Getting around Abu Dhabi is easy and taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful. They can be flagged down at the roadside, booked by phone through the TransAD hotline 600 535 353 or via the Abu Dhabi Taxi app available for both iOS and Android platforms.
Street taxis are easily recognisable by their silver livery and yellow roof sign.
Many taxi drivers speak fluent English but are not always familiar with street names, so it helps to know exactly where you are going, or to have a landmark you can name nearby. It's also helpful to take the phone number of your destination with you in case you get lost.
When using a taxi, always take a receipt in case you leave something behind in the vehicle. It’s then much more likely that you will get your items back quickly, as the call centre will be able to identify the vehicle and call the driver immediately. Abu Dhabi is a safe city, so it’s likely you will get your items back.
Taxis for families and passengers with additional needs
Dedicated family taxis available in four-seater or seven-seater options provide services for women and those travelling with children under ten years old. TransAD also runs a fleet of specially adapted, luxurious Mercedes-Benz Vito cars equipped with trained drivers and the latest technology, providing wheelchair users and People of Determination (people with challenges) safe, secure and convenient options. It is recommended to book either service in advance to ensure specific requirements are met.
Chauffeur drive services
Uber operates a luxury chauffeur-driven service where passengers are charged by credit card via a downloadable app, available for Android and iOS operating systems, which is used to place orders. There’s a minimum fare increasing per kilometre or per minute if travelling under a certain speed.
Careem operates a satellite mapping system and 24-hour call centre to match customers to private chauffeur-driven cars closest to them across Abu Dhabi, with real-time tracking for accurate estimated time of arrival. Bookable online or via a downloadable app, available on Android and iOS platforms, fares - charged by credit card - start at a base fare and increase per kilometre or per minute if travelling less than a certain speed. www.careem.com
All taxi companies service the airport as do specially registered airport taxis. The journey into town from the airport costs about AED 70-80, including a minimum flag fall. Passengers leaving Abu Dhabi International Airport can also opt for luxury taxis available round the clock from Terminals 1, 2 and 3. A Mercedes-Benz Vito van can be hired with a flag fall cost, but the rate per kilometre will be the same as conventional taxis. The vehicles, which run on green diesel fuel, are equipped with an online tracking system, a speed limiter and updated GPS.