Hi Everyone, Particularly John Cousins and Caroline Miles. Last year was my first year at Abu Dhabi, I enjoyed it so much that I decided whilst there that I was dropping SIlverstone and putting mymoney to AD again.
Anyway, on the transport issue. I researched everything last year prior to me going as I took my son for his 18th Birthday present which was on race day, Sun 4th, and I wanted to know exactly where we were and how to get about.
Like so many people have said already, the taxi’s are fairly cheap compared to the UK and plentyful. However I found the public transport was absolutely outsatnding. We stayed in the city at the TOP GRAND CONTINENTAL hotel which is in the tourist area, which is opposite the “Capital Garden”. We had a minute and a half walk to the other side of the park onto EASTERN ROAD which is a continuation of NEW AIRPORT ROAD where we caught the bus which took us directly to the circuit. There were 3 buses to choose from, the 170, 180 or 190. which leave at around 20 minute intervals and the return from the circuit is vice versa.They all go to either ferrari world or yas marina circuit.( All 3) We had our tickets in West Grandstand and the bus dropped us directly opposite the west grandstand entrance and I believe it went further around the circuit where it would drop off at Marina and South Grandstands.( 170 & 180)
The only downside to the bus journey is that it drives across the desert land of Saadyat island and Jubal Island, but this is the E12 Highway with 4 lanes in each direction.
The plus side though is
How much was this? 85p yes you read it right £0.85 p (each of course) and the journey took around 30 minutes, which was the same length of time the taxi took to get us from the airport to the hotel.
All teh info you may need re bus timetables and pick up points can be found on the website http://www.dot.abudhabi.ae/en/info/bus_transportation
A pdf doc of the route is available here
This year we are staying in an apartment on 8th Street at the junction with 9th street so we will have a 6 or 7 minute walk to the bus stop.
Hope it helps even if it onlu gives you the knowledge of an alternative.