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Welcome aboard Qatar’s metro and tram of the future

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In just a few months, Qatar will host the 22nd World Cup football championship. In preparation for this headline event, Doha’s entire driverless metro network is already open to the public, along with the first segment of the new tram network in Lusail.

The Lusail tram is operated by our subsidiary Keolis in a joint venture with RATP Dev and Hamad Group1. Preview service began on 1 January 2022 on a single line with 6 underground stops, including one connected to the metro in Doha, some 20 km away.

Over the next few months all 4 Lusail tram lines—Orange, Green, Pink and Purple—will start up. In all, the system will span 18 km of track and 25 stops, with 2 offering easy transfers to the capital’s metro system.

Learn more about Lusail’s tram system

18 km

of track, with 4 lines and 25 stops

Ultra-modern infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup

For just over 2 years, passengers in and around Qatar’s capital city have been able to travel on its new metro, featuring 36 stations and 3 lines totalling 75 km of track. The system links all of the emirate’s top spots, including Doha city centre, the airport, and the stadiums in Al-Wakrah and Lusail, where the World Cup matches will be played.

Marking a historic moment with a new travel experience. Doha Metro, changing the way we move!

SNCF’s mass-transit expertise

The new system—Qatar’s first urban rail network—can carry over half a million passengers a day. Fares range from €0.50 for a standard ticket to €2.50 for a premium rail experience in a 1st class seat.

Our subsidiary Keolis is a member of RKH Qitarat1, the joint venture that won the 20-year, €3 billion contract to operate and maintain the network. Keolis—a key player in the project—and French transport specialist RATP Dev hold 49% of RKH Qitarat’s capital. 

Cutting-edge metro

The Doha metro’s trainsets are fully automated and packed with innovations. Traffic flows are optimized by Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) technology, which enables real-time, wifi-based communication between the trains and the computers that regulate them. 

1 RKH Qitarat is a joint venture formed especially for the Doha metro project by the Qatari company Hamad Group (51%) and RATP Dev and Keolis (49%). It will operate the multimodal network for 20 years.