Doha Layover Guide (DOH)

Hamad International Airport (DOH) is the main international airport in Qatar. It is located in the capital, Doha and is 14 km (8.7 mi) from the city center. In 2014, it took over all commercial passenger flights from the older Doha International Airport. It has multiple flights to destinations worldwide and serves as the hub for Qatar Airways. Doha is the commercial and economic heart of Qatar and is an emerging financial center in the Middle East and the world. It is known for commerce, education, its many mosques and modern buildings such as the Qatari Book House and the National Library.

Can you leave Doha Airport (DOH) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible for travelers to visit Doha during a layover but in some certain cases, a visa will be required. (more info).

Tours/To do | Relax/Sleep | Internet/SIM | Transport | Storage | Money

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

Organized Tours

Doha: Private Night City Tour

Your tour guide will take you for an amazing journey in which you can see the old harbor, first then later and stop for a stunning Doha skyline photography opportunity at the Katara Culture Village. The Pearl Island is an artificial, man-made island located offshore of Doha’s West Bay Lagoon area. Exploring the island is intriguing. After a visit to the traditional old supermarket, Souq Waqif, will expose you to falcon shops and stalls where you admire the spices, materials, perfumes and handicrafts. » book this tour

Doha: 5-Hour Safari, Camel Ride, Sandboarding & Inland Sea

This is an unforgettable trip to the beautiful Doha desert. This is a stark change from the modern city, in the desert you can marvel at a truly unique landscape. An experienced guide will tour the Doha desert in an air conditioned Four-wheel drive vehicle. The tour involves a camel ride in the desert! There is also the adrenaline pumping activities of dune bashing and sandboarding. » book this tour

From Doha: Zekreet Film City and Desert Sculpture Tour

Escape the city with an adventure into the Qatari Desert on this 4-hour tour from Doha that takes you to the unique Film City on the Zekreet peninsula. There is a contemporary recreation of an ancient Arabic village, nestled behind a canyon as well as many props left behind from TV productions. Drive around Umbrella Rock Mountain, and see a stunning desert sculpture by Richard Serra in the Brouq nature reserve. » book this tour

Things to do / Sightseeing

Souq Waqif

Known to be one of the top places for dining and shopping, Souq Waqif is part of the best Doha attractions where one can take a walk around the alleys and admire the architectural beauty of the city. You can shop for embroideries, perfumes, spices, and oud which is an exotic incense made from agarwood. With regards to proximity, this is one of the best places to visit in Doha near the airport.

Time required: 2 hours.

Airport to here: You can get here in 5 minutes by taxi or shuttle or 20 minutes by bus.

Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art is an architectural gem and is known to be one of the best places to visit in Doha. It is located in the MIA Park on the city’s waterfront. Being the work of a world-renowned architect by name I.M. Pei, the Museum of Islamic Art is one that has the largest collection of Islamic art in the whole world. The paintings here were collected from three continents over a period of 1400 years. The interiors are astounding with unique geometric patterns of the Islamic world that makes it suitable to visit at night.

Time required: 2 hours.

Airport to here: It usually takes about 10 minutes to get here here by taxi or 30 minutes by bus.

Katara Cultural Village

The Katara Cultural Village, otherwise known as the Valley of Cultures is the number one place to visit for thespians, architecture and art enthusiasts. It is a great place for individuals passionate to learn about other traditions. The cultural village has an opera house, an amphitheater, heritage centers, an art gallery, many academic facilities and an information center among others.

Time required: 2 hours.

Airport to here: It takes 15 minutes to get here by taxi or shuttle.

Aspire Tower

Also known as The Torch Doha, the Aspire Tower is a 300-metre tall skyscraper hotel which gained even more fame after hosting the 15th Asian Games hosted by Qatar in 2006. The tower is the tallest structure and building in Qatar and this makes it one of the various reasons to visit here. The tower has an amazing 360-degree rotating restaurant located at the very top to appreciate the view of the city. It also has a panoramic swimming pool on the 19th floor.

Time required: 2 hours.

Airport to here: You can easily get here in 15 minutes by taxi.

Barzan Towers

The Barzan towers were also built in the late 1800s and renovated in 1910. They were used as watchtowers to ward off the possibility of an Ottoman invasion at the time. Following the defeat of the Ottomans years earlier by the local military, the generals believed they still had reasons to be apprehensive, which is why they were constructed. The towers have been used for another service over the years for the inspection of the new moon during the holy month of Ramadan for accuracy.

Time required: 1 hour.

Airport to here: Get here in 25 minutes by taxi or shuttle.

Villagio Mall

Villaggio Mall is the most famous and biggest shopping mall in Doha with all international brands and a huge food court with a wide variety of food options. There are also restaurants, movie theatres, Gondola theme parks for kids and a wonderful Gondola Ride influenced by the common boat rides in Venice that are usually taken by couples. This mall is just the right package for tourists in the city.

Time required: 2 hours.

Airport to here: You can reach here in 20 minutes by taxi.

The Pearl

Pearl is an artificial island located offshore of Doha’s lagoon area and is much famed for being the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals. That’s amazing! Also known to be one of the popular places to visit in Doha, tourists enjoy their time here to shop in the many high-end retail shops in the vicinity, or just walk along the beautiful boardwalk overlooking the eye-catching marina.

Time required: 1 hour.

Airport to here: It usually takes about 15 minutes to get here by taxi or bus.

Sealine Beach Resort

Sealine Beach Resort, an oasis of tranquility, is located amidst the dunes of the Arabian desert by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea. Rather than revel in a luxurious stay, you can rent a dune buggy on the beach near the resort and go for dune bashing as well and have the time of your life! The beach resort is a popular spot for the Locals here and travelers as well.

Time required: 3 hours.

Airport to here: It takes close to 30 minutes to reach here by bus or 1 hour by bus.

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
You can access the several lounges throughout the airport. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
There are several hotel options a few miles from the airport as well as a transit hotel. » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
Quiet Rooms are located throughout the airport terminal, these are separated by gender and they offer comfortable recliners.

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is available at Doha Airport. Just connect to the “HIAQatar Complimentary WiFi” network.

SIM Card: There are several shops within the airport that sell SIM cards.

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: Taxi services are found at the Taxi Pavilion located outside the airport terminal.

Train: The Metro station at Hamad International Airport offers fast and frequent services to and from the airport 7 days a week, connecting the airport to major cultural, tourist and business districts of Doha. (more info).

Bus: Doha’s bus network connects Hamad International Airport as well as various destinations across the city. (more info).

Shuttle: There are hotel and private shuttle services.

Car rentals: There’s a unique mix of car rental service providers available and can be booked online. » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: There is spacious parking available and it is possible to book a parking space in advance.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

There is no designated or official luggage storage available.

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Doha Airport (DOH) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks
- Order your foreign currency ONLINE and PICK IT UP at the airport!