Transportation in Bahrain

Transportation in Bahrain


Arriving by plane

The regional airline Gulf Air (GF) (Internet: offers non-stop and transfer connections from Frankfurt / M. at.

National airlines fly from Europe, sometimes in cooperation with Qatar Airways and Gulf Air.

Air passes

With the Star Alliance Middle East Airpass, travelers can explore Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and the United Arab Emirates on up to ten flights. Further information is available on the Star Alliance website,

With the Visit Middle East Pass from Allianz Oneworld, travelers can book any number of flights (at least 3 flights) with the participating airlines British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian and travel to the following 12 countries: Egypt, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.

Departure fee


Arrival by car

The King Fahd Causeway connects Bahrain with Saudi Arabia. There is a fee for use. The travel time from Bahrain to Dhahran (Saudi Arabia) is 1 hour 30 minutes.

Arrival by ship

The largest international port is Mina Salman on the main island. Other ports are Mina Manama and Mina Muharraq. Passenger ferries commute between Bahrain and Iran (travel time: 16 hours).


Traveling by plane

According to youremailverifier, there are no domestic flights in Bahrain.

On the way by car / bus

Most of the excellent road network in Manama has only been built in recent years. Good road connections to most of the towns. All street signs are written in Arabic and English.

run between most cities and villages, delays can occur. Standard fares apply. You can recognize

by their orange fenders and yellow license plates. Taxis waiting outside of hotels are more expensive. You should always agree on the fare in advance. There are also taxis that you share with up to four other people. They can be recognized by a yellow circle with a black license number on the driver’s door and white-orange license plates. The prices should be negotiated beforehand.

Car rental:
The well-known international rental car companies have offices at the airport and in hotels.

International driver’s license, which must be countersigned by the Ministry of Transport before use.

Traffic regulations:
right-hand traffic. 100 km / h on expressways, 50 km / h in built-up areas and 80 km / h on all other roads.

Out and about by ship

Motorboats and dhows (sailing boats) operate between the smaller islands. Travel agencies in Bahrain sell tickets or arrange special trips.

Transportation in Bahrain


Country-specific safety instructions

The clashes between demonstrators and security forces in districts or towns with a predominantly Shiite population have decreased in frequency due to the existing general ban on demonstrations. Nonetheless, illegal demonstrations and violent protests may occasionally occur in the evenings and especially on weekends. Roadblocks made of rocks and burning tires, which demonstrators erect at short notice, pose a particular danger. There have been repeated occurrences of stones being pelted at vehicles that were forced to stop as a result. Oil deliberately spilled on the roadway also poses a significant traffic hazard.

Travelers are advised to follow local media coverage, behave carefully and avoid crowds and demonstrations.

In recent years there have been repeated targeted attacks on state security forces with stones, firearms, so-called Molotov cocktails and improvised explosive devices (so-called IEDs), some with fatal consequences. There is no immediate danger to the general population or to foreigners / tourists. Particular caution is advised, however, against improvised explosive devices (self-made bombs) that are placed at intersections and other public places to disrupt road traffic. The Bahraini security authorities recommend not to touch or pick up suspicious objects, but to inform the nearest police station (phone number 999) immediately.

Nationwide, security checkpoints can always be set up, sometimes only temporarily in the evening hours.

During office hours, the German embassy in Manama can be reached on +973 17745277; in emergencies outside of office hours, the embassy on-call service can be reached by phone and SMS on +973 39458537. Current information can also be found on the website of the German Embassy in Manama under external link, opens in new window

In addition, there is the possibility of inclusion in the crisis prevention list. The electronic registration takes place in the password-protected online procedure under external link, opens in a new windowhttp: //


Despite extensive local security precautions, threats from terrorist activities and risks from the existing land connection cannot be ruled out (see also travel and safety information for Saudi Arabia).