The Doha Metro is a state-of-the-art, best-in-the-class automated rail network running underground and across the city of Doha.
This article covers Doha Metro Map, Stations, Timings, Ticket Prices, and everything you need to know about using the Metro service.
23 JUNE 2022 UPDATE: From 24 June 2022, the MetroExpress service will only be 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.
Wearing a mask and showing Ehteraz app green status is now compulsory on Metro services.
About Doha Metro
Completed in May 2019, Doha Metro is one of the fastest driverless trains in the world. 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.
On May 8, 2019, Qatar Rail started the preview service of Doha Metro with 13 stations on the Red Line, starting from Al Qassar station in the north to Al Wakra station in the south. The three metro lines that form the current network became fully operational by September 2020.
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. 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 kilometers 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 center.
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 Map
Below is the latest map of the Doha Metro stations network as of 2022:
Here, you can download a high-resolution PDF of the Doha Metro Map:
Here is the geographic map of Doha Metro:
Types of Travel Cards
To travel using the Doha metro, you must buy a travel card. There are two different types of travel cards available for Doha Metro:
- Standard Travel Card – Rechargeable Plastic Cards; Costs QR 10 for the card; Use in Standard & Family class
- Gold Club Travel Cards – Rechargeable Plastic Cards; Costs QR 100 for the card; Use in Gold class
You can see a comparison of the two types of cards here:
|Type of Card||Standard Card||Gold Club Card|
|Class of Travel||Standard & Family||Gold Class|
|Single Journey Cost||QR 2||QR 10|
|Maximum Charge Per Day||QR 6||QR 30|
|Travel Card Cost||QR 10||QR 100|
UPDATE: As part of its efforts to promote sustainability and preserve the environment, Doha Metro has suspended the limited use of paper tickets until further notice.
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 Standard & Family class, one journey costs QR 2, and the maximum charge per day 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.
Over 1.5 million Travel Cards (Standard & Gold club) have been sold from day one until March 2022.
Where To Buy Doha Metro Travel Cards
Standard Cards can be purchased at all Metro stations (from Vending Machines) and licensed retailers like Al Meera, Lulu, Carrefour, Family Food Center, and Jumbo.
Gold Club cards can be purchased at Gold Club offices in all Metro stations.
These cards are valid on both Doha Metro and Lusail Tram. Note that Lusail Tram does not have Gold Class.
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
The Standard Cards available at licensed retailers are priced at QR 30, including travel credit for QR 20. However, retailers will not able to top up them for you. The cards can be recharged at vending machines, websites, or through the mobile app.
A rechargeable travel card can be used repeatedly as it is valid for five years. Hence these cards are more suitable for frequent users rather than occasional users.
- If you use a Rechargeable Card to travel in Standard or Family Class, the rate per journey is QR 2.
- If you use a Rechargeable Card to travel in Gold Class, the rate per journey is QR 10.
The rate per journey is the same irrespective of the distance. The Travel Card will 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.
Please 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 the 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.
Traveling 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.
Doha Metro Timings
Below are the regular timings for Doha Metro (Updated 22 July 2022)
|Saturday to Wednesday||06:00 am to 11:00 pm|
|Thursday||06:00 am to 11:59 pm|
|Friday||02:00 pm to 11:59 pm|
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 from 13 routes to 43 routes covering areas around 23 metro stations.
These are free of charge and operate at the following times:
- Saturday to Wednesday: 06:00 am to 11:00 pm
- Thursday: 06:00 am to 11:59 pm
- Friday: 02:00 pm to 11:59 pm
(The above timings are updated on 22 July 2022)
You can find the MetroLink route maps here.
06 AUG 2022 UPDATE: From 07 August 2022, Metrolink route M306 (To Fereej Al Soudan 55) will operate from Al Sudan Bus Station adjacent to Al Sudan Metro Station.
27 JULY 2022 UPDATE: The following Metrolink routes will resume service from 31 July 2022:
* M311 from Sport City metro station to Al Mirqab and Slata Areas;
* M315 from National Museum metro station to Muraikh;
* M210 from Hamad Hospital/ Alsadd metro stations;
* M302 from Al Sadd Bin Mahmoud metro stations.
22 JULY 2022 UPDATE: From 24 July 2022, Metrolink Route M120 will be extended to New Slata Area. M139 bus stop locations in Nuaija will change.
03 JULY 2022 UPDATE: From 3 July 2022, the following routes will operate from Al Wakra Metro Station instead of Gas Bu Fontas Metro Station: M127, M128, M130, M131, M132, M133 & M134.
23 JUNE 2022 UPDATE: From 24 June 2022, MetroLink Route M105 will be suspended until further notice. This is due to ongoing road constriction work in the area. Customers are advised to use MetroExpress during this time.
MetroExpress is a free ride-sharing service with a fleet of branded Mercedes Vito vans, seating seven people per vehicle.
MetroExpress service currently covers eight metro stations: DECC, West Bay – QE, Al Qassar, Katara, Legtaifiya, Qatar University, Al Waab QLM and Sports City, and six stations on the Orange Line of Lusail Tram.
The service operates during the following timings:
- Saturday to Wednesday: 05:45 am to 11:00 pm
- Thursday: 05:45 am to 11:59 pm
- Friday: 02:00 pm to 11:59 pm
(The above timings are updated on 22 July 2022)
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.
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.
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Free Wi-Fi Connectivity
Since September 2020, Qatar Rail is also providing seamless Wi-Fi for public use across all trains and lines (Red, Gold and Green) 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 proximity of any station or on a journey.
Doha Metro Contact Number
Doha Metro has a 24×7 customer care helpline on 105 (inside Qatar) and +974 4429 3777 (outside Qatar).
Doha Metro During The Arab Cup
The total number of passengers who used the Doha Metro during the FIFA Arab Cup™ from November 30 to December 18, 2021, exceeded 2.5 million, with an average of 130,000 passengers daily. Doha Metro operated 50,000 trips during the tournament, which led to 885,000 km, and the average time between trains is 2.5 minutes in one line in one direction.
For the first time since the start of the metro operation, it had the 6-car trains on the Red Line, which contributed to doubling the capacity of the trains on that line. The entire Doha Metro train fleet comprised 110 trains and was fully deployed during the tournament.
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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 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 regular timings of Doha Metro are: Saturday to Wednesday: from 06:00 am to 11:00 pm, Thursday: from 06:00 am to 11:59 pm and Friday from 02:00 pm 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 11.00 pm. On Thursday and Friday, the service is extended until 11.59 pm.
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