Bahrain has no internal flights.


The only cyclists you will see in Bahrain are local migrant workers who cycle out of necessity. There are no designated cycle routes or lanes.


There are three boat services open to the general public: the small Qalat Bu Mahir ferry that takes passengers from the Bahrain National Museum to the fort and the two services that take passengers to the Al Dar Islands and the Hawar Islands.


Bahrain now boasts an extensive public bus system linking most of the major towns and residential areas. These run daily between 6am and 9pm and arrive every 10 to 15 minutes. Each trip costs BD0.3 when paid for in cash or BD0.25 when paid for using the rechargeable GO Card. Riding a bus in Bahrain is safe.

Car & Motorcycle

Driving around Bahrain is straightforward and the main sites of tourist interest are well signposted.

Speed limits, the wearing of seat belts and drink-driving laws are rigorously enforced. Speed limits are 60km/h in towns, 80km/h in the outer limits of suburbs and 120km/h on highways. Petrol stations are well signposted, especially along highways.


Car-hire companies have offices in Manama and at the airport, charging from BD20/70 per day/week for the smallest four-door sedan.

Rates exclude petrol but include unlimited mileage and insurance. To avoid the excess of BD100 to BD200 in case of an accident, it’s wise to pay the extra BD2 Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) per day. Companies normally only accept drivers over 21 years old (over 25 for more expensive car models), and foreigners must (theoretically at least) have an International Driving Permit, although a driving licence is often sufficient. There is nowhere to rent a motorcycle.


Most visitors get around Bahrain by taxi, although persistence is needed to persuade drivers to use their meters. If you're visiting more than one tourist attraction outside Manama and Muharraq, it’s cheaper to hire a car.


Bahrain has no train network.