Get around in Bahrain
The official rates start at ($2.65) BD 1.000 plus 0.200 Fils per kilometer. In practice, though, meters are always “broken”, covered, missing or just ignored, and you’ll need to agree on fares in advance. Beware that cabbies will often ask for ridiculous prices.
However, a new agreement have been reached between the government and taxis representatives on August 2008; and a growing majority of taxis now use their meters. Rates vary from 3 to 5 dinars for a ride within Manama.
The airport gives guidelines as to the official way of calculating taxi fares. Notice that an extra BD 2.000 will be added if you take a taxi waiting at the airport .
On the whole taxis offer a good service but you do encounter some bandits. Be aware when traveling from the airport to always use the white with red roof or London style taxis. Also there is a rule if the meter is not used there is no charge; hold your ground on this and call the police, and the driver will cooperate very quickly with the correct fare for the trip.
Finding a taxi can be difficult, although major hotels and malls usually have a few waiting outside. Some privately owned companies operate in the kingdom, the most popular of which are:-
Speedy Motor Service Radio-Meter Taxis SMS Radio-Meter Taxi is the oldest & most popular radio-meter taxi company in the Kingdom, and the most reliable. Advance booking of taxi is possible, and they operate a 24-hour service, 365 days a year. Call Tel: +973-17 682999
Bahrain Taxi Online  Get meter taxi online within 10 minutes. Tel: +973-36688614
Bahrain Limo is the newly established Radio Meter Taxi Company in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the sister company of the transport giant “Saudi Bahraini Transport Company” (SABTCO) which provides luxurious bus and limousine services across the King Fahad Causeway.
There are also public buses that run to many parts of the island. Bus fares are low, but understanding the system can be very confusing for visitors, due to difficulties in obtaining bus schedules and maps. Buses are often crowded and without air conditioning. THey are often used by day laborers and other migrant workers unable to afford a car.
If planning on visiting several sites, consider renting a car. Prices range from 10-20 dinar per day, but allow you freedom to drive around the island.
If arriving by the bus at the Lulu centre parking, simply turn your back from the centre’s entrance, walk out of the parking, and you’ll find car rentals in the group of buildings across the road. A map or a GPS is strongly advised, as road signs can be scarce.
Arabic is the official language, although English and Persian (Farsi) are widely spoken. Urdu, Hindi and Malayalam is also understood and spoken by Indians and Pakistanis on the island.