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Most people emigrating to Qatar choose to reside in the capital city, Doha. However, development in transport networks and rapid development of satellite towns such as Al Wakra and Al Khor mean they are becoming a more affordable and more attractive option. Here is a brief guide to transport options available to you in other areas of Qatar.

The major settlements outside of Doha include Al Khor, Al Wakra, Messaied, Dukhan, and Ras Laffan. The latter three will have a significant proportion of employees in the oil and gas industries.

 Good to know:

Distances and approximate travel time to Doha City Centre

Al Khor- 46 minutes (54km)
Al Wakra- 30 minutes (26km)
Messaied- 42 minutes (48km)

Ras Laffan- 72 minutes (80km)
Dukhan- 62 minutes (85km)

Cars

Hiring/leasing or buying a car would be highly recommended if you are living outside of the capital city. Transport options are more limited here, taxi fares are more expensive and timings for public transport may be more inconvenient. Major rental agencies such as Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, Budget, Sixt, Europcar, etc. are located in various locations including the airport and around the city. You can also rent from local firms which can work out cheaper and may offer discounts for rentals longer than one month.

To rent a vehicle, you must have a valid driver's license, insurance certificate, vehicle registration, and passport/ID.

If you are considering buying a car, associated costs for running a car are comparatively cheap to other countries. As there is a constant turnover of expatriates leaving the country, there is a large supply of second-hand cars to choose from. Petrol is cheap (2QR/gallon) and insurance is calculated as a percentage of the overall vehicle’s value. This often works favourably for more powerful cars whose insurance premiums are usually higher in Europe.

Other Transport Options

Hiring/leasing or buying a car would be highly recommended if you are living outside of the capital city. Although there are other transport options to destinations outside of Doha, options are more limited here, taxi fares are more expensive and timings for public transport may be more inconvenient. The same taxi companies can be used in the Doha transport guide. However, there will be a limited supply of drivers in those areas and there will be extra surcharges compared to inner city rates.

Mowasalat Bus Routes

Public buses run by Mowasalat will go to the destinations listed below. All buses can be taken from the Al Ghanim central bus station in the Souq Waqif area. For a map of the routes and other transfer points, click here

  • 102x to Al Khor
  • 109 to Messaied
  • 119 to Al Wakrah
  • 104,104A and 137 to Dukhan

Timetables and schedules can be found here. Timing will vary during weekdays,  the weekend, and public holidays (considered Friday and Saturday here).

 Good to know:

For anyone travelling to Ras Laffan, there are transport services provided for Shell employees with pick up locations at the following:
Qipco compound, Porto Arabia 2, Al Rayyan Village, 9 Pearls, the following hotels: W, Marriott Courtyard, Ritz Carlton, Grand Hyatt Hilton and Intercontinental the City or Barwa Village, ICC/E-ring, Ezdan Mall, Al Saad/Bin Mahmoud/Bin Omraan, Al Khor.

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