Can You Buy Same-Day Burj Khalifa Tickets?


The Burj Khalifa of Dubai, sometimes known as the ‘Vertical City’, is the tallest man-made structure in the world. So, how do you ensure that you don’t miss out on seeing it during your visit to Dubai? Can you buy same-day tickets? In this article we’re going to tell you everything that you need to know to ensure that you enjoy this world-marvel to its fullest.

As far as your tickets, yes, you can buy same-day tickets but they will come at a premium price.

Booking in advance can save you a substantial amount of money but you will also need to know how to plan your trip properly to make sure that you don’t miss your timeslot.

Today we’re going to advise you on what you can experience at the Burj Khalifa, how to book and plan for your trip, as well as what is going to be the best time to visit for your adventure. If you are ready, let’s talk a little about the Burj Khalifa experience!

What you can experience at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

With a roof-height of 2717 feet (over 160 stories!) this is one skyscraper that truly scrapes the skies. Since 2009, the Burj Khalifa has held the reigning title as the tallest building in the WORLD. So, what can you do there? What is the experience like?

Let’s say that you have purchased a 5:15 p.m. ticket in order to catch the Sunset. The fast-track ticket will guarantee that your wait is minimal and you are ushered into the elevator and straight to the observation deck. This is an experience all its own as well, as not only is this the world’s tallest elevator, it’s one of the fastest. In a little over a minute you will be on the 148th floor!

Once there, prepare to be amazed. From the world’s tallest observation deck, located on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa you will be offered complimentary refreshments and a view of Dubai that you would have to jump out of a plane to beat.

From your vantage point, as you sip your beverage and view the nearby Palm Islands and other architectural marvels which are laid out like a map before you, the sun begins to set.

If it’s a family visit, your kids can enjoy the view below while you and your significant other marvel at this unmatched sunset. It’s truly a wonder that has to be seen to be believed.

You will want to make sure that you don’t miss it, however, so what are the logistics required?

How do I book and plan my trip properly?

The preparation is going to depend largely on how you plan your trip. Are you going straight from the airport to the Burj Khalifa? If so, you will want to plan your timeslot well. If you are late, you will not be admitted, so you must use your time wisely.  We recommend booking 2 weeks in advance, if possible, and planning to arrive at the Burj Khalifa 3 hours after you arrive in Dubai.

The reasoning behind this is that it’s going to take you an hour or more to get out of the airport,  as well as 20 minutes or so to get to the Dubai Mall,  and another 20 minutes to then get to the entrance to the Burj Khalifa. A more leisurely option if you have the time for it is to simply book a visit that includes a pick-up from your hotel and this is the one which we most recommend. The view is something best observed at your leisure so don’t rush this if you don’t have to.

Your next consideration is your tickets. The reason that we recommend booking in advance is the extreme price difference between this and an ‘immediate’ booking. You can expect to pay as up to 4 times the regular entry fee if you don’t pre-book so be sure to get your tickets in advance!

Next, you will need to determine which floors that you wish to visit.  

The 148th floor is going to be the most expensive but this provides you with’At the Top Sky’, the  highest observation deck in the world as well as access to the 124th and 125th floors, but you can also simply visit the 124th and 125th floors only if you prefer, where you can enjoy a breakfast at the Cafe, a 3-course lunch at the Armani Deli, or a 3-course dinner at Rooftop, the Burj club!

The prices for the General admission tickets are going to vary based on the time that you select, with the ‘Prime’ hours being between 4:00 and 6:00 P.M. and the Non-Prime hours being between 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. and from 6:30 P.M. until closing. Seasonal variance in prices may occur as well but this will give you a general idea of the current fees for this experience.

Prices for dining on the 124th and 125th floors:

  • Breakfast – 149 AED (approx. $41 USD)
  • Lunch – 309 AED (approx. $81 USD)
  • Dinner – 309 AED (approx. $81 USD)

Prices for the 124th and 125th floors without meals during Prime hours:

  • Adult (over 12 years old)- 224 AED (approx. $61 USD)
  • Child (ages 4 – 12) – 184 AED (approx. $50 USD)
  • Infants (under 4 years old) – Free!

Prices for the 124th and 125th floors without meals during Non-Prime hours:

  • Adult (over 12 years old)- 149 AED (approx. $41 USD)
  • Child (ages 4 – 12) – 114 AED (approx. $31 USD)
  • Infants (under 4 years old) – Free!

Prices for the 148th floor/’At the Top Sky’ Observation Deck during Prime Hours:

  • Adult (over 12 years old)- 533 AED (approx. $145 USD)
  • Child (ages 4 – 12) – 533 AED (approx. $145 USD)
  • Infants (under 4 years old) – Free!

Prices for the 148th floor/’At the Top Sky’ Observation during Non-Prime Hours:

  • Adult (over 12 years old)- 378 AED (approx. $103 USD)
  • Child (ages 4 – 12) – 378 AED (approx. $103 USD)
  • Infants (under 4 years old) – Free!

One last consideration is the ‘Fast-Track entry’ option which allows you to skip the line and go straight to the elevator when you are visiting the 124th or 125th floor. This option is available for a flat fee of 323 AED, which comes to about $88 USD.

What is the best time to visit the Burj Khalifa?

Hands-down, the best time to visit is going to be between 4 and 6 P.M.

We recommend going closer to 4 P.M., as this gives you a little time to get settled, soak in the view, and prepare yourself for the beautiful sunset ahead. If you really want to make it a treat, visit the 124th or 125th floor so that you can dine during the sunset. Yes, it is a bit more expensive during the premium hours but this is a view which you will never forget.

Burj Khalifa: Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the Burj Khalifa open 24 hours?

The Burj Khalifa is open 7 days a week from 8:30 A.M. to 11:00 P.M.

2.  How long can you stay at the Burj Khalifa?  

You can stay at the top observation deck for 30 minutes, after which you may stay at the 124th or 125th floors for as long as you would like for the day that you booked.

3. Is the Burj Khalifa a hotel?

The Armani Hotel Dubai is a hotel which is currently operating at the Burj Khalifa, so this is yet another option for you if you wish to cut out the travel time for your visit to the top of the skies.

4. What else can I do at or around the Burj Khalifa?

There are actually quite a few other attractions which you can take advantage of in your immediate area. Some of the places which you may visit are as follows:

  • Dubai Ice Rink
  • Dubai Aquarium  and Underwater Zoo
  • Burj Khalifa Park
  • The Dubai Mall

5. When are the best months to visit the Burj Khalifa?

December through February is considered one of the prime months for visiting the Burj Khalifa f you will also be doing a lot of sighseeing. These are considered the Winter months and as such the temperature is going to be a lot more pleasant for any other outside time that you might be spending. That said, this being the most popular time to visit you are also going to see the largest lines for your visit to the Burj, so you will definitely want to pre-book and consider the Fast Track entry option if you decide to go this route. The Summer months are not so great for sightseeing but for viewing the sunset from the Burj Khalifa they are still considered quite excellent, so if you can’t make it during the Winter months then definitely don’t rule this option out.  

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