The amount of money that you have to pay for getting from Dubai airport to city centre on a bus is not much different from the amount paid when using the metro. But the travel time is not equal. Riding a bus takes roughly twice as long as using metro service.
You need to buy an NOL card in advance as you can’t pay cash to the driver.
There are bus stops at arrival level of T1 and T3 and the arrival area of T2. Take bus 43 from T1 to go to Dubai Festival City from where bus 44 will take you to Al Ghubaiba bus station.
If you need to catch intercity or inter-emirate buses later, you can alight at Al Ghubaiba or Unique Square station. They are both bus interchange.
Travel time: Approximately 1.15 hours (from T1 to Al Ghubaiba bus station).
Cost: AED 5 ($1.36) for traveling from T1 to Al Ghubaiba bus station.
Service schedule: Buses run at regular intervals from 05:30 to 01:00.