|Most popular in||July||High demand for flights, 25% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||November||Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 1277||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 1078||From Toronto to Manama|
C$ 887 - C$ 1916
“The Pearl of the Gulf” – Bahrain – was once conquered by the Portuguese and colonized by the British. Rich in history and culture, Bahrain has a reputation for being more cosmopolitan and liberal than other countries in the Middle East, especially after the Formula One Grand Prix began in April 2004. The event draws more than 2 million visitors a year from all over the world. And when booking a flight to Bahrain bear this in mind as flights do get booked well in advance.
Adding to its mystique is a history that dates back five thousand years to the ancient civilisation of Dilmun, and the landscape is still dominated by settlements, temples and thousands of burial mounds left behind by its inhabitants.
The first stop off your Bahrain flight will undoubtedly be to its capital, Manama. This buzzing financial hub is full of restaurants, shopping malls and high rises dramatically juxtaposed beside the sea. If you want to experience real Arabian culture then visit the souk. There, vendors sell a dizzying array of merchandise from Persian carpets and jewellery to frankincense and tea.
Bahrain gets very hot in the summer, averaging a temperature of 36 C. The winter is much more comfortable with a low of 15 C with scattered rainstorms.
Like most countries in the Arabian Peninsula, Bahrain gets extremely hot and humid in summer and milder in winter.
April is the busiest time in Bahrain – when the Formula One Grand Prix takes place. Hotels, restaurants and flights are full and traffic can get annoying. December is also high season when schools are out and many visitors come from other Arab countries to visit. In terms of weather, the best time to visit would be from April to early June when the temperature’s around 18 degrees.
It’s best to avoid visiting in summer from late June to late August when temperatures can reach a scorching 45 degrees with 100 per cent humidity. Mid-September to mid-December is off season but hotels are cheaper and the weather is milder with temperatures ranging anywhere from 21 degrees (September to October) to 10 degrees (December).
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It’s easiest to get around Bahrain by car whether rented and driven yourself or by taxi or chauffeured car. Signs are in Arabic and English. If you’re planning on renting a car it’s not necessary to have an International Driving Permit.
All taxis in Bahrain are metered and you should make sure that the meter is running when you set off.
There are public buses that run to many parts of Bahrain and tourist buses too.