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Car Hire from Abu Dhabi International Airport

Car Rental from Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport is the second busiest airport in the UAE offering a vast range of flights to and from over 120 destinations across the globe. Travelers flock to Abu Dhabi to experience many of its world-class attractions such as Yas Island and the stunning Sheikh Zayed Mosque, while the city is also within reasonable driving distance of Dubai, Al Ain and Sharjah.

Where to Hire a Car at Abu Dhabi International Airport

There are several car rental companies operating at Abu Dhabi International Airport, so you can rent or collect your vehicle immediately upon arrival. Some of the car hire agencies available at Abu Dhabi International Airport include Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty.

All of the car-rental counters at the airport are located in the Skypark Plaza, a large commercial area where you will find plenty of other luxuries including shops, restaurants and cafés. The plaza is within short walking distance from Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, while those coming from Terminal 2 can catch a 5-minute shuttle bus. All of the car-rental counters are open 24 hours a day, so there’s no need to worry if you are arriving on a late flight.

What to Expect When Hiring a Car from Abu Dhabi International Airport

Driving in Abu Dhabi is usually a very enjoyable experience on its wide and modern road system, but you will find things rather hectic if you’re on the road during the morning or evening rush hours. Private vehicles are relied upon heavily in the city for residents to get around so it’s usually easy to find parking spots at attractions and shopping malls. The roads and highways are wide and spacious which makes for a more comfortable journey and are only really busy during peak times.

Driving from Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport is situated around 30 km from the center of Abu Dhabi and is set across three passenger terminals. The airport offers a spectacular variety of amenities and services to keep travelers happy. You’ll find everything you could ever need including world-class designer and luxury shops, duty-free shopping, plenty of dining and drinking establishments as well as other luxuries like airport lounges, rest zones and free Wi-Fi access.

Petrol Stations near Abu Dhabi International Airport

Before travelers return their vehicle to Abu Dhabi International Airport, they may need to fill it up with gas. There are two gas stations nearby, and both are open 24 hours. ADNOC Service Station has two stations, with one less than 4 miles away off 26th Street and the other about 8 miles away on International Airport Road.

Gas stations offer three types of gasoline, with most vehicles using 91 Octane. Travelers should check the car manual to find what type of gas they need.

Places to Visit by Car from Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi
The center of Abu Dhabi is accessible from Abu Dhabi International Airport in just 30 minutes by vehicle. You essentially need to drive along one road, the E20, which eventually merges into 30th street. Some of the interesting sights to look out for on the way include Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Zayed University.

Dubai and Sharjah
Dubai is just over a one hour drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport and is directly connected to the city on the E11 highway. It is possible to take an alternative route to avoid the toll charges of the E11 by taking the E311 towards Al Maktoum International Airport before turning off onto the D53 and joining the E11. If you want to continue onwards to Sharjah all you need to do is stay on the E11 road for another 20-30 minutes and you’ll soon find yourself in gorgeous Sharjah.

If you are making the trip from the center of Abu Dhabi to Dubai or Sharjah it will take around one hour and 30 minutes and two hours respectively as it can take some time to make your way out of the city.

Al Ain
Al Ain is known as the Garden City in homage to its beautiful greenery and oases and is also within touching distance of Abu Dhabi by car. The quickest way to reach the city from Abu Dhabi International Airport is on the E22 which will take around one hour and 30 minutes, while from Abu Dhabi itself the journey is closer to two hours. Alternatively, you can also drive directly along the E20 which only adds 10 minutes or so into your trip.

This information is correct as of November 2018.

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