BAHRAIN TRAVEL GUIDE
Bahrain International Airport
Bahrain International Airport (IATA: BAH, ICAO: OBBI) is Bahrain’s primary international airport. It is located on Muharraq Island, next to the capital Manama, and serves as Gulf Air’s main hub. Bahrain Airport Company is in charge of the airport’s administration. Established in 1927, it is the oldest international airport in the Persian Gulf.
Airlines and destinations
- Air Arabia: Sharjah
- Air Arabia Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi
- Air Arabia Egypt: Cairo
- Air India: Delhi
- Air India Express: Kannur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram
- AnadoluJet: Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
- Azerbaijan Airlines: Seasonal: Baku
- British Airways: London–Heathrow
- Buta Airways: Baku
- Cham Wings Airlines: Damascus
- EgyptAir: Cairo
- Emirates: Dubai–International
- Ethiopian Airlines: Addis Ababa
- Etihad Airways: Abu Dhabi
- Fly Baghdad: Najaf
- Flydubai: Dubai–International
- Gulf Air: Abu Dhabi, Amman–Queen Alia, Athens, Baghdad, Baku, Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Chennai, Colombo–Bandaranaike, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Dubai–International, Faisalabad,Frankfurt, Gassim, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jeddah, Karachi, Khartoum, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuwait City, Lahore, Larnaca, London–Heathrow, Malé, Manchester, Manila, Medina, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Multan, Mumbai, Muscat, Najaf, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Peshawar, Ras Al Khaimah, Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, Sialkot, Singapore, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Thiruvananthapuram. Seasonal: Alexandria, Malaga, Mykonos, Nice, Salalah, Santorini, Sharm El Sheikh. Seasonal charter: Sarajevo, Tirana
- IndiGo: Mumbai
- Iraqi Airways: Baghdad, Najaf
- Israir: Tel Aviv
- Jazeera Airways: Kuwait City
- KLM: Amsterdam, Kuwait City
- Kuwait Airways: Kuwait City
- Lufthansa: Frankfurt
- Oman Air: Muscat
- Pakistan International Airlines: Lahore
- Pegasus Airlines: Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen Seasonal: Antalya
- SalamAir: Muscat
- Saudia: Jeddah, Riyadh
- SkyUp: Seasonal charter: Kyiv–Boryspil, Lviv
- SunExpress: Charter: Antalya, Bursa, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Trabzon
- Turkish Airlines: Istanbul, Trabzon
- Ural Airlines: Moscow–Domodedovo
- Wizz Air: Abu Dhabi
Security & Customs
Team members attempt to make the necessary security and customs checks as streamlined and expedient as feasible by utilizing the most cutting-edge technology to increase efficiency. You may help speed up the process even further before checking-in by following the below security tips:
- You will be asked to remove your belt, shoes, and possibly your jacket, before going through security. Wear shoes that are easily removed.
- Pushchairs and walking aids will be X-ray screened.
- Wheelchairs will be thoroughly searched.
- If you are taking prescription medications or syringes with you, each item should be in its original container and you should carry the prescriptions with you.
In the Departures and Arrivals areas, near Gates 14 and 19, there are Muslim prayer rooms and ablution facilities.
Passengers can find ATMs deployed throughout the terminal.
Medical & Emergencies
At the Airport Clinic, a specialized team of medical specialists is available around-the-clock to give the best possible medical care. The facility is located on all three levels of the eastern pier’s eastern pier.
Main medical emergency contact numbers:
- Airport Health Clinic: +973 17138777
- Rescue and Firefighting Services Incident Controller: +973 17138888
At Bahrain International Airport, visitors can get the greatest rates on premium, economy, and family rental cars from eleven renowned companies. After baggage claim, the rental vehicle desks are conveniently placed in the Arrivals area.
The terminal is a no-smoking zone, with smoking permitted only in strategically placed locations. On Level 00 of the Arrivals Hall, smoking spaces are located in the east and west sides of the structure. On Level 2 of the Departures Hall in the major business area, between Gates 14 and 15, and between Gates 18 and 19, there are also dedicated smoking places.
At the Airport Information Counters placed at the information desks in the Departures area prior to and following check-in, visitors can collect VAT refunds on their purchases without any problem.
Are you traveling with a baby? Nursing rooms will allow you to care for your children in comfort and solitude.
Passengers can find currency exchange counters throughout the terminal.
The Kingdom’s leading telecommunications companies offer a range of products and services to keep international visitors connected to their personal and professional lives while they are in Bahrain. Find Batelco, stc and Zain at the Arrivals area.
Visit the Entertainment Zone while waiting for your flight to keep your youngsters happy and occupied. There are interactive toys, gaming consoles, domes for climbing, and comfortable seating options. It is appropriate for toddlers, adolescents, and parents!
Stay connected until boarding at Bahrain International Airport.
Bahrain International Airport offers free WiFi to passengers throughout its whole facility, with no registration required! Simply search for “Bahrain Airport” on your mobile device, tablet, or desktop and sign in.
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, passengers at Bahrain International Airport have access to the Internet via specialized devices connected to the airport’s network. The Pearl Lounge (Departures), Gulf Air’s Falcon Gold Lounge, and BIA’s Information Desks offer network connection.
Information desks at Bahrain International Airport offer telephone services where passengers can make free local and international calls.
The baggage wrapping service provided by Hala Bahrain Hospitality safeguards your belongings throughout your travel. Before check-in, we wrap, seal, and/or pack your luggage in a durable plastic film to prevent it from being opened or tampered with by accident. The baggage wrapping machines are placed directly before check-in in the Departures Area, and the cost for the service is BHD 2.
Free carts are available at convenient spots throughout the airport. You may locate them at the inner and outer curbsides of Departures and the baggage reclaim nest points of Arrivals.
There are two specialized ‘Oversized Items’ counters for both leaving and arriving passengers. The departures desk is in the Economy check-in area, while the arrivals station is in the baggage claim area. Our helpful staff can take you to the counters for “Oversized Items.”
The Bahrain International Airport provides a comprehensive array of services and amenities to passengers with impaired mobility. To ensure that all passengers experience a comfortable and stress-free travel from the minute they arrive, our courteous and competent personnel will happily assist you in locating the terminal’s many facilities and services.
Wheelchair availability and requests
Please advise your airline in advance if you or any of your family members require special assistance, including wheelchair access, upon landing in Bahrain. When your aircraft lands, personnel will be waiting to serve you.
Special Services Phone Number : 00973 17138226
There are separate information desks for travelers with limited mobility, where staff is happy to answer any questions.
Available in both the Arrivals and Departures areas, dedicated e-Gates for travelers with impaired mobility allow for speedier and less labor-intensive passage through immigration checks, while maintaining the same degree of security.
In both the Arrivals and Departures areas, there are accessible immigration counters for passengers with limited mobility.
Bahrain International Airport offers dedicated check-in counters for passengers with reduced mobility.
There are designated curbside parking spaces at the entrance to the Arrivals Area and two spaces per level adjacent to the elevators in Car Park B. Prior to entering Parking Lot B, please click the phone icon on the barrier gates and inform the operator of your condition to receive special assistance. Parking spaces for passengers with limited mobility are also available at the Arrivals and Departures Areas’ inner curbside entrance.
Throughout Bahrain International Airport, all washrooms contain at least one cubicle for passengers with reduced mobility. To find the nearest washrooms, please follow the signs, or ask one of our friendly staff.
Whether you are traveling abroad or dropping off/collecting your loved ones, Bahrain International Airport offers a range of convenient and cost-efficient parking facilities to suit your requirements.
Long term Car Park
The Multi-Storey Car Park B is a state-of-the-art Premium car park facility that meets your needs. Located adjacent to the passenger terminal building, your car is parked minutes from the check-in or meet-and-greet area. Enjoy hassle-free payment using automated machines. Height restriction is 2.1m.
Passengers With Reduced Mobility Car Parks
Passengers with Reduced Mobility can now enjoy the first three hours for free when parking at the PRM designated car parks at Car Park B (Multi-story Car Park). Bahrain International Airport Multi-Story car park has 14 dedicated PRM parking spots available on Level 1 and 14 dedicated PRM parking spots on Level 2.
Long Term Car Park
Car Park D is an ideal car park for long-term passengers due to Car Park D’s strategic location, which is a short bus ride to the terminal. Our complimentary 24/7 shuttle bus services are equipped with luggage storage space and arrive at the shaded waiting area at Car Park D where the shuttle frequency is every 15 minutes.
Car Rental & Limousine Services
Passengers arriving in the Kingdom can find the best deals on luxury, economy, and family rental cars from leading Car Rental providers at Bahrain International Airport. They are located conveniently in the public Arrivals area on the ground floor of the terminal, opposite Gates 1 & 2.
Bahrain International Airport is served 24/7 by three taxi operators queuing at the short & long-term parking (Car Park B) to serve the passengers. The taxi operators include Bahrain International Airport’s local Bahrain Taxi Group, Speedy Motors, and Arabian Taxi.
To reach the Taxi Stop, passengers can follow the directional signs while leaving the Baggage Reclaim area to proceed to the Short & Long-term Car Parks (Car Park B), located close to the Passenger Terminal Building opposite of Gate B.
The provided taxis at Bahrain International Airport are meter-based, as per Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications, where an initial BHD 2 will be charged, and an additional BHD 2 for pickup services.
Getting to and from Bahrain International Airport by bus is quick and convenient with Bahrain Public Transport Company (BPTC). Arriving passengers can make their way to exit 4 on the Arrival level, where buses are currently departing from zone 4A on the road closest to the terminal building.
The routes serving Bahrain International Airport are:
A1 – Airport – Muharraq Bus Terminal – Manama Bus Terminal – American Mission Hospital – Salmaniya – Khamis – Isa Town Bus Terminal
A2 – Airport – Manama Bus Terminal – City Centre – Seef – Souq Waqif – Hamad Town – University of Bahrain (Fastest Route from Airport to Manama)*
10 – Airport – Arad – Hidd – Mina Salman – Kuwait Avenue – Manama Bus Terminal – Muharraq Bus Terminal – Airport (Clockwise)
11 – Airport – Muharraq Bus Terminal – Manama Bus Terminal – Kuwait Avenue – Mina Salman – Hidd – Arad – Airport (Anti-Clockwise)
To travel on the red buses, the best option is to purchase a GO Card from the driver which will cost BHD 1 (BHD 0.500 for the card itself when purchasing for the first time). Each trip costs BHD 0.275, with a maximum daily charge/cap of BHD 0.700. Alternatively, a cash single is BHD 0.300.
GO Red with Bahrain Bus and enjoy safe trips and free Wi-Fi onboard the buses.
Dining & Restaurants
Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, a hearty meal, or a taste of local Bahraini cuisine, Bahrain International Airport has something for everyone. Conveniently located in both the Arrivals and Departures areas are a variety of food and beverage establishments.
McDonald’sArrivals - Working hours: 24/7 - Payment methods: Cash, Card, Apple Pay & Benefit Pay
McDonald’s is a leading Quick Service Restaurant brand that provides customers of all ages with great, pleasurable meals. Since 1994, McDonald’s Bahrain has been committed to the quality of the items served in each of its restaurants and has also maintained an active social responsibility agenda. This adventure has been enlightening and has allowed us to forge deep ties with the community. We are committed to continuing to offer our consumers a simple, straightforward, and enjoyable way to eat the food they love, while strengthening our position within the Kingdom’s social fabric.
StarbucksArrivals,Departures (Before Check-in) - Working hours: 24/7 - Payment methods: Cash, Card & Apple Pay
The Starbucks Experience is more than a cup of coffee. From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. One that not only celebrated the rich tradition of coffee, but that also brought a feeling of community, a comfortable third place away from the demands of work and home. And with every cup, we strive to bring both our heritage and an exceptional experience to life. You can find Starbucks at Arrivals and Departures (before check-in).
CrêpafeDepartures (Before Check-in) - Working hours: 24/7 - Payment methods: Cash, Card & Benefit Pay
The Crêpafe is a casual crêperie Café, all day dining destination serves an irresistible range of sweets and savory crepes, pancakes , waffles, and omelets as its own special blend of coffee and specialty drinks, all in a comfy café setting yet modern café ambiance. Located at the Departures Area and accessible to the public.
Jamie's Deli & PizzeriaDepartures - Working hours: 24/7 - Payment methods: Cash, Card, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Maxwallet & Benefit Pay.
For the first time in Bahrain, the celebrity chef’s delicious meals can be enjoyed at Bahrain International Airport! Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch, somewhere to relax, or to enjoy some healthy, honestly made dishes prepared with organic ingredients, this is the place for you! Jamie’s Deli and Pizzeria is located in the Departures Area.
Illy CaffèDepartures - Working hours: 24/7 - Payment methods: Cash, Card, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Maxwallet & Benefit Pay.
Illy Caffè is a living space to discover, relax, socialize and meet friends. The coffee here is the protagonist and meets the great Italian café tradition, in a warm and innovative environment, evoking an experience of taste, style and excellence. Illy Caffé also offers an array of Italian pastries and snacks, gourmet sandwiches and freshly baked patisseries.
Jaipur Indo AsianDepartures - Working hours: 24/7 - Payment methods: Cash, Card, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Maxwallet & Benefit Pay.
With a fresh, global take on traditional Indian cuisine, Jaipur surprises the travelers with its authentic charm only ever found on the streets of India and in the recipe books of generations gone before. Indian cuisine is steeped in tradition, an amalgam of different ethnic influences, that are captured in the food offer of this concept.
TGI Friday’sDepartures - Working hours: 24/7 - Payment methods: Cash, Card, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Maxwallet & Benefit Pay.
As the original casual dining bar and grill TGI Fridays™ offers authentic American food and legendary drinks. Served with genuine personal service and celebrating the freeing and liberating spirit of “Friday” was the restaurant’s founding premise, from which the brand promise “In Here, It’s Always Friday®” was born.
Lumee is devoted to capture the essence of Middle Eastern street food in a café\deli contemporary setting. Exciting flavors from Bahrain and the Gulf as well as the region (the Levant/ Egypt/ Turkey/ Iran) are gathered creatively with classics like ‘hommos’ and ‘Bahraini tikka lumee’ and signature dishes like the ‘Spicy Mattai Salad’, ‘Quinoa Kubbe’ and ‘Pita Toasties’.
Lumee is located in the Departures Area at Souq Al Qaisariya.
Lounges & Hotel
Need a break before or after a long flight? Retreat to one of exclusive Departures or Arrivals lounges or the Bahrain Airport Hotel to unwind, work, or enjoy a selection of food and beverages.
The Pearl Lounge on DeparturesPayment Method: Debit & Credit Cards, Benefit Pay, Max Wallet, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay
The Pearl Lounge is the ideal hideaway for individuals, parties, business travelers, and families, as it exemplifies the best of traditional Bahraini hospitality in a totally contemporary setting. The state-of-the-art Departures lounge has 10 uniquely designed sections, each with an own ambiance, where passengers may relax, re-energize, or work in the ideal setting for their disposition.
Each zone provides distinctive cuisines, and tourists are spoiled by the variety of food and drink options available. From a live open kitchen to hot and cold buffets featuring international cuisines, The Pearl lounge ensures that there is something to please all tastes.
In addition to a quiet area, the Pearl lounge has ten nicely decorated rooms, each with its own distinct character. In addition to a variety of food and drink options, prayer rooms, showers, and restrooms, the lounge has a designated business area. In addition, the Pearl lounge features a Family area, a gaming lounge, and direct access to the transit hotel and spa.
Hala Bahrain Hospitality, the premier hospitality services provider at Bahrain International Airport, manages and operates the Pearl Lounge.
Gulf Air Lounge: Falcon Gold Lounge
Introducing Gulf Air’s state-of-the-art New Terminal Lounge at Bahrain International Airport!
At Gulf Air’s new Falcon Gold Lounge at Bahrain International Airport New Terminal, you can kick back, relax, and experience luxury and Arabian hospitality at its finest, regardless of whether you are transiting or beginning your journey.
In addition to Gulf Air’s unique lounge amenities, which include showers, prayer rooms, and a quiet zone, you can enjoy a variety of lounging, dining, and entertainment area options.
Indulge in one of the numerous dining options offered in the lounge while observing the runway or dining with fellow travelers.
The Pearl Lounge on Arrivals
Whether you are traveling alone, with a business partner, or with family and friends, our lounges at Bahrain International Airport provide a luxurious and tranquil retreat. We provide electronic visa services to assist you avoid last-minute surprises and alleviate the stress and inconvenience connected with flying.
After a long flight, you can refresh and invigorate yourself in our Arrivals Lounge, which features a luxurious shower. A well curated assortment of food and beverages is also available to satisfy all tastes.
Bahrain Airport Hotel
While waiting for their flights, the Bahrain Airport Hotel provides a choice of hotel styles where transit passengers can relax and rejuvenate.
Each of the hotel’s 17 compact rooms, 24 standard rooms, 17 family rooms, and 1 room with facilities for Passengers with Reduced Mobility has a bed, an LED television with satellite channels, a shower, and coffee/tea making facilities. It also features 24 modern sleeping pods with an integrated TV and radio, headphones, a safe, and digital locking. In addition to the pods, guests will have access to lockers and a centrally situated bathroom/shower space.
The hotel’s entrance, located off the main concourse at Departure Gate 15, contains a nice lobby and separate spas for men and women, each of which offers a choice of massage services, treatments, and shower facilities. In addition, hotel guests have access to a wake-up service, complimentary Wi-Fi, and 24-hour support and information services. There will be rooms and pods available for stays of two hours or more.
Unaccompanied Minors Lounge
Children aged 2 to 14 years old who are traveling alone at Bahrain International Airport are assured a safe, comfortable, and positive travel experience with Unaccompanied Minor program. The dedicated Unaccompanied Minors’ Lounge is equipped with interactive toys, gaming consoles, a reading area, and comfortable seating arrangements. Once booked via the designated airline, a dedicated agent is also on hand to deliver a more personal experience. The room has a view of the concourse so little ones can watch the planes take off and land.