How to go to Sharjah from Dubai ?

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Sharjah is not yet as popular a destination as Dubai or even Abu Dhabi but is the third most important city in the United Arab Emirates. It is a destination with a rich cultural and historical heritage and many surprises in store. During your trip to Dubai You can easily reach this city which is only about 40 kilometers away, and which can be visited in one day. In this post, I explain you how to go to sharjah from Dubai.

Going to Sharjah by ferry from Dubai

Since 2019, there is a simple and very popular way to reach Sharjah city from Dubai, it is to take the boat. In fact, for me it is simply the best method to travel between these two cities. The RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) of Dubai takes over a ferry connection which leaves Dubai and reaches the emirate of Sharjah.

This ferry runs every day of the week at the following times:

  • Every day except Friday Every 30 minutes from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and every 90 minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday every hour from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ferries depart from the Al Ghubaiba ferry terminal in Dubai, and join the Aquarium ferry terminal in Sharjah in only 40 minutes.
The ticket costs 15 AED (about 3.70 $) in standard class and 25 AED (a little over 6 €) in Gold Class, and you can pay using your NOL Card.

Going to Sharjah by Bus from Dubai


If you want to freely go and visit the city of Sharjah and its surroundings, another very common way to reach this emirate from Dubai is by bus. Getting to Sharjah from Dubai is never very expensive, but taking the public bus is still one of the cheapest options, since the net ticket will cost you only 18 AEDor less than 4,50 €.

The Intercity Bus, also managed by the RTA, provides a link between Dubai and Sharjah city on 3 different lines:

  • The line E306 from the bus station Al Ghubaiba from 6 am to 11:40 pm every 10 to 20 minutes
  • The line E307 from the Central Bus Station of Deira City from 6:00 am to 11:40 pm every 10 to 20 minutes
  • The line E311from the bus station Al Rashidiya from 5 am to 11 pm every 30 minutes

These three lines arrive at the bus station Al Jubail from Sharjah. Trips take between 1 hour and 1 hour 20 minutes depending on the departure station and traffic.

For more information on bus travel in Dubai, you can visit official website of the RTA.

Take a trip to Sharjah from Dubai

marina sharjah

If you just want to be guided from Dubai to Sharjah and discover the must-see sites of the city, this half-day tour is for you!

From your hotel or downtown Dubai, you will be picked up and driven to Sharjah with a professional guide. You will discover the Faisal Mosque, the Sharjah Fort and the city’s souk, before returning to Dubai.

Going to Sharjah by private vehicle from Dubai

courthouse sharjah

If you want to travel in comfort, you can also use the services of chauffeured transportation. The service Uber for example, is available in Dubai, and a one-way ticket from Dubai to Sharjah will usually cost you between AED 120 and AED 160 (between 30 € and 40 €) depending on the type of vehicle.

You can also find companies that will provide you with a vehicle and a driver for a whole day, and that can drive you anywhere you want in Dubai, Sharjah, and even to other destinations like Abu Dhabi and Ajman.

Rules to follow in Sharjah

sharjah aerial

Before I quickly tell you about the most beautiful things to see and do in Sharjah It is important to note that this city is much more traditional and less open to the West than Dubai. You may be surprised when you arrive in Dubai to see how tolerant and entirely tourist-oriented this city is. The situation is a little different in Sharjah, which has the reputation of being a conservative emirate.
For example, the prohibition of alcohol consumption applies even to foreigners, and the rules of dress are also stricter (women and young women will have to cover their knees, shoulders and not show their bellies).

What to see in Sharjah ?

view of the sharjah canal
  • The Sharjah Heritage Museum dedicated to the Emirati heritage and customs of the emirate’s inhabitants
  • The Museum of Caligraphy located next to the Heritage Museum, which highlights the history of the ancient art of Arabic calligraphy through a large number of documents
  • L’Sharjah Aquarium which houses more than 250 species of aquatic animals
  • The Sharjah Museum of Art the largest in the Persian Gulf
  • The Fort Al Hisn a defensive fortress that was also a royal residence and the seat of government, and now houses a museum that tells the modern history of the city
  • The Souk Al Markazi the central souk of the city, which includes more than 600 stalls
  • The Al-Noor Mosque the only mosque in this emirate that is open to non-Muslims
  • Eye of the Emiratesa large wheel of 60 meters in height
  • The Al Qasba channel which runs along the most beautiful boulevard of the city

To simplify your life and discover easily many sites of Sharjah, I recommend you to take a ticket for the Hop-On Hop-Off tourist bus which will allow you to travel for a whole day on 2 routes and to stop in front of many places of interest.

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