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Got time before you board? If you’ve got some time before your connecting flight, there are some great things to see and do right outside Abu Dhabi International Airport! It’s really easy to get out and see some of the UAE capital, with transit visas being quick and simple to obtain.

There’s something to delight every kind of traveller in Abu Dhabi, whether you’re a thrill-seeker, want to entertain the kids, indulge in a bit of luxury shopping, soak up some Arabian culture, both ancient and modern, or enjoy a sumptuous meal. Check out some of our ready-made itineraries below, and don’t forget to present your boarding pass at participating attractions, hotels and restaurants to take advantage of some great discounts!

Free Buses

Abu Dhabi's Department of Transport offers free bus services to all transit and stopover passengers who are staying in the city for up to 48 hours.

All you need to do is get a Hala Abu Dhabi stamp from one of the three conveniently located desks within Abu Dhabi International Airport:

- The Transfer Desk in Terminal 1 (T1)

- The Transfer Desk in Terminal 3 (T3)

- The Etihad Guest service desk in Arrivals

4 hours

Short Transit

Why not marvel at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, enjoy some retail therapy at Yas Mall or take a lap around Yas Marina Circuit?

8 hours

Medium Transit

Explore Louvre Abu Dhabi, make a splash at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi or feed your need for speed at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

12 hours

Long Transit

Discover the heritage heartland and garden city of Al Ain, lose yourself in the Abu Dhabi desert or revel in the luxury of Emirates Palace.

Plan your trip now

Clear Immigration as normal on arrival in Abu Dhabi International Airport, or visit the Tourist & Transit Visa Issuing Office to secure your transit visa.