In Bahrain, it is illegal to smoke while driving. There are plenty of petrol stations, and though their hours of operation will vary from one location to another, most of them accept major international credit cards for payment. Similarly, there are plenty of parking lots in Bahrain equipped with electronic meters, so you can pay any parking fees with cash or credit card if preferred.
As with all Gulf countries, there are strict laws against alcohol use. In Bahrain, the legal blood alcohol limit when it comes to driving is 0 mg so if you plan on drinking, either make sure there is a designated driver who has not had a drink or take a taxi to your hotel and pick up your rental car in the morning.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is connected by the King Fahd Causeway to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. If you wish to cross the causeway, there is a toll fee of 2.50 BHD (about 6.70 USD), but you will first need special permission to make the trip, so notify your rental agency in advance of your travel. You will also need to buy insurance to enter Saudi Arabia, which you can purchase at a booth before entering the causeway.
Domestic One-Way Car Rental is permitted in the Kingdom of Bahrain, although there may be some notable exceptions to the rule. Therefore, check the terms and conditions of your contract and contact your rental agency if you have any questions. This policy does not extend across international borders, however, so you can’t leave your rental car in Saudi Arabia if you drive there.
Book your car hire in Bahrain at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Mini car hires in Bahrain are around 55% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Bahrain
On average a car hire in Bahrain costs R947 per day.
Mini (Hyundai i10 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Bahrain.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Regent Rent A Car (R370/day).
It’s easy to familiarize yourself with the driving conditions if you rent a car in Bahrain, because they drive on the right side of the road there, just like in the United States. Additionally, all road signs are posted in English as well as Arabic to assist with navigation. Roundabouts are also common in Bahrain, so be aware of that when you are taking in the sights by car.
You must be at least 21 years of age to rent a car in Bahrain, and you must have held your license for at least two years. This age requirement may vary depending on the type of vehicle you rent, so remember to make the proper inquiries if you have any special requests, and be sure to get an International Driver’s Permit, which is mandatory in Bahrain for international visitors.
Due to its geographical location in the Persian Gulf, petrol prices in Bahrain are well below the world median and are very cheap, with prices averaging 0.20 BHD (0.53 USD) per liter and 2.01 USD per gallon. Diesel is also a popular option for cars, costing about 0.16 BHD (0.42 USD) per liter and 1.61 USD per gallon.
When renting a car in Bahrain, be aware that within towns and cities the speed limit is 60 km/h (37 mph), but if you are driving on the nation’s highways, you can drive up to 80 km/h (50 mph). On the expressways, the speed limit is increased to 120 km/h or about 75 mph.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.