Buggies, trains and shuttles: how to get around the Expo 2020 Dubai site
The thought of walking a 4.38 square kilometer site can seem daunting, especially if you are with small children and elderly family members. Expo 2020 Dubai covers an area four times the size of the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall. It will therefore be almost impossible to get around the site in a day, but we will explain how.
Expo complements your footwork with many other mobility options. Rental strollers, tourist trains, buses and more are available at all times to quickly transport visitors to their preferred lodges and points of interest. Read on to find out if and how you can book them, their prices and times.
Are you looking for ways to access the site? We have detailed guides on each mode of transportation to help you plan: private car and parking, free Expo Rider buses, and the Dubai Metro.
Understand the layout of the site
Before going through the list, here is a sketch of the Expo layout to help you choose your on-site mobility.
Expo 2020 Dubai is divided into three main districts or “petals”, equidistant from the heart called Al Wasl Plaza, the largest 360 degree projection dome in the world. Named Sustainability, Opportunity and Mobility Districts, this is where you will find most of the pavilions. The spaces between the petals are dedicated to two green parks – Jubilee and Al Forsan.
Visitors can enter through any of the four main gates, one at the mouth of each neighborhood and the last is reserved for metro users, 2020 Plaza. Walking from the Welcome Plazas of the Sustainability, Opportunity and Mobility Districts to Al Wasl Plaza can take 10-11 minutes.
Several white golf cars driven by qualified drivers constantly shuttle visitors around the site. The paid service is bookable for whole families or even a passenger, depending on the size of the cart.
Rates: For one person, golf carts charge 10 Dh for up to one hour; a group of five, 250 Dh per hour; a group of seven, 300 Dh per hour; and a group of 10, Dh500 per hour. Visitors can pay the driver in cash or by card. Note: You can book a buggy for the duration of your visit, and your rental fee will be calculated by the hour.
Reservation: Advance reservations must be made one hour before needing a buggy. Call the service provider, EZ Taxi, on 055-8042020 or rent in person.
Site: Buggies of all sizes can be rented at Golf Buggy Majlis, seen upon entering the neighborhoods and entering the metro. But visitors can also flag down any empty buggy on sight.
Expo Explorer Trains
Visitors take the Expo Explorer electric train
Image Credit: Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo Explorer compressed air train
Image Credit: Sahar Ejaz / Gulf News
Visit the site sustainably aboard free electric and compressed air trains. Crisscrossing the site on fixed routes, black and yellow trains slowly travel through the three neighborhoods for sightseeing. It is ideal for families with children.
Train stops: Mobility district (near Poland pavilion), sustainability district (near Spain pavilion) and opportunities district (near Al Forsan park).
To note: Expo Explorer trains have a shaded stop in each neighborhood. Wait times may differ.
Electric bikes from car rental company Careem are available for hire on site, and all you need is the Careem Bike app on your phone. With 18 bike stations dotted around the site, visitors can hire a bike anytime for just Dh20 for the whole day.
Some bikes are also equipped with child safety seats, so this is another great way to take kids around the Expo. Before booking, there are precautions to take and cycle paths to follow. Check out our in-depth guide to renting an electric bike at the Expo here.
Strollers and wheelchairs
Available free of charge on a first come, first served basis, baby strollers and wheelchairs are available at all entrances and reception centers. Make sure you return them before you leave the fair.
People transport buses
The free intercity shuttle of the Expo does not run inside but around the site. You will need a People Mover if you want to visit the Sustainability District, for example, but you are on the other side of the site in a different area.
Board these buses from the following seven stops for easy travel through neighborhoods:
- Two on each side of Plaza 2020, after the metro entrance.
- Opportunity District: One behind the flag of Colombia.
- Al Forsan Park: one behind the flag of Spain.
- Sustainability district: one behind the Slovenia pavilion.
- Jubilee Park: one behind the Visitor Center 5.
- Mobility District: One behind the Australian flag.
The movers operate at a frequency of 3 minutes.