When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Doha?
Cheap flights to Doha can be found during the summer months of May to September, but with intense humidity and heat of up to 45 degrees Celsius, these months are best avoided. Peak season is from October to March when the weather is at a more pleasant temperature, ranging in the mid-20 degrees Celsius. Doha flight prices are likely to rise slightly at this time of year, however.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Doha?
To secure cheap flights to Doha remain flexible in your travel dates if you are planning to travel during the peak season and experience the most comfortable climate. Keep an eye on netflights.com for last-minute flights during this time of year. If you’re willing to brave the summertime heat, you’ll have an even better chance of finding budget flights.
Flying to Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Hamad International Airport opened in 2014, replacing the former Doha International Airport as the country’s main airport, and lies eight miles from the capital. It served more than 37 million passengers last year and is the base for the state-owned Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways offers flights to Doha from a number of U.K. airports. The airline has direct flights from Birmingham Airport, Edinburgh Airport, London Heathrow Airport, and Manchester Airport and starting in May 2018 it will also have direct flights from Cardiff Airport. British Airways also offers direct flights to Doha from London Heathrow Airport. If travelling from other U.K. airports, you will be able to find a number of indirect options for return flights, usually with connections in London.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
There is one terminal at DOH airport. There are many ATMs available in both arrivals and departures, and they are able to dispense cash in many different currencies. There are four foreign exchange kiosks at the airport; the two in the arrivals area are located in the baggage claim area and in the meet and greet section. Smoking rooms are provided, as are prayer rooms, hotel desks, free Wi-Fi, free computers, phone booths, activity rooms for children, parent rooms with bottle warmers and nappy-changing facilities, and family toilets. Duty-free stores and food and drink shops are also available.
Getting to the City from Hamad International Airport (DOH)
It is easy to get into the city from DOH airport, with a range of transport options available to suit all budgets. There are five public bus routes connecting the airport to the city, and to travel on the bus network, you will need to buy a Karwa Smartcard from the Mowasalat information desk, located in the baggage claim area. Taxis are provided by the state-owned Mowasalat company, and can be booked in advance or flagged down. Taxis only take cash, and are found in the Taxi Pavilion on the left of the arrivals hall. Limos can also be booked through Mowasalat, and there are several car hire providers outside the arrivals hall.
Why Visit Doha?
This small Gulf state has propelled itself onto the world stage, and not just because it has been named as the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It has gone from being one of the poorest states in the region to one of the richest (per capita) fuelled by oil and natural gas revenue. Visiting Doha gives travellers a unique chance to see a city in the making: its cityscape – skyscraper after skyscraper – is constantly changing and rising from the desert. Doha is a modern city on the up, and was recently named to the list of the New 7 Wonders Cities.
On top of the modern architecture, you can visit the (man-made) beaches and luxury shopping malls, or take some time out to explore the beautiful Museum of Islamic Art, or the Katara Cultural Village and Museum of Modern Art. While the skyline might seem like an understudy to Dubai for now, Doha could well be on its way to eclipsing its better-known Gulf neighbour.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
On arrival in Qatar, British citizens will be able to get a free 30-day visa waiver. Passports need to be valid for at least six months beyond your date of entry. Some prescription and over-the-counter medicines available in the U.K. are considered to be controlled substance in Qatar, so make sure to inform yourself that before travelling. The currency in Qatar is the Qatari Riyal. Many U.K. banks stopped selling the currency after a diplomatic crisis in 2017, but money changers are available in the city and ATMs take major international credit cards.