Getting around Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Getting around Abu Dhabi is not so hard since there are many different means of transport that you can use. Depending on how much time you are planning on spending in the city and where you want to go it is up to you to decide which service would best suit your needs.
It is possible to walk around some parts of the city, but not throughout the whole. Walking is best along the Corniche, but make sure that you are well protected from the sun and that you have refreshment with you.
Renting a car is the best means of transport around Abu Dhabi. The reason for this is that the city is built exactly for cars. If you are planning on renting a car you ned to make sure that you have a valid international drivers licence. Renting a car shouldn't be that hard, because there are many rent-a-car service available around the city. However, if you are certain that you would rent a car before leaving to Abu Dhabi you might want to reserve a car just to be safe. When it comes to parking, most of the lots require paying for them (except on Fridays and public holidays). But that is not so horrible since the fares are pretty cheap.
Taxis are also one of the beast means of transport in Abu Dhabi. You will have no trouble finding a taxi in the city. Taxis are usually silver with a yellow taxi sign on the roof or white and gold with a green sign. You can either hail a taxi or order one through the TransAD hotline. The fares start from about $1 and every additional kilometer is about $0.45. The prices are higher between 10 p.m and 6 a.m.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Transportation has more than 95 bus routes throughout the whole emirate and it has extensive routes in the city. The buses run at all hours, but they are rarer on Friday and Saturday. They prices vary from about $0.50 to $1. If you are planning to use the buses to travel to other cities the fares are higher (around $7). You can also get a weeklong pass which offer you unlimited transport on all routes and costs $8. The Yas Island has its own bus which runs on two routes around the island from 9 a.m to 9 p.m.
If you want to visit the Dalma islands that are near Abu Dhabi then you can use the ferry. They run three times a day in both directions from Saturday to Thursday and twice on Friday. The tickets cost $5.50 (adults) and free for children under 12. If you want to go by car you need to pay $27 for the car.