There is no bus line service across the causeway. There are mini busses chartered by the airlines. Your airline may be able to set you up with that. Another route is to take a Saudi taxi to the border and then another from there. There is a compnay called Hanco that will drive you all the way.
The Bahrain Airport is a fairly nice and easy-to-navigate airport. It isn't too big, so you wouldn't need to scramble to the gates. There is a good selection of food outlets, cafes and duty-free shops. All in all, a nice place to transit for a few hours compared to many other regional airports.
Bus was a pretty good way to get around. It doesn't take you to all places but it's good enough. For example, we took Bus No.3 near the hostel to the center of Manama and from there we could catch Bus No.7(2 would work too) to Muharraq.Related to:
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To and from Airport and City
From Airport to City:
If you want to save $$ by not taking taxi, which may cost BHD 5-7, you can catch minibus for only 150 fil or 0.15 BHD. If you ask anyone at the airport, they may not know about this minibus as I think all of them are rich enough to have car.
To catch the minibus, you should walk out of the arrival hall, turn to your right and walk under the bridge from departure hall above, then walk towards the roundabout (about 3 mins walk from arrival hall). The minibus stop is about 50m (1-2 mins) from that roundabout on your right side. There is a bus stand, but it may not be obvious enough to spot from the roundabout. Good luck.
That is not finished yet. The minibus will only take you to the bus terminal in Muharraq where you need to catch another a bigger public bus No.2 for (100 fil - April 2006) to downtown Manama. The bus driver is friendly and will direct you.
From Manama city to the Airport; I would choose taxi which should cost BHD2 and thats what I paid. Just bargain. Just remember 1 BHD = 2.7 US$ (April 2006). If you want to save $$ again, then go to the bus stop located on the west (about 100m) of Regency Inter-continental along King faisal Highway. That was what I did, but later on I changed my mind to cathc a taxi there for BHD 2.
General tips on Living in Bahrain - Transportation
For transportation, there are several public bus routes (0.2 BD per trip), though it's quite rare.
Taxis (metered/unmetered/shared) are everywhere, it costs up to 2 BD for in-the-city trip.
Renting a car (150-170 BD/month for small car) is another choice. Buying car also is an option as car (new/used) are quite cheap here.
Also it's common for some companies to have a pick-up and drop-off transportation (usually by a van, shared with other staffs) from/to your job place and accommodation (pooling point).
classic example of parking on a traffic light
patience is essential when driving in bahrain. parking across junctions is an everyday occurance - this example is by the multistory car park.
Camels are a very god way of...
Camels are a very god way of transport, ehehhe. OR....if youre into more advanced things take a bus,car :)
The dhows (boats) are built of...
The dhows (boats) are built of indian teak and used to be used for pearl diving as well as fishing.
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