The United Arab Emirates is more than just Dubai and Abu Dhabi! With more than two million visitors each year, Sharjah (Charjah in French) is one of the top three most popular Emirati cities as far as tourism is concerned. It gets more visitors than Boston, Hamburg, Manilla, Geneva and even Casablanca. The capital of the Emirate of the same name, Sharjah is part of the Dubai–Sharjah–Ajman Metropolitan area, sharing legal, political, military and economic functions with the other UAE emirates in a federal framework.
Sharjah is very close to Dubai International Airport:
If you are looking at this page, it’s because you’re thinking about visiting a city with a population of 800,000. How much is a taxi from Dubai to Sharjah? What other means of transport area available? How much does it usually cost to get to and from Sharjah? You’ll find the answers in this practical guide from AS VIP, your personal chauffeur service between Dubai and Sharjah.
Ruled since the 18th century by the Al Qasimi dynasty, Sharjah is a major economic hub, generating 7.4% of Emirati GDP – roughly $31.2 billion. It costs very little indeed to set up a business in Sharjah, and those in the industrial sector benefit from significant financial incentives such as repatriation of capital and profits and exemption from income and corporate taxes. Local authorities also provide investors looking to move into industry with solutions when it comes to funding and support. So it’s only natural that Sharjah has emerged as a major MENA industrial hub.
The city is also a leading cultural centre. In fact, it was named World Book Capital in 2018 and Cultural Capital of the Arab World by UNESCO. The old town (Heritage District) is a historical and architectural treasure, despite becoming more and more run down since the 1960s. The “Heart of Sharjah” project, due for completion in 2025, is trying to restore this district to its former glory. Sharjah’s International Book Fair is now a firm fixture on the literary circuit of events and welcomes publishers, readers and speakers from the world over. An interesting fact: Sharjah has a large Russian and Ukrainian expat community. The city even boasts a stunning Russian Orthodox Church.
Despite being so close to Dubai, Sharjah has maintained its own culture and heritage and offers visitors several points of interest that are well worth seeing:
Please note: The sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks is forbidden in the Sharjah Emirate, including in hotels, restaurants and malls. Sharjah is a more conservative city than Dubai and Abu Dhabi and attracts a great many tourists from Muslim countries in Asia.
Sharjah is about 30 kilometres from Dubai, and the journey takes about 50 minutes although there are many variables such as the means of transport and traffic conditions.
Taxis to Sharjah are usually well-maintained. The Sharjah Public Transportation Corporation organises and supervises how taxis operate in the Emirate. Most taxis are franchised companies. There are five main operators in Sharjah:
The same authority runs inter-urban transport with passenger bus services from Sharjah city to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Khor Fakkan, Kalba, Fujairah, Masafi, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Al Hamriyah Free Zone, Dhaid, Al Madam, Dibba Al Hisn and Al Ain.
On your arrival at Dubai International Airport, you can find a taxi to take you to Sharjah for an average price of AED 60 (Emirati Dirhams), that’s €15.44. Many things can affect taxi fares in the United Arab Emirates:
Once in Sharjah, the taxis of the city’s five main operators charge AED 1.96 (about €0.51) per kilometre for journeys in town. Ask for the meter, unless you have agreed a fare for the trip beforehand.
If you don’t want to take a taxi from Dubai to Sharjah, you could opt instead for our personal chauffeur service. You can travel in the absolute comfort of a Mercedes V-Class designed to welcome you in the style you would expect as soon as you arrive at Dubai International Airport (DXB). As you would imagine, your personal driver in Dubai will make themself available whenever suits you, even if your flight is delayed. What you can also expect:
Our rates are highly competitive, without compromising on quality of service. Please feel free to contact us for a personal quote, whether for a transfer from Dubai Airport to Sharjah, from DXB Airport to a hotel in Dubai or any other journey in the UAE.
Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) has seen annual passenger numbers explode since the beginning of the 2000s, going from a modest million passengers per year to its current 13 million. Built in this 1970s, this airport is also and primarily the biggest airfreight hub in the Middle East in terms of tonnage, handling more than 590,000 tonnes each year. The passenger terminal covers an area of 125,000 m².
Sharjah Airport is about 40 kilometres from Dubai. To get there, you have the choice between:
The fares and bus lines are exactly the same for the journey in the other direction, from Sharjah Airport to Dubai.
Are you staying in a hotel in Sharjah but would like to pick up some luxury items at the Dubai Mall? This temple of shopping, strategically located at the foot to the Burj Khalifa Tower, welcomes some 100 million visitors every year, an absolute record.
Located in the heart of the city, the Dubai Mall is the biggest shopping centre in the United Arab Emirates, perhaps even the world (although this is disputed) with a surface area of 800,000 m² and some 1,200 stores. Here’s a glimpse of what awaits you in this colossal commercial paradise:
Sharjah is about 30 km from the Dubai Mall. The trip lasts about 26 minutes taking the E11. A taxi will charge you about AED 55 (€14.2) for a journey covering 23.5 km. To travel in greater peace of mind and at the exact time that suits your schedule and programme, just call on AS VIP, your personal chauffeur service in Dubai and Sharjah.
Dubai International Airport ((Maṭār Dubayy al-Duwalī in Arabic and L’aéroport international de Dubai in French) handles more than 89 million international passengers, making it the third busiest airport in the world. Are you in Sharjah but have a flight leaving from DXB airport? You’ll need to take a short trip of 19 km via the E11.
If you go by taxi, allow for about AED 60 (€16) for the fare. We wouldn’t recommend the bus; it is a very slow means of transport and this journey could take you almost an hour. To travel in all tranquillity, you could call on the services of AS VIP – the guarantee of a speedy and extremely comfortable transfer from Sharjah to DXB airport.
AS VIP’s private drivers are trained to ensure your trips between Dubai and Sharjah are pleasurable experiences. Our fleet of luxury, Mercedes V-Class vehicles have been specially designed for driving in Dubai, Sharjah and the other United Arab Emirates cities.
Our passengers are treated to unparalleled comfort: masses of space, a Wi-Fi connection, mood lighting, electric sockets, an unlimited supply of chilled drinks, snacks you can help yourself to and automatic air-conditioning etc.
Punctual, professional and polite, our chauffeurs are at your service at any time, day or night, for your trips in Dubai and Sharjah. You will reach your destination relaxed and rested, ready to hit the tourist trail or go into that important business meeting, even after a long journey!