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.

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Arriving in Qatar

  • If you are flying to Qatar from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airports — Doha (Hamad International Airport DOH). If you are transiting to a connecting flight, follow the signs or ask at an information desk to find your way to the gates. These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Qatar. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.
  • If you are flying to Qatar from abroad, you will most likely land at its biggest international airport — Doha (Hamad International Airport DOH). If you are transiting to a connecting flight, follow the signs or ask at an information desk to find your way to the gates.
  • Once in Qatar, take advantage of frequent flights between the major cities via local carriers such as Qatar Airways, Gulf Helicopters, and Qatar Executive. To check flight schedules/prices and to book the tickets, visit their official websites — OTAs and metasearch engines often don’t have access to the flight repository of smaller domestic airlines.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Qatar can be easily reached with regional low-cost airlines by the likes of Air Algerie, Air Arabia, Air India Express, FlyDubai, Indigo, Pegasus Airlines, and Salamair. These budget carriers (AKA no-frills airlines) offer flights at lower prices compared to major full-service airlines, but may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment systems.
Best airports to fly into Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Airports of Qatar (click the map to open Google Maps view) Qatar has 4 airports, including the main airport – Hamad International Airport DOH in Doha. In 2014 it replaced the previous main airport - Doha International Airport DIA (now in a semi-retirement state). According to Skytrax's World Airport Awards 2022, HIA is currently the world's best airport. It consists of one large terminal building, with 5 concourses - A, B, C, D, and E - and two central plazas in the middle section to connect them. HIA is the operating base for the national carrier Qatar Airways, which starts here its daily flights to all six continents of the globe. As in any country, airports with the largest volume of flights are located near major cities – about 10 to 20 kilometers from the city center – with public transport and airport shuttle service available. These are hubs for major Qatari airlines, with large passenger terminals, first class lounges, shops, and restaurants.
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Airlines flying to QatarAir Algerie, Air Arabia, Air Cairo, Air Canada, Air India, Air India Express, Air Malta, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Finnair, FlyDubai, 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, Virgin Australia, Vistara
Airlines of QatarQatar Airways. Gulf Helicopters
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €750 – €1100 (from Europe)
✈ $959 – $1300 (from USA)
ATC price✈ 40% — 80% off regular price
Main airports in QatarHamad International Airport (DOH) — Doha
Doha International Airport (DIA) — Doha
Al Khor Airport

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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.

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

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Flights to Qatar fromUnited States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Qatar. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Qatar, 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 Qatar operated by Qatar Airways, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American 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).
  • Flights to Qatar with one or more stops 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.
  • For long-haul flights, the type of aircraft you choose can make a huge difference to your overall comfort on board – especially if you’re flying economy. The best aircraft have comfier seats with more legroom, WiFi, superior entertainment systems, and a better passenger experience in every cabin in general. When booking a flight to Qatar, look for the airlines that use wide-body planes designed for long-haul flights, such as Airbus A350 (best choice), A380, A320neo, or Boeing 767, 777, and 787 Dreamliner.
  • Air Canada, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Saudia, and Turkish Airlines are among the best airlines that operate flights from the US and Canada to Qatar. They are leading full-service carriers offering high-quality service, good flight comfort, and a generous baggage allowance.

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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 around Qatar, 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).

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.

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How to book a stopover flight to Qatar

Direct flights to Qatar can be expensive. So if you’re looking at a long-haul trip with at least one connection, rather than simply transiting an airport, why not take this opportunity to plan a longer stopover? A stopover is a prolonged layover — more than 24 hours — and it won’t only break up your long journey but will also become a legitimate part of your vacation. If you’re prone to severe jet lag, a one or two-day stopover would help minimize its adverse effects.

When booking flights, many airlines allow you to include a free stopover en route to your final destination in Qatar. Those flights are usually cheaper than non-stop (direct) flights, and you can often choose your stopover at no additional cost — just by looking for multi-city flights with longer layovers.

Finding the optimal stopovers is not always an easy task. A better option might be subscribing to the Air Traveler Club newsletter – among their weekly offers to Asia Pacific, you can often find discounted flights to Qatar with a convenient stopover in one of Asia’s top cities. The newsletter is completely free.

Some airlines openly advertise stopovers and offer significant discounts and travel perks for passengers to break up their trips: free luxury hotel stays, complimentary domestic flights, or exclusive rates for activities. Start checking for stopover deals to Qatar with government-owned airlines (as they are looking to attract tourists to give the country economic benefits) — such as Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Malaysia Airlines. Almost every airline’s website has multi-city search functionality, which is often hidden inside the one-way/return/multi-city switch.

Bonus tip: try to find out where the airline hub is, as you can almost always find a convenient stopover at the hub.

Best stopovers to Qatar

A well-chosen stopover will not only turn one vacation into many but also save you several hundred dollars in airfare. The available stopovers to Qatar will depend on your initial destination (Europe, North America, Asia, etc) and the airline you are flying with. For most airlines, the best free stopover offer will be at their main hub. Here are some of the best stopovers on the way to Qatar:

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

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Qatar — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Qatar is well-connected with Europe with numerous direct flights to Doha DOH. The Qatari 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 Qatar include British Airways, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines,Etihad Airways, Finnar, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, and Turkish Airlines.
  • 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 Qatar from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Use European low-cost airlines such as RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to fly to the hub, then save hundreds of euros by taking a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination.

    We recommend checking prices for flights to Qatar from these European airport hubs: 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 Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.
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European airports with the cheapest flights to Qatar

The lowest prices for flights to Qatar from the major airports in Europe — from UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and others. Here are the airports/dates with the cheapest air tickets available for booking right now:

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Check different departure airports

Consider neighboring cities when choosing the departure airport – especially look for larger cities with airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines.

For example, if you live in West Europe, check prices for flights departing from Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, or Vienna. In 9 out of 10 cases, the cheapest flight will depart from one of these hubs, and it may be €500 less or more than your first choice. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to this hub, but low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for €50 - €100.

Use a similar tactic if you depart from the US or another region. It’s one of the best ways to save hundreds on trips.

Don’t wait for the last-minute

Booking last-minute flights almost always never work out. You should never wait until the last minute unless you have to. If you want to find a great deal, be quite flexible with your travel dates and book well in advance – the best fares for international routes can be spotted around 2-3 months before the departure date.

Try to plan far in advance and you will pay at least a few hundred dollars less for the trip.

Airlines of Qatar

Qatar has only one main airline, the national flag carrier Qatar Airways. With the base of operations in Hamad International Airport, it’s flying to over 150 international destinations across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania, using a fleet of more than 200 aircraft (including Airbus A380, A350-1000 and Boeing 777).

According to the consumer-aviation website Skytrax, Qatar Airways holds the status of the World’s 5 Star Airline since 2011, and in 2022 has been awarded the title of World’s Best Airline. It keeps the perfect 7/7 score for both safety and services onboard. Even in economy class, it offers the combination of top-notch service, delicious cuisine, comfortable seats, and a clean, spacious cabin. On all flights, passengers receive complimentary refreshments and the choice of nearly 20 special meals for those who require them. Travelers who book their flight on the airline’s website can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi on board (available on select flights only).

Flights to Qatar from Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand are well-connected with most Asian countries, including Qatar. In addition to domestic airlines – Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand – routes from Australia/New Zealand to Asia are operated by large regional carriers such as ANA, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Vistara, etc.
  • In terms of cost-savings, we recommend flying from Australia and New Zealand to a major Asian hub and then booking a flight to your final destination in Qatar with a regional budget airline. Among the low-cost airlines that fly into Qatar are Air Algerie, Air Arabia, Air India Express, FlyDubai, Indigo, Pegasus Airlines, and Salamair.

    Currently, there are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Qatar. 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 Qatar. Non-stop routes connect Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide with the only international airport in Qatar - Hammad International Airport DOH in Doha. There are no direct flights from New Zealand to Qatar though - you’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.
  • Even economy flights from Australia and New Zealand to Qatar can be expensive in times of rising fuel costs and declining competition on some routes. Planning ahead is key here, and if anything can help lower the cost of flying, it is the Air Traveler Club. This weekly newsletter includes a section of hand-picked “super deals” – air tickets that often costs less than 50% of the normal price – for flights from Australasia to Asia (including Qatar). You can sign up here, the newsletter is free.

Prices of flights to Qatar from Australia and New Zealand

Real-time economy class airfares from major airports in Australasia — from Brisbane BNE, Sydney SYD, and Melbourne MEL in Australia to Qatar, and from Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, and Christchurch CHC in New Zealand to Qatar.

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Ask your hotel about transfers

A few days before departing call or email ahead and ask your hotel if they offer a free pick-up service from the airport (or if they run transfers at a lower rate). This is a major hotel hack to avoid expensive taxi rides.

Hidden-city ticketing hack

Hidden-city ticketing is a less-known money-saving tactic where you buy a plane ticket with a layover, with the intention to get off at the layover rather than the final destination. For example, a flight from London to Dubai might be €350, but a similar flight from London to New Delhi with a layover in Dubai might be only €200. Choosing the latter and ending the trip in Dubai would save you €150.

It seems counterintuitive that a fare from A to C via B could possibly be cheaper than a simple fare on a shorter route from A to B. However, airlines use dynamic, computer-driven price models calculated with little human intervention, and such deals happen quite often.

Booking a hidden city ticket isn’t as easy as booking a standard itinerary. There are some things to be aware of: (1) don't check baggage — bring only hand luggage that can fit under the seat or an overhead compartment; a large checked bag will end up in the final destination C; (2) don't use it for return flights — airlines often void any subsequent tickets if any segment of the first ticket is missed; (3) Do not overuse this tactic with the same airline — hidden-city ticketing is legal but airlines don't like it and may try to punish you; (4) Don't associate your frequent flyer account — the airline might invalidate any miles you've accrued with them.

How to find hidden-city tickets? The easiest way is to use Skiplagged website, which was designed for unearthing hidden-city deals.

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

  • 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 Qatar 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, Hainan Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Qatar will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • If you fly frequently to or within Asia, make sure you subscribe to the free Air Traveler Club newsletter. It’s the largest source of heavily discounted flight tickets to Asian destinations.

Asian airports with the cheapest flights to Qatar

The lowest prices for flights to Qatar from the largest airports in Asia — from Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Ngurah Rai (Denpasar - Bali, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.

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Why is it so cold on planes?

The airplane interior is usually kept cold to prevent hypoxia – a medical condition that may occur when the body tissue does not receive enough oxygen (high cabin pressure can trigger this reaction). Since body temperatures vary, airlines keep the temperature on the low side just to be safe; they would rather keep the cabin too cold for some passengers than have even one passenger faint.

Some budget carriers don’t provide free blankets or charge an extra fee if you want one. So be prepared: dress in several layers of clothing, wear a hoodie, and pack an extra pair of cozy fuzzy socks in your carry-on to keep yourself warm on the flight.

Best times to contact airline’s call center

Call center wait times may be frustratingly long. And only a handful of airlines offer a call-back service. To decrease lengthy periods on hold, try to call the airline during off-peak times in the middle of the week – Tuesday to Thursday. Savvy travelers suggest that the best time to call is early in the morning: from 4 am to 7 am (call center time zone) for 24/7 hotlines or right after the call center opens. Also, late hours on weekends can increase the chance for your call to be answered promptly.

Air Traveler Club.How to book a superdeal to Qatar?

Every superdeal you receive from Air Traveler Club includes a link you can use to book a flight. It always directs you to the website that offers the lowest price. Sometimes it’s an airline website; in other cases, Google Flights or a similar flight booking platform.

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