What expats can expect
There is an excellent road network and bus connections on the main island of Bahrain, especially in the capital Manama.
How to get around Bahrain
Bahrain is an archipelago made up of several islands, the main one being Bahrain Island. As a small country, the main island is only 55 km (34 mi) by 18 km (11 mi), moving around is not very difficult, even if you don’t have a car.
What expats should know
People in Bahrain tend to sometimes drive in an unpredictable way, however the traffic regulations are very strict and are well enforced in the Kingdom. There are numerous cameras on the roads, and costly fines penalise speeding drivers.
By land and sea
Since Bahrain is a small Kingdom, with Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, the UAE, and Qatar being close by, it is not difficult to get out of the country and to travel around the region. Apart from using the Bahrain International Airport services, you can also visit neighbouring countries by land and sea.
Buying, renting and insuring
In order to be able to drive a car in Bahrain you need a driving license. Expats recently moved to the country can use their driving license from “home” for a short period of time. It's a good idea for expats to get an international driving license, which will be valid for a year and is recognised world wide, before arriving in the Kingdom.