Bahrain Travel Guides
Bahrain has three airports, with only one being of any relevance to tourists. Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, is the primary air carrier operating routes into Bahrain.
Bahrain International Airport also acts as a Gulf base for several international airlines including some cargo carriers and charter flight operators.
A huge number of airline and air cargo companies carry out their operations through Bahrain International Airport , below is a list for airlines operating to and from Bahrain:
AIR FRANCE (Cargo)
AIR INDIA EXPRESS
ARKE FLY ARKE FLY
BIMAN BANGLADESH AIRLINES
BRITISH AIRWAYS (Cargo)
DHL INTERNATIONAL (Cargo)
FALCON EXPRESS (Cargo)
KALITTA AIR (CARGO)
KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES
MARTINAIR HOLLAND NV (Cargo)
PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES
SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES
SYRIAN ARAB AIRLINES
Car parking is available at the airport and is located within walking distance of the terminal. Parking is reasonably priced and is designed to be easy to use, making parking and collecting your vehicle hassle-free. If you are dropping off or picking up passengers, you may pull up directly in front of the terminal entrance, although no parking is permitted here. Both short-term and long-term options are available as well as spaces for drivers with disabilities and for motorbikes.
Facilities within the airport include a number of banks and bureaux de change, disabled access, separate male and female prayer rooms and excellent food and beverage facilities. For shopping, there is a large duty-free outlet offering everything from perfume to electronics, cosmetics and designer goods.
Transport into the city from Bahrain International Airport is available, with taxis waiting outside Arrivals to take you to your hotel. Some accommodation establishments provide their own pick-up services and there are a number of reputable rental car firms represented at the airport.
Visitors can reach Bahrain by bus from Saudi Arabia via the King Fahd Causeway. Bus services run frequently and are fairly inexpensive. Buses have their own lane at customs, making crossing the border quick and easy.
The King Fahd Causeway provides a road link from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain, making it possible to drive to Bahrain. Foreigners will need an International Driving Permit prior to entering the country, as it is not possible to get one after you have arrived.
There are two main ports in Bahrain: Mina' Salman and Sitrah. Passenger ferries cross the Persian Gulf in 16 hours and link Iran and Bahrain. There's a minimal port tax for passengers travelling on this route.
Bus services in Bahrain are limited, with most people choosing to self-drive or take a taxi. Saudi-Bahraini Transport Company (Sabatco) services a regular bus route from Dhahran to Manama, although there are other routes across the island. Unfortunately, the bus network is not very tourist-friendly and information on routes and schedules is scarce.
Travelling by car is an excellent way to get about Bahrain, with the majority of Bahrain’s roads paved and in very good condition. Expect many roundabouts with complicated multiple-lane systems. Horns are also used frequently on the roads in Bahrain, so expect a lot of noise of you are stuck in traffic. There are dozens of local car hire companies in Manama, as well as a handful of international rental agencies with desks at the airport including Avis and Budget.
Official taxis are recognisable by their orange and white or orange and gold colour. They can be hailed in the street or caught from a taxi rank; these are often situated outside shopping malls and major hotels. While it is the law that taxi drivers use a meter, you will quickly find this rarely happens in practice. Visitors are commonly over-charged, and it is therefore wise to insist on the driver using the meter, or choose a different cab should the driver refuse. It is also wise to travel with a map as many drivers have the tendency to pretend that they know where they are going.