Flights to Qatar: cheap international plane tickets

Qatar is open to international tourism

Visitors from all around the world can now enter Qatar either visa-free, or by filling out simple online applications, depending on their nationality.  Arrivals to Qatar are not required to quarantine, or present evidence of a negative Covid test result.

Transit through Hamad International Airport in Doha is permitted without acquiring a visa, as long as you are not leaving the airport.



Arriving in Doha

  • If you are flying to Doha from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportHamad International Airport DOH, located on the eastern coast of Qatar (adjacent to the Persian Gulf) approximately 14 km (8.5 miles) southeast of the Doha city center, and near the town of Al-Wakrah.

    Hamad International Airport is a modern and spacious airport — one of the busiest airports in the Middle East — and it serves as a gateway to Qatar and the rest of the region. It is a clean, efficient and well-organized airport: the terminal buildings are modern and sleek, with a variety of shops, restaurants, and amenities. There are plenty of information desks located throughout the airport to assist visitors, and for those with long layovers or early morning flights, there are several lounges available for use. Doha airport also has free, fast Wi-Fi throughout the terminal.

    In terms of transportation, several options are available for arriving travelers: taxis and ride-sharing services, shuttle bus service (that runs between the airport and major hotels in the city), and car rental companies
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    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Doha. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.
  • Once in Doha, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Qatar Airways, Gulf Helicopters, and Qatar Executive. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation), and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Doha can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of Air Arabia, Air India Express, FlyDubai, Indigo, Pegasus Airlines, and Salamair. If you have a layover in Doha and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money. However, the “no-frills” carrier may not provide free checked baggage allowance, complimentary food, in-flight entertainment systems, and fast customer support. You may not even get to choose your seats, unless you pay extra.

Airports of Doha

Best airports to fly into Doha: Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Doha has one international airport – Hamad International Airport DOH, located on the eastern coast of Qatar (adjacent to the Persian Gulf) approximately 14 km (8.5 miles) southeast of the Doha city center, and near the town of Al-Wakrah.
Things to know before flying to Doha
Airlines flying to DohaAir Algerie, Air Arabia, Air Astana, Air Cairo, Air India, Air India Express, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Finnair, FlyArystan, FlyDubai, Gulf Air, Himalaya Airlines, Iberia, Indigo, Iran Air, Japan Airlines, Jazeera Airways, JetBlue, Kuwait Airways, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Oman Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Regent Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Salamair, Saudia, SriLankan Airlines, Syrian Air, Tarco Aviation, Thai Airways, TunisAir, Turkish Airlines
Airlines of QatarQatar Airways, Gulf Helicopters
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €750 – €1100 (from Europe)
✈ $959 – $1300 (from USA)
Flight hacks 40% — 80% off regular fare
Main airports in DohaHamad International Airport (DOH)
Airline discountsDiscounted airline tickets to Doha (student/family/seniors/military)

Low-cost flights from Doha

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The cheapest time to fly to Doha

Middle East countries, like Qatar, have a desert climate and are extremely hot from April to September. June, July, and August – traditionally the hottest months of the year – should be avoided at all costs. It’s not unusual for the mercury to soar to 42° Celsius (!) in Doha during these months.

The cool season in Doha comes in December and lasts until February – with temperatures averaging 14°-25° C most days. However, if you plan your trip for the winter you must know that these are the best months for tourists – the country sees a sharp spike in tourist footfall, so make sure to reserve your flights, hotels, and rental car well in advance.

Oryx hotel inside the Doha airport

Airside of the Hamad International Airport in Doha there’s a conveniently located Oryx hotel, offering transiting passengers a choice of six different room types. You can make a booking for a night, but the hotel also accepts bookings by the hour – great for a little nap during the layover.

All guests are offered complimentary access to the Vitality Wellbeing and Fitness Centre during their stay, with the choice of spa, massage treatments, fitness, and squash activities.

As the rooms tend to be often fully booked (with only expensive suites left) we recommend booking in advance.

Know your time zone

When checking flights and airport transfer times, ensure you know the local time zones. The departure/arrival times on your plane ticket and boarding pass are based on the time zone of the departure/arrival airport – this also applies to the connecting (layover) airports.

Qatar has only one time zone – it observes  Arabia Standard Time (AST) all year, which is GMT/UTC+3 time zone. There are no daylight saving time clock changes.

Doha is 8 hours ahead of New York, and 8 hours behind Sydney. Arabia Standard Time is also used by Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

Download a VPN app

Qatar is known for its repressive laws and censorship. There is no freedom of speech in Qatar and online content is censored – various websites and online services have been banned temporarily or permanently, including  WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime, and Telegram. There are also growing concerns regarding online surveillance.

Solution? If you want to keep access to your favorite websites and avoid being spied on while traveling to Doha, you should download a VPN app for your smartphone and laptop. By hiding your location, it will allow you to bypass government censorship and freely access all blocked content.

Make sure to install it before you arrive – VPN websites are often also blocked (however, using a VPN is not illegal).

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Flights to Doha from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Doha. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Doha, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. There are plenty of direct flights from the US/Canada to Doha operated by Qatar Airways, Air Canada, American Airlines,Alaska Airlines, Iberia, and JetBlue. Direct flight fares start at $700 if you depart from the East Coast (~13 hours flight), and $1100 from the West Coast (~15 hours flight).
  • Doha is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Doha with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Doha from the US and Canada are: Air Canada, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, and Saudia. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

US and Canada to Doha.
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Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for Qatar Airways, Etihad, Turkish Airlines, and others).

When it comes to Twitter, there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add “@airline_handle”, for example: “@qatarairways”). The customer care team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

Avoid currency exchange kiosks at airports

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Doha Airport are no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

It is always a good idea to bring cash to Doha. Plan ahead and exchange some money for Qatari riyal at home, or use one of the many ATMs at the airport and in the city.

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Flights to Doha from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Doha — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Doha is well-connected with Europe with numerous direct flights to Hamad International Airport DOH. The Doha airport serves as a major transit hub where Europeans move to their connecting flights to popular destinations in Asia. With Qatar Airways you can fly non-stop to Doha from nearly all major cities in Europe (Athens, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, and Vienna, among others). Additionally, British Airways has direct flights from London and Manchester, Finnair from Helsinki and Copenhagen, and Turkish Airlines from Istanbul.
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Doha include Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, and Finnair.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Doha from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.
  • These major European airports are excellent departure points for trips to Doha: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt FRA and Munich MUC in Germany, Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France, Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands, Madrid MAD and Barcelona BCN in Spain, Rome FCO and Milano MXP in Italy, Brussels BRU in Belgium, Copenhagen OSL in Denmark, Oslo OSL in Norway, Stockholm ARN in Sweden, Zurich ZRH in Switzerland, Lisbon LIS in Portugal, Vienna VIE in Austria, Warsaw WAW in Poland, Prague PRG in the Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

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Last-minute flights to Doha. The real cost of convenience.

Last-minute flights are often touted as a great way to save money, but the reality is far from it. Booking last-minute flights to Doha almost always never works out. The convenience of being able to book a flight on the fly is a dangerous game of chance, and you will most likely end up paying significantly higher than booking in advance.

Last-minute flight cost spike
Late booking penalty: The flight prices rise as departure draws near. Last-minute flights are almost always more expensive than booking in advance.

The common perception may be that airlines decrease ticket prices to fill empty seats as the departure date approaches. However, the truth is that airfares depend on demand. Based on years of research and current customer data, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. They are also well aware that people are willing to pay a premium for flights they need to take immediately. To make the most money, the airline will sell its cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of business travelers and others who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

Occasionally, airlines can put some seats on sale to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates around peak travel times tend to sell out quickly.

Planning ahead is key to securing a good deal on your flight. Last-minute flight deals are hard to come by, so as soon as you have a tentative travel timeline, book your flight. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to save money. If you are looking for a good deal, the best time to book your flight to Doha is 2-8 months before the takeoff.

Looking for the best deals for Doha? Check different departure airports.

Airlines often have varying prices for flights to Doha from different airports – even if they are in close proximity to one another. So don’t limit yourself to just your nearest airport. The neighboring cities may have lower-priced flights that include a layover at Doha, or may even have direct flights that are more budget-friendly.

For example, if you’re looking to fly from Paris to Doha, it may be worth checking prices for flights departing from London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, or Rome. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to these hubs, but domestic low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for less than €100.

Book flights from many departure airports
By entering more than one departure city in the flight search engine (at the top of this page), you can quickly find the airport with the cheapest flights to your destination

The same goes for long-haul flights to Doha from anywhere in the world. By broadening your search to include neighboring airports, you may discover lower-priced options that can save you hundreds of euros!

Domestic flights from Doha

Most domestic routes in Qatar are operated by local carriers. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Al Rayyan, Al Wakra, Al Khor, Dukhan, Mesaieed from Doha Airport, you’ll likely fly with one of these domestic airlines: Qatar Airways, Gulf Helicopters, and Qatar Executive.

This is often the best transportation method, providing speed, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. Local airlines often offer multiple daily flights to key destinations, providing flexibility in scheduling and competitive pricing. They also serve smaller regional airports, enabling access to a wider range of Qatari destinations.

Flights to Doha from Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand are well-connected with popular Asian destinations, including Doha. In addition to domestic airlines – Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand – routes from Australasia to Asia are operated by large international carriers such as ANA, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways.

    Currently, there are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Doha. You’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.


    Currently, only Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia have direct flights from Australia to Doha. Non-stop routes connect Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide with the only international airport in Doha - Hammad International Airport DOH. There are no direct flights from New Zealand to Doha though - you’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.
  • Airfare costs can vary widely depending on the route and the airline’s pricing strategy. To find the cheapest flight to Doha, compare ticket prices from various international airports in Australia – Sydney SYD, Brisbane BNE, Melbourne MEL, Perth PER, Adelaide ADL, Cairns CNS, Gold Coast OOL, Canberra CBR, and in New Zealand – Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, Christchurch CHC, Queenstown ZQN, and Dunedin DUD.
  • For optimal savings, consider flying from Australia or New Zealand to a key Asian hub, then connect to Doha via a regional low-cost carrier. Among budget airlines that fly to Doha are Air Arabia, Air India Express, FlyDubai, Indigo, Pegasus Airlines, and Salamair.

    For the first leg, use the budget carriers that fly out of Australian airports, leveraging sales and promotions they run frequently: AirAsia (connects with Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore), Cebu Pacific (Manila), Jetstar (Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo), Scoot (Singapore), VietJet Air (Ho Chi Minh City), Bamboo Airways (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing), and Batik Air (Jakarta, Singapore).

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“Hot seats” on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service – seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight to Doha, those “hot seats” are worth considering – expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Booking hot seats (preffered seats with extra legroom) on plane
Choosing a hot seat during the flight booking process is usually worth it. For a reasonable price, you will get more room to stretch your legs, as well as a wider seat pitch.

Booking group flights to Doha

Flights are cheaper when purchased in bulk rather than as individual tickets. Booking group flights to Doha can be a cost-effective option for a school trip, family reunion, or corporate group traveling to a conference.

To qualify for the special group rate, the group must usually have at least 10 passengers. Discounts depend on the airline, group size, and travel dates, and typically range from 5% to 20% off the regular airfare.

Airlines and flight search websites typically limit automatic group bookings to 10 passengers. This limit reflects the complexity of managing larger groups, which require personalized service and more time to coordinate. To get the price quote for your group, you’ll need to contact the airline or a travel agent directly.

If you’re open to different airlines or want more personalized service, a travel agent may be a better choice. Travel agents may have access to discounted group rates to Doha and can help with logistics and scheduling.

Flights to Doha from Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and other major hubs in Asia

  • Doha is well-connected with other large hubs in the Asia Pacific. There are direct flights to Hamad International Airport DOH airport from Bali DPS, Bangkok BKK, Beijing PEK, Colombo CMB, Hong Kong HKG, Manila MNL, New Delhi DEL, Kuala Lumpur KUL, Seoul ICN, Singapore SIN, and Tokyo NRT.
  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Doha look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Doha will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Qatar and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet, and VietJet Air. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.
  • Most major Asian airports have convenient and frequent flights to Doha — including Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.

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Proof of onward travel – a simple hack

Travelers who go on long trips often don’t have a set itinerary and fly on one-way tickets. The problem? For many APAC countries, proof of onward travel is a legal requirement. If you arrive at the airport without an onward ticket (from Qatar to another country), you’ll either be forced to buy one online or forbidden from boarding the plane altogether.

The cheapest solution? Renting an onward ticket! Use the websites such as OneWayFly or OnwardTicket to get a flight reservation for a limited amount of time (usually 2 to 14 days). They work by actually booking you on a real flight out of Qatar and giving you a confirmable flight reservation with a PNR (Passenger Name Record) under your name. After the time limit, your spot on the flight is automatically canceled. Such “temporary tickets” tend to cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

Confirmed flight ticket reservation
Proof of onward travel: confirmed flight ticket reservation (source: OnwardTicket)

Fly now, pay later

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans for flights have become a popular trend in the travel industry, allowing travelers to book flights and pay in installments. Among the airlines that offer this option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines. They partner with external financial companies to offer their loan services on the checkout page.

The BNPL plans come with varying terms and fees. Some may be interest-free but have fees for late-payments and require forced autoplay on your bank account, while others may have high annual percentage rates (up to 30-40% APR).

When considering BNPL financing for your flight to Doha, it’s crucial to carefully evaluate the pros and cons, and thoroughly review the terms and conditions.