Sharjah offers a pleasant driving experience as well as a public transport system with over 100 intercity buses. Taxis are also widely used, both or intercity and intra-city travel and you can travel safely and securely in a licensed, metered taxi of your choice 24 hours a day.
Driving in Sharjah
Sharjah has a well signposted and modern road network. Driving is on the right hand side of the road and the speed limits are strictly enforced. Ambitious development plans are currently underway for the impressive road system in Sharjah, including double decker roads and creek crossings. These new facilities will help traffic to flow smoothly in this quickly-growing city.
Speed limits in the emirate vary between 40 – 70 kmph on inner city roads to 100 - 120 kmph on the highway. Petrol prices in the UAE are very reasonable. There is zero tolerance for drinking and driving.
If you have never driven before, or you have a driving license that is not on the approved list of 36 countries, you must undergo training from an authorised driving school. For more information on how to apply for a new driving license or exchange your existing valid driving license, click here.
Sharjah Public Transport
The public buses in the City of Sharjah cover most of it and there are seven different local routes, as well as three express routes. In order to catch the bus, you need to be standing at a designated bus stop. To stop the vehicle, wave and get the attention of the driver. Access to the buses is via the front door and you can purchase a ticket from the driver (or use a Sayer Card, see below). Always hold on to your ticket until the end of the trip, as you might need to prove later that you have paid for your journey. Use the rear door of the bus to exit.
Also, if you need to take a taxi, there are several licensed taxi companies in Sharjah, including Emirates, Sharjah, Citi, Advantage and Union. Taxis are distinguished by their reflective green plates, making them easier to spot at night. All taxis are metered, with the drop charge being AED 3 (this increases to AED 4 from 11 pm to 5.59 am) and taxis taking passengers from Sharjah to Dubai or from the Sharjah Airport charge a surcharge of AED 20. The minimum fee is AED 3, then AED 1 every 650 m. For intra-ctiy travel, the minimum fare is AED 10. Road tolls (within Dubai) are borne by the passenger – this is a charge of AED 4 for each tolling point.
Mowasalat (Sharjah Public Transportation Corporation) offers bus passengers the easiest, most reliable and cost effective way to travel throughout the city of Sharjah. The buses are an eye-catching shade of orange so that they are easy to spot and they offer passengers a comfortable and convenient ride.
Mowasalat offers the Sayer Card, which is an easy and practical way to facilitate bus commuting around Sharjah. For those of you who have used the public transport system in London, it is very similar to the Oyster card. You can pay in advance for tickets and then simply swipe your electronic card. This saves you a lot of time and eliminates the need to carry cash and count out your change. All you need to do is present your card to the ticket machine, pick up a receipt from the driver and your trip amount will be deducted from your card. There are selling points where you can buy a pre-loaded Sayer Card at bus stations around the city.
To obtain your Sayer Card, see this website for more information:http://www.mowasalat.ae/sayer.php