A brightly painted Abu Dhabi shuttle bus for tourists in the UAE, driving past the Grand Mosque

Free Shuttle Bus to Top Abu Dhabi Attractions: 2024 Update

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

Get between Abu Dhabi’s top tourist attractions for FREE! Here’s how….

Back in 2021, Visit Abu Dhabi announced the arrival of a new fleet of tourist shuttle buses to get passengers between top Abu Dhabi tourist destinations and many popular hotels in the capital.

Since its launch, the rules for use of this service have slightly changed, and the routes covered across the city have significantly expanded.

In this 2024 update, we will talk you through exactly how to use this brilliant complementary tourism service in Abu Dhabi to maximize your time in the city and minimize costs.

Where do the Visit Abu Dhabi shuttle buses stop?

At launch, there were only two routes. Now, they have broken this down into several smaller routes. As At January 2024, these routes include:

Route A1: Saadiyat Island (Runs every 75 minutes 10:00 AM to last service 5:15 PM)

  • Jumeirah at Saadiyat
  • Park Hyatt Saadiyat
  • Rixos Saadiyat
  • Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
  • Manarat Al Saadiyat
  • Mamsha Al Saadiyat (Soul Beach)
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi

Route A2: Saadiyat to Qasr Al Watan (Runs 4 times a day from 10:00 AM to last service 4:15 PM)

  • Manarat Al Saadiyat
  • Southern Sun Hotel
  • Ramada by Wyndham Abu Dhabi Downtown
  • City Seasons Al Hamra Hotel
  • Novotel Hotel City Center
  • Qasr al Hosn
  • Qasr Al Watan

Route B1: (runs 3 times a day)

Route B2: (runs 3 times a day)

Route B3:(runs 3 times a day)

  • Novotel Hotel Al Bustan
  • Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre Hotel
  • Aloft Hotel
  • Andaz Capital Gate Hotel
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Route C: Airport to Al Maryah via Mosque (runs 3 times a day)

  • Zayed International Airport (Terminal A)
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • Andalusia Al Seef Reeost
  • Eastern Mangroves
  • Galleria Mall

Route D: Yas to Saadiyat Island (runs 5 times a day from 10:30 AM, last service 6:00 PM)

Route E: Off-Island (runs 3 times a day)

  • Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
  • Shangri-La Hotel
  • Al Qana
  • The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • Al Forsan International Sports Resort

Who can use the Visit Abu Dhabi Shuttle Bus?

The shuttle bus service is open to both local and international tourists to Abu Dhabi.

What Can You Expect on the Shuttle Buses?

The Visit Abu Dhabi Shuttle Bus fleet will be easy to spot with their brightly-coloured livery.

The buses themselves are equipped with comfortable seating, wifi access, accessible seating for wheelchairs, and, of course, air conditioning.

What does the Visit Abu Dhabi Shuttle Bus cost?

Previously, guests needed to book attraction tickets with Visit Abu Dhabi to avail of the service and pre-register. Now, all you have to do is scan the QR code to register when you board the bus.

There is no longer any pre-registration required for this service or any ticket required, it’s all done on board and all complimentary.

What are my other transport options in Abu Dhabi?

If the free shuttle services don’t quite align with your plans or you’re in a rush, there are plenty of other public transport options in Abu Dhabi, including the local bus network, taxis, Careem private vehicle hire, and even boats!

  • You could alternatively use the Abu Dhabi Hop-on-hop-off Big Bus, which includes recorded commentary and runs in a circular loop around many of the city’s key attractions. It does, however, come with a charge in addition to your attraction tickets.

Head over here to find out about all the free (and really cheap things) you can experience in Abu Dhabi, plus we share how you can score yourself a FREE night or two of accommodation in Abu Dhabi if you travel with Etihad

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