We will write how to get from Muscat airport to city center. The distance from Muscat Airport to downtown is 35 kilometers and the travel time from Muscat airport to city is around 30 minutes by taxi and 20 OMR which is $50 USD.
The cheapest way from Muscat airport to city is by bus around 40 minutes for 1 OMR which is $3 USD. You can also rent a car in Muscat airport or get a private transfer. Read here Oman sim card for tourist.
MUSCAT AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN
AIRPORT BUS MUSCAT AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from Muscat airport to city center is by bus. The Airport Buses 1A and 1B Muscat airport to city center is running every 30 minutes. The bus fare is 1 OMR which $1 USD one way ticket that you pay to the driver. You will find the Buses 1A and 1B are leaving from Arrivals Terminal.
BUS 1A MUSCAT AIRPORT
The Bus 1A is going from Muscat airport to Al Mabelah in Seeb passing by Burj Al Sahwa and Al Hail Mosque. The bus is running every 30 minutes and the total travel time from Muscat airport to Manama is around 40 minutes.
The Bus 1B is going from Muscat airport to Ruwi passing by Opera House. The bus is running every 30 minutes and the total travel time from Muscat airport to Ruwi Bus Terminal is around 35-45 minutes.
FREE SHUTTLE MUSCAT AIRPORT TO MUSCAT CITY CENTER
There are free shuttles from Muscat airport to Muscat city center from your hotels. Make sure when booking your hotel in Muscat if it’s included a free transportation from the airport.
BY TAXI MUSCAT AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
If you go from Muscat airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 30 minutes and the taxi fare from Muscat airport to downtown is 20 OMR which is $50 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.
If you go from Muscat airport to Seeb is 10 OMR which is $25 USD.
CAR RENTAL AT MUSCAT AIRPORT
There are many options for renting a car in Muscat’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Muscat. It will take you 30 minutes to get to Muscat from the airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport for €30 per day.
Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Muscat. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Muscat.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION MUSCAT AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN
Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Muscat. Prices are around €40 and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be €10 per person.
For sure private transportation will be so comfortable same like taxi, they will wait for you and drive to your final destination without you worrying of anything!
WHERE TO STAY IN MUSCAT
There are cheap hotels in Muscat starting from $30-50 USD depending on the season to luxury resorts starting from $200-300 USD. You can also use AirBnb; just click here to get $30 USD of your first booking with AirBnB. Or an even better choice for your budget is Couchsurfing, one of the many ways to sleep for free with locals. Click here to find the best hotel deals in Oman with Agoda.
BUDGET TRAVEL IN OMAN
If you go for local food you can get in local restaurants for $3-4 USD. A bottle of water can cost $1 USD. But a meal in a luxury resort can cost $30 USD and a bottle of beer $8-10 USD. So when visiting Oman make sure you to local restaurants if you go on a budget.
BEST TIME TO VISIT OMAN
Oman has a really hot desert climate. Summer (late May to September) is scorching hot that it’s uncomfortable for people who are not used to this weather.
We suggest that you visit during winter (November to March) when the weather is good for outdoor activities. If you have booked your travel during summer, don’t worry as there are many things to do in Oman to beat the heat- like going to the mall, etc.
CASH AND ATM IN OMAN
The currency of Oman is called Omani Rials and this is the money you will use while you travel around the country. And the exchange rate is 1 OMR= $2.60 USD. Also if you are bringing debit card you will find many ATM’s all over Oman.
Having insurance while you are traveling outside your home country is very important. Make sure that you have one too, to keep you safe in your trips around the world.
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