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.

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Why should you rent a car in Bahrain?

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

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

Why not? Visiting Bahrain without a car

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Bahrain public transport quick facts

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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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.


Car rental in - Bahrain Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Bahrain?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and 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, if you are 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?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Bahrain if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

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

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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