Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
The Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is the second largest airport in the United Arab Emirates, and the primary facility serving the capital, Abu Dhabi. The first incarnation of this airport was built in the 1980s, and has expanded substantially since that point, seeing up to 20 million passengers transit through its three terminals each year. Winning the award for the Best Airport in the Middle East granted by Skytrax, this comprehensive port will meet all your expectations, especially in terms of destination options, as you can reach over 100 cites from its gates.
In terms of facilities, you will find much to appreciate here; there is free WiFi access throughout all the terminals, as well as internet kiosks, and you will also find that there are pay phones and post office services. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to change money, or take out cash before you left home, as you can find plenty of ATMs, and foreign exchange counters here.
The shopping here is to die for, with a plethora of duty-free goods on offer, and lots of international designer brands and chains that you can pick up your favourite items in. For dining, you can find healthy snack counters, fast food outlets, sportsbars, and sit down restaurants. There are also fun and useful extras like sleeping pods, a spa, premium lounges and a children’s play area.
Travel to this city is usually run by Etihad Airways, as they have their operations base in this airport. But you can also fly with Virgin Australia, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Air India, KLM, and Oman Air.
· To get from the airport into the city, you take the International Airport Road (also called the Abu Dhabi – Sweihan – Al Hayer Road) for around 25km, and then continue onto 30th Street (Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street), and this will take you right into the centre of town. You can hire a car when you arrive in the Skypark Plaza, located opposite Terminal 1, or you can reserve your vehicle in advance and online with Skyscanner.
· The main public transport option is via bus, and air-conditioned coach that makes multiple stops in the city. The buses leave every 40 minutes, and can take about 40-60 minutes in total. The fare is cheap and cheerful, coming to about 4AED ($1.50). If you are travelling with Etihad, it’s worth checking if you are eligible for a complimentary shuttle into town with them. Otherwise, you can reduce your waiting time by arranging an airport transfer to meet you when you land.
· A taxi will take you about 35-45 minutes, but you can pick one up directly outside the terminal buildings. Expect the cost to come to about 80AED ($30).
Please note that information is correct as of January 2017