Probably the best thing that happened for the current year in Qatar was definitely the opening of the Doha Metro. Already, residents without their own vehicles depended on buses, taxis, limousines, and ride-sharing vehicles to get around the nation.
As of now, a great deal of residents have just made riding the Doha Metro a piece of their everyday lives. However, some presently cannot seem to step foot in it. Regardless whether you are a prepared Metro client or a novice. We trust this guide will be valuable for you to get around Doha and past utilizing the Metro and its different services.
The most underground state of the art automated rail network has three lines – Red, Gold, and Green.
The Red Line runs from north to south (Lusail to Al Wakra) and interfaces with the Lusail Tram through Legtaifiya station. It interfaces with the Gold Line through Msheireb Interchange, while Al Bidda Station associates it with the Green Line. Red Line has 18 stops, with 13 stops presently open.
The Gold Line stretches from east to west (Ras Bu Abboud to Al Aziziyah) with 11 stops running. The Doha Metro Gold Line Preview Service areas below
The Green Line additionally runs from east to west (Al Mansoura to Al Riffa) with 9 stops and is yet to open.
Metro Green Line started December 10, 2019, along with the Hamad International Airport, Katara, Lusail, and Qatar University stations from the Metro Red Line. Legtaifiya station will open in 2020.
If you see the Doha Metro stations from a distance, you will understand that they bear similarities to traditional Bedouin tents. One of the ways that Qatar’s past is reflected in the engineering of the stations.
The Lusail Tram system will have a total of 4 lines and 25 stations. It is scheduled to open in 2020.
Free help is given so workers can get to and from the Metro stations easily. The complimentary transport is worked in relationship with Mowasalat. Not all stations have the Metro link transport available as of the moment. Stations like Al Bidda, Al Matar, and a large portion of the Gold Line course are still yet to have a Metro link feeder bus.
At present, there are 28 routes servicing the Doha Metro Red and the Gold Line. Transports run like every 12 minutes except for the free zone, in which Metro link runs at regular intervals. Metro link can situate 7 to 35 travelers depending upon the vehicle.
Metro link maps are available on the entry of Metro stations just as the bus station shafts.
You can also find here the first and last bus timings of Metro link routes.
● Saturday to Thursday: 6 am to 11 pm
● Friday: 2pm to 11pm
UPDATE: JANUARY 2020
Here are new timings as of January 14, 2020:
- Saturday to Wednesday: 06:00 to 23:00
- Thursday: 06:00 to 23:59
- Friday: 14:00 to 23:59
This complimentary ride-sharing help is available for West Bay and DICC stations and exclusive to registered Doha Metro clients.
The on-request service can get to 7 travelers in a single vehicle. The regions adjusted by Metro express are West Bay, Diplomatic Area, Onaiza 63, and Al Jazi Compounds.
Getting around Qatar using Doha Metro
Lusail QNB Station
Walking distance from the station is the Lusail Stadium. Nevertheless, because of the Metro link, commuters can arrive at Doha Festival City, ACE Hardware, and IKEA through the M145.
The Metro link also stops by schools, for example, Qatar Finland International School, International School of London, Kindergarten Zekreet Independent, and the International British School.
Close by, you can also find Crescent Park.
Qatar University Station
There is no Metro link servicing this station.
UPDATE: February 2020
Beginning February 9, the M147 bus will support Qatar University to Lusail Marina.
The bus has stops near Katara Hospitality, Stay bridge Suites, Court of Cassation and Court of Appeal, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Qatar National Tourism Council, Qatari Diar, and Qatar Charity.
The Katara station takes you straight near Galeries Lafayette and within walking distance to Katara Cultural Village.
This station is also close to The Pearl.
Al Qassar Station
[Update] Aside from Katara station, you can also get access to Katara from this station.
Katara station is not yet open however, you can get access to Katara Cultural Village close to the Katara (North) exit of Al Qassar station by using the stairs to Katara Parking. Restaurants nearby include St. Regis and InterContinental Hotel. Legtaifiya Park can be reached by means of the M141 route of the Metro link.
You can also arrive at the greater part of the international safe havens through the following Metro link routes:
- M103 – Ecuador, Oman, Algeria, Lebanon, UK, Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia
- M135 – Spain, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Argentina, Greece, Swaziland, Poland, Singapore
- M141 – South Africa, Switzerland, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Vietnam
- M142 – Paraguay, Moldova
Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) Station
Simply walking distance beside the station is DECC itself along with City Center Mall, Marriott Marquis Hotel, JW Marriott Hotel, and City Center Rotana Hotel. You can also get to The Gate Mall once you exit.
Metro link M105 route has bus stops near Dusit Hotel, W Hotel, and The Curve Hotel.
The following places of interest are near the DECC station however, you need to walk or take the taxi to get to them:
- Hotel Park
- Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel
- Four Seasons Hotel Doha
- Hilton Doha Hotel
West Bay QIC Station
Walking distance from this station are Qatar Sports Club and Ezdan Hotel.
This station is best because of its umbrella walkway that can be reached through the exit. Walking distance from the station are Al Bidda Park (leave 3), Doha Fire Station Gallery, and Qatar Post (leave 1). Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex is close by leave 4.
Al Bidda Station
Doha’s first pet-friendly park, Al Bidda Park, is additionally effectively open from this metro station. It takes around 12 minutes by walking to get to Qatar Bowling Center.
Al Bidda station is additionally the exchange for the Red and Green Line.
This station interfaces with all the three lines of the Doha Metro. There is right now one Metro link route (M138) servicing the nearby regions. Points include the following:
- Al Wadi Hotel
- Container Zaid Cultural Center
- Souq Waqif
- Msheireb Museums
- Gold Souq
Al Doha Al Jadeeda Station
Adjacent to Al Doha Al Jadeeda station, you can stroll to the following hotels: Concorde Hotel, Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park, and Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park.
To reach Umm Ghuwailina Health Center, simply take the M114 Metro link.
Umm Ghuwailina Station
This station at present has four Metro link routes. The most famous attractions on each route are the following:
- Celebrity Hotel (M116)
- Al Meera (M117)
- Occasion Villa Hotel and Residence Doha (M118)
- Al Emadi Financial Square (M139) – leave 3
Al Matar Al Qadeem Station
Walking distance from this station is Old Airport Park and further ahead is Oryx Rotana Hotel. The old Doha International Airport is also nearby. This airport will be reopened for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Oqba Ibn Nafie Station
These are the most famous stops for the three Metro link routes servicing Oqba Ibn Nafie:
- Al Ahli Sports Club (M123) – leave 2
- Lulu D Ring (M124) – leave 2
- Al Thumama Health Center (M125) – East exit
- Ansar Gallery – M125 to Al Thumama Area East
Hamad International Airport Station
Rather than boarding the train for Al Wakrah (if coming from the Lusail route), make a point to board the train heading for HIA. A person on the bridge connects the metro station with the Departure area.
Streetcars and flight data are also promptly available in the HIA Metro station.
Free Zone (Economic Zone) Station
Commuters take the M140 Metro link to get to Lulu Barwa City and the Religious Complex.
Ras Abu Fontas Station
In case you are headed to Barwa Village, you can ride the M126 Metro link from the station. The M126 Metro link can drop you at the edges of Centre point Mall.
Al Wakra Station
After getting off at the last stop, you can easily access Souq Al Wakra by the M127 Metro link bus while Al Wakrah Sports Club is one of the stops along the M128 route. In case you are planning to go to Al Wakra Hospital and Ezdan Shopping Mall in Wakra, better take the M134.
M132 takes you to Al Janoub Stadium while the M130 takes you to the Grand Hypermarket Ezdan Mall.
National Museum Station
Metro clients would now be able to have simple access to the new National Museum of Qatar thanks to the opening of the Gold Line. It is additionally one of the most famous vacation destinations in the nation.
Souq Waqif Station
Beside the National Museum, Souq Waqif is also a frequent stop for tourists and residents alike. When you leave this station, you can easily walk to the Souq and the surrounding areas like Gold Souq, Falcon Souq, Souq Waqif Art Center, and Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli.
Canister Mahmoud Station
The M302 route from Bin Mahmoud station takes commuters to hostels like Westin Spa and Hotel and Centro Capital by Rotana.
Al Sadd Station
Nearby places to visit are Royal Plaza Mall, Millennium Plaza Doha, and Hamad Pediatric Emergency Center.
Al Asmakh Mall and the Millennium Hotel are both walking distance from the Joaan station. In the event that you need to reach Mirqab Mall, land at Joaan station at that point and walk around 10 to 15 minutes to get to the shopping mall.
Al Sudan Station
If you are heading for Al Sadd Stadium, this is the stop to take. You can also walk to Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah arena. It will take around 13 minutes.
Sports City Station
Walking distance from Sport City station is the Khalifa International Stadium, one of the main scenes in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup and FIFA World Cup 2022. Walk further and you’ll get the chance to Aspire Zone sports complex.
Al Aziziyah Station
The last station in the Gold Line is the stop for people who need to get to Villaggio Mall and The Torch. If you need to get to Hyatt Plaza and Aspire Park, take Exit 2 and board the M313 Metro link.
The last station of the Green Line on the west side stops before the Mall of Qatar. There is a secured walkway connecting the Metro exit with the shopping mall entrance.
Within walking distance is the Al Rayyan Football Stadium.
QNCC is closed but presently, there is no walkway or passage from Education City Station to QNCC. It is a 18-minute walk by Al Luqta Service road. Nearby the station is additionally Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.
Qatar National Library
Beside the Qatar National Library, this station is also the closest station to Sidra Hospital. You can take Khalifa Avenue North exit and the hospital within walking distance.
M208 will be working from Al Messila station to Madinat Khalifa South Area by Al Rayyan town and Al Rayyan exchange. Some of the stops include Lulu Hypermarket, Al Meera and the Traffic Department.
M209 links the station to Al Hitmi and Fereej container Omran areas. Al Hitmi Park, Town Center, and Yarmouk Prep School.
Places of interest within walking include Hamad General Hospital, Women’s Hospital, and Hamad Outpatient Department. Warwick Doha and Wyndham Grand Regency Doha are the nearby restaurants. Philippine School Doha and Lulu Hypermarket are additionally nearby.
There is a Metro link from Hamad Hospital to Al Sadd (Zone 38) Area. There are stops close to Pioneer Education Center and Millennium Hotel.
The White Palace
Over this station are the following: Communicable Disease Center, Heart Hospital are Rumailah Hospital.
QATAR RAIL APP
In the application, beside all the vital information about Qatar Rail, you can register and deal with your card. You can also effectively top up your card without sitting at the station. Your exchange history will also be reflected in the application.
The Plan My Journey included inside the Network and Services Info is useful for routes, particularly in case you are new to utilizing Doha Metro.
Doha Metro timings
- Saturday to Wednesday: 06:00 to 23:00
- Thursday: 06:00 to 23:59
- Friday: 14:00 to 23:59
You can discover here the timetable of the first and last timings of Doha Metro trains
Display screens at the stage show how long until the following train arrives. There are also sound declarations, both in Arabic and English.
Doha Metro ticket costs
There are three carriages:
- Gold club
Here are the rates:
- ● Single journey (Standard and Family) – QAR 2
- ● Day Pass – QAR 6 (boundless rides)
- ● Gold Club – QAR 10 single journey; QAR 30 day pass
- ● Kids under five years – free (joined by a charge paying adult)
The following reusable travel cards can be topped up online or at any TVM (Travel Card Vending Machine):
- ● Standard Travel Card – QR10
- ● Gold Club Travel Card – QR100
Where to purchase tickets or travel cards?
Self-service Travel Card vending machines are available at all stations for Standard Travel Cards and Limited Use Travel Cards. You can also buy Standard travel cards from licensed retailers like Lulu, Al Meera, Carrefour, and Jumbo.
Gold Club Travel Cards can be bought from the Gold club office present in all stations.
Methods of payment
- ● Visa
- ● MasterCard
- ● American Express
- ● Cafes Club
Metro Park and Ride
Up to 300 vehicles can be parked in this free office available just at Al Wakra Station.
NEWS: Metro Park and Ride to be finished by Q1 of 2020
Free parking spaces (Metro Park and Ride) at Al Wakra station and Al Qassar station were opened in January 2020.