The orange-coloured taxis are identifiable by the "Taxi"
sign on the car roof. Fares are by meter and only vary when
coming from the airport or when travelling at night. The standard
minimum fare is 800 fils (US$2.10), charged for the first 3
kms, and 100 fils (US$0.25) for every km thereafter. Between
2200 and 0600 hours, the minimum fare is BD1.2 (US$3.10) for
the first 3 kms, and 150 fils (US$0.4) per km thereafter. In
either case, the fare is displayed on the meter, and the taxi
driver will give you a printed receipt should you need one for
your records. While coming from the airport, there is a charge
of BD1 (US$2.6), which is additional to the meter reading. Tips
There is a large number of shared taxis on the roads as an alternative
to taxis in Bahrain. They can be recognised by a yellow circle
with licence number in black painted on the driver's door. The
shared taxis have several designated pick-up points. They do
not use meters. Fares vary depending on destination, but are
far less than those pay for a regular taxi. No tips are expected.
Speedy Motor Service operates an around-the-clock service. Fares
are higher than normal taxis; the taxis are metered, and a 10%
tip is customary.
As of June 2003, new privately owned and fully air-conditioned
buses, with automated ticketing machines and electronic route
display boards started operation. These new-looking buses have
a seating capacity of 50 people in addition to a standing room
of 15 people. The minimum charge is 150 fils and the maximum
fare is 350 fils. The buses also offer discounts of 10%-33%
on season tickets and special passes issued to students.
Renting a car is easy in Bahrain, with the presence of major
car rental companies including Hertz, Avis and Oscar. A valid
international driving licence endorsed by the Traffic Directorate
in Bahrain is necessary, but most car rental companies will
assist in obtaining that for their customers. Prices can vary
so visitors are encouraged to shop around. The Yellow Pages
list all car rental companies available in Bahrain.
Limo service is very popular in Bahrain as transportation between
the airport and hotel. The service is available at the Bahrain