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How to Transit in Doha Hamad International Airport, Qatar for Connecting Flight

Navigating your way to a connecting flight at Hamad International Airport in Doha is a straightforward process.

After exiting your aircraft, follow the transfer signs to the security check. Head to the Transfer halls situated at concourse A, B, C, or D, to collect your boarding pass if you have not done so earlier.

Follow the transfer sign after exiting your aircraft

Watch this video for a complete guide on how to transfer at Doha Hamad International Airport

Hamad International Airport operates as an integrated facility, allowing passengers to Arrive, Transfer, and Depart within the same terminal building.

Follow the signage, inquire at information desks, or utilize the airport map to easily find your way around.

The Main Hall (with a big yellow teddy bear)

Time Estimation and Walking Distance

The airport is a single terminal structure, comprising a central hall, and is connected to five concourses: A, B, C, D, and E. Walking from one end at concourse A to the opposite end of concourse E typically takes around 15 minutes.

Concourse C is the longest and biggest concourse. Go through Concourse C to reach Concourse D and E

At concourse C, there is an internal passenger train that operates within the terminal. You can walk or take the internal passenger train which is very modern and comfortable.

You can either walk or take the internal train

End of Concourse C, where the train stops


Your baggage will be checked-through. Usually all boarding passes will be issued.

After arrival, go straight to security check and you will then arrive at the Main (Central) Hall. Proceed to your Boarding Gate.


Your baggage will not be checked-through.

After arrival, instead of “Transfers”, head to “Baggage Claim”. 

*If you are unsure, get assistance from the Transfer Desk.

  • Go through the Immigration (4-finger, thumb, 3x facial biometric recognition scan)
  • Collect you baggage
  • Head back to “Departures” and check in your baggage to the onward flight
  • Go through Security check and Immigration again
  • You will then arrive at the Main (Central) Hall
  • Proceed to your Boarding Gate

Boarding Passes, Travel Documents, Airport Exits

  • Visit their transfer desks for assistance with your onward flight, including boarding passes, flight rescheduling, and general inquiries.
  • Confirm visa and immigration requirements beforehand to avoid delays.
  • Note that a transit visa is not necessary if you remain within the airport.

Security Check

Prior to entering the passenger terminal, your hand baggage undergoes security screening for prohibited items. Refer to the Security & Customs page for detailed information. Exclusive lanes are available for First Class and Business Class passengers.

Your hand-carry baggage undergoes security screening for prohibited items

Points to Remember

  • Check with your airline, at the counter during departure if you are required to collect your checked-in baggage during the transfer, if you are unsure.
  • Be punctual for your onward flight, as the boarding gate closes 20 minutes before departure. 
  • Check the flight information monitors for the latest updates. 
  • Board your flight directly at the boarding gate, or there will be a bus at the gate to bring the passengers to the plane, depending on where your boarding gate is.

Things to Do During Transfer

Relax and Refresh

  • The Airport Hotel offers four-star hotel for stays as short as five hours.
  • Additionally, guests can relax with a massage and facial, take a refreshing swim, or engage in a quick workout at the wellness center. 
  • There are also sleep pods and cabins.

Discover Qatar

If you have an extended transit period, you can explore Doha. The transfer desks can guide you. 

Discover Qatar, the Destination Management Company of Qatar Airways, provides exclusive transit tours for passengers with layovers of 8 hours or more:

Discover Doha – a three-hour city tour exploring the Corniche, the Museum of Islamic Art, Dhow Harbor, Katara Cultural Village, and Souq Waqif. Discover the Desert and Inland Sea – a four-hour private tour to witness the meeting of the Arabian desert and the azure sea at Khor al Adaid. Discover Championship Gold (6-Holes) – a four-hour golf tour at the Education City Golf Club. For layovers of 4 hours or more, enjoy shorter tours like Discover the Art of the Airport, Discover Squash at the Airport, and Discover Golf Simulator at the Airport. Discover Qatar manages all transit arrangements.

For more details and bookings, visit discoverqatar.qa or the Discover Qatar Kiosk in the Duty Free Plaza within the terminal.

Souq Waqif

Many restaurants in Souq Waqif open 24 hours. Most retail stalls, shops close after 10 pm. It is very easy to get Uber ride, taxi even after midnight at Souq Waqif. So if your layover is at night, it is highly recommended to visit this amazing place.

Souq Waqif

The Essentials

Throughout the passenger terminal, you’ll find designated spaces for smoking, prayer, and charging stations for phones and laptops.

Stay Connected

Complimentary wireless internet is accessible throughout the passenger terminal. Internet kiosks and desks equipped with Mac computers are also available.

Dining Options

Choose from a selection of over 30 restaurants, and cafes offering diverse international cuisine. Most shops, restaurants, food courts are located around the Main Hall. 

Lounge Options

Depending on your ticket type, membership in the privilege club, credit card entitlement you might qualify for complimentary lounge access. Alternatively, you have the option to purchase lounge access.

Quiet Rooms

You can relax in any of the quiet rooms equipped with recliners and soft lighting. Quiet rooms are available at different concourses for free, and concourse C features a larger family quiet room complete with cubicles.

Cultural Engagement

Experience an immersive visual journey through the airport’s permanent and temporary art exhibitions.

Child-Friendly Amenities

Five activity nodes cater to children of all ages, providing play areas to ensure your children stay entertained, as well as televisions, internet points, retail stores, and dining options. Parents’ rooms and family toilets offer privacy and convenience for attending to infants.

Play area at concourse C

Duty-Free Shopping

Indulge in duty-free shopping experiences.

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