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).
- 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
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.
Getting to the Sakhir Circuit
- A taxi from Manama to the Sakhir circuit should cost around 15 BHD (€35-40)
- If you’re arriving at the airport on race weekend, air conditioned shuttle buses operate from Bahrain International Airport directly to the circuit on the days of and surrounding the race: just show your F1 ticket for your free ride.
- While there is no public transport from the city to the track, the race organizers do organize a free shuttle service to and from the circuit. The list of hotels serviced by the shuttle is listed below (correct as at 2016), but you can still use the shuttle if you are staying nearby. Just show your race ticket and you should be able to hop on board. Ask the relevant hotels for details on the timetable, but don’t expect it to be too structured, especially when leaving the circuit at the end of the day. The buses normally leave when they are full, rather than to a set schedule.
- The following hotels are on the free shuttle route: Gulf Hotel, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Downtown Rotana, The K Hotel, Intercontinental Regency Bahrain, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Ramada Hotel Bahrain, Best Western Plus The Olive, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, The Diplomat Radisson Blu Residence, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa.
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