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Manama is a relatively small city, but walking for extended periods is not recommended. The city isn’t built for pedestrians, and walkers will constantly have to avoid drivers for whom the concept of “right of way” is completely foreign. Also, Manama’s summer heat means it is easy to get dehydrated, especially if a dust storm arises!
A far better means of transportation is by car. Renting a car is often the method of choice, and while driving in Manama will take a little getting used to, it isn’t impossible. The
Bahrain International Airport
, just north of Manama, offers ten different rental companies to choose from. Rentals are expensive but not exorbitant, and you should feel free to haggle.
Taxicabs are also frequently used to get around; however, it is easy to lose a lot of money on taxis if you aren’t careful. Taxis in Manama are supposed to be metered but unless you ask in advance, some drivers don’t operate the meter and overcharge you at the end when you have no choice but to pay. Only take a taxi if the driver turns the meter on right at the start. A reliable taxi company is Radio Meter Taxis, all of which are regulated. Bahrain Limo is another branch of the same company and can also be trusted.