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Your key questions for any destination:
Do I need a car in Doha?
Strictly speaking, there are very few travel destinations anywhere in the world where it's absolutely essential to rent a car in order to see the main points of interest.
That's why we give you loads of ratings scales from 1 to 10, rather than just yes or no answers!
- The need question is generally answered by looking at public transport (transit) options. Is it good enough for visitors who are happy to consider using it?
- How many public transport routes are there, and are they mainly rail or road (bus) based?
- Is public transport fast, frequent, safe, reliable and cheap?
- Does public transport actually take you to the places you'll probably want to see?
Is it worth hiring a car in Doha?
This question is usually more about value for money. For this, we look at Doha car hire options, and consider how rental costs compare with using transit.
How far are you likely to drive anyway, and how much might you expect to spend on fuel, road tolls, parking and any other charges. We compare Doha with other destinations locally and around the world.
This is obviously much more of an issue if you are planning a longer road trip than it is on a small island.
Should I rent a car in Doha?
This is basically a merging of the two questions. Everything else might be about giving certain facts about the costs of car rental or using public transport in Doha, but answering this question is very much a matter of opinion.
Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2022 (northern hemisphere) tourist season.
We do not intent to include detailed covid information, nor do we intend to suggest hiring a car, just because public transport might still have a mask requirement. Our advice will be based on the same criteria we've always used, ie whether or not you can get a better travel experience, or at least a better value one, by choosing not to hire a car.
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
(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.
See global comparisons
Hiring | Driving | Parking
Trains | Buses | Local travel
Car hire basics:
Public transportation basics:
Regular bus services: YES
Coach (inter-city): YES
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