So, you can now use Doha Metro to and from Hamad International Airport. Awesome news but how exactly do you do this? In short, continue reading.
First of all, collect your bags and after clearing customs, be sure to turn right to exit. The entrance to the metro is only 7 – 10 minutes away. There are now two options.
Use lifts if you have heavy luggage
Firstly, after exiting right, turn left and walk straight past the Flight Information screens, as a result behind them you will find the lifts. Alight at level 1 then turn left and follow metro signage.
This route is recommended if you have heavy luggage. It is permitted to take a baggage trolley in the lift and all the way to the metro entrance if you wish to.
Most noteworthy is that the moving travellators start automatically and might take a few seconds to start.
Second option (and the default route if you follow airport signage) is to turn right after clearing customs and continue walking straight. Follow the sign for metro/buses. Why not read Brian`s article about taking the bus https://qatarquick.com/catching-a-bus-from-doha-international-airport-qatar
In a while (in the corner) you will see the Vodafone local SIM counter and another sign directing you left to use the travelators going up (not recommended with lots or heavy luggage) upon reaching the top turn right and follow the metro signs.
Continue straight to reach the metro, meanwhile if you want to pray there is a public mosque on the way, just follow the sign. The shape of a water droplet inspires Hamad International Airport mosque’s architecture and is very unique.
Once you reach the end, take the escalator or lift and most importantly at the bottom turn left – do not turn right for the reason that it will lead you to a one way escalator (up not down) and steps.
Buying your ticket – staff are extremely helpful
Next buy your ticket from the machines on the right or if unsure, ask the extremely helpful staff to clarify the process. Pricing information can be found here https://www.qr.com.qa/static-content?code=AboutTravelCards
Select from local currency (ATMs and money changers are easy to find before you exit the arrivals hall) or if you rather pay by card then foreign cards are accepted too.
Screens display expected train arrival times. Another point to note is that to enter the train, the doors will only open if the class of carriage is shown above the door.
Finally, jump on the train. Consider using luggage racks (if travelling standard class) but stay aware if your luggage has wheels.
For Al Wakra and Free Zone stations you must get out at Oqba Ibn Nafie station and simply cross the platform to change direction. To continue towards Lusail on the Red line stay on the train. In contrast if you want to use the Gold or Green lines you must change at Msheireb.
All stations have lifts so make your journey easier by using them.
Continuing your journey after arriving at your desired station
Most noteworthy is that certain stations are connected to a (currently) free bus service within their local vicinity. To clarify your route use the excellent journey planner function on the Doha Metro website or ask the staff. https://www.qr.com.qa/home
You can also view and download detailed bus route maps using this link. https://www.qr.com.qa/metrolink
Alternatively use a metered green Karwa taxi if you spot one (minimum fare QAR10) or try Uber/Careem if you are familiar with them. On the other hand simply walk to your destination if close by.
Use the Metro to return to Hamad International Airport
Similarly you can return to the airport on the metro and after tapping out at the ticket barriers you will see luggage trolleys. In addition there is airline check in counter information and public conveniences.
Remember if you are heading to the airport from Al Wakra or Free Zone stations you will have to change at Oqba Ibn Nafie and board the train for the airport. If using the Gold or Green lines change at Msheireb and choose the train to Hamad International Airport.
In conclusion using the Metro is very simple due to the excellent signage and helpful staff.
Happy travelling and let us your experiences below……….