BUDGET EXPO EXPERIENCE if you plan on roaming for more than a day and you're coming from Abu Dhabi:
- Take the Expo bus 313 at the Bus Station (first trip at 8.30 then buses go every hour until 1.30 then every 30 mins) go EARLY as the queues are long and be prepared to wait fro several hours, especially if you want to be at the expo upon opening. Bus trip is FREE and lasts 2 hrs. be prepared to show your ticket to the driver.
- Pack light, be a backpacker for this trip - book online PREMIER INN IBN BATTUTA : super cheap (less than 300dhs/night with brekkie!). CLEAN room and spacious. Smooth check-in. - leave expo at 2pm. Follow signages for EXPO METRO. It is behind the Dubai Exhibition Centre building. Make sure your Nol has charge. - take metro going to CENTREPOINT - go down at Jebel Ali (6th station from Expo) station and take UAE exchange platform - ONE station only and its Ibn Battuta station - cross the street and Premier Inn is there. - check-in, shower, change clothes, leave your backpack and go back to metro for your night Expo tour for the day. - when day of checkout, take your backpack on your early last day expo tour, check out early, and go around the expo last time. Check Shail for Expo bus going back to AD time table and go home FREE! Yay!
Yep I am so stingy! Hahaha!
There's another cheap hotel but in Deira that's also less than 300dhs per night: Royal Continental Hotel. Its spacious, pay upon arrival. I had to cancel this as its a longer travel time from expo.
Hope this helps, especially those coming from AD! You cant finish the the expo journey in a day! I had 2 days and still not halfway done! Enjoy and stay safe!