Let The F1 Spectator Bahrain page guide you around Sakhir’s Bahrain International Circuit as you make your travel plans for the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix.
- Useful information about the circuit and it’s location.
- Directions for getting to the track by car or public transport.
- Intuitive guide to this years ticket prices.
- Insider tips on the best grandstands and general admission areas to view all the weekends F1 action.
In fact you don’t have to travel far from the circuit before you’re engulfed in the urban sprawl of Manama and its here, the charming capital of Bahrain that most visitors will base themselves for the weekend.
From here it’s a straight forward commute by car or shuttle bus to the circuit in Sakhir, about 32km to the south. Organization is a strong point of the Bahrain Grand Prix and getting to and from the track is about as easy here as it ever is for F1 fans. The road to Sakir is made one way after the race, shuttle buses are plentiful (if not always prompt) and everything just flows. Other F1 circuits take note.
Arrival at Bahrain International Airport (BAH)
Bahrain is an archipelago and though it’s possible to reach over a series of bridges connecting with Saudi Arabia most visitors will arrive by plane at Bahrain International Airport (BAH), only about 8km away from the centre of Manama. Gulf Air are based here and offer flights from 23 different countries across Europe, Asia and Africa. An alternative is to fly via nearby Abu Dhabi (Ethiad) or Dubai (Emirates) or transfer at either of these major international airports to a low cost regional carrier such as Fly Dubai, Rotana Jet or Air Arabia.
Getting around in Manama, going to the Grand Prix and transport to the Airport
Manama’s public transport is under developed and for getting around the city the only real option is to take expensive taxis or to be self reliant and hire a car, bike or just walk. Getting to the Grand Prix is a doddle though on the shuttle bus – free for all F1 ticket holders.
Taking a cab in Manama can get quickly get expensive and there are generally not enough. Starting price is 1 BHD and an extra 0.20 BHD per km, plus whatever surcharges may apply such as being picked up from a hotel (1BHD), from the airport (2BHD) or having luggage. These charges increase after 10PM and before 6AM.
As an example, a taxi from the airport will cost about 6 BHD and from central Manama to the Grand Prix will be approximately 12 BHD
As with just about anywhere in the world there are some taxi drivers who will try to scam you, and getting taxis at the Grand Prix, the airport or any tourist site you should be especially vigilante. Always make sure the meter is on and stays on. If it isn’t you shouldn’t pay – that’s the law.
With taxis being so expensive in Bahrain you may find yourself wishing to rent a car, especially if you’re in group. Driving in Bahrain can be a bit daunting if you’re not used to it. Roads are well maintained and there are usually sign posts in English as well as Arabic but its some of the aggressive local driving that is the cause for concern. If you plan to hire a car, do so with caution. Prices start at about 10 Dinar a day and there is no shortage of car hire companies at the airport. The circuit is about a 40 minute drive from Manama.
Directions to the Circuit
- To get to the circuit by car, head south out of the city on the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway.
- After about 22km, turn right onto the Zallaq Highway
- From here follow signs to the circuit.
Parking at the Bahrain Grand Prix
If you’re brave enough to drive here, the good news is that parking is provided at the circuit in abundance and is free for vehicles with two or more passengers.
Free Grand Prix Shuttle Bus
Race organizers provide a free shuttle bus service for Grand Prix ticket holders. The shuttle bus picks up race goers at the airport and at many large hotels in Manama. You don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to use this service, just show up at the pick up point nearest to you and show your F1 ticket to the operators. Below is a list of hotels where the shuttle bus stops. Use this as a guide but as the information is subject to change please confirm with the hotel before your visit to avoid any disappointment.
|RAMEE GRAND||GULF HOTEL||DIPLOMAT RADISON|
|RITZ CARLTON||INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY||SOFITEL HOTEL|
|FOUR SEASONS HOTEL||DOWNTOWN ROTANA||RAMADA HOTEL|
|K HOTEL||BEST WESTERN||OLIVE HOTEL|
Shuttle buses are advertised as running every half hour, and while the system is efficient and reliable at peak times; off peak they sometimes wait until the buses are full and will be more like every 60 minutes.