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 three miles (5km) from Doha.
Getting to the city
A limousine service is available from the airport with rates from QR30 to QR75 for anywhere in Doha. Most of the larger city hotels provide a courtesy shuttle service for guests to and from the airport. Taxis to the city centre cost QR5 and bus routes 49 and 94 run via the airport, a bus to the city centre costs QR2. Rental cars are available at the kiosks as you exit customs.
Tel: +974 4462 2999.
Avis, Thrifty, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and Hertz car rental companies have desks in the arrivals hall.
Orange and white metered taxis are available outside the airport, charging about QR50 to the city centre.
Transfer between terminals
There is only one regular passenger terminal at the Doha International Airport, however there is a Premium Class Terminal first and business class passengers. The Premium Class Terminal is a short walk away from the main terminal building.
Facilities at the airport include ATMs, bureaux de change, a 24-hour post office, wireless Internet access, restaurants, snack bars, male and female mosques and a duty-free shop. The airport also has a premium terminal for business and first-class passengers. The Qatar Airways Oryx Lounge is available to business and first-class passengers. Economy-class passengers can access these facilities at a charge of QR140. The Oryx Lounge includes a business centre, meeting rooms, internet access, wi-fi 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 starts at QAR 5 per hour up to QAR 120 per day; long-term parking is QAR 2 per hour up to QAR 45 per day. There is also a covered waiting area near the arrivals terminal that charges QAR 2 for half an hour and QAR 10 per hour after that.
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.