The NOL Card


Category :

During your stay in Dubai, you will certainly have to use public transportation. For all your travels in this vast city, you will need to use a rechargeable card: the NOL Card Here's a quick guide on how this transport ticket – which will allow you to use buses, subway, streetcar, water buses and abras to get around Dubai – works.


public transport dubai

In order to know which type of ticket is best for you, you first need to understand how the fare system works in Dubai.

Dubai's network is actually divided into different zones:

  • The shortest trips, which stay within a single zone, usually cost AED 3 (about $0.80 or €0.70). With this kind of trip, you can make a maximum of one connection within 90 minutes.
  • For trips crossing two zones (with a maximum of 3 connections and within 180 minutes), the fare is AED 5 (about $1.40, or €1.20)
  • For trips crossing more than two zones, the fare is AED 7.50 (about $2.05, or €1.80).

This makes public transportation in Dubai very affordable.

On your NOL Card, you can load the amount of your choice in travel credits, but you can also choose to load an unlimited pass to use the transport at will for 1 day or a whole week:

  • 7-day unlimited pass (1 zone): 50 AED ($13.20 or €12)
  • 7-day unlimited pass (2 zones): 80 AED ($21.80 or 19.20)
  • 7-day unlimited pass (all zones): 110 AED ($30 or 26.40)

You can buy your tickets directly on the official website of Dubai Public Transport (RTA).


Depending on how often you plan to use public transportation in Dubai during your trip, you will need to choose the version of the NOL Card that best suits your needs.

Whichever version you choose, you will get a ticket or card containing a certain amount of travel credits. The amount of each trip you take will be deducted from your ticket balance, and each time you use your ticket to enter or exit a station, you will be able to check your remaining balance.

the NOL Red Ticket

The red ticket is the most basic version of the NOL Card. This is the ticket that may be useful for a very short stay, or if you intend to use Dubai's public transport network on a very occasional basis.

The NOL Red Ticket can be used for a single trip, and can also be loaded at the time of purchase with 10 trips or 1 unlimited day passvoyages. However, this ticket is not reloadable.

red nol card
Its main limitation is that it can only be used in one type of vehicle, whether it is for transfers or for different trips. For example, you will not be able to start a trip with the subway and finish it with the bus with the same red ticket.
The NOL Red Ticket can be purchased at all ticketing machines. The card itself costs
2 AED(about $0,55, or 0.50 €). It must be loaded with at least 4 AED of travel credits before you can use it, and will be valid for 90 days.
The price of trips with this ticket is higher than the price with the cards. A trip in one zone will cost you AED 4 instead of AED 3, a trip in two zones AED 6 instead of AED 5, and a trip in more zones AED 8.50 instead of AED 7.50.

the NOL Silver Card

silver nol card

If you're staying in Dubai for a few days and want to get around the city easily, the NOL Silver Card is probably the best option for you. You can use it to travel with any vehicle in Dubai's public transport network, and even in some parking lots or to pay for cab rides.

Unlike the Red Ticket, this is a smart card, which can be loaded and reloaded at will.

It cannot be obtained at all machines, but like the other NOL Cards, it can be purchased at ticket counters and at some of the vending machines located at the airport terminals, at all subway stations and even at the main bus stops in Dubai.

The NOL Silver Card costs AED 25 ($6.80, or about €6) to purchase. Right from the start, it includes AED 19 in travel credits. To travel with your Silver Card, it needs to be loaded with at least 7.5 AED, and it will be valid for a period of 5 years.

the NOL Gold Card

This formula is exactly the same as the NOL Silver Card, but it will also allow you to travel in first class. With this NOL Gold Card, you will be able to use the GOLD Class cars Dubai Metro – these cars are more spacious and comfortable.

This card also costs AED 25 to purchase ($6.80, or about €6), contains AED 19 of travel credits upon purchase, and will be valid for 5 years. First class travel costs twice as much as a trip with a NOL Red Ticket.

prendre le bus dubai

the NOL Blue Card

metro dubai

This last formula is identical to the Silver Card, but it is a customizable card, with a photo of the user. It is used only by people residing in Dubai, and is currently the only card that can be reloaded via the Internet.

The standard version of the NOL Blue Card costs AED 70 (a little over $19, or €16) and contains AED 50 in travel credits. The Gold version of this card, for first class travel, costs AED 80 (about $22, or €19) and also contains AED 50 in travel credits.

Click to rate this post!
 0 ratings (0/5)
auteurs blog dubaï
A first trip to Dubai 8 years ago – and a first love. I created this blog about Dubai to share with you my good deals and my recommendations about visiting this emirate. Ever since my first trip, I try to go back to Dubai at least twice a year, alone or with family!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


My tips and good deals

Subscribe and receive each month my tips and good deals to help you prepare your next trip to Dubai.