Booking Burj Khalifa Tickets: Our experiences, prices & tips

A visit to the Burj Khalifa is the highlight of any trip to Dubai. The highest building in the world is a tourist magnet. Since everyone wants to go up to the Burj Khalifa, you should make sure you get tickets before your trip to Dubai.

Especially if you travel to Dubai during the high season between November and April, it is best to book your Burj Khalifa ticket several months in advance.

Buying a ticket for the Burj Khalifa can be quite hard because there are many different ticket options.

When we dealt with the different tickets and prices for the Burj Khalifa before our Dubai trip, we were completely overwhelmed.

To make it easier for you, we will share our experiences with you and list all reasonable ticket options and prices. So you don’t have to search forever for the right option like us.

First, we will tell you which ticket option we chose but also show you which ticket is the right one for your purposes.

Further down you’ll find even more tips. We’ll tell you the best time to visit Burj Khalifa, how to find the entrance, what other sights to combine your visit with and much more.

Our personal Burj Khalifa ticket recommendation

Burj Khalifa Sunset
At the Burj Khalifa for sunset

Before you read through the article, we would like to give you our personal ticket recommendation for your visit to Burj Khalifa.

There are so many different ticket options that you can quickly lose your bearings. But it’s actually quite simple.

Our tip: Book the Burj Khalifa Sunset Ticket. We were at the Burj Khalifa for the sunset between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.. In our opinion this is the best ticket option, because the time at sunset shows Dubai in the most beautiful light and the atmosphere on the viewing platform is very special. The ticket costs 58 euros per person and can be ordered here: Burj Khalifa Sunset Ticket.

Burj Khalifa observation deck
The observation deck on the 125th floor!

Further recommendations

You want to book the cheapest Burj Khalifa tickets?

The cheapest ticket for visiting Burj Khalifa costs 34.65 euros per person. However, you are not allowed to go to the viewing platform during sunset (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.). If this is not a problem for you, the basic ticket is best for you.

You can book it here: Burj Khalifa Ticket.

Please note, that you pay 54.32 euros during peak times between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.. You will not be able to buy this ticket for the popular sunset times between 6 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.. If you definitely want to be at the Burj Khalifa during Sunset, we recommend to get the Sunset Ticket.

You also want to go to the 148th floor?

If you also want to go to the 148th floor, the ticket for the 148th level is the best option for you. With this you can get to both floors at any time, i.e. even at sunset.

Additionally, on the 148th floor snacks and drinks are available. The ticket costs 93.40 euros per person and can be ordered here: Ticket for the 148th floor.

You are planning to book a city tour in English anyway??

Then the combination ticket is worthwhile, with which you get a 5-hour city tour with a English-speaking guide in addition to a Burj Khalifa basic ticket. The guide will pick you up at your accommodation.

The price for the private Dubai city tour with Burj Khalifa varies from 70-210 euros per person. With 4 participants the combi-ticket costs approx. 145 euros per person. Here you can find more details about the ticket: Dubai city tour with Burj Khalifa

You would like to visit the Burj al Arab as well?

It’s not that easy to get in to the Burj al Arab anymore, so it’s a good idea to check out the options if you want to see the 7-star hotel from the inside.

One possibility is the combination ticket, which not only gives you a Burj-Khalifa ticket, but also the possibility to drink two free cocktails in the Skyview Bar of the Burj Al Arab. Also included is a private chauffeur who will pick you up from the hotel and take you back to the hotel.

More information about this ticket option can be found here: Burj Khalfi + Burj Al Arab with chauffeur.

It is important to you not to queue in the ticket line?

Then the hotel deposited ticket is the best option for you. This way you don’t have to queue up in the ticket line and depending on the time of day you can save a lot of time.

This will take you to the 124th floor, but not around sunset. You can book this ticket option here for 59 euros per person: Basic Burj Khalifa ticket + hotel deposit.

Ticket overview in a table

To avoid you being overwhelmed by the many ticket options, we have arranged them all in a clear table for you.

Our recommendation is clearly the ticket for the sunset!

This will give you a good overview and you can then read the details of each ticket below or directly on the page of the ticket portal.

 Preis per person 
Ticket for morning & night35 eurosBook here
Sunset Ticket Recommended!58 eurosBook here
Tickets with hotel deposit59 eurosBook here
Tickets for the 148th Level93 eurosBook here
Ticket with hotel pick up95 eurosBook here
Ticket # 5 hour city tour (preferred language)70 - 210 eurosBook here
Ticket + Burj al Arab, Chauffeur & 2 cocktails190 - 279 eurosBook here

Buying Burj Khalifa Tickets: All you need to know

You should book your ticket for the Burj Khalifa well in advance

Everybody who is in Dubai for the first time wants to visit the Burj Khalifa. The tickets are very popular and especially in the high season between November and April or on dates like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the tickets are fully booked months in advance. This is especially true for the sunset tickets!

So you should book your ticket as early as possible. We prefer to book our tickets with the ticket providers rent a guide or Get your Guide.

There are two viewing platforms for which you also need different tickets

The Burj Khalifa has two viewing platforms from which you can overlook the entire emirate. The first viewing platform is on the 124th and 125th floor at an altitude of 452 or 456 metres.

If you want to go even higher, you can also visit the second viewing platform on the 148th floor. There you will find yourself 555.7 metres above sea level.

You can also buy a ticket for the 124th floor and decide to upgrade on site.

Burj Khalifa Opening hours

The platforms are open daily from 8:30 a.m. until midnight. The last opportunity to go up is at 11:00 p.m..

Do children pay the same price as adults?

Yes and no. There are discounted tickets for the 124th floor. Children between 4 and 12 years pay a reduced price of 26 euros, for a non-sunset ticket. For the 148th floor, however, there are no reduced tickets for children. All children up to the age of 4 do not pay admission for either floor.

Tickets are always issued for a fixed time

Tickets for the Burj Khalifa are always issued for a fixed time. So you decide when you buy your ticket on which day and at what time you want to go to the Burj Khalifa.

For a ticket to the sunset you pay a surcharge

It is distinguished between a ticket for the time of the sunset, between 3 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. and all other times. If you want to be up at sunset, you have to make sure to book an appropriate ticket.

You don’t have to go back down after a certain time.

The time on the viewing platform is not limited. So if you want to spend several hours up there, nobody will stop you.

The Burj Khalifa does look really impressive
The Burj Khalifa does look really impressive!

Burj Khalifa tickets: the different options

Buying Burj Khalifa tickets is a small science in itself. That’s why we have listed all the different options for you. Before our visit to Dubai, we felt that we had spent half a day looking at the different ticket options.

To make it easier for you, we have selected the best offers so that you can find the best ticket option for you.

Burj Khalifa Basic Ticket

With this ticket you come to the Burj Khalifa at a time of your choice, but not between 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.. This is the time when most people want to visit the Burj Khalifa, because you can see the sunset over Dubai. Clever, as the Dubaiers are, it’s more expensive.

But the tickets become more expensive already from 3 p.m., because then the most popular time already begins.

The ticket will be deposited for you at the Burj Khalifa and you just pick it up there before you get into the elevator.

  • At any time, except between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Pick-up of the ticket at the entrance
  • Price: 35 euros per person

To the basic ticket

Ticket + Sunset (Our choice!)

With this ticket you come to the Burj Khalifa at sunset, between 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m..

Whether the sunset is worth it, is always a game of chance. We ourselves were on the Burj Khalifa at sunset, but unfortunately we had bad luck. There was a lot of sand and haze in the air, so we didn’t see much of the sunset.

However, we were still there during the very hot season in September. In the colder months the chances are much better.

  • Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at sunset
  • Pick-up of the ticket at the entrance
  • Price: 58 euros per person

To the sunset ticket

Burj Khalifa ticket + hotel deposit

With this ticket you also get to the Burj Khalifa at a time of your choice except for sunset. However, the original ticket will be deposited directly in the hotel for you, so that you do not have to exchange your booking confirmation on site and thus save some time.

  • At any time, except sunset
  • Original ticket will be brought to your hotel
  • You don’t have to stand in line for the ticket pick-up.
  • Price: 59 euros per person.

To the ticket with hotel deposit

Ticket + pick-up from hotel

The options shown so far do not include transport to Burj Khalifa. So you have to organize the journey yourself.

If you don’t want to get to Burj Khalifa on your own, this option is perfect for you. In addition to the ticket you will be picked up at your hotel.

  • At any time, except sunset
  • Pick-up from hotel
  • Price: 95 euros per person

To the ticket option with pick-up at the hotel

Burj Khalifa Tickets for the 148th floor

The options shown so far all include only one ticket for the lower viewing platform of Burj Khalifa on the 124th and 125th floor.

If the lower viewing platform is not enough for you and you would like to get to the top, then tickets for the 148th floor at 555 meters are the right choice for you.

The tickets are valid for a time of your choice, including sunset, and will be deposited at your hotel. Snacks and drinks are also available on the 148th floor, and the 124th and 125th floor platforms can also be visited with this ticket.

  • At any time
  • Ticket will be deposited at the hotel
  • Snacks and drinks on the 148th floor
  • Price: 93 euros per person

To the ticket for the 148th floor

Burj Khalifa Ticket + Guided City Tour

You can also combine a visit to Burj Khalifa with a private 5-hour city tour of Dubai. An English-speaking guide will show you the most beautiful sights of Dubai and at the end you will go to the Burj Khalifa.

The Burj Khalifa tickets are of course included. This option is especially suitable if you are only on a short stopover in Dubai and want to see as much as possible in a short time.

Pick-up at hotel or cruise port
5-hour city tour with an English-speaking guide
Burj Khalifa ticket, at any time, except sunset
Price: between 70 and 210 euros per person

To the city tour incl. standard ticket for Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa Ticket & Burj Al Arab with Chauffeur

You not only want to visit the Burj Khalifa, but also the world famous Burj al Arab. Then this package is just right for you.

A private chauffeur will take you to the Burj Khalifa. From the 124th/125th floor you can enjoy the view of Dubai before continuing on to the Burj al Arab. There is a seat reserved for you in the Skyview Bar and two cocktails per person are also included.

Private driver from / to hotel or cruise port (English speaking)
Tickets for the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa. Any time except sunset.
2 cocktails at the Skyview Bar in the Burj Al Arab
Price: between 190 and 225 euros per person

To the ticket option: Burj Kalifa & Burj Al Arab with chauffeur

Here again are the ticket options at a glance

 Preis per person 
Ticket for morning & night35 eurosBook here
Sunset Ticket Recommended!58 eurosBook here
Tickets with hotel deposit59 eurosBook here
Tickets for the 148th Level93 eurosBook here
Ticket with hotel pick up95 eurosBook here
Ticket # 5 hour city tour (preferred language)70 - 210 eurosBook here
Ticket + Burj al Arab, Chauffeur & 2 cocktails190 - 279 eurosBook here

Burj Khalifa tips for your visit

When is the best time for the Burj Khalifa?

This question is not easy to answer, because it depends on the weather. When the view is clear, the time around sunset is of course wonderful.

We would avoid the blazing midday sun. It’s probably not that crowded, but you have the worst light for taking pictures.

Of course Dubai is also very worth seeing at night. Either you wait a bit after sunset until it is dark or you go up later in the evening.

A visit in the evening can also be perfectly combined with a visit to the Dubai Fountain. The water feature takes place daily between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. at the base of the Burj Khalifa. Depending on the season, the performances start every 20 or 30 minutes and last about 5 minutes.

Water feature in front of the Dubai Mall
Water feature in front of the Dubai Mall
The Burj Khalifa illuminated at night
The Burj Khalifa illuminated at night
View from Burj Khalifa
View from Burj Khalifa. Unfortunately it is very dusty in the desert.

Burj Khalifa Directions

The Burj Khalifa is located in downtown Dubai. Only a few years ago there was not much more here than desert.

Now there are skyscrapers and huge shopping malls everywhere.

The red metro line takes you directly from the airport, Deira and Bur Dubai to Burj Khalifa. The station is called “Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall”.

However, the metro station is still about 1 km away from Burj Khalifa.

However, the way leads completely through air-conditioned pedestrian tunnels, most of which are even equipped with roller conveyors.

Alternatively you can take a taxi. Taxi rides are relatively cheap in Dubai.

You will find the entrance area of the Burj Khalifa in the Dubai Mall.
You will find the entrance area of the Burj Khalifa in the Dubai Mall.

Burj Khalifa Tickets: Comparison of providers

In principle you can also buy Burj Khalifa tickets on site. The elevators to the viewing platform and the ticket counters are located in the Dubai Mall at the base of the Burj Khalifa.

However, if you see the long queues at the ticket counter, you will wish you had bought your tickets before. Even if you buy the tickets locally, you will have to decide on a time.

So you can’t just go there, buy a ticket and start right away. This only works if there are still free spots available at that time.

We strongly recommend that you buy your tickets online in advance. There are different providers for this.

We do not recommend buying directly on the Burj Khalifa website. The site is extremely confusing and payment is only possible by credit card.

Third party prices are the same and the booking process is much easier. It also gives you the opportunity to book interesting package deals.

We have had the best experiences with rent a guide or Get your Guide.. Both are German providers that offers not only tours and city tours but also tickets for attractions such as the Burj Khalifa.

The booking is fast, safe and reliable and in case of an emergency there is a good customer service. Get your guide even offers customer services in nine different languages.

For this reason all options shown here refer to one of those two.

Burj Khalifa tickets
Sometimes the skyscraper disappears behind the clouds. No wonder at a height of over 800 meters.

Burj Khalifa Hotel: Overnight stay at Armani Hotel Dubai

Just visiting the Burj Khalifa is not enough for you? Then just spend the night there. There is also a hotel in Burj Khalifa.

The Armani Hotel Dubai extends over 11 floors of the Burj Khalifa and is certainly one of the most special places to spend the night in Dubai. Of course it’s not cheap, but hey, it’s Dubai!

To the Armani Hotel Dubai

Hotel tip for your visit to Dubai

If the Armani Hotel Dubai is too expensive for you, there are of course many other options in Dubai. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter which neighborhood you stay in in Dubai.

It is important that you are close to a metro station so that you can get anywhere quickly and especially in the heat of the city, you don’t have to walk far to the nearest air conditioning.

We stayed in the Somewhere Hotel Apartment in the Deira district. It’s right next to a subway station. You reach the airport by metro in 10 minutes and of course you can quickly reach all the sights.

To the Somewhere Hotel Apartment

If you prefer to stay close to Palm Island and Burj Khalifa, we can warmly recommend the Rove Hotel. The price-performance ratio is almost unbeatable for Dubai.

To the Rove Hotel