All you need to know about the Doha metro and railway system in Qatar.
13 October 2019| Last updated on 13 October 2019
Here are 15 fast and fun facts about the Doha metro
Since its launch in May 2019, many Doha residents have since relied on the smooth running of each train line to go about their day. The opening of the first line marks a significant milestone for Qatar’s passenger transport sector.
Boasting a well-connected and efficient system, here's a quick rundown on some Doha train, station, and commuters' pass facts you'll need while in the capital.
Fun facts about the Doha metro
- The Ministry of Transport and Communications and Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) amounted the soft opening of the Doha Metro Red Line South on 6th May 2019.
- The Doha Metro features 13 stations running (mostly underground) across 40km all the way from Al Qassar to Al Wakra (total travel time 30 minutes) and Hamad International Airport.
- The Qatar Rail network consists of the Red Line, Green Line and Gold Line with a total of 37 stations and an expected completion date in 2020.
- Red Line is the very first to launch on the network and covers some of Doha’s most prominent stations and heavy traffic areas like Souq Waqif, Doha Jadeeda, and Al Bidda.
- With 18 stations in operation, the inspiration behind the design of each station is inspired by Qatar’s cultural history.
- The Doha Metro trains are driverless.
- Doha Metro trains can reach 100 km / hour.
- Trains arrive every six minutes and the commute between stations lasts for approximately three minutes.
- Operation timings are from Sunday to Thursday from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm and Friday 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
- All passengers utilizing the Metro must have metro cards.
- The cards are divided into three categories: Standard, Gold Club, and Limited Use. Limited Use cards are appropriate for occasional travellers or tourists for any one-time use. The journey costs QR2 and the cost of a full day pass is QR6 for standard or family-class travel. To use the Gold Class, the journey cost is QR10 and a full day pass costs QR30. Rechargeable cards come in Standard and Gold options and can be recharged and used repeatedly.
- There are a few options in purchasing rechargeable cards. Travel Card Vending Machines are available at all metro stations.
- Cards can also be purchased at retailers like Lulu, Al Meera, Carrefour, and Jumbo. The cards will be priced at QR 30 with a travel credit of QR 20. Licensed retailers will, however, not be able to top-up your travel credit. This can be done at Doha Metro stations only.
- Children under the age of 4 are not required to purchase a travel card, however, they must be accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Children over 5 years old are required to have a travel card and the cost is the same as the adult fare. Please note that children under 16 are expected to be accompanied by an adult.
- The Qatar Rail application can be downloaded for iOS and Android. Once you register, you can link it to your metro card. The app will keep track of all your journeys while enabling access to a network map of current operational trips. Real-time information is also available on the app besides a journey planner that can help you manage your trips.
For more information, visit the Qatar Rail website here: www.qr.com.qa.