MANAMA TRAVEL GUIDE
How To Get Around In Manama
How To Get Around In Manama - By Taxi
The official rate per kilometer is ($2.65) BD 1.000 + 0.200 Fils. In actuality, though, meters are frequently “broken,” “covered,” “lost,” or “ignored,” so you’ll need to agree on fares ahead of time. Be wary of cabbies who will frequently demand exorbitant fees.
However, in August 2008, the government and taxi groups signed a new deal, and a rising number of cabs are now using meters. A ride within Manama costs between 3 and 5 dinars.
The airport provides instructions for determining taxi charges in an official manner. If you take a cab waiting at the airport, you will be charged an additional BD 2.000.
Taxis, on the average, provide decent service, although there are a few crooks. Always utilize the white with red roof or London style cabs when traveling from the airport. There is also a law that if the meter is not utilized, there is no charge; stick to your guns and contact the cops, and the driver will immediately cooperate with the exact fare for the journey.
Although big hotels and malls normally have a few taxis waiting outside, finding one might be challenging. The kingdom is home to a number of privately held businesses, the most well-known of which are:-
SMS Radio-Meter Taxis SMS Radio-Meter Taxis is the Kingdom’s oldest and most popular radio-meter taxi company, as well as the most trustworthy. Taxis may be reserved in advance, and they are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Bahrain Limo is a recently founded Radio Meter Taxi Firm in Bahrain, and it is the sister company of the Saudi Bahraini Transport Company (SABTCO), which provides premium bus and limousine services over the King Fahad Causeway.
However, there have been complaints of taxi drivers charging excessively high fees (for example, 50BD for a short journey when it is actually 3 BD), albeit these are uncommon. Using certified cab services is typically the best option.
How To Get Around In Manama - By Bus
Many portions of the island are also served by public buses. Although bus tickets are modest, travelers may find it difficult to grasp the system due to difficulty in getting bus timetables and maps.
Traveling throughout Bahrain by bus was practically impossible until recently (February 2015), and foreigners were discouraged against doing so. Buses to popular sites and malls were scarce, and they frequently arrived late. Waiting areas were frequently uninviting. Buses barely covered around 35% of the country, and most people would rather use a cab, with laborers sometimes pooling their money to buy a vehicle.
Since then, though, things have been progressively improving. The situation has significantly improved since February 2015, when the operators changed. Buses are now considerably cleaner, more accessible to the disabled, and have free 4G internet access, among other enhancements. Waiting times have been significantly improved, as have waiting areas.
How To Get Around In Manama - By Car
Consider hiring a car if you intend on visiting many places. Prices range from 10 to 20 dinar per day and include unlimited driving throughout the island.
If you arrive by bus at the Lulu centre parking, simply turn away from the entrance and walk out of the parking lot; car rentals are located in the group of buildings across the street. A map or GPS is strongly recommended, as road signs might be limited, and it is not difficult to go from one section of the nation to another, despite the fact that the country is quite tiny.
On the roads, the speed limit is usually 50 km/h, while on the highway, it is 80-100 km/h. The penalties for violating traffic laws are rather harsh, yet the restrictions are not always strictly enforced.