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Getting There & Around – Bahrain Grand Prix

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The best ways to get to Bahrain for the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix, plus advice on getting to the Sakhir Circuit. This year’s race takes place on April 14-16, 2017.

Bahrain International Airport (BAH) is situated just east of Bahrain’s capital, Manama. This is the home of Gulf Air, the flag carrying airline of Bahrain, which offers direct flights from the Middle East, Europe and parts of Asia (but not Australia, the USA or the Far East).

Flights from Europe

  • Direct flights from: London (BA, Gulf Air), Paris (Gulf Air, Lufthansa), Athens & Moscow (both Gulf Air)
  • Cheapest deals: Pegagus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
  • Flight times: approx 6 hours
  • Average return fare: £300-500 from the UK / 300-600 EUR from cotntinental Europe

Flights from the USA

  • No direct flights from the USA. Transit via Dubai, Qatar or Abu Dhabi.
  • Cheapest deals: Turkish Airlines, Etihad, Emirates
  • Flight times: Minimum 16 hours including one transit stop from New York (more from West Coast)
  • Average return fare: from $700-1200 USD

Flights from Australia

Other Flights

  • Direct flights from Middle Eastern hubs, major African & Indian cites, Manila
  • Cheapest deals: Turkish Airlines, Jet Airways (Mumbai)
  • Average return fare: under $100 for short hops in the Middle East up to $500-1000 for longer flights
Image courtesy Shoaib Photography

Getting around in Bahrain

  • Taxi travel is the most convenient option for getting around Bahrain for a few days, though always make sure that the meter is visible and switched on or agree your fare with the driver before the journey begins. Tourists are frequently stung by inordinately high fares by taxi drivers pushing their luck. If in any doubt, politely ask your driver to switch on the meter, as the law states that a fare is free if the meter is not in operation! Reputable companies include Speedy Motor Taxis (+973 1768 2999) and Arabian Taxi (+973 1746 1746). A taxi from the airport to Manama should cost around 6 BHD (15 EUR).
  • Uber now operates in Bahrain, so download the app and take advantage of the security of competitive, flat fares and cashless transactions.
  • Another option for travel to and from the track and around the city is a private chauffeur-driven car, which can be arranged by your hotel if preferred. You will pay a little more than a taxi, but the cars and service levels are better. Good limo companies include ​Bahrain Limo (​+973 3966 6482), Bahrain Limousine (​+973 1756 4545) and City Limo (+973 3334 9004).
  • There are public buses in Bahrain if you are on a budget, but they don’t service the Sakhir circuit. You can take the A1 bus from the airport to the center of Manama, one-way tickets cost just 250 fils (less than 1 EUR). Click here for more information.

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Have you been to the Bahrain Grand Prix? Leave a comment below and give your advice on getting around to your fellow fans!

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Alice West is a freelance copywriter from the UK with a passion for traveling to F1 races around the world.

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  1. Hi Alice,
    Thank you for using my photography.
    you can use as many as you want.

    http://shoaibphotography.blogspot.com/

    http://shoaibphotography.yolasite.com/

    thanks
    shoaib

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