Cheap Flights to Bahrain
Bahrain is an archipelago in the Persian Gulf, nestled between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Its economy is more diverse and its culture more liberal compared to its oil-rich neighbors. Flights to Bahrain International Airport (BAH) bring international and regional visitors to the nation's shopping destinations, starting at the Bab el-Bahrain Souk district where you can browse traditional stalls of food, spices and clothing, alongside displays of high-quality pearls and gold. This Islamic nation has a number of important sites and museums that showcase its historic and geographic role in this region.
Bahrain International Airport
Bahrain International Airport is on the island of Al Muharraq, which is about 4 miles from the capital city of Manama. It is the home of Gulf Air with routes to major European and Asian nations. International carriers such as British Airways, Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific offer cheap flights to Bahrain International Airport on limited routes, but regional carriers, including Air India, Etihad Airways, and Saudia use this airport as a hub to service the Gulf nations and other destinations. Bahrain airport is also a major port for cargo carriers led by DHL International.
The airport consists of a 50,000 square-foot terminal that was upgraded in the 1990s to accommodate growing traffic. The large complex has airport lounges with fee-based access. These lounges include the Marhaba Arrivals Lounge, Marhaba Upper Lounge, Marhaba Lower Lounge and the Dilmun Lounge.
Open 24 hours, airport facilities include cash machines, currency exchange and food concessions. Booths for car rental, taxis and other ground transportation options are on the ground level where the baggage claim area is also located. Prayer rooms are distinguished by gender and are found at both Arrivals and Departures sections. Parking for private vehicles is available in the designated area directly across the terminal. Meet and assist services are available to passengers who require help navigating through airport procedures.
Taxis are metered, but the base charge varies depending on the time of day. Service from the airport to downtown Manama averages out to $16.
Attractions in Bahrain
Bahrain National Museum provides a comprehensive introduction to the nation's history. Housed in a waterfront complex, the postmodern architecture features artifacts from ancient Dilmun, a Hall of Graves, Customs and Traditions and contemporary exhibits of sculpture and other works. Beit Al Quran is one of the finest examples of Bahraini architecture. It is home to an extensive collection of Qurans and other works relating to Islamic culture. Al Jasra is known as the handicraft center for baskets, woodcraft and textiles. The historic Al Jasra house is found here amid residential villas and small plantations.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Bahrain
Bahrain stages its own Formula 1 Grand Prix in early spring. Expect bigger crowds and higher hotel rates during this week.
Locals and visitors alike frequent lounge bars for live music, fine dining and drinks. Bahrain is more relaxed with regard to restrictions to socializing and nightlife than its neighbors. The average cost of a meal for two at a mid-range restaurant is about $40.
Summer is hot and humid in Bahrain, with daytime temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but winter, spring and fall are generally pleasant, with night time temperatures cooling down to the 50s.