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Public transport in Doha is better developed than in other Gulf countries, but it is still worse than in Dubai or in Western countries. There are bus lines linking the most important points of Doha, but the system is still in progress of becoming reliable and prices are more oriented on European than on Gulf state fares. 10 Dinar for a ride along the Corniche is what I would pay to a trip into the city in most German towns. That said, the bus system is OK, but don't rely on it too much.
Written May 14, 2013
In July 2012 I flew to Doha with Qatar Airways from Frankfurt in Germany. Doha's International Airport is located only about 4 km south of the city centre.
As it can't handle the ever increasing number of passengers anymore, especially transit passagers, the airport is planned to be replaced in 2013 by the New Doha International Airport (NDIA), which then can be found another 4 km south.
The airport seems to be served by public bus #119 at least hourly. Another option is of course taking a taxi, but most major hotels also offer shuttle services to and from the airport. A taxi to the city centre should set you back approximately 40 QAR.
Updated Nov 5, 2012
Doha's city centre along the Corniche can still conveniently be explored on foot, although during the summer months most people don't really walk longer distances outside. Life then happens inside in air conditioned places.
Although I haven't really used public transport in Doha, I noticed that a network of public buses exists and therefore this info might be helpful to other travellers.
Since 2004 Qatar's public bus service is run by the company Mowasalat. Fares for buses within the city are 3 QAR, to outlying districts like Al-Rayyan 4 QAR and to any other city in Qatar up to 9 QAR.
Updated Nov 5, 2012
Doha airport is great for a quick stopover, which you will do if flying Qatar airways. Even in the middle of the night all shops and restaurants are open. Of course I went to Costa. Money wasn't a problem as the airport take US dollars as well as Qatar riyal.
Written Oct 10, 2012
Trapped in Doha Airport? Long layover, but not enough time to get out of the Airport? Or do you just want to look cool being greeted at the Arrivals Hall with your name on a sign held by a beautiful young lady. And you get to jump the entire queue at Security! If that was not all, you get all the food and drink you want, comfortable sofas, free internet services and you can sleep stretched out. The price is economical as well.
The Bad Part
• They do not make it easy to book. The booking form is hellish and you have to send a copy of your Credit Card, front and back!
• NO ALCOHOL. How bizarre. You can buy loads in Duty Free which is all of 3 meters from the door. Sneak it in. I did. Just watch out. Some staff enforce the rules more that others! And they do not have a corkscrew for wine.
PLEASE NOTE: You can book the Lounge even if you fly Economy
Updated Jul 23, 2012
Phone: +974 462 2999
Qatar airways is one of the worlds fastest growing airlines and a major reason why Qatar is growing as a tourist destination.
It's a very nice airline with brilliant service onboard and they serve an increasing number of destinations worldwide.
Qatar Airways might be an arab airline with many arab features, which is something i personally like, but they are also making sure to be an international airline catering to everyone, so you get your beer and wine for free there aswell as your mecca finder.
This is really a nice airline that i can only recommend.
Written Jun 2, 2012
I flew from London to Bali return on Qatar Airways, changing planes at Doha. The check in was quick and easy, all the flights were on time and the connections in Doha went smoothly.
The crew on the flight were friendly and attentive. Inflight entertainment was excellant with a wide range of TV, movies and music on demand.
Updated Jun 21, 2011
We have an office there, so someone from ym firm travels there almost all the time. They will usually take it. They will obviously always take an International Driver's license. But whatever you do, do not rent a car from Hertz in Doha. I am a Hertz Gold Member, but I will never rent from them again, and my company is seriously thinking of taking them off of our list of acceptable rentals. In Doha, they have a policy of overcharging their customer with all osrts of erroneous charges. See my posting of "Do Not Rent a Car from Hertz in Doha"
Updated May 23, 2011
This has been my first time travelling with Qatar airways. To be honest, I have been a bit disappointed as, I heard so many excellent comments about it. Flights were all ok, but nothing more than standard. What instead impressed me was the small stick you can put on your seat asking to be awaked for meals or not to be disturbed, this is the first time I see something like that and I loved the idea.
Written Jan 12, 2011
I visited Doha during my 12hours stop over on my way back from Malaysia. Doha airport is very small, so, if you have enough time, I'd advice to go out. You'll probably need to buy a visa which costs 21 euro and it must be paid with credit card. You do not need to claim your lagguage before going out. Regular taxis are outside of the exit and the cost to the souq is about 5 euro and about 15 to Villaggio shopping mall, depending on the traffic.
Written Jan 12, 2011
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