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Bahrain

Manama city centre, Bahrain

Practical Info about Bahrain

Getting around the city

While there are long-haul buses linking the major cities in Bahrain, there is little in the way of local public transport. The only way to get around without hiring a car is by taxi; metres should be insisted on, although there are surcharges for nighttime fares (between 10pm and 6am), and hotel or airport pick-ups. Taxis are easy to find on the main streets, or at taxi stands. Hiring a car is the only other practical way to get around Manama, which is not considered pedestrian-friendly and has no sidewalks.

Time

GMT +3.

Electricity

Electrical current in Bahrain is 230 volts, except in Awali where it is 110 volts. UK-style three-pin plugs are used.

Currency

The official currency is the Bahraini Dinar (BHD), divided into 1,000 fils. The Bahraini Dinar is linked to the US Dollar at a rate of US$1=BD 0.375. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change, commercial banks in Manama or at money changers operating in souqs. ATMs are available in larger towns. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Communication

The international direct dialling code for Bahrain is +973. There are no city or area codes. Public phone booths are widely available, some accepting phone cards and some coins. Mobile phone coverage is good. Internet is available at most of the larger hotels in Manama.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 999

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Prophets Birthday 13 Jan 3 Jan
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
Eid al Fitr (end of Ramadan) 28 Jul - 30 Jul 17 Jul - 19 Jul
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) 4 Oct - 6 Oct 23 Sep - 25 Sep
Al Hijra (Islamic New Year) 24 Oct 14 Oct
Ashura 1 Nov - 2 Nov 23 Oct - 24 Oct
National Day 16 Dec - 17 Dec 16 Dec - 17 Dec

Climate

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Manama experiences extreme climatic conditions, with summer temperatures rising to 118°F (48°C) and winter temperatures as low as 59°F (15°C). Average summer and winter temperatures range between 63°F (17°C) and 113°F (45°C). The most pleasant time to visit Manama is in autumn (October and November) when warm temperatures are tempered by a soft breeze.

Bahrain International Airport

www.bahrainairport.com

Getting to the city

Many hotels operate courtesy buses for their guests to and from the airport. There is a bus service to the Muharraq bus terminal approximately once per hour which costs around BHD 0.2

Car rental

Budget, Europcar, Hanco, Hertz, Oscar, National, Avis, Gulf, Sixt, Al Obaisi, and other companies operate from Bahrain Airport.

Airport taxi's

There are taxis outside the terminal, but they tend to overcharge foreigners. It is better to phone for a metered taxi service, which should cost around BHD4 to the city, and is a 15-minute drive.

Facilities

Facilities include banks and currency exchange services, restaurants, cafes and bars, gift shops, a post office, communications centre, tourist information and a prayer room. The Bahrain Duty Free shopping complex is internationally acclaimed. Disabled facilities are good.

Parking

Short and long-term parking facilities are available in front of the terminal. The cashier counters at the exits are open 24 hours. No credit cards are allowed, only cash payment. A free shuttle bus service operates between the terminal and the long-term car parks.

Internet

Free wifi is available throughout the terminal.