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Driving in Bahrain

Driving in Bahrain

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Driving in Bahrain

Driving in Bahrain Guide

Welcome to our Driving In Bahrain section! Here we take a look at all the frequently asked questions to do with all things motoring and driving in Bahrain- driving licence conversion, Bahrain road rules, paying your traffic fines, registration of your vehicle, and so much more.

  • Vehicle Registration Renewal

    Every year you are going to have to renew your car registration in Bahrain. This does involve some paper work and your vehicle may need testing too. Don't worry too much as it is quite a simple procedure if you follow all the steps. If you need to renew your vehicle registration in Bahrain however you're not quite sure where to go or what documents you might need then read our guide to renewing your vehicle registration.

  • Traffic Fines

    Have you been flashed by a camera for speeding, been responsible for a bump or parked illegally? Oh dear! You're going to have to learn how to pay your traffic fines. Paying your Bahrain traffic contraventions is relatively straight forward and something you should try and do as quickly as possible so that the fines don't rack up! Read our guide if you are unsure or need advice, we've got everything you need to know here.

  • Importing A Car

    Bahrain is a popular destination for expats to live and work in. Many expats move to Bahrain from other Gulf or Arab regions, while others come from as far abroad as Australia and South America. You may want to bring your car with you from another country but you are going to have to check out all the regulations before you do and work out if it is a viable option. Here's some useful advice and guidance on importing a car into Bahrain.

  • Driving License Renewal

    The Driving License Renewal Service provides the opportunity for Bahraini drivers to renew their driving license online. In addition, kindly be aware that the renewal process is accepted three months in advance prior to the expiry date. For example, if your driver license expiry date is on June 15th, you may apply for renewal on any date after March 15th. Don't leave it till the last minute for your own peace of mind!

  • Driving in Bahrain

    People in Bahrain love to drive, and most people, both the local and expat population rely mainly on cars as a mode of transportation within the Kingdom. The roads in the major towns in Bahrain are generally well maintained and are four to six lanes wide. The roads in the smaller towns and villages tend to be narrow and twisting and of varying different conditions. If you fancy off roading you are going to need a trusty 4 x 4 to get around!

  • Buying a Car

    Expats in Bahrain often buy a car in order to get around as the bus routes are not appealing to many and taxis can tend to get expensive. Having your own car gives you the flexibility to get around and go wherever you want and get exploring the island too. Before deciding where to buy your car from you have to decide on your budget and whether you want to buy a new or used vehicle and what kind of vehicle you want.

  • The King Fahd Causeway

    The King Fahd Causeway is a series of bridges and causeways connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. It is a four-lane road, 25 km long and approximately 23m wide making it one of the longest in the world. The idea of constructing the causeway was based on improving the links and bonds between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Construction began in 1981 and continued until 1986, when it was officially opened to the public.

  • Road Signage

    If you are about to get out and about driving you are going to need to learn what road signs you may see in Bahrain that you may not be familiar with. Road signs in Bahrain are standardized road signs similar to those used in other nations but with certain distinctions. Signs usually use the Transport Medium typeface also used in the United Kingdom, though some signs on recently completed expressways use Transport Heavy.

  • Driving On Your UK Licence Rules

    For all of us who go back to the UK in the summer break, and hire a car, (or even drive your own or someone else’s car) this is important. Although you may have annually used your UK licence to rent a car, and had no problems with the car hire company, you are using your UK licence illegally. It is not the responsibility of the car hire company to give you this information, your licence carries a valid date, and is registered to a UK address, that is really the only information they register.

  • Public Transport

    The public transport system in Bahrain is used by many. The two prominent forms of public transport include buses and taxis. There is no metro or train service in Bahrain as of now. While many expats prefer to drive their own vehicles, many still use taxis to get about. There are a few different fares on taxis. There is a day fare, a night fare and an airport taxi available in Bahrain. The taxis all have a sticker with the fares outlined in the rear windows.


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