You can easily move around using the accessible and affordable public transport in Qatar. You have option to travel by Bus, Taxi, Metro Rail, Tram or all of them. This article will guide you how to use public transport in Qatar.
Mowasalat (Karwa) is the premier transportation service provider in Qatar.
Operating to more than 50 routes, Karwa Bus is an easy way to move around the city and an economical, stress-free, comforting ride. Watch this Karwa bus Youtube Ad video made by Mowasalat.
Using this mode of public transport is really easy with Karwa Bus App. You can plan your trip, view bus network, manage your smart cards, and much more.
Karwa Bus is one of the few transit apps worldwide that provides passengers with :
- live bus tracking,
- live bus arrival times in addition Realtime bus arrival alerts,
These features will reduce your outdoor waiting time and will keep you up to date.
Their network search engine is another handy tool , that allows passengers to search with simple key words, and get instant results of bus routes, bus stops and locations across Qatar.
Link to download Karwa Bus app:
Karwa Taxis offer a convenient and flexible way to travel around the city. Their services are not only available to the Capital city Doha but all across Qatar.
Similar to the Bus App, Karwa Taxis also have an app which gives you the following features:
- Make your taxi or limousine booking for future or immediate pickup
- Get the estimated fare for each service type
- No additional charges for advance bookings
- Receive notifications for vehicle assignment, driver details, ride arrival and ride completion.
- Track your assigned vehicle
- Manage all of your taxi and limo bookings
- Rate your trips, including driver, vehicle, and service.
- Receive e-bills for all of your rides
- Manage your favorite locations for easy booking.
- Repeat your previous bookings
- Pay your trips by Credit Card or Google Pay
Link to download Karwa Taxi app:
Uber / Careem:
Apart from Karwa Taxi and Limousine services, Uber and Careem also operate in Qatar. You can also rent a car if you like private transport.
Doha Metro and Lusail Tram:
The Doha Metro is a new, state-of-the art, best in class automated rail network, running mostly underground and across the city of Doha.
The metro network consists of three lines – Red, Green and Gold, with 37 stations.
The Red Line
The Red Line runs for 40 kilometers from Al Wakra in the south to Lusail in the north. This line also connects Hamad International Airport at Terminal 1 to the center of the city.
Currently it has 18 active stations , notably West Bay, Qatar Energy, Katara and Qatar University. The Red Line has two interchange stations for the metro lines – Al Bidda for interchanges between Red and Green and Msheireb for interchanges between all three lines. It also provides interchange stations between the Metro and Tram with Legtaifiya and Lusail QNB.
The Green Line
The Green Line runs east from Al Mansoura to Al Riffa Mall Of Qatar in the west. There are eleven stations along the line with notable stops being Education City, Hamad Hospital, Al Shaqab and Qatar National Library.
The Gold Line
The east to west Gold Line extends from Ras Bu Aboud to Al Aziziyah. 11 stations run along the Gold Line, with stops at the Qatar National Museum, Souq Waqif, Sport City (for Khalifa International Stadium) and Al Aziziyah (for Villaggio Mall).
Lusail Tram is a tram service for convenient travel within the new city of Lusail. The network includes 4 lines and 25 stations aboveground and underground. Lusail Tram connects to the Doha Metro through two interchange stations at Lusail and Legtaifiya.
Trams are greener and cope better with traffic than buses. They are also much more efficient in terms of road usage as one train replaces about 40 cars which take up a far larger area of road space.
Qatar Rail App:
Download Qatar Rail’s accompanying app for the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram for the following features:
• Network maps
• Finding your nearest station
• Live Updates
• Station information
• Promotions and offers
Link to download Qatar Rail app:
Are you confused which option to choose and the best routes available?
The Government of Qatar worked on that and launched an app to give you one-stop integrated solution.
Travel around the State of Qatar with navigation tools, maps and travel updates through the Sila app. Sila is the brand that brings together the State of Qatar’s public transport modes into an integrated network. It includes the metro, bus, tram, and taxi.
Simply enter your destination and Sila will suggest the smartest routes possible, combining various modes of public transport to help you get to your destination seamlessly and on time.
Link to download Qatar Rail app
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