Bahrain travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bahrain

A tiny island country nestled in the heart of the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is an undiscovered gem. On the lands of the historic Dilmun civilization, a myriad of Islamic artifacts remains, including mosques, temples, and forts. The vast surrounding waters lend themselves to scuba diving, while a sunset horse ride along the beach can be taken to finish the day.

What to do in Bahrain

1. Go Pearl Diving

Once known as the premier destination for the pearling industry, visitors can dive below the surface and hand-pick shiny pearls. Diving tours include education about the natural formation of the pearls within the oyster shells and the trade market linked to merchants on the shoreline.

2. Enter the Al Fateh Grand Mosque

Four magnificent fiberglass domes are the main drawcard; however, there are also dazzling chandeliers, marble floors and teak wood doors to marvel at. The mosque can hold up to 7,000 worshippers at one time.

3. Visit the Bahrain National Museum

Housed within an incredible modern building, the museum exhibits archaeological artifacts that shine a light on the nation's pre-oil economy. The museum sits on an artificial peninsula that provides a stunning view out towards Muharraq Island.

4. Check Out the Formula 1 Circuit

The impressive course rises out of the desert and it's thrilling to watch cars zip around. Alternatively, take a guided tour during the off-season.

5. Explore the Bahrain Fort

Believed to have been constructed around 2300 BC, the stronghold protected many occupants, including the Persians, Portuguese, and Kassites.

When to visit Bahrain

Bahrain in May
Estimated hotel price
₹ 2874
1 night at 3-star hotel
Bahrain in May
Estimated hotel price
₹ 2874
1 night at 3-star hotel

A hot and dry climate, it is best to travel during the winter period between November and April. Daily average temperatures will hover around 68-82°F and it is rare to see rain.

How to Get to Bahrain

Entry requirements

Citizens of many countries, including European Union nations, the United States, Canada, and Australia, can obtain a 14-day visa upon arrival. Nationals of the United Kingdom and Ireland can enter for up to three months. Visas cost approximately 5 BHD (13 USD).


It is possible to directly fly to Bahrain International Airport from major hubs across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Indian subcontinent. The 1h 15m journey from Dubai can be made with flydubai for roughly 75 BHD (199 USD). Some of the most commonly used carriers are Air Arabia, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and Gulf Air.


Multiple services depart Dammam in Saudi Arabia each day, taking about 1h 30m and priced at approximately 6 BHD (16 USD). The buses are scheduled from approximately 7:15 am until 8:15 pm.

Popular airports in Bahrain

Popular airlines serving Bahrain

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Where to stay in Bahrain

Juffair and the Seef District are popular areas for tourists, with plenty of accommodation options and easy access to major attractions. Amwaj Islands have a laid-back resort vibe and are located close to the airport and lagoon park.

Where to stay in popular areas of Bahrain

Most booked hotels in Bahrain

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
₹ 34,830+
Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
₹ 7,346+
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
₹ 15,186+
Gulf Hotel Bahrain
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
₹ 10,564+
Ibis Seef Manama
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
₹ 5,447+
Elite Resort & Spa
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
₹ 5,035+
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How to Get Around Bahrain

Public Transportation

Buses are the only public transport option across the islands, with Uber being a popular alternative. Tourist destinations supported by the bus network include Exhibition Avenue and the Manama City Center.


There are more than 18 routes that operate throughout Bahrain and include connections to the airport, Juffair, and Salmaniya. A single fare costs approximately 0.30 BHD (0.80 USD) and services run from 4:30 am to 12 am.


Renting a car is a fantastic option as distances between sites are rather short and coastal roads provide stunning views. Economy cars can be rented from as little as 5.50 BHD (15 USD) per day. Most road signs are printed in both English and Arabic but it is best to have GPS navigation.

The Cost of Living in Bahrain

A meal from a no-frills restaurant can be bought for about 2.50 BHD (6.50 USD). A 30-day prepaid sim card with 10GB of data can be picked up for roughly 6 BHD (16 USD). Everyday transactions are preferred in cash, however, it's possible to pay with credit card at hotels and restaurants.

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