Yas bay Water taxi

New Yas Bay Water Taxi: Here’s What You Need to Know in 2024

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

Connecting the vibrant new Yas Bay area of the city to the neighbouring Raha Beach community, a new permanent water transport solution has been launched – the Yas Bay Water Taxi, run by Abu Dhabi Maritime.

Here’s what we know and our experience with the new Abu Dhabi water taxi – updated post-Grand Prix 2023.

The Yas Bay Water Taxi service changed from Monday 27 November 2023 so read on for the latest!

Yas Bay Water Taxi Route

The Yas Bay water taxi runs in a circular loop from Yas Bay to the Al Raha Beach communities of Al Zeina, Al Muneera and Al Bandar.

Previously, the circular loop also included Yas Marina. However, as of the latest service update, there is now a separate water taxi service connecting Yas Marina and the Yas Water’s Edge development to Yas Bay.

The once-an-hour service can take 26 passengers at a time. A larger water taxi was seen when the service first launched in November 2022. However, it seems this new smaller boat, as pictured above, is here to stay.

new signage for the water taxi in al muneera
Yas Bay water taxi location – scan the QR code here to see if there are any further service updates

There’s no need to book the water taxi; it operates on a first-come basis (Edited to add, you can now pre-book online, but they still take standby passengers). We’d only suggest pre-booking, which is essential at peak times on Friday and Saturday evenings; most of the time, the boat is almost empty.

When Does The Yas Bay Water Taxi Operate?

Operating 7 days a week, there is a separate timetable for weekdays and weekends (this will change from 27 November with the new Al Zeina and Al Muneera stops being added):

  • Monday to Thursday – Starting from 5:00 PM at Yas Bay, then every hour, the last service leaves at 10:00 PM
  • Friday – Starting from 3:00 PM at Yas Bay, then every hour, the last service 10:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday – Starting 11:00 AM at Yas Bay, then every hour; break at 4:00 PM, restarting at 5:00 PM until last service at 10:00 PM

The taxi leaves Yas Marina at 15 minutes past the hour and Al Bandar at 40 minutes past.

Grand Prix Timetable: Staff on board have verbally advised that the service over Grand Prix (23 to 26 November) will depart Yas Bay on the hour, at 20 minutes past and 40 minutes past doing a loop Yas Bay-Bandar-Muneera-Zeina-Yas Marina. You can expect a round trip to take 1 hour.

Yas Bay evening light
The vibrant Yas Bay on Yas Island is a nighttime hot spot in Abu Dhabi, including Etihad Arena

What Does the Yas Water Taxi Cost?

The pricing has increased since the introduction of the new Yas water taxi service. You should now expect to pay:

  • One way AED 10 per adult; children under 12 free
  • For a round trip, AED 20 per adult, kids AED 5

You can buy your tickets on the boat, or there’s now an option to pre-book the Yas water taxi online.

Yas Bay water taxi in al muneera, raha beach
Spotted getting ready in November 2023 – Water Taxi at Al Muneera

Where Can I Learn More About The Yas Bay Water Shuttle

Operated by Abu Dhabi Maritime, you can visit their website for Yas Bay Water Taxi booking online, or call 800 10 20 30.

The website finally has dates available that you can pre-book rather than the “there are no sails available on this date” message that has been displayed for a long time.

What Happened to Yellow Boats Yas Bay?

Yellow Boats still operate tourist boat tours from Yas Marina. However, the trial water shuttle service that operated in the Spring of 2022 has not returned. The smaller Yas Bay Water Taxi appears to be the permanent replacement service.

What Are Other Transport Options For Yas Bay?

  • There is a public bus service to Yas Island from the Airport (Route A19) and Al Wadha Central Bus Station (Route 190). Note these drop you on the main road, and you’ll still have a 5-10 minute walk to Etihad Arena and Yas Bay.
  • A taxi rank operates from Yas Bay with plentiful metered taxis to take you wherever you’re headed next. A journey back to Raha Beach communities will be under AED 15 (minimum fare), whilst all the way back to town will be approximately AED 60 – 80.
  • You can self-drive to Yas Bay; note on Etihad Arena event days, underground parking is reserved for VIP ticket holders only. There is plentiful parking most days in the Waterfront car park – follow signage past the Hilton hotel. A new multi-storey car park is expected to open by Grand Prix 2023.

We have a complete guide to Abu Dhabi Transport over here.


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