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Transportation in Muscat


The low cost of petrol in Oman makes it feasible to hire a 4 x 4 or large saloon car to get around the city. Speed limits go up to 120kph on the dual carriageways but are between 60kph and 100kph in most city areas. Road signs are in both Arabic and English.


Taxis are the easiest and fastest way into Muscat from Seeb International Airport and are available throughout the city. They can be flagged down in the street, but be prepared to haggle over the fare before setting off as they are not metered. Chances are you will still pay well over the going locals rate.


The old town of Muscat and the Corniche at Muttrah are perfect to explore on foot.



A local bus network covers most of Muscat, including the main tourist areas of the old city, Muttrah, Qurm and Ruwi. Fares are nominal and destinations are displayed in English as well as Arabic on the front of the buses. Timetables in English are available at the main bus station in Ruwi.


Cheaper than taxis and mostly used by Muscat locals, microbuses criss-cross the city picking up passengers from the side of the road. Ask if the driver is heading in your direction. These little 12-seater taxi/buses also amass around the bus stations in Ruwi and Muttrah.

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In general, Muscat's roads are modern with several dual carriageways, clear road signs and cheap fuel, making driving the easiest way to explore the city and surrounding areas. The large hotels have onsite car parks and elsewhere you can park at malls or on-street at meters.

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Transportation tips

Omanis drive on the right and adopt a laissez-faire attitude to other road users. They have a tendency to drive bumper to bumper. Don't be tempted to retaliate with abusive gestures as you may cause offence. If you have an accident, do not move the cars involved until the police arrive at the scene.

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