A bridge to the mainland links this impressive island metropolis, where the Airport Road freeway divides residential and business districts, looped by the Gulf waters.

Most attractions centre on the five-block area of the city from the Corniche. Abu Dhabi's seemingly inexhaustible supply of super-cheap taxis make getting around easy.


There is no easier way to navigate the city than by Abu Dhabi's vast fleet of cheap green-and-white taxis. Vehicles often boast quirky personalised d├ęcor, not to mention F1-style drivers. Hail one on the street and prepare to be transported at speed through Abu Dhabi's gridlocked traffic.


Although modern, Abu Dhabi's bus system can be sluggish and adheres to no apparent schedule. It does seem to run almost 24 hours a day and is the favoured mode of transport with local workers. Fares are cheap.


More than 100 car-hire offices crowd into Abu Dhabi, offering every conceivable size and make, with or without a driver. Self-drivers must produce a valid international driving licence and leave their credit card or passport as a deposit.


A Metro system linked with the Dubai Metro is being planned.


Charter an island-hopping yacht, jump aboard a wooden dhow, catch an abra (water taxi) or sail into the sunset on a champagne cruise, from Port Mina Zayed and the Yacht Club.

Transport Tips

Many of Abu Dhabi's hotels offer free airport transfers, from minibus to limousine. Inexpensive airport buses run from the airport to the bus station on East Road roughly every 20 minutes.

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