nol Card or a registered Silver or Gold 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.