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Unless you’re travelling overland from neighbouring Oman or sailing in on a cruise ship, you’ll arrive at Dubai’s sparkling modern international airport close to the old city centre – at least pending the full opening of the new Al Maktoum International Airport. Once you’ve cleared customs and the crowds, getting into town is fairly straightforward.

The airport (; airport code DXB) is very centrally located in the district of Garhoud, around 7km from the city centre. There are three passenger terminals: Terminal 1 is where most international flights arrive; Terminal 3 is where all Emirates airlines flights land; and Terminal 2 is used by smaller regional carriers. All three terminals have plenty of ATMs and currency exchange booths, although if you want to rent a car, you’ll have to head to Terminal 1.

There are several ways of getting into town from the airport and many hotels offer free airport transfers; check when you book. Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 have dedicated metro stations, offering quick and inexpensive transport into the city centre and beyond to southern Dubai. Alternatively, there are plentiful taxis, although note that they charge a 20dh flag fare when picking up from the airport rather than the usual 3dh, making them significantly pricier than usual. There are also various buses (see running from the airport into the city centre, although these are only really useful if you’re staying in Deira or Bur Dubai and know where you’re going; as for the metro, you’ll also have to buy a Nol card or ticket before boarding the bus. The two most useful services (every 30min, 24hr; 3dh) are airport bus #401, which travels via Baniyas Road to Al Sabkha Bus Station in central Deira, and airport bus #402, which runs via Al Mankhool Road and the Golden Sands area to Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in the middle of Bur Dubai.

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