x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Abu Dhabi bus fares to double at start of next month

The Department of Transport will increase bus fares within Abu Dhabi city from November, and introduce new bus cards for students and senior citizens.

ABU DHABI // Bus fares in the capital will increase from the start of next month, with Ojra bus cards introduced in Al Ain and the Western Region.

A Reaya card for senior citizens and people with special needs, plus a Hafelaty card for students will also be launched.

The Department of Transport's bus division announced the changes today, doubling the bus fare within Abu Dhabi City to Dh2 from Dh1.

Fares to the suburbs start at Dh2, plus 5 fils each kilometre, with Dh5 as the average fare. The inter-city fare costs from Dh10 plus 10 fils a kilometre, with Dh25 as the average fare.

Saeed Al Hameli, the general manager of the bus division at the DoT, said the new tariff structure was adopted after months of study.

Passengers can buy Ojra bus passes for Dh30 a week or Dh80 a month. Annual Ojra cards, called Hafelaty, are available for students for Dh500.

Residents over 60 and those with special needs will be eligible for a Reaya card entitling them to free unlimited travel on all of the department's buses.

Ojra cards are available at accredited selling points and all Red Crescent Authority centres in Abu Dhabi.

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