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You will rarely be stuck for a taxi in Bahrain and can easily flag one down on the street, or pick one up from stands outside hotels and major tourist attractions.
They can be identified by their orange side markings and yellow number plates and they also carry a Taxi sign on the roof.
All taxis should operate with a meter by law and the minimum fare is 800fils, which covers the first three kilometres and 100fils for every subsequent kilometre.
Between 2200 and 0600 the minimum fare is BD1.200 for the first three kilometres and 150fils for every subsequent kilometre.
If you are coming from the airport you will be charged an additionally BD1 on your metered fare.
Tips of a few hundred fils are always welcomed.
This mode of transport can accommodate up to five passengers and is about half the price of a regular taxi. There are no meters and fares are usually agreed prior to the journey.
Shared taxis are often pick-up trucks, which can be identified by a yellow sticker with the licence number plate in black on the drivers door.
They can be boarded at several pick-up points along pre-determined routes.
There are very reliable metered taxis that can be ordered by phone 24 hours a day. They are a popular mode of transport and it is therefore advisable to book in advance.
Fares can be as little as 700 fils for the first two kilometres and 200 fils for every subsequent kilometre, day or night.
Tips of a few hundred fils are always welcomed, but not expected.
There are several companies that organise air-conditioned bus tours to popular sight-seeing destinations.
They are a good way of seeing the sights without getting lost and provide an easy means to learning about the countrys history.
To decide which tour option is for you it is advisable to speak to the concierge at your hotel reception, or a local travel agency who can also help you with bookings.
In the cooler months (October to March) walking is a popular pastime for locals and expatriates alike.
Bahrains ministries are working hard to beautify the country and each year are building more and more walking paths.
The ones that currently exist are popular spots, however many more need to be built to fill the need.
Many areas on the island still lack adequate footpaths (sidewalks) and crossings, but places like Manama can easily be explored on foot.
However, it is easy to get lost with the many small and twisting alleyways and you may therefore wish to stick to the main roads, or take a map.
During the hot season between April and September, you might want to keep walking ventures to a minimum.
It is also a good idea to wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat for protection, and light coloured, breathable clothes.
Bahrain is a relatively safe country, but when out and about it is advisable to keep valuable belongings locked away in your hotel safe.
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