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Nol Card is not just a public transport card but it is now become a multi-purpose payment card which can be used at more than 2,000 outlets. You can buy your food, drinks, grocery and even can use your RTA nol card for fuel.



Let’s learn everything about Nol cards including types of cards, benefits, nol card recharge, nol card balance check options and many more useful things which will definitely help both the tourists and residents.

What is Nol Card?

Nol card is a smart card that can be used at various Dubai transport modes with a single tap including Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, RTA Buses and marine transport modes like Water Buses and boats. You can also use your nol card to buy food at metro station outlets and can pay for RTA's paid parking across Dubai city.

What are the Types of Nol Cards?

1.     Nol Silver Card
2.     Nol Gold Card
3.     Nol Blue Card
4.     Nol Red Card
5.     Nol Personalized Card

Benefits of Nol Silver Card:
Silver nol card  is a perfect starter card with an e-purse that can be loaded with up to AED 1000 upon registering your card. Enjoy the ease of getting this card immediately from any ticket office for only AED 25 that includes AED 19 e-purse value (balance).

Some other benefits of Nol silver card are:


·       It automatically calculates the trip cost and deducts it from your balance.
·       Valid on all modes of public transport, Dubai public parks, Etihad Museum and at more than 2000 shops across Dubai.
·       You can get it for a low price and use it immediately.
·       Nol Silver card is valid for 5 years.
·       Top-up limit is AED 1000.

Benefits of Nol Gold Card:
Nol gold card allow you to travel in luxury and comfort, it holds the same features as the silver card, but it gives you the access to gold class seats at Metro and tram for a premium fare. You can get this card from any ticket office for only AED 25 that includes AED 19 e-purse value.

Other benefits of Nol Gold card are:


·       Gold class cabins/seats.
·       5 years validity.
·       Valid on all modes of public transport and parks including etihad museum and 2000 shops across Dubai city.
·       No extra charges for not travelling in gold class cabint, with gold card, you can travel economy class too.
·       Top-up limit is AED 500.

Benefits of Blue Nol Card:
Nol blue card is also known as a Nol personal card which is a personalized smart card with an e-purse that can be loaded with up to AED 5000. This card comes with special design that has the photo and other details of the customer. Some other benefits are:


·       A feature to secure your card balance incase if card gets lost or stolen.
·       It gives special fares to students, senior citizen and people of determination.
·       Can be used at 2000 shops, Etihad museum, all modes of transport and public parks in Dubai.
·       Nol blue card allow online services, sms and email notifications.
·       You can check your transaction history and the status of nol card refund.
·       Option to reset your personal nol card pin.
·       Top-up limit is AED 5000 with 5 years validity.

Benefits of Red Nol Card (Ticket):
Nol red card is perfect match for the occasional traveler that can be bought from any ticket vending machine at any time for only AED 6. The nol Red Ticket is actually a paper-based ticket. It can be loaded with up to 10 Single Trips.


·       Can be bought from ticket vending machine.
·       Unit price is AED 6 including 4 AED balance.
·       90 days validity.
·       Allows you to pay for the exact trip only.
·       This is the low rate ticket which can be used for Dubai Metro, Tram and buses. You can use same ticket for all modes and there’s no need to buy another ticket.

Personalized Nol Card:
Nol personalized card is just for 30 AED with top-up limit of 1000 AED allow its holder a custom design to identity user nol in a glance. This card is valid and can be used at all Dubai Transport modes with validity of 5 years. To apply for personalized nol card, you need to submit online request from here.

How to get NOL Card?

Buying nol card in Dubai is very easy, let’s learn the ways to purchase a nol card.

1.     Ticket offices at metro stations and some bus stations.
2.     Vending machines
3.     RTA customer care centers
4.     RTA authorized sale agents
5.     Online at RTA website



How to Recharge Nol Card?

Nol card recharge can be done through:


·       Any ticket vending machine
·       Ticket offices at Metro stations
·       Grocery shops having Du/Etisalat recharge device
·       RTA sales agent
·       RTA customer care centers
·       Smart Kiosks across UAE
·       Online

Can’t go out to recharge nol? Don’t worry and say thanks to NFC smart services, you can now recharge your nol card from your comfort zone by just tapping it to your smart phone. The NFC (near field connectivity) is able to read and update NOL cards directly through mobile phones both android and IOS.

NFC allows you to use your smart phone as a nol card to check in and check out at the metro, bus, water bus, metro parking. You can also transfer credit from one card to another, check your nol balance, last transactions through NFC technology. To know more check this link and look for NFC in how to use nol card menu.

RTA nol card can be top-up online through RTA website by adding your credit/debit card. The maximum top up amount is 1000 AED for unregistered users and 5000 AED for registered users.



How to check Nol Card Balance?

Many people struggle to know their nol balance. Don’t worry anymore as you can now check your RTA nol card balance online by just writing your nol tag ID on RTA Nol card balance inquiry page.



RTA nol card balance check can also be done when you tap in or tap out, the remaining total balance will flash on the ticket machine screen. You can also view your RTA balance from any ticket vending machine or ticket office across Dubai metro stations.

Nol card merchants in Dubai and UAE:
You can use your nol card to shop and buy from more than 2000 shops; we have gathered some of the popular UAE brands for you. Below is the list of merchants in Dubai and UAE at which you can use your nol card.


·       800 Degrees Piza (Restaurant)
·       Al Maya Global (Super Market)
·       Aster (Pharmacy)
·       All Day (Convenience store)
·       London Diary (Restaurant)
·       IMG Theme Park LLC (Entertainment)
·       Lulu (Supermarket)
·       Aswaaq (Supermarket)
·       Burger King (Restaurant)
·       Carefour (Supermarket)
·       Carter’s (Restaurant)
·       Zoom (Convenience store)
·       Auto Pro (Automative service)
·       Tasjeel (Government service)
·       Enoc (Fuel station)
·       Paavo’s Pizza (Restaurant)
·       Medicina (Pharmacy)
·       Mister Baker LLC (Restaurant)
·       Medcom (Pharmacy)
·       Med care (Clinic)
·        Eat & drink cafeteria (Restaurant)
·       Gloria Jean’s Coffee (Restaurant)
·       Cravia (Restaurant)
·       Circle K (Convenience store)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the minimum balance to keep in Nol card?
The minimum balance to keep in your nol card should be 7.5 AED.

How to use Nol Card in Dubai?
You need to tap-in (touch the nol card to the sensor area of card machine) while entering and tap-out when you exit through stations, metro trains, trams and buses.

Can nol card be use outside UAE?
Yes only if you are travelling in RTA public transport through inter-city bus to/from Sharjah, Abu Dhabi etc.

Is nol balance refundable?
Yes you can refund your nol card balance (e-purse value) but there will be some charges (2.5%) of total e-purse amount.

Is there any discount on Nol Card?
Yes, there is 50% discount for students, senior citizens and people of determination. Also children below 5 years of age can travel free of cost without card.

Can tourist get nol card?
Yes, visit and tourist visa holders can buy nol card by submitting passport copy (or visa copy if asked) at any ticket office across Dubai metro stations.

What are the Nol Fares in 2020?
Nol fares can be check online through this link as the fares may change time by time.

The Dos and Don’ts of Nol Card:

·       To avoid fines, always check-in when entering and check-out while exiting.
·       Make sure you maintain a minimum 7.5 AED balance.
·       If your card is rejected at card reader machine, try again after indicator light stops flushing.
·       For locations, timings, lost nol card etc call RTA toll free 8009090.
·       If caught, 200 AED is the fine for travelling without card or without punching the card.
·       Do not smoke, eat, drink or litter inside RTA transportation.

For more details about RTA nol card including nol plus, student nol card, nol card monthly pass etc you may call toll free 8009090 or visit below official websites of RTA and Nol.


Guide about Nol Card is ending here, always check your Nol card balance online or at the time of entrance at bus door or before entering bus as if caught without balance, you will be charged with +200 AED fine. Keep above nol card recharge options in mind so you travel freely across Dubai and UAE.

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