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    Car hire from Dubai Airport - book and save

    The glitz and glamour of the UAE will welcome you as soon as you get off the plane and pick up your car hire from Dubai Airport.

    Dubai, proverbial for its worldwide famed opulent lifestyle, accounts for a year-round holiday and business destination. Moreover, the city's main airport is also a world hub for air travel, connecting East and West and serving around 78 million international passengers a year, which is even more than Heathrow in London.

    The UAE's expanding business and tourist significance confirms the place of the airport as one of the busiest in the world. Let Auto Europe help you arrange affordable car hire from Dubai Airport as this is the best and fastest way to stay flexible while exploring the UAE. Make sure to also visit Abu Dhabi, another tourist gem of the Middle East! If you're considering hiring a car then have a read of our car hire reviews in Dubai section.

    Airport Information

    Dubai International Airport (DXB)
    Official Name: Dubai International Airport
    Address: Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Location: The airport is located three miles east of Dubai city.
    Airlines operating at Dubai Airport: As the busiest international airport in the world regarding the number of passengers it serves throughout the year, Dubai Airport hosts a large number of airline companies including Emirates, Qantas, Wizz Air, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, as well as many low-cost carriers.


    Dubai Airport spreads over 3000 hectares of land and consists of three passenger terminals, one cargo and one GAT terminal situated just off the airport. There is a direct connection between Terminals 1 and 3. Passengers are welcome to use a regular shuttle service, an automated people mover, and even metro service with stops at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

    As one can expect, Dubai Airport is a shiny, super polished state-of-the-art building and is definitely not lacking shopping and dining options. Given its size and offer, it is considered the biggest retail outlet ever.

    Terminal 1 has an astonishing capacity of up to 15 million passengers and is considered the main terminal for international and long-haul flights. It houses a business and a first class lounge. Terminal 2 caters for charter, regional and low-cost flights. Terminal 3 is exclusively reserved for Emirates. Despite Terminal 1 being the main one, Terminal 3 is more luxurious and houses all Emirates flights.

    In addition to a business lounge, you can book a relaxation lounge and pamper yourself with a variety of well-being services. Regardless of the terminal, you will be spoilt for choice at Dubai Airport. Choosing among the numerous duty-free shops and restaurants ranging from local to international cuisine may be daunting but it will definitely help cut down on your waiting time at the airport.

    Car Hire Pick-up and Drop-off

    There are currently six companies which provide you with car rental at Dubai Airport. The car rental desks are located in Arrivals in Terminals 1 and 2. You will find Europcar, Fast Rent A Car, Hertz, Dollar, Payless and Sixt at Terminal 1. Dollar, Hertz, and Payless are also present at Terminal 2. Always read your voucher to see where the supplier's desk is. If you are in doubt or have any questions, please give us a call prior to your flight.

    Car hire desks operating hours

    Company Opening Hours
    Alamo 0-24h
    Hertz 0-24h
    Europcar 0-24h
    Avis 0-24h
    Budget 0-24h
    Dollar 0-24h
    Fast 0-24h

    Airport Facilities

    Shopping makes your Dubai experience complete. In case you have missed it while in the city, use your waiting time at the airport to catch up on it. With a wealth of shops and restaurants, many of them open 24/7, Dubai International Airport is a dazzling place which will leave you with nothing to be desired. Duty-free shops can be found in Terminal 1, Sheik Rashid Departures, and Arrivals. Terminal 2 offers a special zone for bulk items purchase.
    Besides shopping, Dubai International Airport has a vast offer of restaurants and cafés, a medical centre open 24/7, relaxation centres with swimming pools and massage, children's areas, and several prayer rooms. Such a modern and busy airport is a landmark itself.

    Transport/How to get to the airport

    Opt for a car hire to take you to the centre of Dubai and stay flexible on your travels. Pick up the car at one of the car hire desks, get on Garhoud Bridge or Sheikh Rashid Road and drive via E11 south-east. Take exit 50B. Please note that this route has tolls.

    Buses connect not only terminals but also the airport and Dubai downtown. Bus stands can be found opposite terminal buildings. In order to use this bus service, you will need a valid NoI card, topped up in advance. Tickets cannot be paid in cash nor obtained from bus drivers. A regular shuttle bus service operates between Terminal 1 and 3 and so does the modern metro.

    Two metro lines make getting around Dubai fairly simple. Buy a ticket at one of the ticket machines at the airport. The ticket prices depend on the number of zones you will travel. You can also use a NoI Card which will let you ride the modern air-conditioned metro for a slightly discounted price. Each metro train has a first class front carriage also known as "gold class" where you can enjoy the view through the front window without a driver. Two pieces of luggage are allowed on metro trains, one of them being your hand or cabin luggage. There are good bus connections from metro stations to other parts of the city as well as numerous taxi ranks dotted around Dubai.


    The airport offers short and long-term parking facilities and a shuttle bus between the long-term car park and terminals. Parking in Dubai downtown is mostly paid and metered. You could find a free spot in one of the elaborate and large car parks at shopping malls but be sure to note down where you have left your vehicle.

    A new parking scheme came into effect in 2016 and it encompasses new parking fees and tariffs depending on the city zone. Parking is free in most places over-night, on Fridays and public holidays. Register with mParking and pay parking fees with your mobile phone by sending a text message. You will then obtain a virtual permit for the requested zone which will get automatically extended in case your car stays parked longer than planned.

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    Additional Information About Dubai Airport

    Dubai Airport
    United Arab Emirates

    IATA Code: DXB
    IACO Code: OMDB
    Wikipedia Page
    Latitude: 25.2532° N
    Longitude: 55.3657° E

    General Information: Dubai Airport is located only 3 miles to the east from the city of Dubai.