Bahrain Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Bahrain
Before driving abroad in Bahrain its advisable to check latest travel advice on your Governments website following civil unrest which began in Summer 2011 . This has continued into 2012 and resulted in a petrol bomb attack on a vehicle visiting the Bahrain Grand Prix in April 2012. You should keep abreast of developments and stay away from demonstrations. If demonstrations are planned ensure your hire car is parked somewhere safe.

Bahrain drives on the right and you can drive on the licence of most countries for up to 3 months. Highways and major roads in the northern third of Bahrain are four to six lanes wide and well maintained. Roads in villages and older parts of Manama and Muharraq are narrow and twisting but are generally reasonably well maintained. Driving standards are variable and you may encounter speeding motorists on main roads. Bahrain operates a zero tolerance to drink/driving. If you are caught you will be arrested, put into the drivers prison and your case will not be heard until the next working day. First time offenders will have to pay a minimum £900 fine and could be banned from driving in Bahrain. British visitors from Saudi Arabia will subject to the same punishment but with the addition of a driving ban there also. For repeat offenders the costs and ban will be more serious.

Bahrain Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar , National, Avis, Budget, have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as or Expedia

This is a local company with a website

This website lists a number of local companies

Bahrain Self Driving Rules–

Budget allow vehicles to be taken into Saudi Arabia for 15BHD. You will also be required to leave a credit card to cover an additional insurance excess in Saudi. Remember also that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia .One way rentals are generally allowed though most companies only have an office in Manama anyway so that isn’t much of a benefit!

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