Bahrain’s roads were once filled with camels as these animals used to be the most popular means of transportation in the country. Although these strong, friendly, and reliable animals have been the obvious choice for centuries, there are no more camels on the roads of Bahrain. Today, the city is abundant with automobiles. In fact, the capital city of Manama is filled with the latest Ferrari and Lamborghini models. As a tourist, however, there are other options to take when getting around the city.
The public transport system of Bahrain, particular Manama, is quite limited with only a small fleet of buses and no trams nor trains. Buses are a relatively cheap option to take, but unless you have a lot of time and patience on your hands, taking public buses must be ruled out of a tourist’s mode of transportation. For a more pleasant bus service experience, there are several private companies that offer air-conditioned buses that can take tourists to the many tourist destinations in Bahrain. Using these buses will be a more comfortable way to sight-see without worrying about getting lost. Your hotel concierge will most likely have details about private buses so make sure to consider them.
Taxis are plentiful in Bahrain and can be easily flagged down on the street. All taxis are required by law to run by meter so make sure that your driver will turn his meter on once you start driving to your destination. Tips are also not expected from passengers, but many do as a small token of appreciation. Taxis in Bahrain may also be ordered over the phone any time during the day or night. These so-called radio-taxis are extremely reliable and only charge a little bit more than what regular taxis do.
Shared taxis are something unique to Bahrain and are cheaper alternatives to the typical taxis. Instead of cars, pickup trucks are usually used which run on pre-determined routes and charge half of what regular taxis would require you to pay. Five passengers are usually fit into one vehicle, thus, the concept of a shared taxi.
Renting cars in Bahrain is also a common option to use when touring Bahrain on land as rental charges are very reasonable. Drivers who plan to rent a car would need an International Driving License. For those who would want to tour around Bahrain in a comfortable manner, renting a car along with a driver is encouraged by many car rental firms.
Manama is quite a small city and most of its areas of interest can easily be explored by foot. Getting around Bahrain by plane is simply unheard of given the size of the city. Walking around the capital can be quite an adventure with the small and lovely alleys that fill it. Make sure though to have a reliable map with you when opt to walk your way around town. Bahrain is a very safe country with a low crime rate, but one can never be too careful when touring a completely different country.
Although Bahrain has two main ports, touring Bahrain by boat is rather reserved for those traveling to and from Iran. Although the public transportation system of getting around Bahrain is quite restricted, the city offers enough modes of transport for travelers to enjoy touring around the city. With plenty of affordable travel options, traveling in this beautiful nation could indeed be a memorable experience.