How to get to Yas Marina for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The best flights to Abu Dhabi & Dubai for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 10-12, plus advice on getting to Yas Marina Circuit.


Date Change: Please note that the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place one week later than originally announced.  This post will be updated with current travel information closer to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Editor attended the 2015, 2018 & 2019 Abu Dhabi Grands Prix. All images © Tomasz Cwiklinski & F1Destinations.com

It always pays to book your race tickets, accommodation and flights well in advance for Abu Dhabi. Capacity is limited at Yas Marina and the event does sell out. Luckily, Yas Marina is well served by airports in both Abu Dhabi and nearby Dubai, both of which are major international hubs serving a range of airlines and multiple worldwide destinations. Race transport is well organised at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is good news since Yas Island is actually 35 kilometres from Abui Dhabi City. Taxis are cheap and plentiful in Abu Dhabi and buses are also available for those on a tighter budget.

Closest airports to Yas Marina

  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH): located around 30km from the city centre and just 10km from Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi Airport is the logical place to fly into for the Grand Prix this November. This growing hub is home to Etihad Airways, the flag carrier of the UAE and also the title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In total, more than 40 airlines offer flights to Abu Dhabi from more than 90 destinations as far afield as North America and Australia.
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB): don’t discount flying into Dubai, just 120km from the center of Abu Dhabi and 95km from Yas Marina. The world’s fourth largest airport by passenger numbers is home to Emirates, a fast growing international airline with a great reputation and a huge fleet of modern aircraft serving destinations all around the world.

Abu Dhabi Airport to the city

  • Taxi: Al Ghazal taxis (tel: +971 2 600535353) is Abu Dhabi’s most reputable taxi service, and their cars travel from the airport to the city for a flat rate of 75 Dirhams (just over 15). The journey takes about 40 minutes. It’s even cheaper to get from the airport to Yas Marina, which is just 10km away. Metered taxis are also available at the airport, and should cost the same as an Al Ghazal taxi. Find the taxi rank by turning left out of the arrivals area and following a long passageway to a covered platform next to the taxi stand.
  • Bus: the A1 bus runs to and from the city every 30-45 minutes, all day and all night, for a bargain 4 Dirhams (0.80). It departs from outside Terminal 3. The Etihad Express – a complimentary shuttle service for Etihad passengers travelling on to Dubai – uses the same bus stop as the public bus.

How to get to Yas Marina Circuit

  • Yas Island is inundated with cabs on race weekend. A trip from the center of Abu Dhabi to Yas Island should cost in the region of 70 Dirhams each way (around 15), and can take you directly to the entrance gate in the morning. Free shuttle buses ferry racegoers out of the Marina and to nearby car parks full of taxis after the event. The best place to catch a taxi home after the concerts is near the entrance to Ferrari World and Yas Mall, a short walk from the exit of Du Arena.
  • A free park and ride shuttle service runs for those coming into Abu Dhabi for the race, too. Just show your race ticket to be admitted. Routes 170, 180, 185 and 190 run from the city centre to Yas Island, and numbers 195,200, 201,203,300, 302 and 304 operate from the city’s suburbs.
  • Buses also run on Yas Island itself, since it’s around 2.5km from the South Grandstand to the du Arena (more details on Yas Express).
  • Several hotels operate their own complimentary shuttle service for guests visiting the Grand Prix. Parking can be pre-booked for Yas Island Marina, but permits are limited (one per three ticketholders) to encourage car sharing and limit congestion.
  • Click here for a 360 tour of Yas Island.

Getting Around in Abu Dhabi

  • Taxi: Travel by cab is cheap and plentiful in Abu Dhabi. Silver taxis can be flagged down anywhere in Abu Dhabi and fares start at 3.50 Dirhams (0.75). Available taxis show an illuminated light in the middle of the sign on their roof.
  • Uber: Ride sharing with Uber is also now available in Abu Dhabi.
  • Bus: The Abu Dhabi bus terminal (pictured above) is found on Hazaa Bin Zayed Road. Buses depart here for destinations all over the city as well further afield into other cities, like Dubai. You can also pick up inter-emirate taxis at the bus station. The public bus fare system is nice and simple: 2 Dirhams (0.40) for a single trip within the city or 4 Dirhams (0.80) for a single trip on a regional bus.

Dubai to Abu Dhabi & Yas Marina

  • Taxi: From Dubai airport, a metered airport taxi to Abu Dhabi will set you back around 250-300 Dirhams (approx €50-60) and takes around 90 minutes. Emirates Express buses also depart from the airport bound for Abu Dhabi too.
  • Car: It should take you around 90-120 minute to drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. There is park and drive facility at Shahama, around 15km from Yas Marina. Some tickets also include trackside parking, or you can park at Yas Mall, behind Ferrari World.
  • Bus: From the center of Dubai, regular buses depart Al Ghubaiba Bus Station for the main Abu Dhabi Bus Station. The trip takes around 2 hours and costs 25 Dirhams. We recommend getting off at the Shahama park and drive facility and getting the bus to the circuit from here. If you don’t do this, then the trip into the center of Abu Dhabi and back (on the 190 bus) will take at least another hour. This advice doesn’t work going the other way however. You’ll need to go to the Abu Dhabi Bus station to take a bus back to Dubai.

Share a taxi from Dubai to Yas Marina?

In response to demand from fans interested in sharing taxis from Dubai to Yas Marina, we’ve set up a dedicated Facebook group so you can more easily connect and organize shared trips to the circuit. Join the group here: Going to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Been to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina? Leave a comment below with your advice on getting to the circuit!

69 thoughts on “How to get to Yas Marina for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix”

  1. From Dubai Airport

    A metered airport taxi will cost about 30 Dirhams (€6.40) from Dubai International Airport to Abu Dhabi. Emirates Express buses depart from Dubai’s bus stations bound for Abu Dhabi too.

    Where did I find these taxis!

    1. Thanks for pointing out this error. We have updated this section with the correct cost of a taxi from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, which is more like 300 dirhams / 60 euro.

  2. Hi

    Is there any transport we can book from Dubai to get to Abu Dhabi for the Race? For example special coaches or buses company’s we can book?

    Thank your

    1. Hi Terry, will look into this for you. How many people? My friend and I will need transport too on Friday from Dubai to Yas Marina and back.

      1. I too will be travelling from Dubai to Yas Marina on Friday so interested to hear what the options are please?

      2. Hi Andrew, I know this is super super late, but if you have anyone else’s contact info who might be keen to share a cab from Dubai to the circuit on Saturday arvo, and back again Sunday night after the concert…it would be greatly appreciated! You have my email address, and I’ll put my bst whatsapp contact number in the website section. Thanks!

  3. I am also staying in Dubai for the Grand Prix with my wife and would be happy to share taxi or minibus with others for the Sunday and possibly the Saturday.
    I know there are regular buses from Dubai to Abu Dhabi so was going to use either the E100 or E101.

    1. If anyone wants to share a bud do let me know how we get a large taxi as there are already 6 if us. How does the Emirates express work?

  4. Hi,

    I’ll also be traveling from Dubai Thu – Sun each day so it would be great to get some advice and potentially share a taxi/bus!

      1. Hey guys, I’m with a friend and also needing to get from Dubai to the track on Saturday, then the track back to Dubai on Sunday. Anyone keen to share?

  5. Happy to share with others for Friday 25th November from Dubai to Yas Marina and return if anyone has ideas or spare seats for 2 adults

  6. Is there any transportation available from Dubai to Abu Dhabi specifically for Grand Prix , interested in
    any buses / transport / sharing, there are 2 adults.
    Many Thanks

    1. As discussed, there are no specific buses from Dubai to Yas Marina (only to Abu Dhabi, and then you need to get to the track). I will connect everyone who has asked in an email – perhaps you can work it out amongst yourselves to split cabs. Good luck and don’t forget to agree a pick up point and time with your taxi driver to get you home at the end of the night, especially if you are staying for the concerts (which finish fairly late)

      1. Hi there my brother is here and would like to join in on the transport on Sunday do you have space for one more?
        Kind regards

  7. Hello!
    We are coming in from Los Angeles. We could share a cab from Dubai to Yas for Sunday. If anyone is interested please connect.

  8. Would be nice to hear from anyone willing to share Taxi on Sunday, we are mature couple staying in Marina area of Dubai and looking to stay for concert or part thereof.

    1. Hi Rupert ,

      We are staying in the marina As well and have consort tickets too. Would you be interested in sharing a taxi ?


  9. I’m seeing conflicting information, is there or is there not a Shuttle service from Shahama (park and ride) ?
    It appears to me that if traveling by Bus from Dubai Shahama would be a better option than Abu Dhabi Bus station

    1. Pretty sure that you will be able to get from Shahama to Yas Marina pretty easily Rupert (it’s very close), but I cannot confirm on the shuttle. My experience last year is that it took us around 1 hour longer to get to the circuit by NOT getting off at Shahama. It was another 20 minutes into Abu Dhabi, 20 minutes waiting for a bus and then 20 minutes to get back to the circuit.

      1. Andrew, are you saying that had you got off at Shahama you might have saved yourself an Hour ? the official Ask YAS app quotes:

        Shahama Park & Ride
        This is the service for secondary off-island car park & ride location, it services Abu Dhabi hill spectators as well as other ticket holders who do not have a car parking permit for any yas island parking areas

        1. Yes, that’s what I am saying Rupert. Check Google Maps. The bus from Dubai stops at Shahama, which is about 15km before Yas Marina. It will then go past the circuit and drive for another 40km to the bus station in Abu Dhabi. You’ll then need to return that 40km in another bus…

  10. Hi will be in Dubai/Abu Dhabi Nov 2017, would love to see race on Sunday, can someone recommend the best ticket/area for viewing and value. Not rich but happy to pay a bit extra for the best value.

    1. Hi Peter, tickets for 2017 are not yet on sale (they should be in April). Normally, tickets are sold for 2 or 3 days (two days being the weekend). The consensus is that the West grandstand is the best. More info here.

  11. We are in Dubai for the Grand Prix this year and wondered if all the people meeting up to split taxis etc actually worked it out as would be looking at doing something similar?

    1. Hi Kirsty, I will email a few people who asked and let you know. For this year, I’ll set up a Group on Facebook to make it easier to connect.

      1. Kate Wilkinson

        What is the FB Group called please so that I can join? My husband and I will also be travelling between Dubai and Abu Dhabi daily possibly from Thurs through to Sunday so would also appreciate sharing the taxi cost with other travellers.

  12. Our cruise ship will be in Abu Dhabi for the Grand Prix. They have an excursion to the race but it quite costly and only for the Sunday. As we will be there Saturday and Sunday I thought doing it independently would be a good idea, but with the cruise ship leaving at 20.30 I’m worried that I will miss the ship. How long does it take to get to the Cruise Terminal considering the traffic after the race and are there a number of taxi’s available after the race?
    Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you

  13. Myself and a friend will be in Dubai over the race weekend and would be looking to share taxi to/from the circuit on the Sunday. Can you let me know if you are setting up the FB page as this would be ideal. Thanks

  14. Linda Masterson

    Hi, can’t seem to find the Facebook page by searching for ‘Going to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’
    Is it still there?

  15. Hi
    I will be travelling from Dubai to Yas Marina circuit for the Formula Yas 3000 drving experinece, on the 21 Sept2017. I have booked the 11.30am slot, so what would be the latest time I need to start from Dubai if I were to catch a taxi and how much does it cost. What is the exact location I need to get down. Do you have any shuttle services from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

    1. Wow, that sounds like a cool experience! Taxi cost and travel time is in this post above, you need around 2 hours to get there. Ask your hotel if you are not sure, they can arrange the transfer for you.

  16. Hi Andrew just wanted to say great work and thank you for the information. I ll be in Dubai for business during the race and definitely looking at going to the race. I too am hoping to share a taxi or arrangements to and back from Dubai

  17. Hi i would also like to share transport over the f1 weekend from Dubai. I am not on social media.does any1 have a ideas about how i would go about sorting transport thanks

  18. Joanne Govender

    Hello everyone. I have the 3day tickets to the Abu Dhabi grand prix. I received parking tickets for the 3 days but I am flying to Abu Dhabi for the race. We will be staying at a hotel in Abu Dhabi.
    Is anyone interested in using their vehicle and we are willing to share the costs and also can use the parking tickets. We are 2 adults.

  19. Hi,
    I m living in AD city center and wonder what is the most convenient way to reach the circuit during GP days? My car, taxi, bus?
    Appreciate your recommendation.

    1. It depends on how much you want to spend and how long it will take to get there. Driving yourself is probably easiest, but only if you have already got parking with your tickets. Otherwise, I am not sure – perhaps you can park at the Yas Mall? Otherwise, you could use the Park and Ride service from Shahama. Taxi/Uber is quick but more expensive, whilst bus is cheap but will take longer.

  20. Dear All

    We need a ride from Dubai to Abu Dhabi on Sunday morning 26th of November 2017. We are two persons. Anyone can help?
    Thank you

  21. From dubai
    Option if you are staying next metro station. Take metro to ibn batuta bus station, board bus to abu dhabi. The bus first stop is called al shama, get off the take a taxi of about 40dihms to the circuit
    Option 2 At ibn batuta bus station at taxis stage, there are shared cabs to Abu dhabi however on the luck day you could find some passingers heading to f1 implying the shared taxi will take you straight to f1 circuit at 40dihms. Otherwise it will drop you at mall then take a cab of around 32 dihms
    The return journey from circuit became tricky especially if you are travelling alone, shared taxis seems to be an conventional so I had to spend roughly 180 dihms back to tecom
    Overall I do recommend travelling as a group if you have plans of staying in dubai, it makes transport to f1 abu dhabi less complicated and reduces the cost by more than three quarters

  22. Darshan Chokhani


    This is Darshan here. I am a freelance media rep and I should be traveling for the Abu Dhabi GP from Thus to Sun and also the two-day test on Nov 27-28 for the 2018 event. I am yet to book in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai – I am looking for both shared hotel and also mode of transport. If anyone is yet to do so, please connect. Just a caution: Since I go by the media pass, my timings are different considering I come in early and leave slightly later than the fans. Thanks.

  23. leena cheung

    Hi looking to go this year need advise on reasonable places to stay and then how to get the race on sat and sun…appreciate any advice..thanks

    1. Best to stay in the centre of Abu Dhabi, near the Corniche. You can get public bus to the circuit, or taxi which is quite cheap. Traffic is not a problem. You could also hire a car for the weekend.

  24. I am trying to get from the Dubai cruise terminal to Abu dhabi then the the track on the Friday. There will be two of us with a fair bit of stuff so I thought the public bus might be a no go?

    1. The public bus will certainly be cheaper, but will take a lot longer and be a pain with carrying your luggage around. I’d personally just pay extra for a taxi or hire car.

  25. Christian Ransby

    We are two people who will travel from Dubai (specifically Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel at the Palm) Saturday morning early to get to Yas Marina Circuit before the Practice 3 and Qualification and then return to Dubai Sunday evening. If you are two people going from Dubai to Yas M and these times suit, please get in touch and we would happily find a taxi to share. If more people we can try and get a large taxi :)

  26. Hi
    We are staying in Abu Dhabi and heading to Yas each day of the F1. Where would I find more info on the bus services and where to catch them to get to the island?

    Many Thanks

    1. Buses depart from the Main Bus station. You can take the 190 from there to Yas Island. I have taken this before and it’s about 1 hour to the circuit. More info here.

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