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Getting from Doha Airport to City

Doha Airport (Hamad International Airport) of Qatar is conveniently located 14 km, about a 20-minute drive, from the centre of Doha. To reach Doha city centre from the airport, Mowasalat-operated Karwa taxis and luxury limousines are available. Taxis are metered and are readily available from Doha Airport’s Taxi Pavilion located to the left of the Arrivals hall.

Several bus lines are also operated by Mowasalat, servicing Doha Airport; buses depart from the airport’s Bus Pavilion, which is to the right of the Arrivals Hall. Finally, you can take the metro directly from the airport into the city centre, the journey takes about 15 minutes and costs just €0.50 (QAR 2).

Another great option is to pre-book a fully personalised door-to-door transfer with Welcome Pickups and take advantage of our professional, English-speaking drivers, 24/7 customer support and even the use of our app.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Doha at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €50 15min 24/7 Book
Taxi €10 15min 24/7
Bus €4.94 40min 04:42–23:42
Metro €1 15min 06:00–23:00

How to get from Doha Airport to city by taxi

Taking a taxi is the fastest, most comfortable way to get to Doha city from the Hamad International Airport.

All official airport taxis are metered Karwa taxis operated by the Qatari state-owned company Mowasalat. You can pre-book your private transfer, or you can simply head to the Taxi Pavilion just outside of the Arrivals hall to find a local Doha cab. The journey takes around 15-25 minutes depending on traffic.

Taxi fare from Doha Airport to city

Karwa taxis are all metered and the fare is determined by the distance to your destination. The fares are calculated as follows:

Minimum fare: €6.30 (QR 25)

Per kilometre:
Day fare (05:00-21:00): €0.40 (QAR 1.60)
Night fare (21:00-05:00): €0.50 (QAR 1.90)

To reach Doha city centre from the airport, the taxi fare is estimated to be around €10 (QAR 39.50). Only cash in the local currency is accepted – you can find ATMs near the Taxi Pavilion.



Trip Duration

15 min

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Doha Airport

Where do I get it from?

Official Karwa taxis are located in Doha Airport’s Taxi Pavilion, which is just to the left of the Arrivals hall. Inside the Arrivals hall, taxi signs will indicate the direction to the Pavilion and information desks are available for assistance. To avoid scams, it is recommended that you only take an official Karwa taxi from the Taxi Pavilion.


By taxi is the fastest and most comfortable way to reach Doha from Hamad International Airport. A taxi will take you directly from the airport to your destination without any hassle.

Editor’s Note

Make sure you have enough of the local currency with you to cover your taxi fare as only cash is accepted.

Useful Tips

For larger families or groups, or travelers with lots of luggage, sedans or vans are available.
Not all Doha airport taxi drivers speak English. Be sure to have your accommodation address clearly written down.

How to get from Doha Airport to the city by bus

The cheapest way to reach Doha from Hamad International Airport is by bus. Mowasalat operates several bus lines from the airport to Doha. Depending on your destination, the Route 777 bus or the Route 109 bus may also be good options.

You can also take the Route 747 bus from the airport, which runs every 20 minutes from 04:42 to 23:42 every day and costs €2.47 (QAR 10) for a Limited Card, which is good for two journeys within 24 hours. Route 747 begins and ends at the Al Ghanim Bus Station with a stop at the Hamad International Airport and other stops in the city.

How much is the bus from Doha Airport to the city?

To take a bus from the Hamad International Airport to Doha, you must purchase a Karwa Smartcard. Karwa Smartcards can be purchased from ticket vending machines, which can be found at the Arrivals Hall, the Ground Floor, and the Bus Pavilion.

There are three kinds of smartcards:

A classic card costs €7.42 (QAR 30) and is rechargeable. This is the best option if you plan on taking the bus often during your stay. With the Classic Card, the fare for Route 747 is €0.74 (QAR 3).
A limited card costs €2.47 (QAR 10) and may be used for two journeys within 24 hours.
An unlimited card, which costs €4.94 (QAR 20) and grants an unlimited number of journeys within 24 hours.



Trip Duration

40 min

There is a waiting time of 20 minutes.

Value for Money

The 747 bus is available from 04:42 to 23:42.

Where do I get it from?

The buses that service the Hamad International Airport dock in the airport’s Bus Pavilion, which is to the right of the Arrivals hall. In the Arrivals Hall, signs will indicate the direction to the Bus Pavilion, and information desks are available for assistance.


If you’re travelling on a budget, taking the bus is a great option. However, the bus is a slower means of transportation as it makes numerous stops between the airport and Doha. Also, if taking the bus, you may have to walk a bit to reach your destination.

Editor’s Note

Check where your destination is and which bus line will get you as close as possible before making your journey.

Useful Tips

The bus driver only accepts payments in cash, so be sure to carry some change.

How to get from Doha Hamad International Airport to the city centre by metro

Taking the metro is a great option as the journey is direct and takes about 15 minutes. To get from Doha Airport to the city centre by metro, you’ll need to take the Red Line in the direction of Lusail to Msheireb. From Msheireb metro station, you can reach the centre of Doha on foot or by metro by changing to the Gold Line. You’ll disembark at Souq Waqif metro station, which is in the heart of Doha.

How much is a metro ticket from Doha Airport to the city?

You can buy either a single-use ticket costing €0.50 (QAR 2) one-way, a day pass for €1.50 (QAR 6) or a rechargeable travel card for €2.50 (QAR 10). You can purchase tickets for the metro from ticket machines at the stations.



Trip Duration

15 Min

The metro runs every 5-10 minutes.

Value for Money

The metro is available between 06:00 and 23:00 from Saturday to Wednesday, from 06:00 to 23:59 on Thursdays and from 14:00 to 23:59 on Fridays.

Where do I catch the metro from?

The airport’s metro station is a 5-minute walk from the terminal, located next to West Short Term Car Park.


Taking the metro from Doha Airport to the city is the cheapest option and takes the same amount of time as hopping in a taxi or taking the bus. However, if you’re travelling in a large group or have heavy luggage in tow, you may not want to deal with public transport. In this case, we advise taking a taxi or private transfer.

Editor’s Note

Taking the metro is the most budget-friendly option and if you're planning on using the metro system frequently throughout your stay, we recommend purchasing a rechargeable travel card.

Useful Tips

Children up to 4 years are allowed to travel for free on public transport in Qatar.
There are 3 types of ticket classes: standard, family and gold club. Gold Class is much more expensive, but a nice luxurious experience for those who'd prefer it.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Doha. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

Does Uber operates at Hamad International Airport?

Yes, Uber operates in Doha, and you can request to be picked up by an Uber driver at the airport in the area indicated by the Uber app though bear in mind driver availability and prices may fluctuate a lot depending on demand.

Is there a metro that connects Hamad International Airport to Doha city centre?

Yes, there is now a direct metro line from the airport to the city. The journey takes 15 minutes and will cost you €0.50 (QAR 2).

What is the fastest way to reach Doha city centre from Hamad International Airport?

Taking a local taxi or private airport transfer is the fastest and easiest way to get from Doha Airport to the city centre. The trip takes just 15 minutes without traffic.

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