Bahrain is an island nation along the Persian Gulf and is the smallest country in the Arab nation. It is predominantly an Islam country, but a decline in the Islamic population was experienced due to the increase of immigrants and guest workers from non-Muslim countries such as India, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. The country may be small, but a large number of tourists remain curious about getting to Bahrain to find out what this borderland island country is all about.
Manama is the capital of Bahrain which is also the top tourist destination in the country. The country’s capital, being the largest city in the country, is filled with plenty of shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, and tourist sites. Making Manama your starting point of visit will also allow you to see the other sights near Bahrain. Bahrain lies on the geographical coordinates of 26°13’N 50°35’E with Saudi Arabia on its west and Qatar on its south. The country of Bahrain is well-connected to many main international destinations such as Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.
Getting to Bahrain by air may be the most convenient option to take since there are daily flights that come to and from the Bahrain International Airport. The only international airport in the city is located on Al Muharraq Island which is just a 15-minute drive from the city center of Manama. Although there are three other airports in Bahrain, this is the only international airport with international class features. Flights from Europe have the most number of air connections to Bahrain. Luckily, a few budget carriers offer affordable air fares especially during the off-peak season months. British Airways and Gulf Air are the two airlines that offer a umber of flights to and from Bahrain. Others airlines include Emirates, Iran Air, Japan Airways, Qatar Airways, Kuwait Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Egypt Air.
Most tourists from the neighboring country of Saudi Arabia prefer getting to Bahrain by land. Bahrain is connected to Saudi Arabia by the King Fahd Causeway. Recently, the Qatar-Bahrain friendship was initiated with the causeway serving as the permanent link of Bahrain to Qatar. Today, the bridge serves as the longest fixed link between two countries and is also one of the most expensive bridges in the world.
The Saudi-Bahrain Transport Company operates regular bus routes daily that come to and from Dahran to Manama. A toll fee is required of every person driving out of Bahrain. Typical Saudi Arabian visa regulations also apply to those driving to Bahrain. Unfortunately, there are no train services that offer transportation to and from Bahrain.
Although there are several main international sea ports in Bahrain such as Sitra, Mina Salman, and Mina al-Manama, these are mostly commercial ports that are not intended to cater to tourists. This means that getting to Bahrain by sea is quite impossible for travelers. However, there are cruise ships with routes along the Gulf and Red Sea that stop in Bahrain.
Being an archipelago composed of 33 islands, Bahrain has opened its doors to the world. Getting to Bahrain has then become easy and convenient which gives interested travelers a more compelling reason to visit this little country of wonder.