How To Get From Doha Airport To City Center (2024)

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Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA), popularly known as Doha Airport, is the main airport for international travellers arriving in the State of Qatar. It is one of the busiest airports in the region and has been ranked and named the “Best Airport in the World” by SKYTRAX World Airport Awards multiple times. 

This article will discuss the travel options from Doha Airport to city center, either by metro train, public bus service, taxi services, or car rentals.

Doha Airport to City By Metro Train

Doha Metro is a world-class rapid transit system which became operational in May 2019. Currently, it has three active lines (Red, Green, and Gold) and 37 stations connecting various parts of Doha.

Passengers arriving at Hamad International Airport can take the Red Line directly into central Doha from Hamad International Airport T1 Metro Station.

Travel From Doha Airport To City
Hamad International Airport

Timing: On regular service days, the last Metro train from Hamad International Airport is at 10:19 pm (Sat to Wed) and 11:19 pm (Thu-Fri). Services start at 5:30 am on weekdays, 6:00 am on Saturdays, and at 2:00 pm on Fridays.

Tickets: Passengers can buy a travel card from any station. Tickets cost QR 2 per ride. Standard travel cards cost QR 10 and can be recharged using vending machines and mobile apps.

Below is a map of the Doha Metro system for your reference. You can read more about Doha Metro here.

Doha Metro Map May 2022
Doha Metro Map

Doha Airport to City By Bus

Mowasalat (Karwa) is the official public transport company that provides frequent, reliable bus service throughout Doha and all major communities in Qatar.

Karwa Public Transport Bus
Image Source: Mowasalat

The bus network in Doha provides convenient transportation, linking Hamad International Airport to various city destinations. For detailed information on routes and timings, contact the Mowasalat call centre at (+974) 4458 8974/8650 or visit their website.

Boarding your bus is straightforward. All buses depart from the Bus Pavilion, situated to the right of the arrivals hall. Follow signs or ask at the information desk for guidance.

Tickets: Smart cards are available from vending machines at the airport and bus drivers upon boarding. Each bus provides storage space for your luggage during the journey.

Doha Airport to City By Taxi

Mowasalat (Karwa) is also operating taxi services from Hamad International Airport. Arriving passengers can access metres Karwa taxis 24×7. You can pay by cash, bank card or mobile payment.

How to get a taxi from Airport: Arriving passengers can board a taxi at the Taxi Pavilion located to the left end of the Arrival hall. Follow the ‘Taxi’ sign at the Arrivals Hall, ask at an information desk, or use the airport map to find your way.

Karwa Taxi
Image Source: Mowasalat

Depending on your seating and luggage requirements, you can choose between sedans and vans. Special taxis are also available for larger families or for passengers travelling with a lot of baggage. Karwa taxis have accommodations for people with disabilities and/ or limited mobility.

Uber and Careem

Uber and Careem are on-demand private taxi services which can be booked through their apps, which are available for iOS and Android.

App Download Links:

ServiceApp StorePlay Store
UberiOS App LinkAndroid App Link
CareemiOS App LinkAndroid App Link

Doha Airport Rent-A-Car Services

There are many car rental agents available at HIA. Passengers holding a car rental booking before their arrival simply need to approach their selected firm’s counter to collect their vehicle. Car rental counters are located across the Arrivals Hall of the Passenger Terminal Building.

Documents Required For Rent-A-Car

The following documents are usually required for most rental companies:

  • An International driving licence or a license issued from a GCC country.
  • A credit card with a minimum of 3 months validity is required at the time of booking, although most bookings can be settled in cash when returning your car.
  • A photocopy of the entry stamp into Qatar on your passport shall also be taken.

If you have booked your vehicle in advance, please re-confirm the documents required with the company before you travel. Walk-in bookings are also available with some companies.

Travel From Doha International Airport

There is one more airport – Doha International Airport (DIA), popularly known as the old airport. It was Qatar’s commercial international airport until Hamad International Airport opened on 27 May 2014. The old airport was reopened for short-distance airlines during the FIFA World Cup. Nowadays almost all international flights arrive at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Both HIA and DIA are nearby of each other and share common runways. However, their arrival terminals are at a distance of around 15 minutes’ drive by car. Also, note that DIA’s departure and arrival terminals are at different places (10 minutes drive).

Here is a summary of how to travel from Doha International Airport to the city centre:

DIA To City By Metro

Passengers arriving at Doha International Airport can take the Gold Line directly into central Doha. The National Museum Metro Station is located 800 metres from the airport arrival terminal. A pedestrian path is available for travellers from DIA to the nearest metro station.

You can also take a shuttle bus to the nearest metro station or Souq Waqif Bus Hub.

On your return journey, take the Red line to Al Matar Al Qadeem Metro Station, which is located close to the airport departures terminal.

DIA To City By Taxi

Karwa taxis are available 24×7 upon exiting the arrivals hall. You can pay by cash, bank card or mobile payment.

Uber and Careem provide on-demand services to/ from the airport through their apps. The airport has dedicated pick-up/ drop-off areas indicated on the apps.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time is the last Metro train from Hamad International Airport?

On regular service days, the last train from HIA is at 10:19 pm (Sat to Wed) and 11:19 pm (Thu-Fri)

How much is a taxi from Doha airport to city centre?

The minimum flag fare at the airport starts at QR 25 and QR 1.6 per kilometre. The average ride from Doha Airport to city centre costs around QR 50. 

How do I get from Doha airport to the city?

The cheapest way to reach Doha from Hamad International Airport is by Doha Metro or Karwa Bus.

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  1. last metro from the 24-hour international airport to the city is 10:19 pm ????

    Uber / Careem banned from airport pick-ups ????

    That’s not exactly helpful for passengers. But who cares about passengers?

    1. Hi Karim, Unfortunately, there is no information about the shuttle bus to Al Khor Fan Village. You have three options once you reach the airport:
      1) Turn on your Hayya app with location – Click on “Move” – Search destination and it will show the available options.
      2) Check with the Hayya helpdesk for any shuttle service.
      3) If nothing works, you will have to take a Taxi from the airport or Metro + Taxi.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Eric, There would be shuttle bus services to Fan Villages. For more details, you can check your Hayya app after a few days.

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