Bahrain

By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Bahrain?

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Hiring a car in any of the Gulf states is never for the fainthearted. Although the roads in this part of the world tend to be on the wider side of life, and many of them are brand spanking new, this region is also notorious for its astonishingly high accident rate, and naturally this puts off many visitors from wanting to drive at all.

Do you need a car in Bahrain? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Bahrain?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Bahrain?

Bahrain Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

30%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€95

 #96/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total 146 - of which 119 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

82%

#11/300

 

Generally, we don’t advise any particularly strong reasons for wanting to hire a car in Bahrain.

 

Why not? Visiting Bahrain without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Bahrain public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

20%

Overall public transport score

20%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Bahrain. 

10%

In some other Gulf cities, it’s easier just to bite the bullet and get a rental car anyway, because trusting your faith in local taxi drivers might not be that much better either. However, in Manama we really don’t think there’s any need to get a hire car at all, because tiny Bahrain is also one most densely populated countries on the planet, and there really are very few places to drive to, unless you want to venture across the King Faisal Causeway into neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which is another matter altogether (and not easily done without going through a long visa process)!

For transfers to and from the main hotels in Manama, local buses and taxis are more than sufficient, and the same applies to travelling within the city.

Do you need a car in Bahrain?Therefore our Manama/Bahrain car advice is a strong no.

Ratings

Car rental in - Bahrain Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Bahrain?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Bahrain?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Bahrain?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Bahrain if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Bahrain if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Bahrain if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Bahrain on the Carornocar scale?

2

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Bahrain?

Have you driven in Bahrain? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Bahrain?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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