Manama travel guide

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You're Going to Love Manama

Bahrain's capital Manama has been at the crossroads of desert trade in the Persian Gulf for centuries. Today, it's a prosperous business and economic center in the Middle East, and offers visitors a shopping paradise with a fantastic dining, arts, and entertainment scene to be explored.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Manama

1. Fascinating History

Learn about the history of this ancient area in the impressive Bahrain National Museum, with its collection of artifacts from the ancient Dilmun civilization.

2. Souk Shopping

Try your hand at bargaining in one of the city's many souks or markets, such as the Bab el-Bahrain Souk, where you can find traditional fare like textiles, spices, pearls, and jewelry.

3. Fabulous Dining

Influences that hail from the Middle East, Asia, and across the globe meet in Manama's exciting dining scene, with options at every price point, including a delectable street food scene.

4. Exciting Nightlife

Unlike many other destinations in the Middle East, liquor is legally for sale in Manama, and the city has become known for its lively nightlife, including bars, nightclubs, and sleek cocktail lounges.

5. Arts and Entertainment

Manama is home to a hopping local arts and entertainment scene, with many galleries to explore and performances at the Bahrain National Theatre to take in.

Where to Eat in Manama

Enjoy the Parisian ambiance and classic French cuisine at Café Lilou, where main dishes start at about BD2.700. Try local favorites like biryanis at Haji Gahwa, where mains start at BD1.300.

When to visit Manama

Manama in March
Estimated hotel price
$46
1 night at 3-star hotel
Manama in March
Estimated hotel price
$46
1 night at 3-star hotel

Manama experiences extremes in temperature, from over 115 degrees in the summer to 45 degrees in the winter. Most visitors from outside the region prefer the fall, when temperatures range from 65 to 70 degrees and the sun is less intense.

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How to Get to Manama

Plane

The Bahrain International Airport (BAH), is located about 4.5 miles east of Manama in Muharraq. A taxi to the city costs about BD6.

Car

Manama connects to Saudi Arabia via the King Fahd Causeway, with a border control post at the halfway point. Be advised, however, that it is not possible to take a rental car across the border without specific documentation and a Saudi driver's license.

Bus

There is daily bus service from Khobar in Saudi Arabia to the bus terminal in Manama via Saudi Bahraini Transport Company.

Airports near Manama

Airlines serving Manama

United Airlines
Good (2,259 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (959 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,719 reviews)
KLM
Good (257 reviews)
Air France
Good (257 reviews)
British Airways
Good (706 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,516 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (269 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (904 reviews)
Iberia
Good (512 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (422 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (554 reviews)
LOT
Good (206 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (170 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,091 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (109 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (82 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (177 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (121 reviews)
Pegasus Airlines
Good (157 reviews)
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Where to stay in Manama

Stay in upscale contemporary rooms with great amenities at the Palace Boutique Hotel, near the popular Adliya neighborhood. For a taste of Middle Eastern splendor, choose the Royal Phoenicia Hotel.

Popular neighbourhoods in Manama

Adliya - this central neighborhood with a bohemian flair is where you'll find many of the city's best restaurants and bars, making it popular with visitors.

Seef District - near the waterfront, here you'll find a good dining and nightlife scene, along with Seef Mall and other shopping complexes.

Amwaj Islands - these man-made islands in the Persian Gulf feature a water park, shopping malls, restaurants, and other entertainment options.

Most popular hotel in Manama by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Manama

Most booked hotels in Manama

Downtown Rotana
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$210+
ibis Styles Manama Diplomatic Area
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$115+
Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$255+
Gulf Hotel Bahrain
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$236+
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$306+
Royal Saray Resort Managed by Accor
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$597+
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How to Get Around Manama

Public Transportation

The Bahrain Bus network operates routes throughout the city. Fares vary by zone; use an electronic GO Card, with an initial fee of BD0.500.

Taxi

Taxis are relatively scarce in the city, with fares that begin at BD1.000, increasing by BD0.200 every 0.6 miles. A typical fare around the city costs about BD5-10.

Car

Parking is free all over Bahrain, but be forewarned that there are a limited number of spots available. Local car rentals from Budget or Avis cost about BD10-20 per day.

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Shopping Streets

Many of the city's modern shopping centers are located near Government Avenue in Block 301, and near the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway near the waterfront area.

Groceries and Other

Al Manama Hypermarkets are found in multiple locations throughout the city, with most staples available. A quart of milk costs about BD0.550 and a dozen eggs should run about BD0.860.

Cheap meal
$8.45
A pair of jeans
$83.35
Single public transport ticket
$1.06
Cappuccino
$7.36