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How to get from Bahrain Airport to Manama

Just off the Persian Gulf, a small archipelago, Bahrain, is situated. The state consists of 80 natural and artificial islands and features desert landscapes, ancient ruins, and modern architecture. Bahrain served as a trade centre in antiquity, and now, its city centre, Manama, is a major financial hub in the region. During your visit to Bahrain, you can explore the Dilmun artefacts at the Bahrain National Museum, browse the antiques at the traditional markets, and catch some sun at one of the many beaches.

The distance from Bahrain airport to Manama is just over 10 kilometres. After landing at the airport, you can reach the city by taxi or bus. Taking a Bahrain airport taxi is the most comfortable and quickest means of transportation. The journey takes around 15 to 20 minutes by taxi, and the fare costs at least €16 (BHD 6). You can also take the bus from Bahrain airport to the city; the bus journey takes just under 30 minutes, not including wait times, and costs €0.80 (BHD 0.30) per traveller.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €16 15min 24/7
Bus €1.60 25min 04:11–23:17

How to get from Bahrain Airport to Manama by taxi

Taking a taxi from Bahrain airport to Manama is the easiest, most comfortable transfer option. Several taxi companies service the airport, and taxis are available 24/7. The trip from Bahrain to the city by taxi typically takes 15-20 minutes. Taxi fares to Manama are metered and generally cost at least €16 (BHD 6). Alternatively, you can book your Bahrain taxi transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups for a flat rate with no additional charges.

Taxi fare from Bahrain airport to downtown Manama

Bahrain taxi fares are determined by a metered rate regulated by Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation. A standard base rate of €5.40 (BHD 2) is charged, whilst there is a €5.40 (BHD 2) surcharge for airport pickup. The rate per kilometre travelled is €1.30 (BDH 0.50), and there is an hourly rate of €7.80 (BDH 3.00) for standing or waiting. The base fare increases at night and on Fridays, Saturdays, and public holidays. To reach Manama from the Bahrain airport, you can expect to pay at least €16 (BHD 6). Another option for a competitive flat rate without any hidden charges is to book your Bahrain airport taxi in advance with a professional English-speaking Welcome Pickups driver.



Trip Duration

15 MIN

Fares may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis from Bahrain Airport to Manama are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

After landing at Bahrain airport and gathering your luggage, you can find airport taxis at the taxi rank at the airport’s multi-storey car park just outside of the airport.


A taxi ride is the quickest, most comfortable way to reach wherever you are headed. You will be dropped off right at the front door of your accommodation. You won’t have to lose any time waiting for the bus or walking to your destination after getting off the bus.

Editor’s Note

Some taxis in Bahrain will accept payment by card. We suggest you check with your driver if they do so before setting off.

Useful Tips

At least a 10% tip for a good taxi driver is standard in Bahrain.
Taxi drivers in Bahrain are supposed to use their taximeter. Double-check that the driver has theirs turned on when you hop in the taxi.

How to get from Bahrain airport to Manama by Bus

You can also take the bus to transfer from the Bahrain airport to Manama. Bus lines A1, A2, 10, and 11 all operate from Bahrain airport to the city. The A1, A2, and 11 take around 25 minutes to reach the city centre, whilst the line 10 bus will take closer to 50 minutes. The earliest bus is available at 4:41 and the latest at 23:17. Collectively, the buses depart from Bahrain airport every 5-20 minutes.

How much is fare for the bus from the Bahrain airport to Manama?

You can purchase a single fare from the bus driver for €0.80 (BDH 0.30). If you will be using public transportation often during your stay, you can also consider buying a GO Card for €2.70 (BDH 1) and then each trip will cost €0.75 (BDH 0.275) with a daily maximum cost for riding the bus of €1.90 (BDH 0.700).



Trip Duration

25 MIN

You may have to wait up to 20 minutes for the bus.

Value for Money

The bus service is available from 4:41 to 23:17.

Where can I get the bus from?

You can find the bus outside of the airport’s exit 4 on the ‘Arrivals’ level. The buses depart from zone 4A along the road next to the terminal building.


Taking the bus from Bahrain airport to Manama is a great way to save some money. However, taking the bus requires more time for the transfer, and you won’t be dropped off at your precise destination. Also, the bus is not available 24/7, so depending on your arrival time, it might not be an option for you.

Editor’s Note

A standard one-way ticket can be purchased from the driver in cash when boarding the bus. If you choose to purchase a GO Card, you can buy the card from ticket windows, ticket vending machines, or the bus driver. You can top up your GO Card by credit card or you can add a weekly or monthly pass to the card, depending on how long you’re staying.

Useful Tips

You may need to have the exact change available to purchase your ticket on the bus.
Buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi.
The new buses in Bahrain are wheelchair accessible.

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Frequently asked questions

What’s the cost of a taxi from Bahrain airport to the city centre?

Bahrain taxis charge based on a metered rate that is regulated by the government. The cost of the base fare is increased at night and on Fridays, Saturdays, and public holidays. To get from Bahrain airport to Manama city centre during the day, the fare is estimated to cost at least €16 (BHD 6). For a flat rate with no extra fees, you can also book your transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.

How far is Manama from Bahrain airport?

Manama is just over 10 kilometres from Bahrain Airport. The trip by taxi typically takes 15 to 20 minutes. If you take the bus, the journey takes around 25 minutes.

How can I get from Bahrain airport to Manama?

The most convenient option to get from Bahrain airport to Manama is by taxi. The trip takes 15 to 20 minutes a standard taxi should charge at least €16 (BHD 6). You can also take buses A1, A2, 10, or 11 if you’re after a more budget-friendly option. The trip by bus takes around 25 minutes, depending on which bus you take, and a single trip fare costs €0.80 (BDH 0.30).

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