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The Doha Metro is a state-of-the-art, best-in-the-class automated rail network running underground and across the city of Doha. Completed in May 2019, it is also one of the fastest driverless trains in the world.
The train departures are frequent, it is very easy to navigate, and it connects with the most significant tourist attractions in Qatar (including the Corniche, Qatar National Museum, Katara Cultural Centre, and Shopping Malls) with dedicated ultra-modern stations.
This article covers the Doha Metro Map, Stations, Timings, Ticket Prices, and everything you need to know about using the Metro service.
- Doha Metro Recent Updates
- Doha Metro Timings
- Doha Metro Map
- Types of Travel Cards
- Where To Buy Doha Metro Travel Cards
- How To Top Up Doha Metro Travel Cards
- Journey Rates
- Doha Metro Frequency
- Travelling With Children
- Free Shuttle Services
- Doha Metro Park & Ride Facility
- How to Plan A Trip With Doha Metro
- Free Wi-Fi Connectivity
- About Doha Metro Fleet
- Doha Metro Network
- Doha Metro Contact Number
- FAQ on Doha Metro
Doha Metro Recent Updates
03 JANUARY 2024 UPDATE
Children above the age of five are also mandated to tap in to use the Metrolink services. The Metrolink QR Code and Karwa Smartcards, which were initially implemented, are still valid.
15 DECEMBER 2023 UPDATE
• Energy City South to Al Wessil
• Lusail Central to Tarfat-South
• Esplanade to Marina-North
• Marina Promenade to Marina-Central
• Marina to Marina-South
You can read more about Lusail Tram here.
OCTOBER 2023 UPDATE
Doha Metro Timings
Below are the timings for Doha Metro (as of December 2023):
|Sunday to Wednesday
|05:30 AM to 11:59 PM
|05:30 AM to 01:00 AM
|02:00 PM to 01:00 AM
|06:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Doha Metro Map
Below is the latest map of the Doha Metro stations network as of 2023:
Here, you can download a high-resolution PDF of the Doha Metro Map:
Here is the geographic map of Doha Metro:
Walking Time Between Stations
Walking can be quick and easy to get around Metro stations, especially during busy times. This map shows you how much time it takes to walk between some stations.
Types of Travel Cards
To travel using the Doha Metro, you must buy a travel card. As part of its efforts to promote sustainability and preserve the environment, Doha Metro has suspended the use of paper tickets. Currently there are two different types of travel cards available:
These are rechargeable cards for travel in Standard Class & Family Class. The card costs QR 10 and needs to be topped up with the journey fare.
In the Standard & Family class, one journey costs QR 2, and the maximum daily charge is QR 6.
Gold Club Cards
These are rechargeable cards for travel in Gold Class which is more luxurious. The card costs QR 100 and needs to be topped up with the journey fare.
In the Gold class, one journey costs QR 10, and the maximum daily charge is QR 30.
You can see a comparison of the two types of cards here:
|Type of Card
|Gold Club Card
|Class of Travel
|Standard & Family
|Single Journey Cost
|Maximum Charge Per Day
|Travel Card Cost
These cards are valid on both Doha Metro and Lusail Tram. Note that Lusail Tram does not have Gold Class. So Gold Club cards can be used in Standards Class.
Where To Buy Doha Metro Travel Cards
Standard cards can be purchased at all Metro stations (from vending machines) and some licensed retailers. Gold Club cards can be purchased at Gold Club offices in all Metro stations.
How To Top Up Doha Metro Travel Cards
Standard and Gold Club cards can be recharged at station travel card vending machines, the Qatar Rail website, and the mobile app. Gold Club cards can also be recharged at Gold Club offices in Metro stations.
A rechargeable travel card can be used repeatedly as it is valid for five years.
- If you use a Standard card, the rate per journey is QR 2.
- If you use a Gold Club card, the rate per journey is QR 10.
The rate per journey is the same irrespective of the distance. The travel card should be scanned/punched twice during any journey: first while entering the platform and second time while exiting the platform.
Maximum Charge Per Day
If you travel multiple times during one day using Standard or Gold Club cards, there is a daily limit on the amount charged. The maximum is three times the normal journey rate. From the fourth ride onwards, the ride is free of charge.
That means you will pay no more than QR 6 a day (for Standard Card) and QR 30 a day (for Gold Club Card) no matter how many journeys you make in a single day.
NOTE: You don’t need to tap out and in when changing stations. However, there is a 90-minute limit on travel throughout the network. You will be charged after spending 90 minutes on the network.
90 minutes is enough time to travel any possible route on the Doha Metro network and should not be an issue even if you are changing trains at an intersection.
Doha Metro Frequency
The trains on the Doha Metro network operate every 3 minutes, so you do not have to wait more than 3 minutes for the next train.
Travelling With Children
Anyone aged five and above needs a Travel Card to travel on Doha Metro. Children aged four and below do not need a Travel Card and must be accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
- Adult and child fares are the same for any class.
A child must be nine years old or above to travel alone on the network. Younger kids should be accompanied by someone at least 16 years of age.
Free Shuttle Services
Mowasalat is running MetroLink feeder buses providing first and last-mile connectivity to Qatar Rail customers within a 2 to 5 km radius of the Doha Metro stations. Over three years, the MetroLink route network has grown to around 60 routes covering areas around metro stations.
Metrolink Price: The service is offered free of charge.
Metrolink Frequency: The frequency of the bus route is 12 minutes, 15 minutes or 20 minutes.
How To Use: You can download the Karwa Journey Planner App on your mobile phone and get a free QR Code. You need to tap in and tap out this QR code each time when you enter and exit the Metrolink bus. From January 2024, you can also tap in and tap out using the Doha Metro travel card (Standard or Gold). Karwa smart cards are also valid for tap in and tap out.
Metrolink operates at the following times:
- Sunday to Wednesday: 5:30 am to 11:59 pm
- Thursday: 5:30 am to 1:00 am
- Friday: 2:00 pm to 1:00 am
- Saturday: 6:00 am to 11:59 pm
You can find the MetroLink route maps here.
MetroLink Recent Updates
From 12 November 2023, Metrolink M148 will be split to serve the following routes to enhance the accessibility to/from Qatar University Metro Station.
M148: Serving the University of Doha for Science and Technology.
M149: Serving new Immigration Department & Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
MetroExpress is a free ride-sharing service with a fleet of branded Mercedes Vito vans, seating seven people per vehicle.
Currently, MetroExpress serves ten Metro stations (6 on the Red Line, 2 on the Green Line and 2 on the Gold Line) and seven Lusail tram stations.
MetroExpress service operates during the following times:
- Sunday to Wednesday 05:30 am to 11:59 pm
- Thursday 05:30 am to 01:00 am
- Friday 02:00 pm to 01:00 am
- Saturday 06:00 am to 11:59 pm
This service is provided strictly for Doha Metro customers registered with Qatar Rail and will be used only in conjunction with a metro journey. The Service can be booked through its mobile app.
Note that MetroExpress service is only available through the Karwa Taxi app. To book a ride, download the Karwa Taxi app, click the MetroExpress tab, select the number of passengers travelling and request your ride. This service is free for Doha Metro and Lusail Tram passengers and must be used in conjunction with a Metro or Tram ride.
Doha Metro Park & Ride Facility
One convenient way to reach the metro network is to use any of the ‘Park & Ride facilities available for the public at 12 stations across the Doha Metro network with around 12,000 parking spaces.
As part of this initiative, free parking spaces are provided to passengers who can park their vehicles and avail of Metro services to reach their destinations. It encourages vehicle owners to use modern public transportation systems while helping them save time and cost.
The Red Line Umm Ghuwailina station has a ‘Park & Ride’ facility with 2,500 parking spaces, Qatar University station has 3,800 parking spaces, and Al Messila station on the Green Line has 4,000 parking spaces. These will allow the public to park their cars and use the metro to reach their destination without worrying about traffic.
How to Plan A Trip With Doha Metro
Free Wi-Fi Connectivity
Qatar Rail also provides seamless Wi-Fi for public use across all trains and stations to Metro customers.
The Qatar Rail Wi-Fi offers users free connectivity for 30 minutes per day on limited bandwidth.
Customers can connect online as soon as they enter any station and until they leave. One-time registration will be required per user. They will be required to sign in using their mobile number, input a One Time Password (OTP) or use Facebook or email authentication before use.
To enjoy high-speed Internet services, customers can purchase a daily, weekly or monthly subscription plan under ‘Add-Ons’ on the easy-to-use Metro Wi-Fi screens. By using a subscription plan, customers can automatically connect to Qatar Rail’s Wi-Fi services when in the proximity of any station or on a journey.
About Doha Metro Fleet
The Doha Metro fleet consists of 110 trains, each of which consists of 3 cars that are regularly inspected, maintained, and monitored whilst in service.
As of 2023, train carriages running on the Red Line have been increased from three to six. A Maintenance routine is carried out to ensure the highest performance levels are achieved.
Doha Metro Network
Doha Metro network consists of three lines – Red, Green, and Gold, with 37 stations, including 2 interchange stations.
Doha Metro Red Line
The Red Line runs for 40 kilometres from Al Wakra in the south to Lusail in the north. This line also connects Hamad International Airport at Terminal 1 to the city’s centre.
It has 17 active stations (Legtaifiya will open next year), notably West Bay QIC, Katara, and Qatar University. The Red Line has two interchange stations for the metro lines – Al Bidda and Msheireb.
Doha Metro Green Line
The Green Line runs east from Al Mansoura to Al Riffa in the west. It has eleven stations along the line, with notable stops at Education City, Hamad Hospital, Al Shaqab, and Qatar National Library.
Doha Metro Gold Line
The east-to-west Gold Line extends from Ras Bu Aboud to Al Aziziyah. Eleven stations run along the Gold Line, with stops at the Qatar National Museum, Souq Waqif, Sport City (for Khalifa International Stadium), and Al Aziziyah (for Villaggio Mall).
Doha Metro Contact Number
Doha Metro has a 24×7 customer care helpline on 105 (inside Qatar) and +974 4429 3777 (outside Qatar).
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FAQ on Doha Metro
Where can I buy Metro tickets in Qatar?
You can buy Standard Travel Cards at all Metro Stations and authorised retailers. Gold Club Cards can be bought at Metro Stations only.
How much do Doha Metro tickets cost?
The rate per journey in Standard and Family Class is QR 2. The rate in Gold Class is QR 10 per journey.
Should children have tickets for Doha Metro?
Children aged five and above need a Travel Card to travel, while children aged four and below do not need a Travel Card.
How can I recharge Doha Metro Travel Cards?
Standard and Gold Club Cards can be recharged at Station Travel Card Vending Machines, the Qatar Rail website and the mobile app.
What are the timings for Doha Metro?
The timings of Doha Metro are Sunday to Wednesday: from 05:30 am to 11:59 pm; Thursday: from 05:30 am to 01:00 am; Friday: from 02:00 pm to 01:00 am; and Saturday from 06:00 am to 11:59 pm.
How many cars are there on Doha Metro trains?
On normal days Doha Metro trains operate with three cars. However, they may operate with six cars on special occasions.
What time does Doha Metro close?
From Saturday to Wednesday, Doha Metro stops service at 11:59 pm. On Thursday and Friday, the service is extended until 01:00 am.
When is the last Metro train from Hamad International Airport?
The last Doha Metro train from HIA is at 10:19 pm (Sat to Wed) and 11:19 pm (Thu-Fri).
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