Abu Dhabi Airport
Abu Dhabi International Airport is around 30 km outside of central Abu Dhabi. With its three passenger terminals serving over 23 million passengers each year, the airport is currently the second largest in the UAE serving over 102 destinations in 56 countries.
Terminals at Abu Dhabi Airport
All three terminals are within walking distance, taking roughly 20 minutes on foot from one terminal to another. There is also an inter-terminal shuttle bus running every 15-20 minutes for those with heavy luggage. Be advised that you will need to pass through a security check area when entering a new terminal.
Etihad Airways, the main carrier at the airport, has its own dedicated terminal at Terminal 3 and also operates at Terminal 1. Other notable airlines operating at Terminal 1 include British Airways, Jet Airways and Turkish Airlines. Shaheen Air and Pakistan International Airlines are among the carriers to fly from Terminal 2.
Facilities at Abu Dhabi Airport
Abu Dhabi International Airport is a large airport offering an extensive range of facilities and amenities. Leading designer brands such as Bvlgari, Emporio Armani and Hugo Boss have stores in the airport and duty-free goods are also available. There are also many places to dine and drink at Abu Dhabi International Airport. All kinds of establishments are located on site at the airport ranging from convenient fast food outlets to high-end restaurant fare, so people of all tastes will find something available.
The airport offers assistance for persons with reduced mobility to ensure your trip runs smoothly. Disabled passengers are advised to contact their airline or travel agency at least 48 hours before departure. For those looking to catch up on some sleep before flying, Terminal 3 is home to sleeping pods which offer private beds at an hourly rate.
Abu Dhabi Airport Travel Information
Multiple bus services run from Abu Dhabi International Airport to various destinations including many areas in central Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Bus Station. The journey takes around 45 minutes to the center of Abu Dhabi, although during peak traffic times this can be a lot longer. The A1 bus route provides comfortable air conditioned buses from the airport into the city, eventually terminating in the Al Zahiyah district.
Alternatively, taxis are available 24 hours a day from all terminals for those looking for a more direct route to their destination. All taxis are strictly metered and take multiple currencies. Additionally, private limousine services can be arranged at any customer service desk for those looking to travel in style and exclusivity. By car, the journey from Abu Dhabi Airport to Dubai Marina takes around an hour while the trip to Dubai Creek can take from between an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and 50 minutes depending on traffic.
Visitors wishing to hire a car will find multiple rental car companies open 24 hours a day. Well known providers such as Europcar, Hertz and Avis offer vehicles ranging from the affordable to the deluxe to suit all travelers’ needs. All of the rental car companies are found in Skypark Plaza, just opposite Terminal 3. The airport also provides safe and affordable short-term and long-term parking for those with their own vehicles.
* This information is correct as of May 2018
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