Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) is the primary airport of Sharjah. It was used as a stopover point in 1932 by Imperial Airways for flights flying between India and Australia. This airport is strategically located, midway between Europe and Far East, as well as between Northern Emirates and Dubai. A 15 minute drive from Dubai, Sharjah International Airport actively serves residents and tourists of Dubai and Sharjah.
The 'Open Sky Policy' of Sharjah is a boon for airlines, and the facility of 'duty free' shopping at airport benefits tourists. One of the top airline and airport catering companies in the world, Alpha Catering Services manages the catering service at the Sharjah International Airport.
One can find banks, ATMs, Money Exchange Centres and clinics at the Sharjah International Airport. Visitors get round-the-clock assistance from the Special Services Staff regarding visa formalities, custom checks and immigration formalities. Other than these, there are food courts, business centres, meeters and greeters hall, smoking rooms, mosques, Sharjah Airport’s Travel Agency (SATA) and communication facilities for travellers.
The distance between Delhi, the capital of India, and Sharjah is 2189.78 km (1360.67 miles). The best way to reach Sharjah from India is by air. Sharjah International Airport is the main airport for the Emirate. Air Arabia was launched in October 2003, by the government of Sharjah, to serve numerous destinations across subcontinents, the Gulf, CIS and North Africa.
Air Arabia has 12 direct flights running from different cities of India to Sharjah. Other than this, there are various other direct and indirect flights that fly from different Indian cities to Sharjah. These are Jet Airways, Indian Airlines and Air India Express. In general the average travelling time from major Indian cities to Sharjah ranges between 3 hours 45 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes.
Visitors can either avail public transport services or hire a taxi to commute to and from the Sharjah International Airport. The public bus transport service operates on various routes from the airport, daily between 5:30 am to 11:30 pm. These public buses have few seats reserved for people with special needs and also for women commuters. The public transport tariff on express routes is 61.64 INR and 49.31 INR on local routes.
Besides, visitors can also hire taxis run by licensed companies. Supervised by the Sharjah Public Transportation Corporation, these taxis operate round-the-clock. Individual ladies and families can avail services of female drivers. The minimal charge for taxi is 246.56 INR, with 3.08 INR additional charges for every 200 meters. There is a surcharge of 246.56 INR, if travelling from airport to Dubai, along with additional 6.16 INR for every minute the taxi is made to wait.
Visitors can avail the services of Sharjah Public Transport Corporation to reach Sharjah City, Dibba Al Hisn, Dubai, Hamriyah Free Zone, Ras Al Khaimah, Masafi or Madam. Moreover, the passenger bus services also takes visitors to Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Khor Fakkan, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi, Dhaid, Al Ain and Kalba.