Air

There are no internal flights in tiny Kuwait.

Boat

Kuwait Public Transport Company Ferries (www.kptc.com.kw) go to Failaka Island from Kuwait City. Nuzha Touristic Enterprises (www.nuzhatours.com) runs half- and whole-day boat trips.

Bus

Kuwait has a cheap and extensive local bus system, but it’s designed for the convenience of residents rather than tourists. The routes therefore don’t often coincide with places of tourist interest. Nonetheless, if a 10-minute walk either side of the bus stop isn’t a problem, pick up a bus timetable from the main bus station in the city centre or on the bus.

Most bus routes are operated by the Kuwait Public Transport Company (www.kptc.com.kw), which has air-conditioned and comfortable vehicles. Intercity trips cost just a few fils per ride. The City Bus (www.transportkuwait.com/citybus.html) alternative follows KPTC routes but isn't quite as reliable. Both services are used primarily by lower-income workers travelling to their place of work.

Car & Motorcycle

If you have an International Driving Permit (IDP), or a licence and residence permit from another Gulf country, driving in Kuwait is possible, without any further paperwork, for the duration of your visa.

Hire

Car-rental costs range from KD10 (for a Toyota Corolla) to KD30 (for a Toyota Prado) per day. This rate usually includes unlimited kilometres and full insurance. Given the very high incidence of traffic accidents in Kuwait, it is worth paying the extra for fully comprehensive insurance.

Al Mulla (www.autoalmulla.com) is one of the better local agencies, with desks at the airport and in many of the city hotels.

Taxi

Taxis are a useful and popular way of getting around, though they are comparatively expensive when travelling outside the city area, when costs can increase to KD10 per hour. If you want to do some exploring around Kuwait by taxi, it’s better to agree on a half- or full-day rate in advance.