Having had a practice run in 2021, Losail International Circuit, just outside Doha, hosts its first full-capacity F1 crowd this year. The 50,000 fans expected at the race is still small by most Grand Prix standards, so getting to and from the circuit should be relatively hassle-free.

Here, you can find practical information on international and local travel, including flights, public transportation in Doha, and how to reach the circuit. We’ll also cover essential details like visa requirements for international travellers.

We aim to make your journey to the Qatar Grand Prix as straightforward as possible. So, let’s get started and dive into the details.

International Travel: Flying to Doha for the Qatar Grand Prix 

Doha, the capital city of Qatar, is the primary access point for fans heading to the Grand Prix and an important transit hub in the Gulf region.

The city’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) has many international flights connecting Doha to the rest of the world. The airport is located around 15km from the city centre, making it a convenient entry point for international travellers.

Several airlines operate flights to and from HIA. Qatar Airways, the country’s flagship carrier, offers a wide range of flight options. Other major airlines, including Emirates, Lufthansa, and Air France, also operate regular flights to Doha. 

Transport to and from the airport

Hamad International Airport is well-connected to Doha’s city centre. Taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Careem are available at the airport, and the Doha Metro has a station here.

  • The Doha Metro’s Red line connects the airport to central Doha and Lusail, the closest station to the Grand Prix circuit.
  • A taxi or rideshare from the airport to the city centre will take about 30 minutes.

Visa Requirements for International Travelers 

Before embarking on your journey, it’s essential to check the visa requirements for entering Qatar. Citizens of over 95 countries, including the UK, the US, and the Schengen region, can get visas on arrival. For those who need to apply for a visa, the process is straightforward and can be completed online

Local Travel: Getting Around in Doha and Travel Options for the Grand Prix

Once you’ve landed in Doha, getting around the city is relatively straightforward. While Doha’s public transportation system is still developing, there are several reliable options for visitors to the Grand Prix to get around.

  • Doha Metro: Though the network is still small, you can use the metro to reach many major destinations, including the airport. Though there is no station at the circuit itself, it will form part of the journey to the track for most fans. Doha Metro operates from 6 am until around 11 pm or midnight, depending on the day of the week. View a map of the Doha Metro.
  • Public Bus: Public buses are useful for larger distances and some parts of Doha not covered by the metro. Fares range from QR 2.50 for short trips to QR 9 for longer rides. Pay using Karwa Smart Cards, which can be topped up at various locations, including Hamad International Airport and Doha Bus Station. Route and schedule information is available on the Mowasalat website.
  • Taxi and Rideshare: Taxis are an easier option than buses, taxis are a common mode of transport in Doha, and they can be hailed from the street or booked in advance. They’re metered, so you can be sure of a fair price for your journey. Looking for a rideshare option? Uber operates in Doha, as does the Dubai-based alternative Careem. Do note that traffic in Doha can be heavy, especially during peak hours, so allow plenty of time for your journey.

Getting to the Losail International Circuit

For the eco-friendly option, consider using Doha’s Metro system. Frequent shuttle buses will operate between the Lusail Metro Station and the Losail International Circuit.

Shuttle travel time from Lusail Metro Station to the Losail International Circuit may take up to 40 minutes. Additionally, on Fridays, the Metro only operates from 14:00, so plan your trip accordingly to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.

If you prefer a more direct route to the circuit, taxis and Uber services are a convenient choice. There will be a designated drop-off point at the circuit for these services. A taxi ride from the West Bay area of Doha to the Losail International Circuit typically takes approximately 25 minutes without traffic and costs around 35 Qatari Riyals. However, do factor in potential traffic delays when planning your journey.

Parking at the Circuit 

For those planning to drive to the Losail International Circuit, some free parking will be available. You should expect some amount of traffic congestion on the roads surrounding the circuit and in the parking areas, though.

If driving is your preferred option, leave in good time and plan to arrive early. After the race will no doubt be when the traffic is worst, so don’t book an early flight as you might miss it.

With all this information at your fingertips, you’re now well-equipped to travel to the Qatar Grand Prix. From international flights to local transportation, we’ve covered all the essentials to ensure you have a smooth and enjoyable journey.

Remember, the key to a successful trip is preparation. Plan your routes, check the schedules, and always allow extra time for unexpected delays.

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