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Car Rental from Sharjah International Airport

Sharjah International Airport is situated just 15 km from central Sharjah and only 40 km away from Dubai. The airport is the main operating hub of Air Arabia, a low-cost airline which offers a wide range of international services as far as India, Russia and Czech Republic. Having your own vehicle during your visit to Sharjah opens up so many possibilities including day trips to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, two of the most famous emirates within the UAE. You can read our guides to best things to do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Where to rent a car at Sharjah International Airport

There are plenty of internationally recognized car rental companies operating at Sharjah International Airport including:

  • Hertz (+971 6 552 8290)
  • Europcar (+971 6 558 1322)
  • Sixt (+971 800 7498)
  • Dollar (+971 6 558 0260)
  • Budget (+971 6 558 0366)

Whether you need to rent a short-term vehicle for the day or you’re looking for a longer-term car rental, you will be able to find everything from budget vehicles to luxury cars at Sharjah International Airport. All of the car rental counters at the airport can conveniently be found inside the terminal complex itself.

Reaching your destination

Although you would think most travelers arriving at Sharjah International Airport come to visit Sharjah itself, the airport is so close to Dubai that many travelers fly in to Sharjah before continuing to Dubai by car. In addition to this, Sharjah is fairly close to Abu Dhabi so there is always the option of a day trip or longer stay there.


Located just 15 km from the airport, Sharjah is quick and easy to access by car. You can be in the center of Sharjah in just over 10 minutes along the E88 directly from Sharjah International Airport, although during peak traffic hours this can be a lot longer.


The magnificent city of Dubai is situated less than 40 km from Sharjah International Airport and can be reached in less than 30 minutes during normal traffic conditions. Directly from the airport it is quicker to drive along the E311, although if you are coming from central Sharjah itself you can make the trip on the E11 highway. If you’re also looking for accommodation, you can find great deals for Dubai hotels.

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is considerably further south than Sharjah compared to Dubai and the trip will take you around 1 hour 45 minutes in optimum conditions, but the journey is well worth it to see the burgeoning city with the highlights including the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The E11 highway directly connects Sharjah to Abu Dhabi and passes through Dubai. During busy traffic times it may be wise to get on the E311 from Sharjah to Dubai to bypass central Dubai before connecting to the E11. If you're planning to stay in the Emirati capital, check out hotel options in Abu Dhabi.

What to Expect in Sharjah

You can find ratings and great deals for hotels in Sharjah. Sharjah tends to be a mildly quieter and more laid-back driving experience compared to the busier cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but you may want to avoid the roads during the morning and evening rush hours. You’ll find the streets are virtually empty on Fridays during the day, so this would be the opportune time to get out and about and explore. Remember that the climate is almost always hot and sunny in Sharjah across the year, so bring some protection for your eyes while you drive.

Sharjah International Airport Information

The airport is comprised of a single passenger terminal and offers a broad range of international services, primarily in the Middle East and Asian region but also a few services further afield. The airport itself is moderately sized and offers a broad range of amenities and services to look forward to. Hungry travelers can visit the food court area which is home to many leading fast food chains and cafés, or you can pass the time exploring the range of duty-free and retail shops on offer. Other facilities provided at the airport include free Wi-Fi access and a few luxurious airport lounges.

* This information is correct as of November 2018

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