Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport is the airport serving the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. It's situated 15 km away from the downtown area. By the end of 2018, Dubai International Airport had more than 89.1 million passengers. Dubai International Airport is the hub for Emirates and flydubai.


Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Dubai Airport transfers: Minimum Connection Time

It’s essential to be aware of the Minimum Connection Time (MCT) in an airport when your route has a connecting flight. It's always better to check it before booking. The MCT is also important if you’re claiming for compensation for a missed connection. Below you can find the minimum time needed for connecting flights in Dubai International Airport.

  • Between domestic flights: 20 min.
  • Between domestic and international flights: 60 min.
  • Between international flights: 60 min.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) terminals

Airport terminals are the sections - sometimes different buildings - that make it possible for air travellers to move between the areas for boarding and disembarking from the plane and ground transport. It is important to know from which terminal you are leaving from or transferring through due to the fact that passengers might need some additional time to get to the right one, especially in bigger airports. There are 4 terminals in Dubai International Airport.

Terminal 1 – International flights

Terminal 2 – Regional and low-cost flights

Terminal 3 – Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, and Gulf Air flights

Terminal Dubai World Central (DWC) – Wizz Air, flydubai, Aeroflot, Azur Air and others

Dubai Airport transport

When it is your first time visiting a destination, it can be a challenge to know the most comfortable way to reach the city centre. Public transport is not always accessible straight from the terminals and taxis at the airport can be costly. It is recommended to consider all the transport options before travelling so you can plan your trip with ease.

You can find updated information and connections of public transport here.

Dubai Airport bus

  • Line 401
    Direction: Deira
  • Express Bus 13B
    Direction: Gold Souq Bus Station
  • Line 402
    Direction: Bur Dubai
  • Central Business District Line C01
    Direction: Al Satwa Bus Station

Dubai Airport taxi

  • Pick up point: outside Arrivals area of each terminal
    Travel time (approx.): 20 min. to the city centre
    Approximate price: 20 EUR

Where to have a rest in Dubai (DXB) Airport

Sometimes you may face a lengthy wait between flights, for instance an overnight layover or a flight delay until the next day. When this happens, it’s important for travellers to know where they can relax and pass their time between flights.

Dubai Airport lounges

Airport lounges give passengers the benefit of waiting for their flight in a comfortable setting and offer services, for example food and drinks, WIFI, areas to unwind in and showers.

  • Ahlan Business Class Lounge
    Location: Terminal 1, Concourse D, Level 2
    Opening hours: 24 hrs., daily
  • Plaza Premium Lounge
    Location: Terminal 3, Concourse A, International Departures, Level 4
    Opening hours: 24 hrs., daily
  • Sleep 'n Fly Lounge
    Location: Terminal 3, Concourse A, opposite Gate A1
    Opening hours: 24 hrs., daily
  • Skyteam Lounge
    Location: Terminal 1, Concourse D, near the Food Court
    Opening hours: 02:00 AM - 08:00 PM, daily

Dubai Airport hotels

Sometimes if the lounges are not comfortable enough to sleep in, or your flight departs the following day, you may find it necessary to stay for the night in a hotel nearby. A number of airports have hotels inside the airport, while in others you might need to leave the airport vicinity to reach one. In the event you decide to stay overnight in a hotel between flights, we have selected some comfortable options for you.

  • Premier Inn Dubai International Airport Hotel
    Price: from 99 EUR per night
    Address: Airport Road, Opp Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Contact: +971 600 500503
    Website: click
  • Millennium Airport Hotel
    Price: from 96 EUR per night
    Address: Airport Road - Casablanca St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Contact: +971 470 28888
    Website: click

Dubai Airport cafes & restaurants

Feeling hungry or thirsty while travelling is the last thing you need. Whatever you are in need of, whether it is a snack for the plane, a place for coffee before an early flight, or a spot to take a rest and sit down during a layover, we have a selection of choices to cover your needs.

  • Baskin Robbins
    Description: ice cream shop & café
    Location: Terminal 1, Departures, Food Court
  • Brioche Dorée
    Description: sandwiches, salads, quiches, gratins, pastries, and desserts
    Location: Gate D, Upper Level
  • Burger King
    Description: fast food restaurant
    Location: Terminal 3, Departures
  • Delizie
    Description: homemade Italian dishes
    Location: Terminal 3, Departures
  • Camden Food Co.
    Description: organic and natural food
    Location: DXB, Gates B and D
  • Jack’s Bar & Grill
    Description: U.S. food
    Location: DXB, Departures, Gate A

Dubai Airport shops

If you leave your souvenir shopping to the last minute, or you simply have time to kill before the flight, it's a good idea to visit the airport shops. To find the top shops for your needs, check out at the guide below.

  • Dubai
    Description: Duty Free
    Location: several locations in each terminal
  • H&M
    Description: fashion clothing store
    Location: DXB, Departures, Gate B
  • Salvatore Ferragamo
    Description: luxury Italian bags, shoes, and perfumes
    Location: DXB, Departures, Gate A
  • Hard Rock Cafe
    Description: Hard Rock Cafe merchandise
    Location: DWC, Ground Floor and DXB, Arrivals, Gate B
  • Kiehl’s
    Description: skincare products
    Location: DXB, Departures, Gate B

Dubai International Airport car rental

Sometimes you have to travel by car, or it may be the most pleasurable transport for your journey. To make it easier for you to pick the right car rental company for your journey, we have provided a list below.

  • Europcar
    Location: Terminals 1 and 3, Arrivals
    Opening hours: 24 hrs., daily
    Contact: +971 422 45240
  • Thrifty
    Location: Terminal 1, Parking B and Terminal 3, Arrivals
    Opening hours: 24 hrs., daily
    Contact: +971 422 03700
  • Avis
    Location: Terminals 1, 2, and 3, Arrivals
    Opening hours: 24 hrs., daily
    Contact: +971 451 86722
  • Sixt
    Location: Terminal 3
    Opening hours: 24 hrs., daily
    Contact: +971 800 7498
  • Hertz
    Location: Terminal 1
    Opening hours: 24 hrs., daily
    Contact: +971 800 43789

Other services in Dubai Airport you might need

  • Bin Sina Pharmacy
    Location: DWC, Ground Level
  • Baby care rooms
    Location: several locations in each terminal - ask Information Zones to find the closest one
  • Baggage storage
    Location: Terminals 1 and 3
  • Prayer Rooms
    Location: several locations throughout the airport

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