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Burj Khalifa is the most iconic building in Dubai, UAE.

At 829.8 meters (2,722 feet), it is the tallest building in the world.

More than two million tourists visit the tower’s observation decks yearly.

The design was inspired by Islamic architecture, with the building featuring a spiral minaret design that is common in traditional mosques.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for the Burj Khalifa.

Things to know before booking tickets

Before booking the tickets to Burj Khalifa, consider the following:

Best place to buy tickets

If you are looking to buy Burj Khalifa tickets, you have two options –

Option 1: Buy them on the day of your visit to the venue

Option 2: Buy them online in advance

Here are the four reasons why you must buy your tickets online and NOT at the attraction – 

Reason 1: If you decide to buy your tickets at the attraction, you must wait in the long line at the ticket counter. Once you have the ticket, you must wait in another line to go to the elevators. Buying your ticket online helps you skip the first line (at the ticketing counter).

Reason 2: If you are visiting during the peak months or prime hours, you may reach the attraction only to find out that all the tickets have sold out.

Since the officials sell only a limited number of tickets for every time slot, ‘Sold out!’ is a message seen often.

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Buying Burj Khalifa tickets online saves you time and money and from last-minute surprises! Image: Waitamoment.co.uk

Reason 3: When you buy your tickets from the counter at the attraction, you pay more than three times the online ticket price.

The general admission ticket, which is the cheapest way to explore Burj, costs AED 179 ($49) online and more than 500 AED at the venue.

Reason 4: You also get your preferred time slot when you book early.

Once you purchase the tickets, they get delivered to your email address. There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone on the day of your visit.

Burj Khalifa ticket price

The price you pay for your Burj Khalifa ticket depends on three factors.

Observatories you plan to visit

If you plan to visit the observatories on levels 124 and 125, your tickets will be relatively cheaper.

To go up to level 148, you must pay a higher price and buy the VIP ticket.

Time of your visit

The price also depends on when you want to visit the attraction.

Prime hour (4 pm to 6 pm) tickets are costlier than non-prime hour tickets.

The tickets are costlier during these hours because sunset is the best time to be at an observatory.

The setting sun makes for a visually stunning Dubai skyline.

Type of ticket you buy

You can buy two types of tickets – the General Admission ticket or the Skip The Line ticket.

The Skip The Line ticket is more expensive because it allows you to avoid all the queues and walk right into the building.

If you are short on time and can afford the high prices, we recommend you buy Skip The Line tickets.

The General Admission ticket is the cheapest ticket to go to Burj Khalifa.

Which ticket to buy

Family at Burj Khalifa
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While buying Burj Khalifa tickets, you will have lots of doubts.

Should you visit levels 124 and 125 or also go for 148?

What is better – a general admission ticket or a Skip The Line ticket?

Which hours are advisable – prime hours or non-prime hours?

At the Top vs. At the Top SKY

At the Top ticket = entry to levels 124 and 125
At the Top Sky ticket = access to levels 124, 125 and 148

The Top Sky ticket is also known as the ‘VIP ticket.’

Besides the bragging rights of being on the world’s highest observation deck, this VIP ticket also gives you a guided tour of the observatory and refreshments at the Sky Lounge.

Our Verdict:

The ticket to visit level 148 is almost three times costlier than the tickets to see levels 124 and 125. 

If you are on a budget holiday, we recommend you stick to the lower levels and buy only the At the Top tickets

However, if money isn’t a concern but you care about the experience, we highly recommend the Sky Experience.

You must know that visitors can’t stay at level 148 for as long as they want – there is a time limit of 30 minutes.

General Admission vs. Skip the Line

During peak times, the General Admission ticket holders may have to wait an hour to enter the elevator.

Skip The Line tickets help avoid the crowd and the long lines.

Our Verdict:

Buying a General Admission ticket is the best option if you have time.

Skip the Line tickets at the counter are almost three times the cost of General Admission tickets. 

Despite being so costly, the Skip The Line tickets don’t get you access to level 148.

That’s why we recommend the next best option instead – the VIP ticket, which costs only 40 AED more but lets you skip the line and visit level 148 as well.

Prime hours vs. non-prime hours

The ticket prices vary according to the time of entry to the building.

The ticket prices for entry during prime hours are around 40% higher than those during non-prime hours.

The prime and non-prime hours differ for At the Top and At the Top Sky tickets.

At the Top (Levels 124 and 125)

Prime hours: 4 pm to 6 pm
Non-prime hours: 9 am to 3.30 pm and from 6.30 pm to closing time

At the Top SKY (Level 124, 125, and 148)

Prime hours: 9.30 am to 6 pm
Non-prime hours: 7 pm to closing time

Our Verdict:

If your primary objective in visiting Burj Khalifa is to see the sunset, or if this is your first visit to an observatory and money is not a concern, we suggest selecting prime hours while booking your tickets.

If you have seen the sunset on a skyline from some observatory, we recommend you stick to non-prime hours to save money and avoid the crowd.

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Burj Khalifa tickets

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Burj Khalifa offers various kinds of tickets, each offering a unique experience. Image: Klook.com

There are various kinds of tickets, each offering a unique experience.

General admission tickets

General admission tickets are the cheapest and most popular way to get to the observatories in the tallest building in the world.

You step into one of the world’s fastest elevators and reach the observation decks, with lookout points across levels 124 and 125.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money but want to experience the sunset from Burj Khalifa, opt for a timeslot that coincides with when the sun will go down.

Cost of tickets

Burj Khalifa’s general admission tickets, which get you to levels 124 and 125, cost AED 179 ($49) for visitors aged nine and above.

Children between four and eight years pay a discounted price of AED 145 ($39) for entry.

Non-prime hours: 9 am to 3.30 pm, 6.30 pm till closing
Adult (12+ years): AED 179 ($49)
Child (4 to 11 years): AED 145 ($39)

Prime hours: 4 pm to 6 pm
Adult (12+ years): AED 259 ($71)
Child (4 to 11 years): AED 165 ($45)

Burj Khalifa VIP tickets

The VIP tickets allow skip-the-line access to all three observation decks: levels 124, 125, and 148.

You will be treated like a VIP throughout your visit, so you won’t have to wait in long lines for the elevator.

On level 148, a guest ambassador of Burj Khalifa gives you a tour of the observation deck.

After spending 30 minutes on level 148, you can descend to levels 124 and 125 and stay as long as you want.

Children three years and below enter for free.

Cost of tickets

The VIP ticket, with which you can skip all the lines and visit levels 124, 125, and 148, costs AED 553 ($151) for prime hours.

Prime hours – 9.30 am to 6 pm
Adult (4+ years): AED 553 ($151)

Non-prime hours – 7 to 10 pm
Adult (4+ years): AED 399 ($109)

124th & 125th Floors + Café

This ticket gives you an extra something because, in addition to the views from the 124 and 125 floors, you can also sit down and discuss the experience.

After visiting the observation deck of Dubai’s tallest building, you can get a signature drink or snack at the ground-level cafe.

Cost of tickets

Non-prime hours: AED 184 ($50)
Prime hours: AED 267 ($72)

At The Top + Sky Views

This ticket gives you access to Sky Views, a premium experience.

Besides entry to Burj Khalifa floors 124 & 125 (At The Top), you can explore the Sky Views Observatory and the Sky Walk.

Guests love walking between the Sky Views Towers, high above the ground (and outside the building!).

This ticket also includes a one-time slide on the Glass Slide, which usually costs an additional 25 AED ($7).

Cost of tickets

Adult (12+ years): AED 259 ($71)
Child (4 to 11 years): AED 199 ($57)

At the Top + 3-course meal at Rooftop

This At The Top Burj Khalifa entry gives you access to Floors 124 & 125 and a 3-course set menu for lunch or dinner at Rooftop, The Burj Club.

Guests will first have the observation deck experience and then be escorted to the Rooftop at The Burj Club.

The restaurant offers an alfresco dining experience overlooking The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.

Cost of tickets

Adult (12+ years): AED 327 ($89)
Child (4 to 11 years): AED 293 ($80)

The Lounge – Levels 154, 153, 152

This observatory ticket gets you to access the 152nd, 153rd, and 154th floors of Burj Khalifa.

You sip tea or champagne at the lounge on these floors while taking in jaw-dropping city views.

You also get an assortment of freshly baked pastries and dainty cakes, even as you enjoy live entertainment in the lounge.

Later, you tour the outdoor terrace to check out the skyscrapers and the sprawling desert.

This tour of the world’s highest lounge at 585 meters (1919 feet) above the ground lasts 90 minutes.

Cost of tickets

General: AED 769 ($209)

Burj Khalifa + Dubai Aquarium

The Metro Link Bridge, which connects Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Aquarium, makes moving from one attraction to another easy.

This 828-meter (2715-foot) long air-conditioned glass tunnel travellator link also offers fantastic views of Dubai.

The Burj Khalifa and Dubai Aquarium ticket combination is quite popular with visitors.

This combo ticket allows one entry to both attractions on a single day.

Like all combo tickets, it also helps you reduce your ticket costs by 15 to 20%.

Cost of tickets

Adult (12+ years): 245 AED ($67)
Child (3 to 11 years): 210 AED ($57)

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Popular combo tickets Cost
Museum of the Future + Burj 124 & 125 AED 283 ($77)
Burj Khalifa + Dubai Frame AED 219 ($60)
Burj Khalifa + Aquaventure Waterpark AED 431 ($117)
Dubai Fountain Show and Lake Ride + Burj Khalifa AED 216 ($59)
Dubai Garden Glow + Burj Khalifa AED 227 ($62)
Burj Khalifa + The Yellow Boats Tour AED 445 ($122)
Burj + The Dubai Fountain Boardwalk AED 170 ($46)
Dubai Dolphinarium + Burj Khalifa AED 260 ($71)
Burj + Motiongate Dubai AED 381 ($104)

Important: We recommend you buy Burj Khalifa tickets online, much in advance – you save time and money and avoid last-minute surprises.

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Opening hours

Burj Khalifa opens at 9 am and closes at 11 pm throughout the week.

The last entry is 45 minutes before closing.

Non-prime hour rates apply from 9 am to 3.30 pm, 6.30 pm to 11 pm, and 4 pm to 6 pm; prime hour rates apply on the tickets.

The prime hours are also known as the sunset hours.

Ticket prices are higher when you book your visit during a prime hour slot.

How long does the tour take

If your question is, how long does a tour of Burj Khalifa take? Well, the answer is, “It depends on you.”

Going to the observatory and enjoying the fantastic views at your own pace takes approximately 1.5 hours. Some tourists are also known to finish the tour in an hour.

It is essential to keep in mind that your trip can take longer if you visit during peak season and sunset hours.

We propose you keep one hour of lead time to reach the top because while the elevators reach the observation deck in one minute, the waiting line to enter the elevator might take a while.

If you want to avoid waiting in the elevator lines, buy Skip The Line tickets – you can reach the observatory in less than 15 minutes.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Burj Khalifa is when it opens at 9 am.

Visiting during the daytime is ideal for the clearest views extending far over the desert and Dubai’s landmarks in full detail.

If high ticket cost during prime hours is not an issue, sunset is the best time to visit the observatory and see the fantastic Dubai skyline. 

Watching the sun dip below the horizon from such a height is truly spectacular, with the city lighting up for the night.

You can purchase a general admission or VIP ticket for this prime-time visit.  

If you are on a budget, you can visit as soon as the prime hours get over at 6.30 pm.

If you do not mind waiting, you can buy your ticket right before prime hours kick in and stay long enough in the Observatories to see the sunset.

The tower offers mesmerizing nighttime views, with the animated city lights creating a stunning scene.

Best time to see the sunrise

Sunrise from Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa Sunrise ticket is an opportunity to catch the sunrise from the world’s tallest building. Image: Getyourguide.com

The observation deck opens at 5.30 am on Fridays and Saturdays, and it is best to reach before 6 am to see the sunrise. 

It is best to purchase Sunrise tickets to enjoy this early morning Burj Khalifa experience.

Tip: Watch the weather because a foggy day means a not-so-good experience.

Burj Khalifa in winter

When visiting Dubai in winter, seeing Burj Khalifa in the late mornings or early afternoons will be best.

During winter, Dubai gets dark by 6 pm.

How to reach Burj Khalifa: The towering structure stands in Downtown Dubai, next to the Dubai Mall.
Address: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates. Get Directions.

Burj Khalifa observatories

Burj Khalifa has three observation decks – levels 124, 125, and 148.

Levels 124 and 125 are together known as ‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa.’

And Level 148 is known as ‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa Sky.’

Level 124

The observatory at Level 124 is the lowest of all three observation decks and the most popular.

This is 452 meters (1,483 feet) high and helps experience a mesmerizing view of the Dubai skyline.

The Burj Khalifa At the Top has high-powered telescopes to help you get closer to the skyline.

Visitors can access the deck via a high-speed elevator that travels 10 meters per second, reaching the deck in just 60 seconds.

The observation deck features floor-to-ceiling glass walls that provide an unobstructed 360-degree city view.

Level 125

Burj Khalifa - Level 125 Observatory
At 456 meters, Level 125 of Burj Khalifa offers a spacious observation deck with stunning 360-degree views. Image: Burjkhalifa.ae

Level 125 stands at 456 meters (1,496 feet) and is one Level above the At the Top Observatory on Level 124.

It is a spacious observation deck decorated in Arabic mashrabiya to illuminate 360-degree views from the top.

At level 125, you can preserve your memories with green screen photography, where reality merges with special effects to create unique photographs.

On this floor, you can also enter the ‘Dubai: A Falcon’s Eye View’ exhibit to see an exhilarating aerial view of the city – as a flying Falcon would.

To visit Levels 124 and 125, you must buy the General Admission ticket.

Level 148

Burj Khalifa Sky Level 148
At Level 148 of Burj Khalifa, you can explore Dubai’s most famous landmarks with an interactive experience using motion senses. Image: Burjkhalifa.ae

Level 148 is the highest observation deck in the world.

It is also called At the Top, Burj Khalifa Sky.

It is 555 meters (1,821 feet) and has an outdoor terrace.

On this top floor, a guest ambassador greets you and takes you on a personalized tour.

You also get refreshments at the famous SKY Lounge.

Book the VIP ticket to enjoy this Burj Khalifa Sky experience.

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Waiting times

Thousands of tourists come to see Dubai’s skyline from the Burj Khalifa observatories every day. It’s best to be aware of the peak months as you plan your trip to Dubai.

Peak months (Nov to March)

If you visit Burj Khalifa during the prime hours, the queue for general admission might exceed one hour.

During such times, it is best to buy Skip The Line tickets.

You may still have to wait 30 minutes in the elevator lines during non-prime hours.

Off-season (Apr to Oct)

Dubai is hot during these months and hence draws fewer tourists.

However, being Dubai’s most popular tourist destination, you may still have to wait 20-30 minutes.

How to avoid the crowd

Burj Khalifa is one of Dubai’s most popular tourist attractions, attracting around 2.5 million tourists annually.

Here are three tips to help you avoid the crowd in this usually crowded tourist attraction.

Buy tickets online and in advance

Being the must-visit attraction in Dubai for most tourists, the tickets are always in demand, especially during tourist seasons, weekends, school holidays, festivals, etc.

As a result, during peak hours and months, the ticket counter’s waiting time exceeds an hour.

The best way to avoid these lines at the ticketing counter is by booking your tickets online in advance.

Booking online helps you avoid long lines and allows you to choose your preferred time slot.

Purchase ‘Skip the Line’ tickets

All visitors must take the elevators to visit the observatories.

Visitors with ‘General Admission’ tickets must stand in long lines until they turn to take the elevator.

However, if you buy a “Skip the Line’ ticket, you can walk past all these people waiting for their turn and enter the elevator.

Get the time of your visit right

Visiting during non-prime hours is best if you want to avoid the crowd.

In the process, you will also end up saving money.

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