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Bahrain Layover

| January 2, 2015

Stuck on a Bahrain layover at the Bahrain International Airport (BAH)? As one of the major hub airports in the Middle East, you can find plenty to do both inside and outside of the airport while on a Bahrain layover. The airport is located in Muharraq, an island in the north of Bahrain, and is approximately 4 miles from the capital Manama. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Bahrain layover, click here for useful tips.
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If you have questions about Visa and Entry requirements, click here (or take a look at the widget to the right of this page). To obtain a visa online, the airport suggests this page. Visa on arriving at the airport is granted to nationals of the following countries (Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City and also GCC nationals and residents.) Transit visa will be issued to passengers subject to Bahrain Immigration rules. Refer to www.evisa.gov.bh. Transit visa is also issued to passengers who hold hotel voucher to stay in Bahrain. For more information, contact your airline directly.

Within the airport, you can find a number of services including banking and foreign exchange (including ATMs), a prayer room in both the departures and arrivals level, renowned duty free shopping and restaurants (located between gates 14 and 15 on the departures concourse). You can even do shopping before your arrival at Bahrain International Airport via at the Bahrain duty free website. There are also airport lounges, post office, and Vodafone.

There are many hotel options for those who arrive looking for some rest. The Movenpick Hotel is located opposite the airport and overlooks a sprawling lagoon, and for other hotels near the airport, click here. For a comprehensive list of Bahrain hotels (from five stars to three stars) click here.

If you’re looking to explore the area on a long layover, the Bahrain International Airport unfortunately does not have a Left Luggage facility. If you cannot pack lightly or are unable to check your luggage through to your final destination, you can always rent a hotel room to stow your bags.

For travel to and from the airport you can take taxis and rental cars. Taxis are located in the front of the airport. The approximate costs of taxis, as well as all the contact information on rental cars can be found here.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do In Bahrain:

Bahrain Fort (Qal’at al-Bahrain)
Named a World Heritage Site, this historic fort offers a great history of the area and a look into the Porteguese invasion of Bahrain. The fort offers a great view and a wonderful place to watch the sunset in Manama.

Shopping at Bab el-Bahrain Souk and Gold City
For the ultimate Bahrain shopping experience, visit the Bab el-Bahrain Souk district where you can wander through stall after stall of everything including crafts, fruits, spices, clothing and souvenirs. In addition you can find high quality and well-priced gold and pearls. Haggling is welcome (and usually expected). Also visit Gold City where you can wander among a collection of gold shops.

Al-Fatih Mosque
Also known as the Great Mosque, the Al-Fatih Mosque is well known for containing the world’s lagest fiberglass dome. It is currently considered to be one of the largest mosques in the world, accommodating over 7,000 worshippers.

Bahrain National Museum
The Bahrain National Museum is considered to be one of the largest museums in the Middle East. Located at the junction of Al-Fatih Highway and Shaikh Hamad Bridge leading to Muharraq, the Museum was officially opened in December 1988 and focuses on life and history of the island of Bahrain. The museum is air conditioned, the entry fee is very low and parking is free.

Have a suggestion for a Bahrain layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. I Intend to Visit Bahrain in December with my beautiful Girlfriend, I have heard a lot about this place, Lets see how our tour goes.

  2. Diana says:


    I am going to have a night layover in Bahrin and was not planning to get accommodation ( i’ll be in the airport the whole night). do you know if the airport lounge areas are open the whole night?


  3. FairyK says:

    Can someone residing in Bahrain allowed to visit me at the Bahrain Airport, while I am there for 1 hour layover time?