On Foot

In the cooler months, it is perfectly feasible to walk around Doha. But it is not a common or the best way to get around, as the city simply has not evolved around pedestrians, and the roads often don’t have many crossings, or even sidewalks.

That said, a stroll along the Corniche is one of the best ways to see the bay, the city’s museums, and the older quarters around Souq Waqif. All the various parks and the Pearl are fantastic to walk in and around, but in general walking is not the best option for exploration.

By Metro

The state-of-the art Doha Metro is largely operational (anticipated to be fully operational in time for the FIFA World Cup in 2022), connecting various points of interest across Doha. While currently mostly underground, a tram system is under development, and expected to open shortly.

The automated rail network offers some of the fastest driverless trains in the world, the Doha Metro rapid transit system has three lines: Red, Green and Gold, with 37 stations across 47 miles, which converge at the centrally located Msheireb Station, close to Doha's main cultural attractions.

-Red (coastal) Line connects Hamad International Airport to West Bay, Katara Cultural Village, Qatar University and Lusail.

-Green (educational) Line connects Hamad Hospital, Al Bidda park, Qatar Foundation’s Education City and Mall of Qatar.

-Gold (historic) Line runs through Khalifa Stadium, Villaggio Mall, to Souq Waqif and National Museum of Qatar.


-A single ticket in Standard Class costs QAR2.
-An unlimited day pass in Standard Class costs QAR6.
-A single ticket in Gold Class is QAR10, and a day pass QAR30.
-Tickets for Family Class are the same as Standard, but only available to women with children.
Tickets are available from the machines in each station, and re-chargeable cards are being planned.

Prices still subject to change. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

By Bus

The government-run national bus company, Karwa Public Bus (, provides comfortable city services around Doha in environmentally friendly vehicles. Timetables are displayed at each of the sheltered bus stops.

Buses operate every 15 to 30 minutes along many city routes; most start from Al Ghanim Bus Station and have stops every quarter mile. To travel by bus, you must purchase a Karwa Smartcard. Without a card, there's a QR10 fee for a single journey. Cards are available at the bus station and at some supermarkets (you need ID to purchase).

The free West Bay Shuttle loops through the West Bay area and can be handy for getting from one end of the bay to the other. Route maps are posted at bus stops and are available on

By Car

Driving in Doha can be difficult. Watch out for impatient drivers overtaking on both the left and right, honking the horn, flashing their lights and exhibiting a general disregard for roundabouts and free-roaming pedestrians. Parking is not too much of a problem, except in the souq (market) areas. Most hotels and malls have car parks or parking services. Ongoing construction and a lack of street signs can make navigation difficult. It is worth noting, most people navigate by landmark, not by road sign.

All the well-known car rental companies have a kiosk at the airport. In order to rent a car, tourists will need a driver's license of their home country and a credit card with the required amount of collateral in the account. Travelers who want to rent a car for more than ten days will need to make a temporary driving license in the local governance. It should be noted that the cost of car rental is quite low and ranges from $25 a day.

By Taxi or Uber

There are three types of taxis in Qatar: Karwa, Uber, and Careem. Uber and Careem can only be hailed via their respective apps. The city’s bright-turquoise taxis can be hailed by the side of the road or found at the airport and outside malls and hotels. If you don't use an app, taxi journeys cost around QR4 plus QR1.60/1.80 per kilometre during daylight/nighttime hours, although very few taxis use their meters these days. It is always good practice to agree on a price before getting in. The minimum fare is QR10, and waiting time costs QR8 for each 15 minutes.

Short Uber trips start at about QR15. Careem and Uber taxis allow you to book, check the fares, and track the cars online via the apps, and both offer cashless payments.

By Bicycle

Cycling in Doha is not the best way to get around. The traffic can be chaotic, and cycle lanes either do not exist or are ignored and not safe. However, it is a great way to explore the Corniche and the various parks, and there are dedicated and safe cycle tracks along parks such as Aspire Park and Al Bidda. The parks have bike-rental outlets, such as Berg Arabia, which not only rent bicycles, but also go-karts and four-wheel bicycles for the entire family. Costs start from around 25 QAR per hour.

By Chauffeur-Driven Limousine

Limousine hire is very common in Doha, and there are plenty of companies to choose from. You can hire anything from a stretch- to a Hummer-limousine, but most common are the comfortable, clean, air-conditioned sedans or SUVs, that can take you around the city and wait for you outside shops or museums, taking away the time and effort connected with finding suitable public transport or a taxi right at the moment you need it. One example of limousine hire is Mowasalat, the company that also runs the public buses, metro and taxis in Doha. The hourly rate ranges from $60 to $200, the daily rate from around $600 to $2,000, plus tips, all depending on how many people are traveling and what type of car you require.