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Top of the Burj Khalifa: How to Get There?

Updated: October 12, 2021
 By Pri

The Burj Khalifa is probably the most iconic building in Dubai's impressive skyline. At a staggering 828 meters, it is currently the tallest building in the world. No trip to Dubai is complete without a view from the magnificent observation deck. Here's how you can get to At The Top of the Burj Khalifa.

How do I get to At The Top of the Burj Khalifa?

The Burj Khalifa is located in Downtown Dubai, right beside Dubai Mall. If you are traveling by the Dubai Metro, take the Red Line to Burj Khalifa Station.From there you can take the F13 bus and get off at the next stop, which is the Dubai Mall Bus Stop. You can see the F13 bus route noted in blue below.

If you are interested in seeing more of Downtown Dubai, our Downtown Dubai Tour provides a great overview. 

You can also walk to the mall via an air-conditioned overpass. This walk takes about 15 minutes, and there are moving walkways (like the type found in airports) to ease your journey. This is our recommendation for  how to get to the mall.

Once you get to Dubai Mall, you need to walk through the mall to the Lower Ground Floor (also referred to as LG).


The ticket office to the Burj Khalifa is within Dubai Mall, near the Subway sandwich restaurant on the Lower Ground floor.


How high can I go?


The Burj Khalifa has two observation decks. The lower deck is called "At the Top" and stands at a height of 452 meters. When it opened in 2010, it was the highest observation deck in the world. However, this record was eventually surpassed by an observation deck in Canton Tower, China. This prompted the Burj Khalifa to open a new deck called "At the Top Sky." At 555 meters, it is currently the highest observation deck in the world.

The very top of the Burj Khalifa is the 163rd floor; however, this is not accessible to the public.

How much do tickets cost to go to the top of The Burj Khalifa?

To get to the top of the Burj Khalifa, you need to purchase a ticket. There are several factors affecting your ticket price.

Your ticket price will vary based on the observation deck you choose and what time of day you stop by. Prime hours for "At the Top" are usually between 3:30pm and 6:00pm, to correspond with the sunset. Furthermore, you also have the option of booking an Immediate Entry ticket, which allows you to proceed directly to the observation deck without having to wait in line.

The table below gives you an overview of the ticket prices. Note that general admission tickets are valid for a specific date and time.

19h00 until closing

AED 200AED 500AED 160AED 500AED 300N/AAED 300N/A



LEVEL 125 + 124


LEVEL 148 +125 + 124

Non-prime hours (General Admission) 08h00 – 15h00 and 

18h30 until closing

Adult (12 years +)  AED 125 AED 350
Child (4-12 years)  AED 95 AED 350
Prime hours(General Admission) 15h30 – 18h00 Opening until 18h00
Adult (12 years +) 
Child (4-12 years)
 Immediate Entry    
Adult (12 years +) 
Child (4-12 years) 
Infant (< 4 years)  FREE N/A

Where should I buy tickets?


Tickets to the observation decks get booked quickly. In order to secure a slot and get the best times, we recommend booking your tickets online in advance. You can also buy advance tickets in-person at the ticket counter.

Immediate Entry Admission tickets can only be booked in-person at the ticket counter. These allow you to bypass any lines and go straight to the observation deck. They’re a great option if you were unable to buy a ticket in advance.

What happens when I get to the entrance?

The Burj Khalifa experience is divided into several parts.

  1. Once you have your ticket in hand, you might have to wait in line. While you are waiting, you can watch the interactive displays that give additional information about the skyscraper
  2. When your departure time comes, you will be led to be base of the tower. This walk also provides information on the building's history.
  3. You will then enter the elevator, which travels at an incredible speed of 10 meters per second.
  4. When you arrive at the observation deck, you can take in spectacular views of the Dubai skyline.  You will also find telescopes that provide a closer look. These telescopes are built with a recored view feature, that shows you what the city looks like during the day or at night. Most people spend an average of one hour at the observation deck.

We hope you found our guide to going to the top of the Burj Khalifa useful. If you have any additional questions, feel free to leave a comment.


About The Author


Pri is a true believer in the Rule of Three - she lives between Dubai, Bombay and Washington DC, speaks three languages and has 3 kids under 3. She graduated from Connecticut College and has a Masters Degree from New York University. Pri is a licensed Dubai tour guide, travel blogger, art aficionado, foodie and curious to check out all things new in her city. Pri has been part of the Free Tours By Foot team since 2015 and loves to make customized itineraries for her guests.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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