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Getting to the Kingdom of Bahrain

More than 35 international airlines operate flights to and from the Kingdom of Bahrain. Bahrain’s national carrier is Gulf Air Gulf Air , which has the biggest network in the Middle East and numerous daily flights to Europe, Asia and the region.

Bahrain’s international airport has a handling capacity of more than 100,000 passengers a week. The airport is situated in Muharraq Island, a 10 minute drive from the center of the capital, Manama. Departing passengers are levied a BHD 3 (USD 8) airport tax. On the other hand, arriving passengers are exempt from this tax and maybe required to pay customs duty on all items imported into the country with the exception of those that are intended for personal use.
A 25 km causeway links Bahrain with the Arabian Peninsula through Saudi Arabia. Ferries and steamers operate between Bahrain and other Gulf ports.

Getting Around

The easiest way to get around the Kingdom of Bahrain is by car. Vehicles can be hired from any number of car hire companies. Gasoline price in Bahrain is cheaper than in most other parts of the world. Travel by road within Bahrain is safe. Highways and major roads are four to six lanes wide and well maintained; however, roads in villages and older parts of Manama and Muharraq may be narrow and twisting. Driving in Bahrain is on the right hand side, in keeping with the majority of traffic world-wide.

Taxis are plentiful and can be hailed up from the street. It is compulsory for taxis to use tariff meters.

Public transportation is provided by Bahrain Public Transport Company (BUS) It offers around 25 bus routes that serve most of the suitably populated areas in Bahrain, linking the governorates together.

The driving age is 18. Requirements for those who wish to apply for a Bahraini driving license include an eye test. The General Directorate for Traffic provides a comprehensive list of driving instructors. The use of seat belts is compulsory.

Driving license renewalsvehicle registration and Payment of traffic contraventions can be done online via the General Directorate of Traffic services

Page Last Updated: 31 Jul, 2019