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About nol cards

nol card is a smart card that enables you to pay for the use of various RTA transport modes in Dubai with a single tap. You can use your nol card to travel on Dubai Metro, Buses, Dubai Tram and marine transport modes like Water Buses. You can also use nol card to pay for RTA's Paid Parking.

Main Features of nol Cards

Whether you are a frequent traveler or a just a visitor, nol cards are available in five different types to meet your needs.

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Enjoy a lot MORE travel for a lot LESS

People of determination travel free-of-charge on dubai buses and metro using nol blue card. UAE national senior citizens and students from all nationalities get 50% off with nol blue card.

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Secure nol card

nol Card contains a tamper-proof chip and an antenna that ensure secure, fast and reliable transactions.The card is carefully designed to prevent fraudulent use and ensure the fares are calculated correctly every time.

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Give your wallet a break

Enjoy more mobility where you can get a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual bundle with unlimited travel on all public transport in Dubai.

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Easy to use and top-up

Just hold your nol card over a nol card reader, and the reader is able to automatically validate the card, and deduct a trip or deduct the correct fare for the journey taken.

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Accepted on Dubai's Metro, Bus, Tram, Water buses, and Parking

nol card is a smart card that allows you to pay for many services across Dubai such as public transport (Bus, Metro, tram, Waterbus) as well as Taxi, RTA paid Parking, Dubai Public Parks, Etihad Museum, and 2000+ shops around the city.

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Easy ways to get your nol card

There are many convenient ways to get your nol card. You can purchase your card at ticket offices, ticket vending machines, RTA customer happiness centers, authorized sales agents, or online.

How to use nol card

It's quick and easy to use and means you no longer need to carry cash to get around the city.

How to check-in and out
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How to check-in:

  • Ensure you have a minimum balance of AED 7.50 on your card. 
  • Approach the gates of Metro or the entrances of bus/ water bus. 
  • Place your nol Card on the card reader.
  • Wait to hear a beep or look for the green light which signals a successful check-in. 
  • Pass through the gate/entrance.

How to check-out:

  • Approach the gates of Metro or the entrances of bus/ water bus.
  • Place your nol Card on the card reader
  • Wait to hear a beep or look for the green light which signals a successful check-out.
  • Pass through the gate/entrance.
  • The gate will automatically calculate and the cost of your trip/journey based on the number of zones you have passed.
NFC

What is NFC?

 

Introducing Smart nol, a new NFC (Near Field Communication) based nol service that enables you to use your handset device as a nol card to pay for your public transport fare. You can use your handset to check in & check out of the metro, bus, water bus & metro parking as well as check your nol balance & last transaction from your NFC enabled phone.


The benefits of using NFC Smart Services:

 

  • Less cards to worry about in your wallet.
  • You can top up your card directly without waiting 48 hours to activate the amount.  With NFC feature implemented on PTA app, you can get the amount instantly by tapping the card on your smart mobile.
  • With NFC Smart Services, your smartphone will act like a virtual TVM machine where you can top up your nol card, view your nol card balance and transaction history.
Micropayment

With just one tap you can pay for breakfast, groceries, a light snack, fuel or anything you want. Choose from over 2,000 outlets around metro stations and beyond.

  • nol cards have now become multipurpose payment cards that allow you to pay for much more than public transport fees.
  • With just one tap you can pay for breakfast, groceries, a light snack or anything you want.
  • Choose from over 2,000 outlets around metro stations and beyond, including the ones shown below. Register your Silver or Gold nol cards online with RTA to protect your balance in case your card is lost or misplaced.
 
Helpful Tips

Do

  • Keep your nol card in a protective pouch. 
  • Ensure to check-out to avoid getting over-charged. 
  • Make sure your nol card has a minimum of AED 7.5. 
  • Make sure your nol red ticket has a minimum of 1 single trip.
  • If your nol card is rejected at a reader, wait until the indicator light stops flashing, then try again.
  • Ensure your nol blue card is not used by anyone other than you. 
  • If you lose your nol blue card, call the RTA customer service at 800 90 90 to report the loss immediately.

Don'ts

  • Hold more than one nol Card over a reader at one time.
  • Hold your nol card too quickly over a reader, which can lead to an incomplete transaction; in such cases, touch the same nol card again as required until the transaction is completed. 
  • Bend, write on, scratch, tap, cut or paste stickers or photos on your nol Card. 
  • Put your nol Card in your back pocket, as the microchip on the card can be damaged when you sit down.
  • Allow another person to use your nol blue card. 
  • Avoid penalties on bus by paying attention to the bus penalty rules.
  • Avoid penalties on metro by paying attention to the metro penalty rules.
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