Travelling to Qatar
By air – Doha has two airports. All commercial flights will arrive via Hamad International Airport. Those travelling by private jet will arrive at the Qatar Executive Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport.
By land – Qatar shares one land border with Saudi Arabia, which shares several land borders with Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. Access to Qatar by land is through the Abu Samra border on Salwa Road, which is 95km from central Doha.
By sea – This is through regular Cruise Ships to Doha Port and is dependent upon the Qatar National Tourism Council schedule.
For all international travel, please check with the immigration department of your respective country to determine any visa requirements and COVID-19 travel restrictions
Arriving in Qatar
Arrivals at Hamad International Airport and Doha International Airport can use the following transport options:
Taxi – Arrivals can access metered Karwa taxis 24/7. You can pay by cash, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Scan N Pay or credit card. Karwa taxis can be ordered or pre-booked on the Karwa iOS or Android app, through the toll-free number +974 800 8294 or by speaking to a Karwa airport representative upon arrival. Karwa taxis have accommodations for people with disabilities and/ or limited mobility. For more information, visit mowasalat.com.
Doha Metro – Arrivals can take the Red line directly from Hamad International Airport. Passengers can buy a travel card from the station. 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.
Public buses – Karwa buses service Hamad International Airport via routes 727, 737 and 757. Passengers can buy a smart card at the airport. For more information, visit mowasalat.com or download the iOS or Android app.
Travelling in Qatar
Public transport and roads will be busier than normal during the tournament. Please check the following guidance to ensure your journey is as seamless as possible.
By tournament bus service – These are for fans travelling on matchdays.
By Metro – Qatar’s state-of-the-art train system links central Doha with the stadiums, tourist attractions and other tournament events. The free MetroLink buses and MetroExpress shuttle take passengers even further.
Check the Qatar Rail website for more information on operating hours, travel cards and extra services. Download the Qatar Rail app (iOS and Android) to top up your travel card and the MetroExpress app (iOS and Android) to book a shuttle bus to/ from a Metro station.
By taxi – Karwa taxis are metered. You can pay by cash, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Scan N Pay or credit card. Karwa taxis can be ordered or pre-booked on the iOS or Android app, or through the toll-free number +974 800 8294. For more information, visit mowasalat.com.
Walking, cycling and e-scooters – Doha is right on the sea, filled with enchanting cityscapes and parks, meaning that strolling around is a pleasure.
The Qatar Cycling Federation has information about cycling paths in the city. The country is relatively flat and at sea level, making for leisurely riding conditions.
You can find e-scooters dotted around Doha to rent by the minute. Simply download the provider’s app and you’ll be whizzing around in no time.
Driving in Qatar
All motorists drive on the right-hand side of the road. Traffic signs are mostly in English, with some in Arabic. Driving without a licence is a criminal offence.
Driving with a non-Qatari licence – You can rent a car if you are 25 and older, and have held a valid driving licence for at least 12 months.
Driving with the licence of your home country – Visit or business visa holders can drive for up to 15 days from the date of entry. You need to apply for a temporary Qatar driving licence to extend this.
Driving with a GCC licence – GCC residents can drive for up to three months from the date of entry.
Driving with an international licence – Visit or business visa holders can drive for up to six months from the date of entry.
Is public transport free during the tournament?
Public transport is free for those in possession of Fan ID on the day of the match for which you have a ticket. This includes the Doha Metro, the Education City tram, public buses and tournament bus services only. It does not apply to taxis and rideshares or bicycle/ e-scooter rentals.
Further information on how ticketholders can access free travel will be updated on this website in the build up to the tournament.
What are the matchday travel options for people with disabilities and/ or limited mobility?
Karwa taxis can accommodate passengers with disabilities and/ or limited mobility. These can be ordered or booked on the Karwa Taxi app (iOS or Android) or through the toll-free number +974 800 8294. These taxis have a dedicated drop-off point close to the stadium entrance.
The Doha Metro and public buses also have accommodation, such as elevators, space for wheelchair users and allowances for guide dogs. Please check with Qatar Rail and Mowasalat before you travel.
You can also use Accessible Qatar. This comprehensive website details accommodations for different types of disability, covering a wide range of locations and facilities.
If you arrive at the tournament by car, you will be provided a Vehicle Access Parking Pass (VAPP). To get this, you must upload proof of eligibility documentation and provide the vehicle's licence plate (if known) at the time of booking. You must clearly display the VAPP in the front window to assist venue personnel in directing you to the correct parking area.