Airfare to Doha, Qatar
The capital of Qatar and the entry point for most travelers, Doha is a rapidly developing city. With an emphasis on oil and gas production, it should be no surprise that more westerners come here for work, rather than play.
Airfare to Doha will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Dubai, U.A.E., or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Qatar Airways is the national airline. However, Indian Airlines, KLM and other airlines also stop in Doha.
The most expensive air tickets to Doha are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and traveling overland to Doha via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Doha, check out BootsnAll’s Qatar Travel Guide.