Burj Khalifa Tickets: how to buy, prices and schedules

Here's how to get tickets to see Dubai from a bird's eye view while climbing the world's tallest building (so far).

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

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Burj Khalifa Tickets: how to buy, prices and schedules

The Burj Khalifa lost in the blue sky | ©Travel Sourced

Burj Khalifa is the great architectural jewel of Dubai and a benchmark for other skyscrapers in the world for its height of 830 meters. In addition, its revolutionary design makes visiting this emblematic building a must on your trip, as it houses luxury residences, offices of the largest companies in the world and the Armani Hotel.

However, you can only visit the 124th, 125th and 148th floors and their respective observation decks, where you can enjoy spectacular views. I tell you about the different types of tickets you can buy, what they include, prices and everything you need to know to see which one best suits your expectations.

The premium option

Dubai Burj Khalifa Level 124, 125 and 148 Tickets

Get your ticket to the three observatories of the Burj Khalifa

Ascend to the 148th floor to see Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa and also stop at the observation decks on the 124th and 125th floors to complete the experience.

With this ticket for the Burj Khalifa you can climb to the top of the building, located on the 148th floor, from where you will have breathtaking views. A must experience when organizing your trip to Dubai.

I recommend you to buy it in advance, mainly to avoid an unbearable queue at the ticket office once you arrive at the building, but, even more importantly, to make sure you have your ticket for the time you want to climb the Burj Khalifa, as it has a fixed time. In addition, with this ticket you can choose the optional one-way transfer to your hotel.

Recommended if... you want to enjoy the full experience of climbing to the top of the Burj Khalifa

The most economical option

Dubai Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Tickets

Get your ticket to the Burj Khalifa at the lowest possible price

Perfect if you want to enjoy the experience of seeing Dubai from the observation deck on the 124th and 125th floors of the Burj Khalifa while spending the minimum.

With this ticket for the Burj Khalifa you will have access to the interior and exterior observatory of the 124th and 125th floors. You can not go up to the 148th floor but it is true that the views once up there are not so different. You can enjoy the ultra-fast elevators, the views of the fountains on the way up and down and the spectacular interior of the world's tallest skyscraper.

Best of all, with this ticket purchased in advance you will also skip the lines at the ticket office, making the experience much more enjoyable by avoiding the wait at the door.

Recommended if... you don't want to give up the best views of Dubai and the experience of climbing the Burj Khalifa for a tight budget.

How to buy tickets to the Burj Khalifa

To buy your tickets to Burj Khalifa and enjoy the best views of Dubai, you just have to decide what kind of experience you want to enjoy and enter Hellotickets to choose one of the available proposals:

Burj Khalifa tickets prices

Burj Khalifa by night| ©Zoltan Tasi
Burj Khalifa by night| ©Zoltan Tasi

Depending on which floors you want to visit and at what time you want to go up, the price may vary. For example, in Hellotickets, an adult ticket to climb At The Top (floors 124 and 125) costs about 43 € and to climb to the 148th floor you will have to pay about 132 €.

You can also combine the ticket with other activities such as the offer that includes access to the Dubai Aquarium and the 124th and 125th floors of the Burj Khalifa. With this pass of about 63 euros per adult, you can visit in one day both places and save on their tickets.

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Hours and best time to go up

Skyline at night
Skyline at night

The Burj Khalifa is open every day, but it is usually crowded with tourists from Thursday to Saturday, so I recommend visiting between Wednesday and Sunday. To give you an idea, the cheapest tickets are usually between 8: 30am and 10am, and the least crowded time at the Burj Khalifa is after 8: 30pm.

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Watch the sunset at the Burj Khalifa

Magical sunsets
Magical sunsets

Whichever type of ticket you buy, my recommendation is to look at what time the sunset will be at the time you are visiting Dubai and buy your tickets for an hour before. In case you are going to buy the VIP tickets, you won't have to worry about crowds as they are virtually non-existent at At the Top Sky.

The most popular times are between 4pm and 6pm, when most visitors go up to the Burj Khalifa to get ready to watch the sunset. Tickets usually vary in price depending on the time of day, being more expensive for peak hours, but an advantage of this ticket is that the price is fixed as it includes access to the 148th floor.

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How to get to the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa from the Dubai Mall| ©Maher Najm
The Burj Khalifa from the Dubai Mall| ©Maher Najm

To get to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, you have to head to the Dubai Mall. The entrance to the skyscraper is located on the first floor. You can also access the Burj Khalifa through the Armani Hotel, but good luck with that if you are not staying there.

One of the best ways to get to the Dubai Mall is by cab. They are quite cheap for Dubai prices and it is one of the most popular forms of transportation due to the unbearable heat of the city, so you can always find one.

The other option is to go by metro, which I recommend if you are visiting the Burj Khalifa during rush hour. Take the red line to the Burj Khalifa stop, and from there take the F13 bus and get off at the next stop, Dubai Mall. You can also walk from the metro, but this is not the best idea.

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The musical show of the fountains

Views of the Skyline
Views of the Skyline

At the Burj Khalifa Lake, located in front of the Burj Khalifa, a water and light show takes place that is quite impressive from the ground, but it goes to the next level when you see it from At the Top. We recommend booking tickets for the Burj Khalifa and the fountains together as you can save a few euros.

Like much of what you will find in Dubai, this fountain is the tallest in the world. But not only that! Its extension occupies the size of two soccer fields. Seeing the fountain in motion is undoubtedly one of the great attractions of the city. To contemplate the magnificent spectacle, there is a floating walkway at his feet, but as I said, see how the water comes to life from At the Top, is impressive.

Fountains show schedule

  • Every day from 18:00 to 23:00 hours, every half hour.
  • In the mornings, at 13:00 and 13:30 (Fridays, 13:30 and 14:00).

At the Top (124th and 125th floors)

View from At the Top Sky| ©Guilhem Vellut
View from At the Top Sky| ©Guilhem Vellut

If you have only purchased tickets for the 124th floor, you can go directly to the elevator and validate your ticket. In less than a minute you will ascend to the top of the Burj Khalifa and find a gift store where you will have to avoid some tourist traps, and you can advance to the observatory and look out over Dubai and the vast desert that stretches beyond its skyscrapers.

With the telescopes scattered around the observation deck you can see Dubai from up close, but if you really want to experience the vertigo of being in the tallest building in the world, lean out of the observatory windows and look up to see the top of the Burj Khalifa.

There is no time limit to enjoy your visit to At the Top, although most people tend to stay for about an hour. On the 125th floor you'll find the interactive 'A Falcon's Eye View' experience, where you'll see real-time footage of life in Dubai in the style of the screens at New York's One World Observatory.

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At the Top Sky (148th floor)

With a ticket to the 148th floor, you will have access to the Sky Lounge where you can enjoy juices, coffee, Arabic sweets and dates. This is an experience to take it easy and relax before going up to the observation deck.

After the cocktail, you will be escorted to the VIP elevator where you will ascend to platform 148 in just over a minute. You'll have 30 minutes to enjoy the breathtaking, uncrowded views before descending to the lower platforms.

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What you will see from the top

Views from the Burj Khalifa
Views from the Burj Khalifa

The views from the top of the Burj Khalifa, either from the lower or upper observation decks, take in the whole of Dubai and part of Abu Dhabi thanks to a 360° perspective. Some of the iconic Dubai buildings you will see:

  • Burj al Arab
  • Atlantis Hotel
  • Palm Jumeirah
  • Dubai Frame
  • Dubai Eye

As is the case with almost every observatory in the world, the views at sunrise and sunset are totally hypnotic, with the difference that thanks to the height of the Burj Khalifa you will be able to see the reflection of the sun on the clouds up close and witness a true spectacle of colors.

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Where to eat at Burj Khalifa

At Mosphere Restaurant| ©David Jones
At Mosphere Restaurant| ©David Jones

If you're going to climb to the top of the Burj Khalifa at sunset, chances are the heights will make you a little hungry. When it comes to dining near the Burj Khalifa you have the luxury option at At. Mosphere restaurant or a variety of more affordable restaurants in Dubai Mall.

At. Mosphere

Located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, the At. Mosphere restaurant is known for its upscale menu and cocktails. As you can imagine, it has exquisite décor and the views are definitely worth it, as seeing Dubai lit up at night while dining will be a great way to complement the sunset views you will have had during your visit.

However, the price is really prohibitive and my recommendation is to spend the money visiting other Dubai attractions if you are traveling on a budget.

Dubai Mall

In the mall under the Burj Khalifa you will find food of all kinds: burger joints, Italian food, Chinese food, barbecue and also Arabic food. The places with the best reviews are PF Chang's, where you will find a fusion of Asian food, Texas Roadhouse, a rib and steak place, and the global burger chain Shake Shack.

Other interesting activities in Dubai

The Dubai desert| ©Enrico Strocchi
The Dubai desert| ©Enrico Strocchi

If you want to get the most out of the city of Dubai, a good plan is to take a guided tour of the entire city. This will help you, not only to locate yourself better, but also to visit all its corners, its history, anecdotes and curiosities (which in Dubai are many). Here are the best tours and excursions from Dubai.

If you want to take advantage of your trip to live an authentic experience in the desert, do not hesitate to make a round trip (some include activities in the sand like snowboarding or even traditional barbecues). I've put together a compilation of the best desert tours in Dubai.

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