A layover in Doha happens if flying with Qatar airways, but what to do if you have a 13 hours transit and want to stay at the airport. There’s nothing much to do inside Hamad International airport. However, if you arrive early in the evening in Doha, you can go out and visit the capital city of Qatar.
Most passport holders can obtain a visa at arrival. Check here if your nationality is eligible for a free tourist visa. If you plan to go out, read my blog on Doha if you have an evening layover. It is undoubtedly worth spending a couple of hours or even longer. It is not Dubai, though, or Abu Dhabi.
Doha Is A Busy Airport
I searched for flights to Saudi Arabia, and Qatar Airways has an irresistible price. It was like take it or leave it, but the time of layovers was so annoying. However, I could choose the short of 1h 30 minutes or the longest of 13 hours.
Then I thought if I only have more than a one-hour transit I doubt that my luggage will able with me as this has already happened once on my previous trips. So I opted for a 13 hours layover in Doha.
My flight arrives at 11:30 in the evening, and my connection flight doesn’t leave until 1:00 pm the next day. The most prolonged transit I have ever had.
Usually, if you have more than eight hours of transition in Doha, you can opt for free accommodation, but I have no right to a free hotel because I bought the low-priced ticket. Going out wasn’t an option as it was almost midnight. So I decided to spend my 13 hours at the airport.
So how To Spend 13 Hours At The Airport? It’s too long to stay inside, but some rules and conditions apply for the tariff if searching for the cheapest airline ticket. Exceptionally I pay more if that’s the only available; read here how I find cheap tickets.
Shopping And Dining
In addition, if you have space in your suitcase or have money to burn, shopping can be another option. Besides, if you have 13 hours in Doha, you must do something. There are plenty of stores at Hamad airport, including gold shops.
By the way, speaking of gold, Qatar has reasonable prices for gold jewelry. However, if you plan to purchase some jewelry, you should do it in the city center because you can ask for a discount.
Apart from shopping, dining can be tempting; you don’t need local Qatari currency because credit cards were accepted everywhere at the airport unless their machine broke.
Free Internet At Doha Airport
The free internet is probably the first thing you’d like to do once entering the arrival terminal. Make sure to carry your booking reference or the ticket number with you, and don’t lose it, because you may need it anytime. The internet in Doha works pretty well; you can even call your family or friends through Facebook messenger. WhatsApp works only for messaging but not for calling.
Go For A Relaxation
There’s more you can do during a 13 hours transit in Doha. I was bored after walking for hours until I came to a place to relax, but of course, an extra cost of my trip. Hell ya, we live only once, so why not. After sitting for more than seven hours on a flight, I feel my backache. Thus, I opted for a massage which helped.
Get Asleep In The Quiet Room
I have been transiting to Doha many times, but I’m in a quiet room for the first time because most of my previous layovers were shorter. The only thing that you must be lucky if you find space. So when I came in for the first time, it was all engaged; an hour later, I went back, and yippie how good and I’m able to sleep all night. It’s recliners; thus, it didn’t feel like your own bed but at least more pleasant than seating on a bench, and it’s free. However, if you want luxury, you can opt for lounges, but they cost more.