Doha International Airport
The only commercial airport in Qatar, Doha International Airport is a relentlessly busy facility that acts as a major travel hub between east and west. The base for Qatar Airways, flights to Doha International Airport come in from all over the world as 12 million passengers each year connect from one destination to another.
The facility was not designed for this volume of traffic, and is currently under construction to relieve the pressure of the large crowds, which can be downright unpleasant at peak times. Passengers spending more than an hour or two at the airport will want to head to the Oryx Lounge, which for $40 (free for business-class passengers) offers air-conditioned comfort and day-care facilities.
The airport is eight miles (13km) from Doha.
Getting to the city
Most of the larger city hotels provide a courtesy shuttle service for guests to and from the airport. There is a taxi pavilion just outside the terminal. Bus routes 109 and 747 run via the airport and into the city centre. Rental cars are available at the Ground Transportation Centre opposite the terminal.
Tel: +974 4462 2999.
Car rental companies have desks in the Ground Transportation Centre, with most of the major car rental companies represented.
Turqoise Karwa taxis are the only taxis authorised to enter the airport's car park.
Facilities at the airport include ATMs, bureaux de change, wifi, restaurants, snack bars, male and female prayer rooms and duty-free shopping. The Qatar Airways Oryx Lounge is available to business and first-class passengers. Economy-class passengers can access these facilities at a charge of QAR 140. The Oryx Lounge includes a business centre, meeting rooms, internet access, wifi accessibility, shower facilities, cloak room, nursery room and food and beverage shops.
There are short and long-term parking bays available outside the departures and arrivals halls. Short-term parking is free for the first 30 minutes, QAR 5 per hour for the first two hours and QAR 5 per hour thereafter.
Flights to Doha International Airport are available on Air Arabia, Air India Express, Bahrain Air, British Airways, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Iran Air, Jet Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Nepal Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Skri Lankan Airlines, Sudan Airways, Syrian Air and Turkish Airlines.
Wifi is free throughout Doha International Airport.
Many premium lounges offer excellent business facilities including computer terminals, fax services, wifi, newspapers and even secretarial services.
Doha International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.