About Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
Abu Dhabi International Airport is the second largest in the United Emirates, and serves as a principal hub for the rapidly expanding Etihad Airways. Our Abu Dhabi International Airport guide includes information regarding terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation options.
Development has begun on a new passenger terminal between the two runways, to be known as the Midfield Terminal. It is due for completion in 2019, and when operational it will increase the airport’s capacity to 30 million passengers annually.
Information desks and info points are located throughout all of the terminals. Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority also operates desks in Arrivals areas.
Three main roads: 2nd Street (Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum Street), 8th Street (Salam Street) and 30th Street (Khaleej Al Arabi Street) lead out of central Abu Dhabi city, merging with the main E22, E20 and E10 highways, all of which lead directly to the airport, which is clearly signposted all the way. The total drive time to the airport from central Abu Dhabi city is approximately 40 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
Transfer between terminals:
A free shuttle service operates at 15 minute intervals between the terminals, from outside Terminals 1 and 2. Terminal 3 is adjacent to, and a short walk from, Terminal 1.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is located 30km (19 miles) east of central Abu Dhabi city.
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Public transport road:
Bus: The 24-hour, air-conditioned A1 bus (tel: +971 800 88888; www.dot.abudhabi.ae) operates from all three terminals to various stops in the city centre, including the City Air Terminal, with departures every 40 minutes. Journey time is around 45 minutes, depending on traffic, and the single fare is AED4. However, Etihad premium passengers can take advantage of complimentary coach transport into Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai.
Taxi:Metered taxis operate from immediately outside all terminals. The fare into Abu Dhabi city starts at around AED80, and journey time varies between 35-50 minutes according to the time of day.
There are numerous ATMs, bureaux de change and full-service banks located in all three terminals.
There is a wide selection of full-service restaurants, fast food outlets and cafés offering the full range of international and Arabic cuisine both airside and landside in all three terminals.
AUH's retail offerings rival those of Dubai; the airport has a large range of shops showcasing international brands as well as a comprehensive selection of duty free goods. There is also a large landside shopping centre attached to Terminal 1.
Free luggage trolleys are widely available, along with fixed rate (AED15) porterage. Left luggage lockers are available, along with both short and long-term storage facilities. For lost and found queries contact the main information desk (tel: +971 2 505 5555).
There are a number of prayer rooms, a 24-hour medical centre in Terminal 1 (transport assistance from the terminals is available), plus pharmacies, a spa and a travel agency (in Terminal 1). Smoking lounges, children's play areas and shower facilities are also available. Free public shower facilities are available.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is fully accessible for persons with reduced mobility. There is designated parking, and the terminals are equipped with all necessary facilities, including lifts and disabled toilets. Those requiring assistance should in the first case, contact their airline in advance to ensure that necessary provisions are in place.
Short- and long-term parking is available in air-conditioned covered parking garages within walking distance of the terminals. Further parking information (tel: +971 2 505 2528) is available on the airport website. Valet parking is also available (tel: +971 55 945 1573).
Car hire desks are located in Skypark Plaza, opposite Terminals 1 and 3. Companies represented at Abu Dhabi International Airport include Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Payless.