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Posted On: 24 November 2020 01:00 pm
Updated On: 7 September 2021 02:01 pm

Metroexpress guide: how to book and where you can go

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Doha Metro has surely made it easier for residents and visitors to explore what Doha and nearby municipalities have to offer. For only QR 2 per trip, (Standard/Family) you can affordably reach any of the X stations currently operating. But what makes Qatar Rail, the company responsible for the country's rail network, even more awesome, is providing 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!

What is metroexpress?

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 will be able to 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 can seat up to 7 passengers but due to the current restrictions, only 3 are allowed. No passenger is allowed beside the driver's seat, which is separated from the passengers via a plastic barrier.

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

Who can use the metroexpress?

Only registered Metro users who are heading to the designated Metro stations or those who have finished their Metro journey are allowed to use this complimentary service.

How to book the metroexpress?

Like the other ride apps, you can book the metroexpress through a mobile app. You'll be asked to register your name, mobile number and email address. 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 be able to see how many minutes you need to wait before your metroexpress ride comes.

Download the app here: Google Play | App Store

How to book metroexpress using the metroexpress app
Images: Screengrab from metroexpress app

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:

  • DECC
  • West Bay QIC
  • Al Qassar
  • Katara
  • Legtaifiya
  • Qatar University

Which places can I go to using the metroexpress?

According to Qatar Rail's website, these are some of the areas 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

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

Metroexpress outside Katara metro station
Metroexpress outside Katara metro station

What are the operating hours of metroexpress?

  • Saturday to Wednesday from 05:45 am to 11:00 pm
  • Thursday from 05:45 am to 11:59 pm
  • Friday from 2:00 pm to 11:59 pm

Interested to read more articles about the Doha Metro and its services? Check out these links!

Source: Qatar Rail

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