Public buses and taxis are predominantly Karwa (taxis have differenly coloured rooftops depending on which franchise operator they belong to). The taxis and buses are comfortable, clean, air-conditioned and safe. The Metro is now opening a new dimension in Doha’s public transport.
Karwa Taxi is the exclusive taxi operator in the State of Qatar. On arrival at Hamad International Airport (HIA), just follow the signs for the taxi rank and stressfree transportation. Download the Karwa Taxi App for bookings, call 800 8294, or hail from the side of the road. Taxis can always be found at prominent locations: malls, entertainment areas, hotels, etc. Travellers with special needs can book a minivan via the app, suitable for two or three wheelchairs and accompanying passengers. The same tariff will apply.
Tariff Day: Meter starts at QAR10 (includes the first
5 km), then QAR1.6 per km inside Doha and QAR1.9 outside Doha. Minimum fare is QAR10.
Night: Meter starts at QAR10 (includes the first
5 km), then QAR1.9 per km both inside and outside Doha. Minimum fare is QAR10.
At HIA: Meter starts at QAR25.
Waiting charge: QAR8 for every 15 minutes.
There are three types of limousine – Standard, Luxury and Business – available at HIA limousine rank, by booking through the call centre 800 7466, and also via the Karwa Taxi App.
They can be booked for specific journeys, by the hour, or rented on a short-term or long-term basis. All limousines are metered and tracked by the operation team.
Cost per journey: Prices start from a minimum rate of QAR55 from the airport and QAR40 from inside the city, but is chargeable according to distance and type of vehicle.
VIP Limousines: Available at Hamad International Airport and five-star hotels.
Karwa Public Bus
For all the information about routes and journey planning, download the Karwa Bus App, or call 800 7433
Other Taxi/Limousine Services
Al Futtaim Vehicle Rentals 4035 8000
Al Sulaiman Rent A Car 4491 1711
Oasis Rent A Car 4413 0011
Uber and Careem
Three lines covering the Greater Doha area with connections to commercial and residential areas throughout the city. In Central Doha the metro is underground, while the outskirts, it is mainly at ground level.
Single journey: Card costs QAR2 for Standard/Family Class and QAR10 for Gold Club.
Day pass: QAR6 (Standard/Family Class),QAR30 (Gold Club), for unlimited journeys for one day.
Limited Use Travel Card: The cost depends on the type of product you are purchasing (a single journey or day pass) and the class of travel you want to travel in (Standard/Family Class or Gold). The non-resusable Limited Use Travel Cards can be purchased from the self-service TVMs.
Standard Travel Card: A reusable plastic card (valid for five years) costing QAR10, with Travel Credit added by ‘Topping Up’ from a TVM. This Travel Card does not permit travel in the Gold Club sections. This card is currently available at licensed retailers like LuLu, Jumbo and Carrefour.
Gold Travel Card: A reusable plastic card (valid for five years) costing QAR100 available from the Gold Club offices at Doha Metro stations. This card permits travel in the Gold Club sections. Add Travel Credit by ‘Topping Up’ at a TVM at any Doha Metro and Lusail Tram stations.
Adult and child fares are the same. 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. A child must be nine years old or above to travel alone on the network. Younger children should be accompanied by someone at least 16 years of age.
The construction of three major new roads – the Orbital, now renamed Al Majd, the G Ring Road and the soon-to-be-completed Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor – means that in theory driving through
and around Doha should become much easier.
Al Majd Road brings a completely new dynamic to the traffic situation: for the first time traffic going between Ras Laffan, Al Khor, the Industrial Area and Mesaieed can be routed round instead of through the city centre.
Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor will soon provide welcome relief for users of the Doha Expressway which at the moment is the only highway connecting north and south Doha. The suspension bridge design – taking the road over Salwa Road and Al Waab Street – will be a stunning sight.
Access to Hamad International Airport, Industrial Area, Barwa Al Baraha, Qatar Logistics Village, Barwa City and Barwa Village, is being transformed for the better. One link, between the E and F Ring Roads, remains to complete Doha Expressway.
This easy access facilitates the integration of Hamad Port which came into operation at a critical time for Qatar and its transport links. It has also made an impact on the country’s coastline, being visible on Google Earth, as did Ras Laffan Industrial City and its LNG port, Lusail City and Hamad International Airport previously.
Qatar’s transformation has accelerated under The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. These are infrastructure projects on a scale barely thought possible until now, but necessary for modern Qatar to function efficiently at the next level of development.