Most visitors rely on taxis to get around town. Karwa taxis are widely available and reasonably priced; their meters start at QR4 and run at QR1.20 per km. To order a taxi in advance (for an extra charge of QR4), please call +974 4458 8888.
Most hotels will hail a taxi for you, and may have their own limousine service, especially for airport transfers.
There are many local and international car hire firms operating in Qatar, including several with branches at Hamad International Airport. Hirers will require a credit card, passport copy and a valid driving licence from their home country or international permit.
Longer-term leases are also available.
Chauffeured limousine hire is ideal for seamless travel between appointments. Cars can be hired by the hour or on a daily basis. Hotels and car hire firms can make the necessary arrangements.
Although not widely used by tourists, there is a good service throughout most of Doha and across the country. Buses are modern, clean and air-conditioned.
Fares within the city are around QR3 to QR9 depending on the distance, and fares outside town are reasonable priced.
1. The West Bay Shuttle serves a route that takes in a number of destinations that may be of interest to visitors. Information about the route can be found here.
2. A popular guided tour option is the Doha City Tour, which introduces visitors to prominent highlights such as Katara, The Pearl, the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif. Information about the route can be found here.
3. Qatar Airways also offers a variety of tours for transiting passengers – these include the Doha City tour, the Monster Bus Desert Experience, the Stop and Shop tour, a private desert safari and a chauffeur service. Information about tour options can be found here.
4. For tourists seeking to leave Hamad International Airport, a number of public buses connect with destinations across the city. All buses are operated by Qatar’s state transport company and the vehicles are clean and staffed by trained drivers with helpful ground staff at hand. Information about the route can be found here.