Sharjah’s well connected road network guarantees that wherever you want to go, there are several affordable, safe and efficient ways to get there. Whether you want to go to historic places to visit in Sharjah like the Al Noor Mosque, wander through the lush green parks in Sharjah, take photographs of popular tourist places in Sharjah like the Khalid lagoon, complete your shopping list at a local souk or take in art and Bedouin history at a Sharjah museum, there is definitely more than one transport option. Some tourists like being chauffeured, as drivers in the city often have the best information on restaurants in Sharjah, things to do with kids and more. You can also rent your own car.
Taxis are metered and can be flagged down or booked by phone (600 52 52 52). Trips within Sharjah generally cost between Dhs 12 and Dhs 45. There is an extra charge of Dhs 20 for journeys that start from Sharjah International Airport and for trips to and from Dubai.
Uber (www.uber.com) and Careem (www.careem.com) are popular alternatives to traditional taxis. You can hail a ride using either app, with fares calculated on factors such as distance, demand and wait time.
Mowasalat (www.mowasalat.ae) operates nine bus routes around Sharjah city. A single fare costs Dhs 6 and you can pay using cash or a Sayer smart card, which can be purchased on board. Buses 14, 15 and 99 link Sharjah airport with the city centre.
Numerous international and local car-hire firms operate in Sharjah. Prices start at around Dhs 200 per day for a small vehicle. Most car-rental agencies ask for a minimum age of 21, plus a valid credit card, driving licence (UAE, GCC or International Driving Licence) and an original passport.