Local Bus Services

Find out how to get around Qatar using the bus network...

The bus network in Doha and across Qatar is run by the government-owned Mowasalat organisation. There are currently 38 routes operating throughout the capital, and many services connect Doha with other parts of the country.

  • For a full list of routes, timetables and a downloadable route map: Bus Route Timetable and select Bus Routes in the horizontal menu at the top of the screen


To travel on a bus, passengers must buy a Karwa Smartcard, which replaced cash fares in 2012. The cards cost QR 30, with QR 20 of this fee available as credit, and the remaining QR 10 held until a cumulative total of QR 300 has been used on the card. The cards can be bought at the main Al Ghanim bus station and at many venues across the capital. For a list of Karwa Smartcard outlets and Top-Up merchants.

  • Tel: 4458 8888 to find the nearest retail outlet

The cards are swiped upon boarding and disembarking, and the appropriate fee for the distance travelled is debited. Fares within Doha are usually QR 3 or QR 4, and inter-city journeys range from QR 4 to QR 9. The card’s credit can be topped up at the outlets where they are sold. For those who wish to travel but do not have a card, a ‘no card fee’ of QR 10 can be paid in cash for the journey.

There are also two disposable card options. The Karwa Smartcard Limited 24 costs QR10 and is valid for 2 trips within Greater Doha  Limited. The 24 Limited card allows users unlimited use on bus services for 24 hours.

West Bay Shuttle Service in Doha (Route 74)

This previously free service was set up by the Ministry of Transport & Communications in order to ease congestion in the city's Central Business District. The single circular route operates every 12 minutes from 06:00-21:00, seven days per week.

Bus times and information

In Doha, services run from early morning to midnight. The bus fleet is modern and air-conditioned, with areas at the front reserved for women and children. Buses can be caught from dedicated stops in the city, or can be flagged down on major inter-city highways.

There is an information centre for the bus service at Al Ghanim bus station.