The best flights to Abu Dhabi & Dubai for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 3-5, plus advice on getting to Yas Marina Circuit.
Please Note: The 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place on December 11-13 without spectators present. This post will be updated with current travel information closer to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Editor attended the 2018 & 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand 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.
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.