Is it cheaper to rent a car for a week in Dubai?
One can define Dubai to be a creek with a long straight road with a number of different districts. Areas within it and each of these places is very close to one another. So the best way to travel around with full flexibility and freedom is to monthly rent a car in Dubai.
You can even rent with a driver which can help you with peace of mind without having to think about the different routes, Bridges, overpasses, loop road etc. Dubai is a famous and favorite tourist spot for many foreigners. There are several car rental agencies in and around Dubai.
They would make the journey easier, when compared with Uber or other cabs in Dubai. Rentals give you the convenience and cost factor while cabs only manage to give you the cost-benefit.
Why no Uber:
This is because Uber and other apps give you discounts while the regular taxis in Dubai are expensive. Even a ride involving 20 minutes and travelling around 13 miles would costing you around 13 miles. This is within Dubai. In case you want to travel around Dubai and visit places like Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, then you would be spending more than AED 750, which is really expensive even when considering the use of Uber or other applications.
The cheapest means of transport would be the Metro and RTA buses. So the best option is to rent a car for a weeks period. This way, the vehicle would be within your budget. You would be paying most AED 40-80/ day based on the car.
All these are usually maintained in high quality and sometimes are new care and would be perfect condition to drive around. So even if you travel like 100 km/ day, a the rental car would involve only an AED 80/day expense. However, taxis are expensive at any point in this discussion.
This also involves more advantages when you have a rented a car, as you don’t have to wait for the cab to arrive and pick you. The car is available with you 24/7. Hence, there is no waiting time or waiting for a charge.
There would be no cancellation charge and complete independence to where and when you want to use the rental car. Even if there is a parking charge and petrol cost involved, it would still be the best option to save money.
Renting a car is very simple, as there are a many reputed rental agencies. They allows the car booking online. Delivery of the vehicle is free of charge to the airport in most cases.
Thus you get your rental cars from the airport and you can drive around with an international driver’s licence. With the help of the google maps, tourists can drive around and reach their destinations. Even, SIM cards are available at the airports and data packs available with them.
Metro makes you walk:
The other cheapest option is to use the Metros, as Dubai is one of the busiest tourist places, and if there is a lot of time, then metros are the best option. Metros are cheap when compared to rentals, where you don’t have to worry about traffic and parking spaces. As the metros are located in the center of every district it connects, so you have to walk from and to the metro.
If you are at places far away from the metro then you need to get a taxi which is again increasing your travel cost. This involves walking from one place to another, it is not a very convenient option and renting a car would make it worthwhile, as it saves a lot of time and gives the comfort that is needed.
Small costs add up:
Metros prove to cheap for travelling long distances. Renting a car close to your hotel keeps the travel plan intact without any unwanted waiting or walking periods. However, driving around Dubai, one must look out for speed limits, regulation changes, parking spaces and heavy traffic zones. When you plan the travel distance, there are no needs to worry about tax bills and night charges.
Google maps would help you reaching destinations quickly. As there are lots of unfamiliar areas in Dubai, it is important to plan travels and destinations beforehand.
This will help the navigation clear. In case a GPS is in there with your car rental package then you would be paying extra for that too. Remember, fuel costs which are comparatively cheaper as it is a middle east region.
So yes, it is cheaper to rent a car in Dubai for a week, instead of using Metro or taxis. As these are time-consuming and way more expensive adding up other factors.
However all of these expenses all depend on the trip plan and tourists spots that are a part of the itinerary. If the trip involves kids, shopping and travel distance of more than 100km/per day. Then the best option, is to have a rental car, which makes the travel smooth, saves time and money.