The Dubai Tram has his route in the districts of Dubai Marina and Al Sufouh and has stops at tourist locations including Dubai Marina Mall, Jumeirah Beach Residence. There are stops at the JBR The Walk and The Beach and at the monorail station of Palm Jumeirah. Just like all public transport in Dubai, the Dubai Tram is also the responsibility of the RTA (Roads & Transport Authority).
A big plus of the tram is the reducing travel time to the popular locations in the Dubai Marina such as JBR The Walk and The Beach. From the DAMAC Properties or Jumeirah Lake Towers Mall metro station, the tram will only take you a few minutes to the popular Jumeirah Beach Walk and the beach. Phase 2 of the Dubai Tram is currently under development and will run as far as the Burj al Arab.
Tram route in Dubai
The construction of the routes of the tram in Dubai is divided into two phases, phase 1 was commissioned in November 2014. All stops of the tram are on the ground floor, with the exception of the stops at the Jumeirah Lake Towers, the Dubai Marina Mall and the Dubai Marina. These three stops are slightly higher due to the lack of space and the connection with the metro stations DAMAC Properties and Jumeirah Lake Towers.
The first phase of the Dubai Tram has been operational since November 2014 and has a length of 10.6 kilometers. There are 11 stops on this 10-kilometer route. Two of the 11 stops are directly connected to the red line of the Dubai metro. These stops are; the Jumeirah Lake Towers and Damac Properties tram stops.
The tram at the Palm Jumeirah stop also has a connection to the Palm Jumeirah Monorail station, which means you can travel a lot faster from the metro via the tram to the Palm island on which the Atlantis hotel is located.
Overview of all stops of the Dubai Tram
1. Jumeirah Beach Residence 1
2. Jumeirah Beach Residence 2
3. Jumeirah Lake Towers (stop with a connection to the Jumeirah Lake Towers metro stop)
4. Dubai Marina Mall
5. Dubai Marina (stop with a connection to the DAMAC Properties metro station metro stop)
6. Marina Towers
7. Mina Seyahi
8. Media City
9. Palm Jumeirah (stop with a connection to the Palm Jumeirah monorail)
10. Knowledge Village
11. Al Sufouh
Phase 2 – in development
Phase 2 includes the route whereby the tram stops at Madinat Jumeirah, the Burj Al Arab and a connection to the Dubai Metro at the Mall of the Emirates. In phase two, 14 extra trams will be added to the route. It is not yet known when the completion of phase 2 will be completed, but it is expected that this will be ready before 2020 when the World Expo will be organized in Dubai.
When the work of phase 2 has been fully completed, the Dubai Tram route will be 14.5 kilometers in total and will run from the Dubai Marina along Sufouh Road and the Burj Al Arab to the Mall of the Emirates.
Timetable of the Dubai Tram
The Dubai Tram is operational for 20 hours a day, with the tram going to stop circa 60 seconds per stop. The average speed of the tram over the more than 10 kilometer route is 20 kilometers per hour with a peak speed of 50 kilometers per hour. The tram takes 42 minutes to complete the entire route.
Just like the Dubai metro, the tram has three different classes, a regular class (silver), a gold class (double rate) and a special coupe for women and children. The 44 meter long trams have 7 cabins with air conditioning, one of which is reserved for people with a Gold Ticket, two cabins are reserved for women and children and the other four are the regular class. In total there is room in the tram for a maximum of 405 people.
From Saturday to Thursday:
5:00 AM to 7:00 AM the tram runs every 8 minutes.
7:00 AM to 10:00 AM the tram runs every 7 minutes.
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM the tram runs every 6 minutes.
After 8:00 PM the tram runs every 8 minutes.
There is an adjusted timetable on Friday:
5:00 AM to 1:00 PM the tram runs every 10 minutes.
1:00 PM to 6:00 AM the tram runs every 7,5 minutes.
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM the tram runs every 6 minutes.
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM the tram runs every 8 minutes.
After 11:00 PM the tram runs every 10 minutes.
Dubai Tram ticket pricing
The Dubai Tram works just like the metro and the bus with Nol cards. For more information about the Nol Card in Dubai, please check out this page.
The prices of the tram are equal to the zone system used by the Dubai metro. In this zone system Dubai is divided into seven different zones. The first phase of the tram is entirely in zone 2. The prices per ticket depend on the type of Nol card used. The price of a Red Ticket, the cheapest class, is 3 dirham. A Red Ticket is mainly used by tourists who do not need a special permanent Nol Card
The prices for the Silver Class are 1.80 dirham for a journey less than 3 km and a journey more than 3 km in the same zone costs 2.30 dirham. A single journey with the Silver Class costs 2 dirham below 3 km and above 3 km this costs 2.50 dirham.
With a Gold Card the rates of the Silver Class are doubled to 3.60 dirham for a journey under 3 km and 4.60 dirham for a journey more than 3 km. With the Gold Card, a single ticket costs 4 dirham below 3 km and 5 dirham above 3 km within the same zone. Please note, these prices may have changed over time.