As Qatar is a small country, it is easy to navigate with a car, and you will be able to visit many sites in a short amount of time. Plus, the fact that petrol is so cheap makes renting a car a more economical option than using public transport. Although Doha has a reasonable bus service, getting around the rest of the country is much simpler with a car.
Renting a car in Qatar is ideal if you want to experience some of the country’s natural sights. At just 17 km (10 mi) from the town of Dukhan, you can get a sense of tranquility at the UNESCO Al Reem Biosphere Reserve and discover the local wildlife, including oryx and gazelle. If you want to relax on the beach, close to the Saudi Arabian border you will find miles of sandy beaches at Khor Al Udaid Beach, which is easily reachable by car and about 78 km (48 mi) south of Doha.
There are several parking options around Qatar; however, Doha lacks parking spaces. You will find that many of the malls offer free parking, which is often in a covered area, while a lot of the hotel and residential parking within cities is underground but requires a permit. Along some streets you will find pay-as-you-go parking, which costs around 2 QAR (0.55 USD) per hour.
Much of Qatar is desert, so exploring it by car is an adventure. If you plan to visit the dunes, then you must rent a four-wheel drive or SUV to endure the "dune bashing" and negotiate the sand. If you are planning to spend time in Qatar’s cities, like Al Khor or Doha, you should consider a small car to drive around their busy streets.
Book your car hire in Qatar at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Compact car hires in Qatar are around 64% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Qatar
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Qatar.
You must drive on the right-hand side of the road when you rent a car in Qatar. Seatbelts must be worn by all passengers when in a car, and there is a zero-tolerance policy towards alcohol. It is also illegal to use your mobile phone while you drive. You will find that speed limits and signs are all written in English as well as Arabic.
To rent a car in Qatar, the minimum age for drivers is 21 years old. Renters must have held their driver’s license for at least a year, although this may vary for different car types. You are also required to have an international driving license, which is valid for six months. You need to carry your valid driver’s license, registration, and insurance documents with you whenever you drive. If you want to rent your car for more than two weeks, you will need to contact your car hire agency to organize further documentation.
When you fill up your petrol tank in Qatar, you will find that their petrol is some of the cheapest in the world and that the average price is 2 QAR (0.55 USD) per liter or 2.07 USD per gallon, when you rent a car in Qatar. There are several petrol stations along the country’s main routes, many of them open 24h and most accepting credit cards.
Before you drive in Qatar, you will need to be aware of the speed limits. In residential areas, the speed limit is 60 km/h (37 mph), and on major town roads, you can travel up to 100 km/h (62 mph). On open roads and highways, the maximum speed limit is 120 km/h (74 mph).
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