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Travel to Qatar

Flying to Qatar

Qatar Airways ( operates flights to Qatar from London Heathrow and New York.

The major airport is: Doha Hamad International Airport.

Airport Guides

Doha Hamad International Airport




The airport is located about 9km (5.5 miles) southeast of central Doha.


+974 4010 6666


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Flight times

From London - 6 hours 45 minutes; New York - 12 hours 20 minutes.

Departure tax


Travelling to Qatar by Rail

There are currently no rail services in Qatar, but plans are afoot to construct a railway network connecting cities within Qatar as well as creating links to neighbouring countries, to be completed by 2030. See Qatar Rail ( for more details.

Driving to Qatar

Routes 5 and 59 link Doha with Saudi Arabia to the South; Route 59 then joins up with Route 95 into the UAE. With car insurance for both countries, the Qatar-Saudi border is open to residents of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE. However, getting across the border can be difficult for foreign nationals, which means that the reality of crossing the borders is that car hire companies rarely allow drivers to leave Qatar.

Driving note

Driving across borders from Qatar into Saudi Arabia is impossible for female travellers, as women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Getting to Qatar by boat

Doha and Umm Said are the main ports. The water traffic is mostly commercial.

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