Dubai offers some of the most affordable public transport fares globally, with a monthly pass priced at AED 350 or only 2.3% of the average net wage in the UAE.
Dubai has been ranked among the top 10 most cost-effective cities for public transportation. Notably, Luxembourg, Tallinn, and Valletta offer free public transport. In contrast, London, Zurich, and Oslo rank among the most expensive. Meanwhile, Sao Paolo, Istanbul, Melbourne, Toronto, and Paris are ranked as the most affordable.
Within the seven Emirates of the UAE, Dubai has the highest-priced single journey ticket, costing AED 7.50. Monthly passes are available only in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi. While Dubai’s monthly pass is the most expensive, Abu Dhabi offers the cheapest.
This study is based on March 2023 prices and average net wages. However, cities with multiple providers and no monthly pass option are not included.