Oman Transportation

  • 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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Oman Transportation

  • Taxi!

    Taxis in Muskat are not very expensive. All drivers are Omani Nationals so are reliable .Some districts that are away from the centre of Muskat may be difficult to get to, and even worse from. But the normal rate will still be about 3- 4 Omani Riyals.To get to places like Salala or Musandam or the UAE border are remarkably cheap.Shopping Malls will...

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  • BY air

    I flew to Muskat from London by Oman air. I was pleasantly surprised at how clean and comfortable it was. It was a night flight , and not very full so many passengers were able to stretch out, though I was not one of those since the aisle seat was occupied.Business Class is rated second to Singapore.We were given a hot towel and offered something...

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  • Rent a car!

    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

    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...

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  • From Oman to U.A.E

    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...

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  • Oman road signs

    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.

    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

    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...

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  • Gulf Air

    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

    Taxis in Oman are NICE.Like in Dubai, taxis are NICE Toyota CamrysBUTDRIVE BY OMANISWhat a nice way to meet Omanis....I meet Ali, friendly taxi man,ANDMORE THAN HONNEST TAXIS FARE !!!!SHOUKRAN ALI

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  • Rental car from UAE to Oman

    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...

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  • Airport Transport

    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...

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  • Rental Cars

    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 Car2. Want to do the coast road or perhaps the jebel shams? - Get any 4x43. Want to Dune Bash - go for a bbiiigggg 4 x 4 - Landcruiser etc

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  • Taxi and Microbus

    If on a budget it is worth using the Microbusses to travel in the capital. A trip from Ruwi-Mutrah only costs 100 baisa, where an engaged taxi would cost you 4 OR, and an shared abot 2 OR.

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  • Bus to Nizwa

    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

    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...

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  • Renting a car

    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...

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  • Bus and Beyond

    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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  • Travelling Solo

    Travelling beyond Muscat or Nizwa can be a lonely experience. The interior has a low population and there are no tourist hang outs in the country. Meeting a backpacker is extremely rare and I have only seen half a dozen in the past 3 years. While Omani people are very friendly and hospitable, they are private and like to be left alone. You will be...

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  • Arriving at the Airport in Seeb, Muscat...

    Arriving in the Seeb airport is quite straight forward until you enter the exit hall. You will be hounded by taxi drivers asking you for an amazingly high price. For a tourist 8 to 10 RO sounds fair within the limits of the city but an experienced person living in the country I know that 10 RO + is insanely high to pay. What to do ? The best...

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  • Private Taxis

    Taxis in Oman are expensive for tourists but if you know the game and live here they are not that pricy. Generally speaking, taxis around any city which may be Muscat, Nizwa etc charge between 1 RO to 2 RO from one end of the city to the other. This usually covers an area about 30 to 40 KM. If you are travelling around 150 to 175 KM then the price...

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  • Baiza Buses

    Many tourists get taxis around the cities and towns but this is a very expensive option. The best way to get around Oman is by bus (city to city) . Every city is covered by bus and it rarely exceeds 5 RO. Just look for the castle looking bus stops because they all have timetables. If you are traveling in cities then Baiza Buses are the best way to...

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  • Petrol Kiosks

    The petrol kiosks in Oman are very modern and conveniently located at many towns. There is usually a convenient stall in the petrol kiosk where you can buy various food and drinks just like other countries. Needlessly to say, petrol is very cheap in Oman and the two major companies are Shell and Oman Oil

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  • Cruising on a traditional dhow

    One activity you should try in Oman is to take a leisure cruise on the traditional dhow, which is the boat which is used for fishing and transportation. The sunset dhow cruise is a very good option and you may be able to spot dolphins and other sea animals if you are lucky. I did not have enough time to take the dhow cruise but would really love to...

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  • Camels

    In the desert areas of Oman such as the Wahiba Sands and the Empty Quarters, the camel is still a very important animal in the life of the Bedouins (nomads of Arabia), including a form of transportation. When you are in the desert areas of Oman, you will have an opportunity to take a ride on a camel to really have a good Arabic experience.

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  • 4 wheel drive vehicle

    Because Oman is a rugged country and some of the attractions can only be reached via rocky roads, you need a 4 wheel drive to be able to reach these places. You can either get a guide to drive you around in a 4 wheel drive or you can self drive. The former is a better choice as the locals are definitely more familiar with the terrain and can offer...

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  • Tour of Oman

    If you require a tour of Oman and is looking for a tour guide cum driver, you can contact my Omani guide called Nabhan. It will cost about 80-100 Omani Rials per day including vehicle (therefore will be cheaper per person if you can get about 3-4 people). His handphone number is 968-99418395 and he is a very knowledgable, responsible and friendly...

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  • Rent a Car

    Oman is relatively new to mass tourism, so it does not have the infrastructure that some other Middle Eastern countries have (which could be part of its appeal!). This means that there are few options in regards to tours and guides. Renting a car is probably your best way to get around, and the majority of the roads are in good shape.

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  • Shortcut UAE

    In 2001 we visited the United Arab Emirates.The roads we took, passed often Omani enclaves.From Al Ain, a twin town with the Omani Buraimi, to Hatta, we made a longer short cut of more than 100 KM through Oman.In the Netherlands we got an itinerary with this short cut, without a really good description, but nobody in the UAE or Buraimi could give...

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  • ceep and comfortable flight

    We go to Oman with a Kuwait Airways flight. It goes first to Kuwait, there we change the plane and go to Muscat fia Dubai. The whole flight whis this airline was very comfortable and friendly. And, the best, this was the cheepest flight we could get.

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  • Go 4WD

    The number of paved kilometres in Oman are limited. Some of the coolest places to visit require climbing steep or rocky hills, going through foot deep water or just driving across the sand dunes. We had more fun with our 4WD truck than we ever imagined possible. It certainly was necessary for the places we visited.

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  • Flights

    There are direct flights from the United Kingdom to Muscat. Reading the different web sites, it is confusing with regard to the visa and No Objection Certificates (NOC). I think some of the sites are a little out of date now, and as soon as I hear from the Omani Embassy in UK I will try to make things more clear for UK visitors. USA visitors seem...

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  • Omani visa requirements

    This tip was correct when we wrote it (Mar 2004) but apparently it's not uncommon for the requirements to change with no warning.Also, we checked with the Omani government website and its advice didn't match with our experience, and that is also not uncommon!A relative in Dubai is fairly certain that the exact requirements depend on the day you...

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  • Don't try and drive to Oman!

    Our plan had been to drive from Dubai to Oman, which should take about five hours.We'd checked it out on the web before we left and everything looked good - hire car no problem, if you want to go to Oman just let the hire people know.Because there was a chance we might have been able to borrow a car from a family member we didn't book the transport...

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  • New road in the direction of Yemen

    West of Salalah, after Mughsayl, the mainroad is passing by a spectacular mountaineous landscape.This new road of about 80 KM, a highly technical achievement, is constructed by a British firm in four years with the help of hundreds of roadworkers. At the 1100 M high plateau of Jebel Qamar, it's possible to park the car and enjoy the breathtaking...

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  • getting around oman

    Oman Air has daily flights between Muscat and Salalah, and regular services to Sur, Khasab, Dibba and Massirah Island. Intercity buses serve most main provincial towns daily. Renting a car in the sultanate is easy but not cheap. Its better to use Oman's comprehensive system of service taxis and microbuses. Drivers will depart when they have a few...

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  • destination oman

    Europe and the Middle East have good air access to Oman, with flights available on most larger carriers between Oman and European/Middle Eastern capitals and other major cities. There's a departure tax of around US$8. Entering or leaving by land means travelling between Oman and the UAE as the border with Yemen is not open to travellers. There's...

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  • Muscat Self Drive

    We used Al Maskry Self Drive . We were met at the airport with our car and chauffered down to their office in Al Ghoubra (on the main highway from the airport ). Acess to and from Seeb airport is straightforward however .Our rate was OR100 inclusive of taxes and insurance for 12 days for a compact automatic Nissan Sunny Ex with very few kms on the...

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  • It's a LONG long-haul

    From North America there are no nonstops or even through flights, so you'll have to change planes in Europe. British Airways, Swiss Airlines, Lufthansa, and Air France all have through-flights to Muscat, though most stop briefly in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or Bahrain. Oman Air has nonstops between here and Zürich in a pool service with Swiss. Otherwise,...

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  • Seeb International Airport,...

    Seeb International Airport, near Muscat, is the primary air entry point. There are many excellent connections to points beyond. If you're lucky, you'll see the Emir's beautiful 747SP aircraft out your window.

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  • If you want to see something,...

    If you want to see something, you really need a car. We travelled around with this jeep, the best way of getting around. The roads aren't always good, so a jeep is no luxury!!In the city of Muscat, you can always take a taxi...you won't have trouble finding one!! LOL

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  • 4 wheelers are the best bet.

    The best bet is to take a flight from any European destination to Dubai and then take Emirates Airlines to Muscat.For visiting most of Oman's natural and historic landmarks, one has to go offroad. Therefore, 4 wheelers are highly recommended. A 4 wheeler will serve the purpose of crossing rocks, boulders and waterbodies and carrying all the load,...

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  • u have two way to get to Oman,...

    u have two way to get to Oman, by plane ...in Muscat we have Seeb Airport, it is 40km from Old Muscat. and also u can come from UAE by road..they r some buses coming from Dubai and AbuDhabi to Muscat everyday. Here in Oman, the transportaion is tough one. what i mean here, the public transportaion is not that widly used here. u can find buses that...

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  • Seeb International Airport,...

    Seeb International Airport, located in Muscat, is served by many international airlines such as British Airways, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Swiss Air and Emirates. The national carrier is Oman Air which flies to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), India, Pakistan, Qatar, Egypt, and Sri Lanka as well as performing domestic flights to Salalah, Masirah Island...

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  • From Switzerland by plane with...

    From Switzerland by plane with Swiss: Zurich-muscate, stop over in Abu-Dabi.By renting a car or a driverA Picture of Al Nizwa

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