Depending on your preference on ways to navigate Qatar whether public or private, here's how to get around
Depending on your preference on ways to navigate Qatar, whether public or private, here's how to get around.
Thanks to the Qatar National Vision of 2030 and upcoming tournaments the public transportation system has been improving drastically day by day allowing both residents and visitors to explore more of the country more easily.
Karwa Bus, a public wheelchair-accessible modern bus, connecting the Hamad International Airport to the major communities with 50 different routes around Qatar. The buses operate from 4 AM to around 11 PM. Bus fares can only be paid using a Karwa Smartcard that has to be tapped during onboarding and alighting the bus.
Karwa Smartcard can be purchased and recharged at Doha Bus Station, Karwa Bus Stations, through Ticket Vending Machines, select merchants and Ooredoo Self Serving machines with the Karwa Smartcard logo. Ticket Vending Machines (TVM) are also available at Hamad International Airport, Doha Bus Station, Karwa Bus Station, and The Pearl Qatar.
To check the bus routes and timings, it's best that you download the Karwa Bus app.
Train & Tram
1. Doha Metro began operation in 2019 and currently has three operational lines - Red, Green, and Gold. It is an absolute fundamental part of the Qatar Rail network that helps connect several nearby municipalities in both underground and elevated stations with Msheireb station to connect all three lines.
Operating hours are from:
06:00 to 23:00 from Saturday to Wednesday
06:00 to 23:59 on Thursday and
14:00 to 23:59 on Friday
For tickets, you can purchase Standard Travel Cards (Red and Green) from any of these following retailers: Al Meera, Lulu, Carrefour, Family Food Centre, or Jumbo Electronics. For Gold Club Travels, cards are available from dedicated Golf Club Offices found at the Metro. Top-up machines can also be found around the stations or through the Qatar Rail app using credit or debit cards.
2. Msheireb Tram, an electric-powered tramcar used to get around Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD) for free. You can hop-on and hop-off at any of its 9 stations:
Sahat Al Nakheel Station
Wadi Msheireb Station
Msheireb Prayer Station
Heritage Quarter Station
Al Baraha Station
Sahat Al-Masjid Station
Al Kahraba Street Station
Al Mariah Street Station
3. Education City Tram, launched by Qatar Foundation in 2019, is an electrically-powered tram going around Qatar Foundation’s Academic Loop with a total of 24 stations to enable car-free, park-and-ride connections between QF’s schools, universities, centers, and facilities.
Coming soon: Lusail Tram, currently still under development, the network will serve nearby destinations and connect to the Doha Metro with four lines and twenty-five stations.
Karwa Taxi, known for their turquoise green color and tamper-proof meters. What differentiates the Taxis are the colors of their roofs, here are the 5 colors:
Mowasalat Taxis (Silver): The only state-owned taxis that offer street pick-up, contact center booking, airport service, as well as lifts for the handicapped.
Al Million Taxis (Maroon): Mowasalat’s very first franchise, and most stylish as well.
Al-Ijarah Taxi (Blue): one of the most dominant and easiest to spot with their 1,000 vehicles.
Profit Trading (Yellow): Just like blue, yellows are also a thing in several areas around Qatar with Profit Trading and Contracting Taxis.
Ibn Ajayan Trad - Capital Taxi (Charcoal): this version of the Karwa Taxis is the most well-maintained considering its relatively raw age and composed of Skoda and Superb vehicle types.
For bookings and special-needs accessibility, call the toll free number 800-TAXI (8294).
You can also download the Karwa Taxi App.