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Posted On: 24 November 2020 01:00 pm
Updated On: 19 November 2022 04:29 pm

Metroexpress guide: how to book and where you can go

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Doha Metro has made it easier for residents and visitors to explore what Doha and nearby municipalities offer. For only QR 2 per trip, (Standard/Family), you can affordably reach any of the Doha Metro stations currently operating.

Qatar Rail also provides first and last-mile connectivity to its customers. You've probably been on a metrolink feeder bus, but have you tried the metroexpress? Scroll down to find out all about it!

[UPDATE AS OF NOV 2022] The metroexpress has added new stations to their service areas and has adjusted timings during the World Cup! Read on to find out more.

What is metroexpress?

Metroexpress service from DECC metro station
Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/metrotram.qa/

Think of it as the Doha Metro's Uber service, except it's free (currently on free trial) and only works in selected areas. Unlike the metrolink which has a set schedule per bus, the metroexpress is an on-demand ride-sharing service. Passengers can ride on a fleet of Mercedes Vito vans straight from one of the selected Metro stations.

How many people can ride the metroexpress?

Before COVID-19, the metroexpress could seat up to 7 passengers.

Who can use the metroexpress?

Registered Metro users heading to the designated Metro stations or those who have finished their Metro journey can use this complimentary service.

How to book the metroexpress?

Passengers who wish to avail of the Metroexpress services would have to download the Karwa Taxi app and click on the Metroexpress tab to use Metroexpress as usual. Doha Metro & Lusail Tram notes that the Metroexpress is free to use by passengers of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram.

Download the Karwa Taxi App here: Google Play | App Store

Upon booking, you just have to input your requested pick-up location and requested drop-off location. You can also choose how many passengers will be booking the ride. You will also see how many minutes you need to wait before your metroexpress ride comes.

Which stations can I use the metroexpress?

The metroexpress is available in specific service zones.
Currently, these are the selected Metro stations from where you can book the service to and from, according to Qatar Rail:

  • West Bay (Red Line)
  • DECC (Red Line)
  • Al Qassar (Red Line)
  • Katara (Red Line)
  • Legtaifiya (Red Line)
  • Qatar University (Red Line)
  • Sports City (Gold Line)
  • Al Waab (Gold Line)
  • Marina (Lusail Tram)
  • Marina Promenade (Lusail Tram)
  • Yacht Clube (Lusail Tram)
  • Esplande (Lusail Tram)
  • Lusail Central (Lusail Tram)
  • Energy City South (Lusail Tram)

    Which places can I go to using the metroexpress?

    Metroexpress outside Katara metro station
    Metroexpress outside Katara metro station

    According to Qatar Rail's website, these areas are served by the metroexpress through the metro stations stated above.

    DECC & West Bay QIC stations

    • Onaiza 63 & 65
    • Al Dafna 60 & 61
    • Al Jazi Gardens
    • Ministry of Transport and Communications
    • Sheraton Park
    • Corniche
    • Ashghal
    • Qatar Financial Center
    • New Onaiza Park
    • The Lebanese School
    • Qatar International School
    • Lycée Bonaparte
    • Indian Embassy

    Al Qassar station

    • Al Gassar 61 & Onazia 66
    • St. Regis
    • Intercontinental Doha
    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Various Embassies

    Katara station

    • Al Gassar 66 & Legtaifiya
    • West Bay Lagoon
    • Doha Golf Club
    • The International School of Choueifat
    • Newton International School
    • Katara Cultural Village

    Legtaifiya station

    • West Bay Lagoon
    • Doha Golf Club
    • Lusail Marina District
    • The Pearl Qatar
    • Lagoona Mall
    • Ritz Carlton
    • Mondrian Doha
    • Grand Hyatt

    Qatar University station

    • West Bay Lagoon
    • Doha Golf Club

    Sports City

    • Al Waab Street
    • Sports City Street
    • Salwa Road
    • Al Sidr Street

    Al Waab

    • Al Waab Street
    • Rasheeda Street
    • Al Samriya Street
    • Bu Errayen Street

    Lusail Marina Tram stations

    • Lusail Expressway
    • Lusail Corniche
    • Lusail Marina
    • Lusail Marina Food Arena
    • Qatar Charity Headquarters
    • Wadi Al Gaeya street
    • Fox Hills

    Through the app, you'll also be able to see the permitted locations wherein you can use the metroexpress service.

    What are the operating hours of metroexpress?

    • World Cup timings: From 11 November 2022 until 19 December 2022, metroexpress services will be limited.
      • Saturday to Thursday: 6 am to 12 noon
    • Regular timings:
      • Saturday to Wednesday: 5:45 am to 11 pm
      • Thursday: 5:45 am to 12 am
      • Friday: 2 pm to 12 am

    The metroexpress services will not be operational on Fridays. metroexpress users in the Sport City & Al Waab areas will be serviced through the Al Waab QLM metro station.

    The service will go back to normal operating hours starting 20 December 2022.

    Originally written by Darlene Madrid. Updated by Cassandra Pallagud.

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    Source: Qatar Rail

    Have you tried the metroexpress service? What do you think of this complimentary service? Let us know in the comments!