There are no internal flights in tiny Qatar.
The public bus system operates from the central Al Ghanim Bus Station, with air-conditioned services to Al Khor, Al Wakara and Masaieed among other destinations. Prices range from QR3 to QR10.
Car & Motorcycle
If you’re driving around Doha, you’ll discover that roundabouts are very common, treated like camel-race tracks and often redundant in practice. Finding the right way out of Doha can also be difficult: if you’re heading south towards Al Wakrah or Mesaieed, take the airport road (Al Matar St); the main road to all points north is 22 February St (north from Al Rayyan Rd); if you're heading west, continue along Al Rayyan Rd.
Driving in Qatar is on the right-hand side.
Numerous petrol stations are located around Doha, but there are few along the highways.
Authorities are strict with anyone caught speeding, not wearing a seat belt or not carrying a driving licence: heavy on-the-spot fines are handed out freely.
Don’t even think about drink driving. The the maximum legal blood alcohol concentration if you're behind the wheel is zero.
A visitor can rent a car if they have a driving licence from home – but only within seven days of arriving in Qatar (although expats resident in other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries can drive for up to three months).
After seven days, a temporary driving licence – issued by the Traffic Licence Office – must be obtained. It lasts for the duration of your visa and rental agencies can arrange this for you.
The minimum rental period for all car-hire agencies is 24 hours and drivers must be at least 21 years old.
Major agencies charge about QR150/750 per day/week for the smallest car.
The cost of a 4WD can be very high (around QR500/3000 per day/week); an ordinary car is perfectly suitable for reaching most of Qatar's attractions, with the exception of Khor Al Adaid and some of the sand-dune seas.
A 4WD is essential, however, for those wanting to explore the interior in greater depth or wishing to camp on a remote beach.
All of the international car-rental companies have local offices in Qatar.
With more than 40 years of experience in Doha, Al Muftah Rent-A-Car (www.rentacardoha.com) is a reliable option and a cheaper local alternative to the major car-hire companies.
The turquoise taxis belonging to Mowasalat-Karwa offer a good service, charging QR4 plus QR1.80 for each subsequent kilometre.
The easiest way to catch a taxi is to ask your hotel to arrange one, although technically you can wave one down from the side of the road. To visit most sights outside Doha, it’s better to hire a car or arrange transport with a tour company as it usually works out considerably cheaper and it saves long waits for return transport.
The Qataris have big plans for transport around the island. Once Doha's urban Metro system is complete, there are plans for a rail system that connects most of Qatar's population centres.