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Find out how to travel to and around Qatar for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

Need to create your game plan for travelling to and around Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022™? Check out our winning strategies below! We look forward to welcoming fans from across the world.
If you’re coming for a Visit on Matchday, make sure you check how you’re Getting to the Stadiums for a smooth journey from your port of entry. 
Scroll down for information about crossing via the Abu Samra land border for a Visit on Matchday.

 

Travelling to Qatar
How do I travel to Qatar?

Your digital Hayya Card is your pre-approved entry permit to the country for all ticketholders, ensuring you have a smooth journey to the FIFA World Cup™.

International fans can also enter the State of Qatar without a match ticket to enjoy the tournament experience and attend events across the country – and will need a Hayya Card to do so. Simply use the Early December Hayya feature, on the Hayya portal or the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app. A hotel booking is required, and an entry fee of QAR 500 applies.

GCC citizens and residents can enter the State of Qatar without a match ticket – and without needing a Hayya Card. This can be done by travelling through the country’s ports, as per the usual entry procedures.

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Air

All flights will arrive at Hamad International Airport and Doha International Airport. If you’re coming by air, select your arrival airport below to find out how to get to your accommodation. 

Download the transport options PDF

When departing Qatar, access to the airport terminals will be limited to 3 hours prior to your flight’s departure time. 

Passengers arriving at airport terminal buildings more than 4 hours prior to their flight's departure time will be directed to the Passenger Overflow Areas (POA). A fantastic fan experience awaits with food, activations and much more.

For Hamad International Airport departures, there will be a shuttle service outside the departures hall to take passengers to the POA.

For Doha International Airport departures, the POA is located within walking distance of Al Matar Al Qadeem Metro Station (Red line). 

Passengers are encouraged to double check which airport their flight is departing from. The IATA airport code for Hamad International Airport is DOH and the IATA airport code for Doha International Airport is DIA.

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Hamad International Airport (HIA/ DOH)
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Metro – Passengers arriving at Hamad International Airport can take the Red line directly into central Doha from Hamad Intl Airport T1 Metro Station.

Passengers can buy a travel card from any station. From 10 November-23 December 2022, ticketholders can use their digital Hayya Card and the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app, available for iOS and Android, for free travel on the metro.

The metro has elevators, space for wheelchair users and guide dog allowances. Check with Qatar Rail before you travel. Additional information, including hours of operation, ticket prices and details on how to pay for travel, is available on the Qatar Rail website or app, available for iOS and Android.

Taxi, Uber, Careem – Arrivals can access metered Karwa taxis 24/7. Upon exiting the arrivals hall, head left and follow the signs.

You can pay by cash, bank card or mobile payment.

Karwa taxis have accommodations for people with disabilities and/ or limited mobility.

For more information, visit the Mowasalat website or speak to a Karwa airport representative upon arrival.

Uber and Careem provide on-demand services to/ from the airport through their apps, which are available for iOS and Android. Pick-up is available at the short-term car park, which is within walking distance of the arrivals hall.

Rent a car – there are many car rental agents available at arrivals; however, due to high demand, road closures and diversions, it is recommended that you use public transport for all travel within central Doha.

Accommodation Shuttle Buses – Fans arriving at Hamad International Airport have access to a direct shuttle bus service to and from the Fan Villages at Barwa Madinatna, Barwa Barahat Al Janoub and the Cruise Ship Hotels at Doha Port.

This 24-hour service runs every 15 minutes, from 7 November to 22 December. The Cruise Ship service will run from 11 November to 22 December.

Service Number

Service

A831

Cruise Ship Hotels

 

A833

Barwa Madinatna

 

A835

Barwa Barahat Al Janoub

 

Shuttle buses Most Fan Villages are served by a complimentary shuttle bus service to/ from the closest metro throughout the tournament.

Service Number

Fan Village

Metro Station

Metro Line

D821

Cruise Ship Hotels

Souq Waqif Bus Hub-South (close to Souq Waqif Metro Station)

Gold

D823

Barwa Madinatna

Ras Bu Fontas

Red

D824

Barwa Barahat Al Janoub

Al Wakra

Red

D827

Barwa Barahat Al Janoub (via Souq Al Wakra)

Al Wakra

Red

The Cruise Ship Hotels to Souq Waqif Bus Hub-South service (within walking distance of Souq Waqif Metro Station) operates 24 hours a day and will run from 1 November to 20 December every 5 minutes during peak times (4-7 PM) and every 30 minutes overnight (3-8 AM).

The Barwa Madinatna and Barwa Barahat Al Janoub services will run from 1 November to 22 December every 5 minutes during peak times and follow tournament-time metro operating hours:

  • Sat-Thurs: 6 AM – 3 AM
  • Fri: 9 AM – 3 AM

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Doha International Airport (DIA)
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Metro – Passengers arriving at Doha International Airports can take the Gold line directly into central Doha. The National Museum Metro Station is located 800m from the airport arrival terminal.

On your return journey, take the Red line to Al Matar Al Qadeem Metro Station, which is located close to the airport departures terminal.

Passengers can buy a travel card from any station. From 10 November-23 December 2022, ticketholders can use their digital Hayya Card and the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app, available for iOS, Android and Huawei, for free travel on the metro.

The metro has elevators, space for wheelchair users and guide dog allowances. Check with Qatar Rail before you travel. Additional information, including hours of operation, ticket prices and details on how to pay for travel, is available on the Qatar Rail website or app, available for iOS and Android.

Taxi, Uber, Careem – Arrivals can access metered Karwa taxis 24/7 upon exiting the arrivals hall.

You can pay by cash, bank card or mobile payment.

Karwa taxis have accommodations for people with disabilities and/ or limited mobility.

For more information, visit the Mowasalat website or speak to a Karwa airport representative upon arrival.

Uber and Careem provide on-demand services to/ from the airport through their apps, which are available for iOS and Android. The airport has dedicated pick-up/ drop-off areas, which are indicated on the apps.

Shuttle buses – Passengers arriving at Doha International Airport have the option of taking a shuttle bus from the arrivals terminal to Souq Waqif Bus Hub-South, where they can continue their journey by metro.

This 24-hour service runs every 15 minutes, from 7 November to 22 December.

Service Number

Service

A840

Souq Waqif Bus Hub-South

This service can also be used for your return journey to DIA.

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Land

Road access to Qatar is via the Abu Samra land border crossing. Fans have multiple options for crossing the border during the tournament.

Find out more information about land border access below.

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Abu Samra Land Border
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The Abu Samra Crossing is the State of Qatar’s land border. It is located on Salwa Road.

From 1 November to 23 December, you have three options to enter Qatar via the land border:

  1. Cross into Qatar by bus
  2. Visit on Matchday by parking your vehicle at the car park in Qatar designated for visitors
  3. Cross into Qatar with your vehicle as per the regulations and conditions

To enter the State of Qatar, you must have an approved Hayya Card and meet all immigration and customs requirements, such as your passport, which must be valid until 22 March 2023.

Your Hayya Card is your entry permit during the tournament, your stadium access (along with your match ticket), and your key to free public transport.

A reminder: you can apply for a Hayya Card via the Hayya Portal or the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app.

Now, we’ll explain your entry options via the land border in more detail.

Option 1: Cross into Qatar by bus

Your bus operator will drop you at the border terminal.

Once you’ve passed through customs and immigrations, you can choose one of the following options for your onward journey:

  1. Take the free bus from the terminal to Al Messila Metro Station in Doha. This will provide you easy access to other transport options for a seamless onward journey to your matches and accommodation.
  2. If someone is meeting you, you can take the free shuttle bus to Al Qalayel family and friends pick-up area, which is 2km away from the Abu Samra land border terminal.
Option 2: Visit on Matchday

Ticketholders can visit for 24 hours and park their car at the car park in Qatar designated for visitors.

  1. Register for a Hayya Card for a Visit on a Matchday on the Hayya portal or app.
  2. Book your parking space on the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app.
  3. Upon confirmation, you will receive a QR code to scan at the parking lot entrance.

A free shuttle bus will take you from the car park waiting area to the border terminal.

Travellers are advised to pack light due to bus and metro luggage capacities.

Please note:

  • Parking is free for the first 24 hours
  • A fee will apply after 24 hours
  • After 48 hours, a fine will be enforced and cars will be impounded

Once you’ve passed through customs and immigration, you can choose one of the following options for your onward journey:

  1. Take the free bus from the terminal to Al Messila Metro Station (Green line) in Doha. This will provide you easy access to other transport options.
  2. If someone is meeting you, you can take the free shuttle bus to Al Qalayel family and friends pick-up area, which is 2km away from the Abu Samra land border terminal.

For your return journey, you can catch a shuttle bus back to the land border from Al Messila Metro Station or Al Qalayel family and friends pick-up area.

Option 3: Cross into Qatar with your vehicle as per the regulations and conditions below

You can cross the border with your own vehicle but you must meet the following requirements:

  • The vehicle must have a minimum of three people and a maximum of six, which includes the driver and passengers
  • You must have a confirmed booking for at least 5 nights via the Qatar Accommodation Agency
  • Organisers must have a confirmed accommodation booking for at least 5 nights

If you meet these criteria:

  1. Apply for your car entry permit on the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app.
  2. If your application is accepted, you will receive a link to obtain vehicle insurance.
  3. To confirm your visit, you need to pay for your vehicle entry permit. Payment must be made within 24 hours of finalising your vehicle insurance.

Please note:

  • The vehicle entry permit is for one-time use
  • The entry permit has no expiry, no set entry date and is not tied to accommodation booking dates

Reminder – cars will not be allowed to enter restricted areas during the tournament, particularly around the stadiums and in central Doha.

Those are your three options for entering Qatar via the land border during the tournament!
To ensure you follow the latest policies for crossing the border, follow @roadto2022go on Twitter.
See you at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

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Sea

Travel arrangements for cruise ships will be organised by cruise operators.

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Cruise Terminal
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Cruise Terminal

Chartered cruise ships are scheduled by Qatar Tourism and will be docked at Hamad Port for their stopovers in Qatar. Transport to and from these cruise ships will be arranged by the cruise ship operators. All travel arrangements for cruise ships will be done by cruise operators. Please liaise with your tour operator for further information.

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Are there any luggage restrictions on public transport?
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At busier times, passengers with luggage risk being turned away from public buses and the metro.  

Therefore, passengers are encouraged to travel as light as possible. If you need to have large luggage items, you should consider using Karwa Taxi, Uber, Careem or dedicated shuttle bus services to and from ports of entry. 

The metro will be busy so please allow extra time for queues or consider alternative transport methods.  

Reminder: luggage must not block entrances, exits or public walkways, be placed on seats or take up seating areas, or be made of or contain hazardous or flammable substances or material. 

Check FIFA’s prohibited items list.

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For updates on getting around Qatar, follow @roadto2022go on Twitter.