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Muharraq Manama Bahrain
Muharraq Manama Bahrain
Al Fateh Mosque
Al Fateh Mosque
Sunset Road
Sunset Road

About Bahrain (BH)


The Kingdom of Bahrain (BH) is comprised of an archipelago anchored by Bahrain Island in the Persian Gulf, wedged between the coast of Saudi Arabia to the east, and the Qatar Peninsula to the west. Considered the most “western-friendly” of Gulf Coast countries, Bahrain is a popular tourist destination for visitors seeking an Arab Lite experience, with most of the traditional Islamic characteristics tempered by a healthy dose of social liberalism. The main island of the sovereign state is linked to Saudi Arabia by the King Fahd Causeway, a 25-kilometer marvel of engineering, and the only accessible route via ground transportation. Despite its position in the sea, Bahrain has few natural beaches, and the majority of islands are man-made reclamation projects. Situated 25 km (15 mi) south of Manama, the distinctive artificial island cluster of Durrat Al Bahrain features a stunning array of beachfront villas, shopping malls, luxury hotels, entertainment venues, an 18-hole golf course, and a 400-berth marina.

  Getting around

In the absence of public transportation, and in light of a sketchy taxi situation, visitors will find it necessary to rent a car in Bahrain. That much everybody can agree on. Whether or not driving in Bahrain is any easier or more difficult than other Gulf Coast countries will depend on whom you ask. General consensus says local law enforcement has cracked down on reckless driving, but Bahrain is not a place for timid or inexperienced drivers. The roads are in great shape and it’s a tiny island oasis, so getting around isn’t terribly challenging; however, traffic congestion persists across the island. Due to Bahrain’s history as a former British protectorate, the transportation network will be very familiar to visitors from the U.K., and all road signs are clearly marked in Arabic and English.

  Choosing your car

Cheap car rentals in Bahrain are available from Sixt, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty. The most popular vehicles in Bahrain are fullsize SUVs, but all types are offered. Choose from minicars, compact hatchbacks, economy, standard, and fullsize sedans, estate wagons, premium and luxury vehicles, and 7-12 seater minivans.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Bahrain

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Informed travelers are aware that travel and accommodation is anything but cheap in the Middle East. The daily rate on a car hire in Bahrain may be the most reasonable expense of your trip.

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Bahrain car rentals are not allowed in Saudi Arabia without signing a waiver, paying a surcharge and purchasing additional insurance, and providing proof of a Saudi visa. Meanwhile, traversing the King Fahd causeway will incur a pricey toll in both directions.

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To save money, you can drive your Bahrain car rental to the causeway entrance, find parking and take an unofficial taxi across the border. Just be sure to have the appropriate visa(s).

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Parking in Bahrain is extremely limited, competitive, and expensive, and the majority of cars you’ll see parked on the street are doing so illegally.

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As in other Middle Eastern countries, respect and courtesy are paramount virtues. Any sort of emotional outburst or angry gesture is considered extremely offensive, and likely to land visitors in serious trouble.

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Even though the limited road network is laid out on a fairly symmetrical grid, your Bahrain car rental should not be driven off the lot without GPS.

Are you driving a rental car in Bahrain?

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

80 kph  | 49.7 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

60 kph  | 37.3 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

120 kph  | 74.6 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

SEE PRICES
Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

BHD
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Right
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

999
Documentation requirements

DOCUMENT

License
IDP
Passport
Insurance
Registration

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Bahrain

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1. What is the best time of year to book a rental car in Bahrain?

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2. Is it possible for one way rentals in Bahrain?

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3. Should I rent a round trip or one-way rental in Bahrain?

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4. Which location should I rent my car from in Bahrain?

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5. Do I pay more fees and taxes for renting a car at the airport in Bahrain?

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6. What insurance do I require for driving a rental car in Bahrain?

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7. What is the best way to save money on rental car insurance in Bahrain?

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8. Should I prepay my rental car booking in Bahrain?

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9. What are the largest numbers of vehicle seats available for a rental car in Bahrain?

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10. What types of sports and special cars are available in Bahrain?

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11. Can I take my rental car across borders in Bahrain?

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12. How do I inform the rental company I will be crossing a border from the Bahrain?