Daily Transport from Bahrain to Khobar

Hey,
I am new in Khobar, working here with a multiple re entry visa for one year.
I heard that i can't bring my family here with this visa.
So i am planning to live in Bahrain and like to travel daily from there to Khobar.
Please let me know if someone provide daily transportation from Manama to Khobar in the morning and return trip in the evening.
Your messages are highly appreciated.
Thanks and Regards,
Julesh

Question: Do you have valid work permit (Iqama) in Saudi Arabia? Let me know first this info.

On the question, yes there are many people who do that for money but you are looking at 500-600 SAR for a round trip.

I'm telling you no person in right mind to spend SAR500~600 saudi riyals per day just for transport from Manama BAHRAIN to Al-Khobar KSA.

Equate SAR 500 x 24 days per month = SAR 12,000/month
Equate SAR 600 x 24 days per month = SAR 14,400/month

If the poster have valid Iqama (qualified to purchase second hand car) I recommend him to buy a car (SAR 1700/month or less amortization for 1 year) is good condition second hand car. Nowadays, car agency in KSA are in desperate situation to dispose cars returned by expats on final exit visas in very cheap price.

Another option is to find a car pool and share costs if you don't have an iqama. If you have an iqama, you can get a car as mentioned above.  But it depends on your stamina.... Driving across causeway during rush hour every day is a pain and will leave you tired.  I did it for a year and hated it.

There are people who pay this amount but they are on very high salary ranges - one guy in my company has a long term arrangement so pays around 450. But its a waste of money in my opinion. I do Riyadh Bahrain every week for 1800 SAR return but its a 5 hour trip so too much hassle to drive.

XTang :

I do Riyadh Bahrain every week for 1800 SAR return but its a 5 hour trip so too much hassle to drive.

I’m little bit concerned for your safety and comfort for a meager sum of SAR 1,800 weekly 5 hours journey from Riyadh to Bahrain in a risky road (Riyadh to Bahrain highway). What I’m saying is this, why not book a flight for SAR 750/flight x 2 = SAR 1,500. Duration of flight average 60 minutes per one way,  more safer and faster.

There is a science behind it :)

1) Riyadh to Bahrain flights are at around 6-7 pm or 9-10 pm.  My office is one hour drive from airport so to reach 2 hours before, I would need to leave office 3 hours early which is impossible for the earlier flights (and keep in mind these flights are packed for gulf air due to labor connecting to Pakistan / India via Bahrain). So I would have to take the 9-10 pm. So assume 3 hours, then 1 hour flight and then 40 mins to home.  I get home by 11 or 12 depending on flight .... With total time of 5 hours from the time I leave office
2) By road, I leave 5 and reach 10 or 1030. Same 5 hours but no rushing or waiting.... Just sleeping in car and 2 hours more with family

Lastly there is huge amounts of flexibility in car eg if I am running late or early, the driver waits or comes early.

Yes plane is cheaper and faster (only in flight time not to total time) but no flexibility.  I have done Jeddah dubai for 2 years by plane every week but there was no choice due to distance.  I was dead all the time..... Jeddah to dubai flight at midnight and return was 3-4 in the morning.

The true Science is that there are 40 direct flights from Riyadh to Bahrain from airline Saudia, Emirates, Air Arabia, Gulf Air, etc.

You mean to say NONE of these direct flight suit your schedule?  :)

Yep. Because unfortunately, they are either early evening or late.  Saudia is even earlier than gulf. Same for NAS.  My ideal flight is like 8.  And most times, there is no one in that range minus a few seasonal ones. Rule out Emirates, Etihad and Airarabia as they don't fly direct to Bahrain - route through Dubai, AD etc which takes even way longer.

Is it possible now, to travel to Bahrain with Multiple Visit Visa.  is it open now?

I have one question.. Only with IQAMA and bank account we can buy a car? Nowdays,  I rented a car using my international license. I just start saudi license in Al khobar driver school and its horrible there.. Probably i will spend some times to get Saudi license. However, I would like know if I can buy a car wihtout saudi license.

sunilvthanam :

Is it possible now, to travel to Bahrain with Multiple Visit Visa.  is it open now?

Always open for expat with valid resident work permit (KSA Iqama), and having Bahrain multiple exit/re-entry VISIT VISA no issue.

taigo87 :

I have one question.. Only with IQAMA and bank account we can buy a car? I would like know if I can buy a car wihtout saudi license.

You CANNOT buy a car in Saudi Arabia without valid Saudi driver’s license (Roksa) in addition to valid Iqama (Resident work permit). Having Bank account is not mandatory.

Thank you very much for all  the comments.
No, i don't have Iqama,
I am looking for a carpooling from Manama to Khobar.

All right thank you.. I will prepare myself to get enough patience to finalize the process at al khobar driver school.

Julesh kumar :

No, i don't have Iqama.

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are two different countries with border controls. Do you have different Visa for both.

i came to ksa on 20/02/2019 , and submit the iqama fees on 2nd feb 2020 . but still my iqama not issued .
what should i do ?

taigo87 :

All right thank you.. I will prepare myself to get enough patience to finalize the process at al khobar driver school.

Yep, you need to be patient when applying Saudi driver license. That is the least you can do to prepare yourself as defensive driver on the road. What stage are you in now with your application?

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