Airports & Airlines
Bahrain International Airport is on Muharraq Island, 12km from the centre of Manama, and handles frequent services to many intercontinental destinations, as well as other countries in the region.
The national carrier is Gulf Air (www.gulfair.com), which flies to destinations worldwide. It has a good safety record and reliable departure times.
Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.
The only ‘land’ border is with Saudi Arabia, across the King Fahd Causeway.
Tourists are not permitted to drive between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in a hired car. Residents of Saudi Arabia who have their own cars may use this crossing providing they have car insurance for both countries. For those coming from Saudi Arabia, this can be purchased at the border. A transit visa must be obtained from the Saudi authorities for those travelling by car between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. This is not easy to obtain.
You must have a valid transit visa for Saudi Arabia in advance and an onward ticket and visa for your next destination beyond Saudi Arabia’s borders.
The Saudi bus company Saudi Arabian Public Transport Co, runs regular services to cities all over Saudi Arabia for those who have a Saudi visa.
From Manama, Saptco also has daily buses as far as Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah (UAE) and Kuwait City. All departures are from the International Bus Terminal in Manama.
Car & Motorcycle
All drivers (and passengers in taxis) using the causeway to Saudi Arabia must pay a toll of BD2.5 at the booth on the western side of the intersection between Causeway Approach Rd and Janabiya Hwy.
Anyone crossing the border from Bahrain to Saudi Arabia will be given a customs form to complete, and drivers entering Bahrain from Saudi Arabia must purchase temporary Bahraini insurance and also sign a personal guarantee.
It is not possible to travel here by sea.