Qatar is a middle east country, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its shares a land border with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. The Gulf of Bahrain, an inlet of the Persian Gulf, separates Qatar from nearby Bahrain. With a fast-expanding population and substantial economic growth over the past decade, a reliable and extensive Transportation Map of Qatar is becoming increasingly necessary.
The government has done well in terms of keeping up with the demand for new transportation options. Public Works Authority (Ashghal) is one of the bodies that oversee infrastructure development. Ashghal works in tandem with the Urban Planning and Development Authority (UPDA), the body that designed the transportation master plan, instituted in March 2006 and running to 2025.
For Qatar National Vision 2030 and the upcoming Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, the Transportation Map of Qatar is improving day by day. There are now more options to choose from to get around Doha and Qatar. This makes it easier for residents and visitors to explore more in the country of Qatar.
There are numerous bus routes going around Doha, which also connects to other parts of Qatar. Currently, there are more than 50 routes available, with the buses operating from 4 am and the last buses timed to depart around 11 pm. Most of the routes operate from Doha Bus Station near the gold souq, as per Mowasalat. Bus operations are available from early morning to midnight. To check the bus routes and timings, it’s best that you download the Karwa Bus app.
By Train and Tram
The Doha Metro is a rapid transit system in Doha, Qatar’s capital city. Currently, It has three lines operational – Red, Green, and Gold with an approximate overall length of 76 km and 37 stations. It is an integral component of the larger Qatar Rail network, which will include a long-distance rail for passengers and freight, linking Qatar to the GCC, and the Lusail LRT.
Capable of reaching 100 km/h, the Doha Metro will be one of the fastest driverless trains in the world. Visitors can easily access Hamad International Airport, Katara Cultural Village, Qatar National Library, National Museum of Qatar, Souq Waqif, and more by taking the Doha Metro.
Operating Hours of Doha Metro?
- 06:00 to 23:00 from Saturday to Wednesday
- 06:00 to 23:59 on Thursday and
- 14:00 to 23:59 on Friday
Travelers can purchase Standard Travel Cards from any of the following retailers: Al Meera, Lulu, Carrefour, Family Food Centre, or Jumbo Electronics. Travel Cards can be top-up easily at the machines at any of the stations. It has also a website or you can also top up through the Qatar Rail app using your credit/debit card.
To get around Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), you can take the free Msheireb Tram. You can hop-on and hop-off at any of its 9 stations:
- Sahat Al Nakheel Station
- Wadi Msheireb Station
- Galleria Station
- Msheireb Prayer Station
- Heritage Quarter Station
- Al Baraha Station
- Sahat Al-Masjid Station
- Al Kahraba Street Station
- Al Mariah Street Station
Msheireb Downtown Doha is within walking-distance from Msheireb Metro Station.
By Taxi, Limousine, and Ride-Hailing Services
Karwa, Careem and Uber are the most well-known taxi companies in Qatar. These three companies have also developed a mobile app to help a passenger book a taxi at an additional charge. The Karwa taxis are considered the most comfortable taxis in Doha because their cars are new, clean, safe, and spacious. Karwa also offers the Doha Limousine Service which can be found in Hamad International Airport and at major hotels in Qatar.
The flag fall rate for Karwa taxi within Doha starts at QR 4 and QR 1.6 per km while outside Doha is QR 1.90 per km (also applicable to the nighttime fare). The minimum taxi fare trip starts at QR 10 (including the first 5km). The minimum flag fare from the airport starts at QR 25.
Uber and Careem are the main players in Qatar when it comes to ride-hailing services. Mowasalat’s luxury fleet of limousines includes Impala, Passat, Audi, and Mercedes Vitto.