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Bahrain Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Bahrain Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

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

Airport Overview

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.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Bahrain Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Bahrain Airport Information

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 (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!

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Airport Hotels

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.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available throughout the airport as well as free internet kiosks.

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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 - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • 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.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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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.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

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: 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. For estimated fares, visit the Bahrain Airport website

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Last Updated: 05 April 2018

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. 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/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .