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
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Bahrain international Airport.
What to Expect
Bahrain International is a one-terminal airport 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.
Where to Sleep
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.
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.
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 (ie. Priority Pass). 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!
Passes Hala Bahrain Arrivals Lounge – Location: Arrivals Corridor, Airside, before immigration. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
Hala Bahrain Upper Lounge – Currently closed for refurbishment – Location: Airside, near Gate 17B. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
If sleeping in Manama Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Mövenpick Hotel – (3 minute walk from the airport) Located across from the airport. Airport transfers are BD 3 each way. » Check Rates
- Dragon Hotel & Resort – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($). » Check Rates
- Sea Loft Boutique Chalet – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($). » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotel deals in Manama on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Free WiFi is available throughout the airport as well as free internet kiosks.
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 – Baby change facilities are located throughout the airport, both landside and airside.
Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available in the Arrivals Hall, Level 1. Rate: unknown.
Banking Services – Ahli United Bank and NBB offer onsite banking services.
Currency Exchange – Travelex and BFC (Bahrain Financing Company) offer currency exchange services. Hours: Open 24 hours.
Duty Free & Shopping – Bahrain Duty Free offers 24-hour duty-free shopping.
Food & Drinks – There are 24-hour food concessions at this airport, but the names/locations are not currently known.
Information Desk – Yes, desks can be found in Arrivals, Level 2 as well as in Departures, Level 1.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Medical Services – 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.
Prayer Rooms – Separate prayer rooms for men and women are located on the Departures and Arrivals level.
Rest Zones – Not available.
Showers – available in the Dilmun Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
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, World Travel Services, Algosaibi Travel Agency, Kanoo Travel Agency, Dadabhai Travel and House of Travel.
The airport is open 24 hours.
As of March 2018, Bahrain airport is served by the following airlines: Aerologic • Air Arabia • Air India • Al Masria Universal Airlines • Al Naser Airlines • Arkefly • AtlasGlobal • British Airways • Cathay Pacific • Egypt Air • Emirates • Etihad Airlines • FlyDubai • Gulf Air • Iraqi Airways • Jazeera Airways • Jet Airways • KLM • Kuwait Airways • Lufthansa • Oman Air • Pegasus Airlines • Saudi Arabian Airlines • Sri Lankan Airlines • Syrian Arab Airlines • Travel Airlines • Turkish Airlines • Watania Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
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: Al Kobaisi, Allied, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Gulf Car Hire, Hanco, Hertz, Oscar, Sixt , U Drive and more.
Taxis are available in the ground transportation area of the terminal on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required.
Last updated: 2018-10-23
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.