Currency and Exchange

The currency in Bahrain is the Bahraini Dinar, abbreviated to BD or BHD. Bahrain has a decimal currency system with one Dinar equalling 1000 fils. Banknotes are in denominations of 20, 10, 5, 1 and 1/2 Dinar. There are five different coins in circulation: 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100  fils.

In practice,The Bahraini Dinar is fixed with U.S. Dollar at this rate: USD = BD 0.378, with a reverse conversion of BD1 = 2.65 USD. Exchange rates with other currencies may be subject to frequent change.

Currency can be exchanged in numerous outlets of various companies and banks:

Due to proximity of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Arabian currency – Riyal is widely circulated and accepted in Bahrain and you may be given Saudi Riyals notes as change during a cash transaction: 1 Bahraini Dinar is approximately equivalent to 10 Saudi Riyals. The most widely used credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) are accepted in most shops, restaurants, cafes and hotels throughout Bahrain. Commercial establishments usually have stickers with the accepted credit card symbols at the entrance of stores or at cashier points.