1 Day in Doha: Ultimate 1 Day Doha Itinerary

1 Day Doha Itinerary

Visiting Doha in one day is not crazy. 

Many tourists decide to take advantage of the layover hours of their Qatar Airways flight to get to know this city. Qatar is a very small country, and of course you can’t see everything in one day, but in a few hours you can get to know Doha perfectly.

Of course, everything will depend on the time you have. We do not advise you to leave the airport if you have less than 5 hours of layover. In this post we tell you what to do in Doha in one day.

In addition, Doha airport is one of the most spectacular in the world and walking through its shops will entertain you for a while. But very important, they do not have lockers to leave luggage. So if you have not checked in, you must take it with you during your visit.

If you don’t know where to stay in Doha, we leave you a post with the best areas and hotels.

Tips for your Doha Itinerary:
Qatar Airways has issued a transit visa, perfect for those of you who have a connecting flight and want to get to know the city. The visa is free and valid for up to 96 hours. Of course, you have to process it (at least) 7 days before through this website.

How to get to the city from the airport?

Then we advise you to take a taxi. If you have a few hours to visit Doha in one day, agree a price with the taxi driver so that he is with you all the time and takes you to the most important places. Important, haggle as much as possible. They always put very high prices that in the end you can get it for half or less.

In addition, they know all the corners of the city very well and can advise you where to eat, among other things. Of course, you have to watch if you don’t want it to happen to you like we did in this experience.

In Qatar, taxis are very cheap, since they are one of the world’s main oil producers. A taxi driver told us that putting 10 liters of gasoline there is equivalent to putting one in Spain. During the day, a taxi to the center will cost around 30 riyals each way (€5) and will not take more than 20 minutes, as Doha Hamad International Airport is relatively close. Definitely a great thing if you can only see Doha in one day.


1. Browse the Souq (Souq Waqif), the best way to start your itinerary through Doha in one day

It is not a jewel, but its visit is curious, especially if you have never been to a country of this culture. It is very important that you respect the rules of their religion, they are very strict. If you are a woman, cover your shoulders and try to avoid shorts. Men do not wear shorts above the knees. Dry cleaners, craft shops and jewelry stores abound.

You will see that the stores are another world, nothing like the western world. It is the most traditional area of ​​Doha, it has nothing to do with the business area, located on the other side of the bay.

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The streets of the souq are the most traditional part of Doha

2. Get to the Museum of Islamic Art, one of the most beautiful buildings to see in Doha in one day

Located next to Doha Bay, its visit is highly recommended on your tour of Doha in one day. It is not necessary to enter, although many of you will not hesitate to do so depending on how hot it is to give you relief. The architecture and views from the museum are very beautiful.

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One of the recommended visits is the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha

3. Stroll along the Doha Corniche

It is the most beautiful in Doha. Walking around there for a while feeling the sea breeze and contemplating the modern Doha skyline is quite an experience. However, the famous sandstorms can ruin your views.

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Views of Downtown from the Doha Corniche, a beautiful promenade

4. Hallucinate with the luxury of Villaggio Qatar

For those who love shopping, this luxury mall is a must. It is inspired by the Venice Hotel in Las Vegas, you can even take a gondola on a canal that passes through the center of the shops. Of course, if you intend to buy, go with a well-filled wallet, since it is considered one of the most expensive shopping centers in the world.

You can also take the opportunity to eat there since there are many restaurants to eat in Doha.

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5. Conocer The Pearl Qatar

If you have time left, do not hesitate to go even if it is quite far from the cityIt is an artificial archipelago made for sheiks and millionaires where the most luxurious hotels and businesses in the city and the country are located . If in our culture seeing a Ferrari on the street is an extraordinary event, in that area there is one every 50 meters. Porto Arabia, the area’s marina, welcomes yachts and spectacular boats. It does not leave indifferent.

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Sunset in the most luxurious area of ​​Doha, The Pearl Qatar | Steven Byles

Accommodation in Doha

On our visit to Doha we stayed at the Kingsgate Hotel, near the Corniche. We were very comfortable for only €75 per night with breakfast included. we would repeat.

However, if you’d like to know more accommodation in Doha. I strongly recommend you to read this article:

Location of the essentials to visit Doha in one day

On this map you will find all the attractions mentioned above to visit Doha in one day. Remember that you can save it to your Google account to have it handy when you’re in Qatar.

Click on the star next to the map title and you will be able to see it in the “My Maps” section of the Google Maps application.

Camille L.

Passionate about foreign languages, cooking and writing. I wish to share with you the places, the meetings and the gastronomic discoveries which gave relief to my travels.

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