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The Palm Monorail: transport or an attraction?
When you visit Dubai, you have several traveling choices at your disposal such as taxis, buses and trams to take you to your hotel, favorite restaurants and attractions. But with Dubai growing in leaps and bounds, it is only natural for an alternative to arise from all of the development. The Dubai Palm Monorail is a wondrous invention that crosses the trunk of Palm Jumeirah Island. As a driverless train, you'll experience fast commuting times as you gaze at the Dubai skyline. And the best thing about the Palm Monorail is that it's not just about getting from A to B, but it's an attraction in itself!
As you enter the Palm Monorail and grab a seat, you'll notice that the track is lifted high above the ground. This design choice frees up the ground level for vehicle traffic while providing you with a spectacular view of the Palm Jumeirah Island structure. The island is actually a man-made structure that mimics the appearance of a palm frond. As the Palm monorail takes you down the palm's trunk, you can gaze down at each land section and marvel at the water trapped between them. You will see villas with their private beaches being worth millions of dollars. There is no other place on Earth that has this amazing design fulfilled in the water!
Take the Palm Monorail to the Atlantis
The Atlantis hotel resides at the top part of the island, whereas the Gateway Towers welcomes visitors to the island's entry point. If you want to visit or stay at this hotel, the Palm Monorail is a perfect transport during your stay. Enjoy the amenities at any hotel in the area, and you don't have to worry about catching a bus or cab. Because the train was built in 2009, the construction is new and clean. Riders will be pleasantly surprised by the Palm monorail's exquisite care reflected on a daily basis.
Ride Length of the Palm Monorail
Because the Palm trunk is slightly shorter than 4 miles, the train-ride length is relatively short at 5 minutes long. There are no real stops along the way so the ride is a continuous one. Although the ride length is short, expect the train frequency to take longer than 5 or 10 minutes. On most days, the Palm monorail is available every 15 to 30 minutes based on riders' experiences. Buses, in contrast, will usually take much longer to return to a specific stop. The Palm Monorail remains a reliable transportation source when you're exploring the Palm Jumeirah.
The monorail offers one-way and round-trip tickets for their patrons. If you want to have the versatility of taking a bus or cab back to your hotel, a one-way ticket is a smart and cost-effective way to travel. Alternatively, rely on the Palm monorail to take you into and out of the main city area. The round-trip ticket is discounted compared to the one-way type. The monorail doesn't have passes, but that might change as the city grows.
Extension plans for the Palm Monorail
The main attraction of this train is seeing the Palm island from above, but developers are looking toward the future. The Palm Monorail may eventually be extended and connected to the Dubai metro. Dubai continues to astound visitors with its beauty and innovation, and the train is no exception. These monorail lines don't run at night so plan your schedule accordingly. If you're out past 22:00 hrs., you'll need to find an alternative transport back to your hotel. Taxis are more than happy to drive you to any destination.
The first Palm monorail leaves from the Gateway station at 9:00 hrs and the last train leaves at 21:45 hrs. The first train leaves from the Atlantis station at 9:15 hrs and the last train leaves at 22:00 hrs.
Kids with a height below 110 cm travel free and don't require a ticket. Please note that you can't pay the Palm Monorail with your Nol card and can only buy tickets with cash. When you are travelling with a group it's cheaper to take a taxi, but the Palm monorail is a fun way to travel as you get to see the Palm from above.Single ticket Atlantis Hotel <-> Gateway
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There is huge car parking at the Palm Gateway station where you can park your car for free.
You can get the Palm Monorail from the Gateway station which is connected to the Dubai tram Palm Jumeirah station. The Palm Monorail isn't connected to the Dubai Metro yet, but you can take the Dubai metro to the Dalmac station and take the tram from there from the Dubai Marina station. At the Palm Jumeirah tram station you will need to take a footbridge and walk though the parking of the Gateway station to get to the monorail station.
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