There are no internal flights in tiny Qatar.
Visitors exploring Doha's The Pearl can do so by small ferry. A boat taxi service runs from six points of the crescent-shaped marina from 9am to 11pm (return ticket QR25). Recreational dhow trips on a traditional wooden boat are operated by Arabian Adventures and sailing trips by Regatta Sailing Academy.
The public bus system operates from Doha's central Al Ghanim Bus Station, with air-conditioned services to Al Khor, Al Wakrah and Mesaieed among other destinations. Karwa Smartcards start from QR10 (including two inner-city journeys) or QR20 for unlimited bus trips around Qatar in a 24-hour period; the card can also be topped up. Routes and maps can be found at http://qatar.transit-guide.com.
Car & Motorcycle
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, running a red light, 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 maximum legal blood alcohol concentration if you're behind the wheel is zero.
If you’re driving around Doha, you’ll discover that roundabouts are very common, treated like camel racetracks and often redundant in practice. Finding the right way out of Doha can also be difficult, as construction is happening all over town, and new roads are popping up that don't exist on GPS yet. You may find it best to look at an overview of where you are going and head in the general direction, until GPS catches up. Once out of Doha, there are far fewer roads and navigating is much easier.
A visitor can rent a car if they have a driving licence from home – but only within seven days of arriving in Qatar. Despite the blockade, expats resident in other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries can, at least for now, drive in Qatar 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.
Many major car rental brands are located in Doha. Major agencies charge about QR100 per day for the smallest car. A credit card deposit for any traffic offences you might incur will be expected at the desk, even with the highest insurance coverage.
The cost of a 4WD is higher (around QR300 per day); 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.
Fully comprehensive insurance is highly recommended on rentals 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. Mustafawi Rent A Car is also a good bet. International chains including Hertz, Avis and Europcar also offer rentals at Hamad International Airport.
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.
The turquoise taxis belonging to Mowasalat-Karwa offer good service. Uber (www.uber.com) is available in Doha, and short trips start at QR15.
The Qataris have big plans for transport around the island. Once Doha's urban metro system is complete (a planned 300km of rail and 100 stations, to open in 2019), there are plans for a rail system that connects most of Qatar's population centres. A long-distance network was also planned, connecting neighbouring countries with Qatar, but this is on hold in light of the Gulf-Qatar diplomatic crisis.