Prepare for your Bahrain trip with our practical tips. Learn about our currency, how to call home, keep safe, shop responsibly and travel with a disability. Then you’re ready to go.
Bahrain’s currency is Bahraini Dinars (BD) and currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. The most commonly accepted credit cards are Visa, MasterCard,American Express, Diners Club and their affiliates.
The transportation of arms, ammunition and all classes of explosives requires prior permission from the ministry of the interior and officials of bahrain.
You’ll find large department stores, hypermarkets, malls, gift and shops across Bahrain. Trading hours vary across the cities but shops in tourist and city areas are generally open until 9pm, with the exception of late night shopping on either Thursdays or Fridays in different areas.
Hotels and restaurants may not add service charges to your bill. In up market restaurants, it is usual to tip waiters for good service. However, tipping is always your choice. It is not custom to bargain in Bahrain.
The emergency number for police, ambulance and or fire brigade is 999.
Summer in Bahrain is unpleasant, as high temperatures frequently coincide with high humidity. Midday temperatures from May to October exceed 90 °F (32 °C), often reaching 95 °F (35 °C) or higher; summer nights are sultry and humid. Winters are cooler and more pleasant, with mean temperatures from December to March dipping to 70 °F (21 °C).
Bahrain’s official language is Arabic. However, English commonly used languate, being a multicultural nation with a significant migrant population, we also enjoy a tremendous diversity of languages and cultures.
Our electrical current is 220 – 240 volts, AC 50Hz. The Bahrain three-pin power outlet is different from some other countries, so you may need an adaptor.
Bahrain’s country code is 973. Local calls from public pay phones are timed and charged at different rates, which varies to operators. Mobile, long distance and overseas calls are usually timed per minute. Mobile phone network coverage is available across Bahrain, however coverage may be limited in some remote areas in the desert. Internet access is widely available at internet cafes, accommodation and libraries.
Post offices are usually open 7.30am – 1.30pm, Sunday to Thursday. Travellers can arrange to collect mail at post offices throughout Bahrain.
Currency exchange is available at banks, money exchanges, hotels and airport. Bahrain banks offer the same range of services typical in other nations, and cash withdrawal machines or Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are widespread, although facilities may be limited in remote towns and the Outback. EFTPOS is also widely available in most Bahrain shops. Fees may be charged on transactions, particularly if withdrawing from an international account.