One of the best things that happened this year in Qatar was definitely the opening of the Doha Metro. Previously, residents without their own vehicles relied on buses, taxis, limousines, and ride-sharing vehicles to get around the country.
Currently, a lot of residents have already made riding the Doha Metro a part of their daily lives. But some have yet to step foot in it. Whether you’re a seasoned Metro user or a novice, we hope this guide will be useful for you to get around Doha and beyond using the Metro and its other services.
The mostly underground state-of-the-art automated rail network has three lines - Red, Gold, and Green.
The Red Line runs from north to south (Lusail to Al Wakra) and connects with the Lusail Tram via Legraifiya station. It connects with the Gold Line through Msheireb Interchange while Al Bidda Station connects it with Green Line. Red Line has a total of 17 stops, with 13 stops currently open.
Gold Line extends from east to west (Ras Bu Abboud to Al Aziziyah) with 11 stops running. Click here to know all about the Doha Metro Gold Line Preview Service.
The Green Line also runs from east to west (Al Mansoura to Al Riffa) with 11 stops and is yet to open.
Metro Green Line opened December 10, 2019, along with the Hamad International Airport, Katara, Lusail, and Qatar University stations from the Metro Red Line. Legtaifiya station is due to open in 2020.
If you view the Doha Metro stations from a distance, you’ll realize that they bear similarities to traditional Bedouin tents. One of the ways that Qatar’s past is reflected in the architecture of the stations.
Lusail Tram network will have a total of 4 lines and 25 stations. It is slated to open in 2020.
A free service is provided so that commuters can get to and from the Metro stations with ease. The complimentary shuttle bus is operated in association with Mowasalat. Not all stations have the Metrolink bus available as of the moment. Stations like Al Bidda, Al Matar, and most of the Gold Line route are still yet to have a Metrolink feeder bus.
Currently, there are 28 routes servicing the Doha Metro Red and Gold Line. Buses run every 12 minutes except for Free Zone, in which Metrolink runs every 20 minutes. Metrolink can seat 7 to 35 passengers depending on the vehicle.
Metrolink maps are available on the entrance doors of Metro stations as well as the bus stop poles.
You can also find here the first and last bus timings of Metrolink routes.
Here are new timings as of January 14, 2020:
This complimentary ride-sharing service is available for West Bay and DICC stations and is exclusive to registered Doha Metro customers.
The on-demand service can pick up to 7 passengers in one vehicle. The areas serviced by Metroexpress are West Bay, Diplomatic Area, Onaiza 63, and Al Jazi Compounds.
Click here to know more about the Metroexpress and how it works.
Walking distance from the station is the Lusail Stadium. But thanks to the Metrolink, commuters can reach Doha Festival City, ACE Hardware, and IKEA via the M145.
The Metrolink also stops by schools such as Qatar Finland International School, International School of London, Kindergarten Zekreet Independent, and the International British School.
Nearby, you can also find Crescent Park.
There is currently no Metrolink servicing this station.
Starting February 9, the M147 bus will be servicing Qatar University to Lusail Marina.
The bus has stops near Katara Hospitality, Staybridge Suites, Court of Cassation and Court of Appeal, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Qatar National Tourism Council, Qatari Diar, and Qatar Charity.
The Katara station takes you straight right near Galeries Lafayette and within walking distance to Katara Cultural Village.
This station is also the nearest station to The Pearl.
Al Qassar Station
[Update] Aside from Katara station, you can also access Katara from this station.
Katara station is not yet open but you can access Katara Cultural Village near the Katara (North) exit of Al Qassar station by taking the stairs to Katara Parking. Hotels nearby include St. Regis and InterContinental Hotel. Legtaifiya Park can be reached via the M141 route of Metrolink.
You can also reach most of the embassies through the following Metrolink routes:
Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC) Station
Just walking distance beside the station is DECC itself along with City Centre Mall, Marriott Marquis Hotel, JW Marriott Hotel, and City Centre Rotana Hotel. You can also access The Gate Mall once you exit.
Metrolink M105 route has bus stops near Dusit Hotel, W Hotel, and The Curve Hotel.
The following places of interest are nearby the DECC station but you have to walk or take the taxi to get to them:
West Bay QIC Station
Walking distance from this station are Qatar Sports Club and Ezdan Hotel.
This station is popular because of its umbrella walkway that can be reached through the exit. Walking distance from the station are Al Bidda Park (exit 3), Doha Fire Station Gallery, and Qatar Post (exit 1). Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex is nearby exit 4.
Al Bidda Station
Doha's first pet-friendly park, Al Bidda Park, is also easily accessible from this metro station. It takes around 12 minutes on foot to get to Qatar Bowling Center.
Al Bidda station is also the interchange for the Red and Green Line.
This station connects all the three lines of the Doha Metro. There is currently one Metrolink route (M138) servicing the nearby areas. Points of interest include the following:
Al Doha Al Jadeda Station
Beside Al Doha Al Jadeda station, you can walk to the following hotels: Concorde Hotel, Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park, and Holiday Inn Doha - The Business Park.
To reach Umm Ghuwailina Health Center, just take the M114 Metrolink.
Umm Ghuwailina Station
This station currently has four Metrolink routes. The most popular attractions on each route are the following:
Al Matar Al Qadeem Station
Walking distance from this station is Old Airport Park and further ahead is Oryx Rotana Hotel. The old Doha International Airport is also nearby. This airport will be reopened for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Three new Metrolink routes were added on December 24, 2019 servicing Al Matar Al Qadeem station.
M120 has stops near Al Emadi Hospital and Aster Medical Center. M121 can take you to Lulu and The Mall. M122 has stops near Aster Hospital and Airport Health Center.
Oqba Ibn Nafie Station
These are the most popular stops for the three Metrolink routes servicing Oqba Ibn Nafie:
Instead of boarding the train for Al Wakrah (if coming from Lusail direction), make sure to board the train heading to HIA. The metro station is connected to the Departure area by a pedestrian bridge.
Trolleys and flight information are also readily available in the HIA Metro station.
Free Zone (Economic Zone) Station
Commuters take the M140 Metrolink to get to Lulu Barwa City and the Religious Complex.
Ras Bu Fontas Station
If you're headed to Barwa Village, you can ride the M126 Metrolink from the station. The M126 Metrolink can drop you at the sides of Centrepoint Mall.
Al Wakra Station
After getting off the last stop, you can easily access Souq Al Wakra via the M127 Metrolink bus while Al Wakra Sports Club is one of the stops along the M128 route. If you're planning to go to Al Wakra Hospital, Al Wakra South and Ezdan Shopping Mall in Wakra, better take the M134.
M132 takes you to Al Janoub Stadium while M130 takes you to Grand Hypermarket Ezdan Mall.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 2020
Commuters take the M140 Metrolink route to Porto Arabia, Medina Centrale, Qanat Quartier.
[Update June 2021] metroexpress services connect customers to Fox Hills South in Lusail, to and from Legtaifiya Station.
National Museum Station
Metro users can now have easy access to the new National Museum of Qatar thanks to the opening of the Gold Line. It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Souq Waqif Station
Aside from the National Museum, Souq Waqif is also a frequent stop for tourists and residents alike. Once you exit this station, you can easily walk to the Souq and the surrounding areas like Gold Souq, Falcon Souq, Souq Waqif Art Center, and Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli.
Bin Mahmoud Station
The M302 route from Bin Mahmoud station takes commuters to hotels like Westin Spa & Hotel and Centro Capital by Rotana.
Al Sadd Station
Nearby places to visit are Royal Plaza Mall, Millennium Plaza Doha, and Hamad Pediatric Emergency Center.
Al Asmakh Mall and Millennium Hotel are both walking distance from Joaan station. If you want to reach Mirqab Mall, alight at Joaan station then walk approximately 10 to 15 minutes to get to the mall.
Al Sudan Station
If you're heading to Al Sadd Stadium, then this is the stop to take. You can also walk to Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena (ABHA Arena). It will take around 13 minutes.
Sports City Station
Walking distance from Sport City station is the Khalifa International Stadium, one of the main venues in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup and FIFA World Cup 2022. Walk further and you'll get to Aspire Zone sports complex.
Al Aziziyah Station
The last station in the Gold Line is the stop for people who want to get to Villaggio Mall and The Torch. If you want to get to Hyatt Plaza and Aspire Park, take Exit 2 and board the M313 Metrolink.
The last station of Green Line on the west side stops in front of the Mall of Qatar. There is a covered walkway connecting the Metro exit with the mall entrance.
Within walking distance is the Al Rayyan Football Stadium.
QNCC is close by but currently, there is no walkway or tunnel from Education City Station to QNCC. It is an 18-minute walk via Al Luqta Service street. Nearby the station is also Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.
Aside from the Qatar National Library, this station is also the nearest station to Sidra Hospital. You can take Khalifa Avenue North exit and the hospital is within walking distance.
M208 will be operating from Al Messila station to Madinat Khalifa South Area via Al Rayyan village and Al Rayyan interchange. Some of the stops include Lulu Hypermarket, Al Meera and Traffic Department. Last bus at 10:58 pm (Sat-Wed), 11:58 pm (Thurs-Fri). Buses run every 12 minutes.
M209 links the station to Al Hitmi and Fereej bin Omran areas. Al Hitmi Park, Town Center, and Yarmouk Prep School.
Places of interest within walking distance include Hamad General Hospital, Women's Hospital, and Hamad Outpatient Department. Warwick Doha and Wyndham Grand Regency Doha are the nearby hotels. Philippine School Doha and Lulu Hypermarket are also nearby.
There is a Metrolink from Hamad Hospital to Al Sadd (Zone 38) Area. There are stops near Pioneer Education Centre and Millennium Hotel.
Across this station are the following: Communicable Disease Center, Heart Hospital are Rumailah Hospital.
In the app, aside from all the necessary info about Qatar Rail, you can register and manage your card. You can also easily top up your card without having to go to the station. Your transaction history will also be reflected in the app.
The Plan My Journey feature inside the Network & Services Info is very helpful for navigation, especially if you're new to using Doha Metro.
Here are new timings as of January 14, 2020:
You can find here the schedule of the first and last timings of Doha Metro trains
Display screens at the platform show how many minutes until the next train arrives. There are also audio announcements, both in Arabic and English.
There are three carriages:
Here are the rates:
The following reusable travel cards can be topped up online or at any TVM (Travel Card Vending Machine):
Where to buy tickets or travel cards?
Self-service Travel Card vending machines are available at all stations for Standard Travel Cards and Limited Use Travel Cards. You can also purchase Standard travel cards from licensed retailers like Lulu, Al Meera, Carrefour, and Jumbo.
Meanwhile, Goldclub Travel Cards can be purchased from the Goldclub offices present in all stations.
Modes of payment
Up to 300 cars can be parked in this free facility available only at Al Wakra Station.
Free parking spaces (Metro Park and Ride) at Al Wakra station and Al Qassar station were opened in January 2020.
(References: Qatar Rail website, Qatar Rail App)
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