Getting Around Oman

  • The Omani section of the road to Khasab
    The Omani section of the road to Khasab
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  • My rented Nissan Tiida
    My rented Nissan Tiida
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  • Our vehicle for the mountain safari
    Our vehicle for the mountain safari
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    Rent a car!

    by piotrbog Written Aug 18, 2012

    Usually we travel with a public transport (buses, trains, etc.). However, petrol is very cheap in Oman (ca. 0,3$/l) and thus a public transport is very difficult therein. Therefore, we decided to rent a car. And it was good decision. Roads are very good, drivers are quite reasonable and we made more than 2000 kilometres!

    Ps. 4WD is not necessary!

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    Transportation to Jabel Sham Plateau

    by Patszac Written Feb 5, 2012

    This would be a tip for those DIY people. Recently, I just came back from Oman and I climbed Jebal Sham by the end of January 2012. There was a question for me how can I get to Jabel Sham Plateau for start trekking up on W4 - the route which leads to the southern summit of this mountain at the height of 2993 m. The most accessible point by all means (buses, normal cars, or taxis) is Nizwa city. There is no public transportation to go to the plateau. The choices are 1. Rent for own 4 x 4 from any car rental companies and use your skillful driving up - I even saw Toyota Vios at the plateau once but if you think you can handle the steep road which is paved for 2/3 of the track, try your luck. 2. Hitch a ride up - I never try to hitch up to the mountain but I did the way down and it worked. 3. Engaged the taxi to where the paved road end and walk and it costs 30 Rials for one way. 4. Arrange the 4x4 by Jabel Sham Height Resthouse - but the pick up point was at Al Hamra a desert village with cool mud house style and it's 44 km from Nizwa. It costs 35 Rials for round trip to/from Al Hamra or what I did was one way up for 20 Rials in 4-wheels drive. It takes 1.30 hrs from Al-Hamra to Jabel Sham height rest house. 5. Engaged the taxi to the village called Wadi Ghul - an oasis village inside the canyon. This is the starting point of route W6a where you can trek up to the plateau and visit the abandon village near by. Choose at your own comfort!

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    From Oman to U.A.E

    by henri123 Written Dec 24, 2011

    On our way returning to Dubai after a very interesting visit in Oman, we decided to take a local transport from Mascat to Buraimi . There are also direct bus to Dubai every day, but we wanted to visit the city of Al Ain.
    This is quite a long but pleasant bus ride. After some km. we had to change bus, as the air conditionning was not working.
    Before arriving at Buraimi, we crossed the Oman border, so we had to leave the same day!
    At Buraimi the bus stops at about 2km. from the U.A.E border!
    As there is still a border dispute between the two countries, the fences are closed. The reentry to U.A.E was easy but there was no transport to the city of Al Ain.and it was dark..
    We had to catch a ride from one of the numerous cars crossing the border.

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    Oman road signs

    by henri123 Updated Dec 21, 2011

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    We don't need a special course to drive on the main roads in Oman .

    Road signs are numerous and very clear.

    From sand dunes to kamel crossing..

    The main fact is to have some water with you in case you have a problem with your car, as it

    might be very hot during the day.

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    Getting around Oman.

    by ZeidHashim Written Sep 22, 2010

    There are buses, which are punctual, running from Muscat (Ruwi) to most major towns. They are never full or crowded & they provide a cheap option of getting around the country.
    There are also mini-buses running between Muscat & Matrah.

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    Options between UAE and Oman

    by DSwede Written Nov 15, 2009

    I drove myself. Particularly if you go the road via Al Ain, it is a long, desolate road. Honestly speaking, I doubt there are public buses that connect Al Ain to Muscat. You would be much better off renting a car and drive yourself.

    That way you could get there in much better comfort and make some stops along the way, like Bahla, Al Hamra & Misfat Al Abriyyin and Nizwa.

    If you go the coastal route via Sohar, again, I would recommend driving yourself. That will allow you to stop and visit places like Nakhal, Ar Rustaq and Sohar.

    If you want to go on public transit, your best option would be to investigate ONTC (Oman National Transport Corporation) Bus Terminal, located in Ruwai district of Muscat. From here, you can find buses that will go to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Buses between any other UAE destination may not exist or operate with any frequency.

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    Gulf Air

    by PierreZA Written Apr 12, 2008

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    I traveled to Oman by Gulf Air. This was my first experience with this airline. They have flights from Johannesburg to Bahrain - connecting to Muscat.
    It is worth stopping in Bahrain - very good duty-free.
    Although we had a few hiccups (passenger was off-loaded because of bad behaviour), it was a satisfactory experience.

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    HANDSOME TAXIS

    by peterman2 Updated Jan 9, 2008

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    Taxis in Oman are NICE.
    Like in Dubai, taxis are NICE Toyota Camrys
    BUT
    DRIVE BY OMANIS
    What a nice way to meet Omanis....
    I meet Ali, friendly taxi man,
    AND
    MORE THAN HONNEST TAXIS FARE !!!!
    SHOUKRAN ALI

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  • Rental car from UAE to Oman

    by tliuska Written Dec 22, 2007

    Most of the car rental agencies sell Omani insurance (100 dirhams per day), which allows you to enter Oman with the car. I drove from Al Ain to Hafit border post (just next to Jebel Hafit mountains), the road is tarmac all the way to Muscat and scenery is excellent. Driving back to UAE I did through Fujairah border post. Shortest way would be through Dibba road, but if you are not in a hurry Fujairah has also nice sceneries etc.

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  • Airport Transport

    by johnah Written Nov 20, 2007

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    You can now get pre-paid taxi vouchers at seem (Muscat) International airport. Just walk out the exit, look to you right and you will see a booth which sells taxi vouchers. Fixed prices to various places in the city. No hassle with drivers. I arrived in Muscat today, went there, paid 8 OR, picked up my voucher and was promptly taken by taxi to my hotel (the Marina) in Mutrah.

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    Rental Cars

    by dansc0tt Written May 1, 2007

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    Here is your definitive guide to renting cars in Oman!

    1. Just going around Muscat or down to Nizwa (and don't want to see coast road) - Saloon Car

    2. Want to do the coast road or perhaps the jebel shams? - Get any 4x4

    3. Want to Dune Bash - go for a bbiiigggg 4 x 4 - Landcruiser etc

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    Bus to Nizwa

    by PierreZA Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    Take a bus (Oman Transport) from the bus station in Ruwi.
    Cheap, comfortable and quite safe. The trip is about 2hours and 20 minutes.
    Unfortunately no bookings can be made, buy ticket from the driver.

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    Rental Car from the UAE

    by george5b Updated Jan 15, 2007

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    It is possible to drive over from the UAE by rental car. However you need to purchase a separate insurance policy. Not all rental agencies do this and prices vary greatly, so it pays to shop around.
    Other than that, crossing the border is very simple and straight forward, the driving time Dubai-Muscat is about 6-8 hours. Roads are very good on both sides of the border.

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    Renting a car

    by JohnniOmani Written Oct 12, 2006

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    Most people that go to Oman end up getting a tour with Marks Tours or Zaharas tours based in Muscat and Salalah. I heard they are good tours but they are about 10 times more expensive than renting a car in Muscat. Most people dont know the difference but if you go to a local dealership you can rent a car for about 10 rials a day (30 $) with unlimited gas and insurance and you can rent a SUV for about 20 rials. Marks Tours etc charge about 70 rials a day per person to see some sights (70 rials and up). So make sure you bring your drivers license preferably an international license and you will save a ton of money!

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    Bus and Beyond

    by JohnniOmani Written Jun 8, 2006

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    The intercity buses are operated by ONTC which has daily services to from most of the main towns for under 5RO except for Salalah which cost around 13 RO return from Muscat. Buses are usually on time (en shallah) and it is worth making a few reservations before heading out for long journeys.

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