Sleeping in Airports

Bahrain Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Bahrain Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

We went straight to the pub which is without a doubt the best place to relax in this airport. It is behind a non-de script unmarked door (there are no signs that say, “the bar is this way” in a muslim country). – a traveller

BAH Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Bahrain international Airport (Code: BAH).

What to Expect

Bahrain Airport consists of one-terminal with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and services. Things to do at on a layover is limited, but you will find WiFi and Airport Lounges that you can pay to enter. Reviews have been mixed about airport service, with some reviewers reporting fast and efficient check-in and security lines, but others reporting long lines, slow service, disorganization and rude staff.

Sleeping in Bahrain Airport

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The terminal has plenty of benches that work as a place to lay down. Much of the gate seating has armrests every two seats, allowing for smaller sleepers to scrunch up in a two seater. Those needing extensive sleep can consider the hotel located across the street from the airport, or two nearby hotels located about a 10-minute drive away. See our Airport Hotels section in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

The airport recommends that those with layovers longer than six hours should take advantage of nearby site seeing by pre-arranging a transit visa prior to their journey. A new state-of-the-art passenger terminal is currently under construction and scheduled for completion by 2020.

Coronavirus Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Bahrain Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Dilmun Lounge – Location: Airside,1st Floor, Gate 16. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Hala Dana Lounge – Location: Airside, near Gates 31-36. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Hala Awal Lounge – Location: Airside, near Gate 14. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Hala Arrivals Lounge – Location: Arrivals Corridor, Airside, before immigration. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes Hala Main Lounge – Location: Airside, near Gate 16. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounge listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounge – Location: Airside, Departures Hall.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near Bahrain Airport:

Airport WiFi/Internet

A reader tells us free WiFi is available at Bahrain Airport for 45 minutes per device.  (January 2020)

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Level 1, in both the Arrivals and Departures areas.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with a baby, there are Infant Care Rooms throughout the airport, both landside and airside.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge throughout the airport.

Banking Services – NBB Bank provides full-service banking inside the airport. Locations: Landside, Arrivals Hall, Level 1.

Currency Exchange – Travelex and BFC (Bahrain Financing Company) offer currency exchange services. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Duty Free & Shopping – Shopping is limited to Da Sole and a 24-hour Bahrain Duty Free.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions are limited, but they include: Bread Talk • Caribou Coffee • Dairy Queen • Habara Irish Coffee •  Jasmi’s • Papa Johns • Starbucks.  All appear to be open 24 hours a day.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport information desk for assistance. Locations: Arrivals, Level 2 • Departures, Level 1.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Location: Landside, Departures Hall, Check-in area, Level 1. Hours and Rates: unknown.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available. Locations: Departures, Level 1, near Gate 12B. Hours: unknown.

Mobile Charging – In January 2019, a reader let us know that mobile charging is available next to the seats.  The reader suggests “make sure you have the right power converter.”

Pharmacy – Departures, Level 1, near Gate 12B. Hours: unknown.

Postal Services – Send your last minute postcards to friends and family from the airport’s post office. Location: Airside, Departures Hall, Level 1.

Prayer Rooms – Separate prayer rooms for men and women are located landside, in the Arrivals Hall, Level 1.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – available in the Dilmun Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking Rooms – Smoking is prohibited in the airport, except in the designated smoking rooms. Locations: Airside, Departures Hall, Level 1, in both wings.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Bahrain and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Al Bader Travel & Tours • Algosaibi Travel Agency • Dadabhai Travel • House of Travel • Kanoo Travel Agency • World Travel Services. Locations: the travel agency offices can be found in the Departures Hall, Level 1 or Arrivals Hall, Level 1.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

Bahrain airport is served by the following airlines: Aerologic • Air Arabia • Air India • Al Naser Airlines • Arkefly • AtlasGlobal • Azerbaijan Airlines • British Airways • Cathay Pacific • Egypt Air • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airlines • FlyDubai • Georgian Airways • Gulf Air • Iraqi Airways • Jazeera Airways • KLM • Kuwait Airways • Lufthansa • Oman Air • Pegasus Airlines • Saudi Arabian Airlines • Sri Lankan Airlines • SunExpress Airline • Syrian Arab Airlines • Travel Airlines • Turkish Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

BAH airport is connected to the public transportation system via local buses. For fares, routes and more information, visit the Bahrain Bus website.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are located in the public area of the Arrivals concourse on the ground floor. There are plenty of agencies available onsite including:   Allied • Avis • Bahrain Limo • Enterprises • Europcar • Fakhro • Gulf Car Hire • Hanco • Hertz • I Drive • Limousina • Montreal • Oscar • Sixt • Trans Gulf Car • U Drive.

Hotel Shuttles

See Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

Taxis are available in the ground transportation area 24-hours a day. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2020-10-19

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.