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Please note that is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Doha car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Doha is in car rental price band: 6/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Doha? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly more expensive than global averages.


Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Doha between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 2/10

Non car score:1/10

Balance: 6

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -


When compared to other Arabian Gulf destinations, Qatar is actually a lot larger than one might expect. Certainly, the downtown area of Doha itself is compact, but as the city has expanded along the coastline and then developed vast new urban areas, this is still very much a place to get around by car. Even if distances are relatively small, local bus services are poor, and even if taxis are cheap by European standards, the meter is still running.

Yet to visit Qatar without getting outside the city of Doha would be a huge missed opportunity. There are also some new developments which are some distance away from the main metropolitan area.
Therefore our advice in Doha is that a hire car is certainly worth looking at.

Doha is also a city where it’s best to take to the waters to take in the view.

Why? Visiting Doha using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Doha ?

Why not? Visiting Doha without a car

Why don't you need a car in Doha ?

Ratings: How does Doha compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Doha? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Doha, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?



Do you need to hire a car in Doha? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Doha (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Doha? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel


Car hire basics:


Public transportation basics:


Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):


As you start ....

Does Doha airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No






Has our advice for Doha car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 3

2019 - 3

2021 - 6

Average score - 5




Do you or don't you need a car in Doha ?

Should you hire a car in Doha? Verdict – yes