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Abu Dhabi International Airport

General information

Abu Dhabi International Airport is, after Dubai International Airport, the busiest airport in the United Arab Emirates. The airport is the main base for Etihad Airways, the airline operates mainly from Terminal 3, which was opened in 2009.


Where is Abu Dhabi International Airport situated?

The airport is located east of the city centre and consists of three terminals. Abu Dhabi International Airport is easily accessible by car via the E10 and E20 motorways.

How many terminals does Abu Dhabi International Airport have?

There are three terminals at Abu Dhabi International Airport, namely Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 are used by Etihad Airways and connected to each other, between these terminals and Terminal 2 you can travel with the free inter-terminal shuttle bus. The bus leaves every 15 minutes from Terminal 1 Entrance 5 and Terminal 2 Departures.

The old but beautiful Terminal 1 and modern Terminal 3 are connected on landside as well as airside. Terminal 1 has 19 gates from 3 to 22 (gate 13 does not exist). Terminal 3 is larger and has 32 gates numbered from 28 to 61. Gates 36-57 are located in a large building south of Terminal 3, from here buses will take passenger to their flight. It is a 10-minute walk between terminals T1 and T3 of Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Tickets for the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, opened in 2017, can be reserved ahead of time. You can also book a guided tour to the Yas Marina Circuit, located on an artificial island that was specifically built to host the Formule 1 Grand Prix.

Airport Map

Nearby airports

A good alternative for flying to or from Abu Dhabi International Airport are the following airports, sorted by distance from the airport. You can also take a look at the complete list of airports in United Arab Emirates.

Airport Distance
Al Maktoum International Airport 71km
Dubai International Airport 116km
Sharjah Airport 131km



The distance from Abu Dhabi International Airport to the centre of Abu Dhabi is 37 kilometres. By car, it takes 35 minutes to get to the centre of Abu Dhabi.

From AUH Airport to Abu Dhabi City centre by Car
37 km
35 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport by public transport. Visit the Abu Dhabi International Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Bus services

You can also choose for an airport express bus service at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Learn more about your travel options, travel time and where to buy tickets.

Bus services

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Abu Dhabi is about AED 70.-. Book your taxi at Abu Dhabi International Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From AUH Airport to Abu Dhabi City centre by Taxi
37 km
35 min
AED 70.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At Abu Dhabi International Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Budget, Dollar (The Hertz Corporation), Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty (The Hertz Corporation), Avis and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Abu Dhabi International Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

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At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Abu Dhabi International Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Abu Dhabi International Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Flight tickets

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Which airlines fly from and to Abu Dhabi International Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Etihad Airways
  • Air India
  • Pakistan International Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • British Airways


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Abu Dhabi International Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Abu Dhabi Airport Hotel T1 International Departures, Abu Dhabi

Conveniently located inside Abu Dhabi International Airport, guests can enjoy private time during transit or before their flight.


Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport, Abu Dhabi

Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport is directly accessible after Arrivals Passport Control via the air-conditioned Skypark walkway in Terminals 1 & 3.


Yas Island Rotana Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

Yas Island Rotana is located few minutes away from the Yas Marina Circuit, home to the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; Yas Links Golf Club, Yas Marina, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros.

Hotels in Abu Dhabi

Looking for the best hotels in Abu Dhabi? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

Located in the centre of the business district, Southern Sun Hotel Abu Dhabi offers an outdoor pool, a sauna and a gym. Free WiFi is available in all areas. Room service is available 24 hours. All rooms are decorated in soft and elegant tones.


Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

Cast away in the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf Sea and conveniently located near the breath-taking Presidential Palace, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana is the first property to open in Abu Dhabi under Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana...


Novel Hotel City Center, Abu Dhabi

Novel Hotel City Center is located the centre of Abu Dhabi, close to the Corniche waterfront. It features an outdoor pool and a stylish bar and lounge area.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Abu Dhabi International Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


Abu Dhabi: Ferrari World General Admission Ticket

Enjoy full-day entry to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari branded indoor theme park. Experience a winning mix of Ferrari inspired rides and attractions for visitors of all ages.


From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Discover the best attractions of Abu Dhabi on a premium full-day sightseeing tour from Dubai. Explore the Grand Mosque, Etihad Towers, Qasr Al Watan, and take a ride along the Corniche on this tour.

Tour & transport

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Guided Tour

Explore one of the world's most spectacular sites of worship on a half-day guided tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Benefit from round-trip transfers from your hotel in Dubai.


  2 reviews

Have you visited Abu Dhabi International Airport lately? So far, 2 airport passengers have written an airport review about Abu Dhabi International Airport. This airport has an average score of 3 out of 5. Provide other airport travellers with essential airport information and tell us about your airport experience.

Latest airport review

Avika Vikugha Jimo
3 months ago

The security/traffic men could possibly assist tourist/visitors to bus stops and bus shuttle service as first option, instead playing dumb and pushing for taxi. That apart. Appreciate the overall services.

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