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The old town of Muscat
 

Practical info Muscat, Oman

Getting around the city

Buses are the cheapest way to get around in Muscat. Modern buses travel major roads with specific bus stops. For more out of the way destinations, Baiza buses are common and zigzag through the back roads effectively, although the buses themselves are sometimes a bit dilapidated. Taxis are widely available and an easy way to get to and from the airport. Insist that the driver uses their meter unless there isn't one, in which case agree on a price before getting into the car. Taxis are expensive but convenient when you can't find a bus or don't want to wait in the sun. There is no subway or railway in Muscat and some travellers decide to rent a car and drive themselves around, which is the best option for flexible travel.

Time

GMT +4.

Electricity

Electrical current is 220/240 volts, 50Hz. Plugs with rectangular, three-pin flat blades are used.

Currency

The currency of Oman is the Omani rial (OMR), divided into 1,000 baisa. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, exchange bureaux, hotels, and at the airport. Outside banking hours, moneychangers operate in the evenings and at weekends. US Dollars are recommended. American Express, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards are readily accepted in large shops and hotels and by an increasing number of traders in souqs. Most banks in cities and towns have ATMs.

Communication

The international direct dialling code for Oman is +968, and the outgoing international code 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). City/area codes are in use. Phone cards for public phone booths can be purchased from grocery stores and petrol stations. International phone calls can be made from most phone booths and local SIM cards are also widely available. There are internet cafes in main towns and cities, free wifi is available in most hotels and some restaurants.

Emergency number

9999 (General Emergencies)

Travel documents and health

Everything about travel documents

Everything about health and KLM Health Services

Public holidays

Climate

Muscat International Airport

www.omanairports.com

Getting to the city

Public buses run by the Oman National Transport Company stop on Sultan Qaboos Highway outside of the airport complex.

Car rental

Car rental facilities are available in the airport.

Airport taxi's

Taxis from Muscat International Airport can be found outside the arrivals hall. They have a convenient fare chart for major hotels. Taxis are also available for transport to other cities inside Oman.

Facilities

The airport is currently being enlarged. There is a currency exchange bureau, food courts in the arrivals and departures sections, a large, well-stocked duty-free shop in both arrivals and departures, and a book shop. There are public telephones, a prayer room and left luggage facilities.

Parking

Short and long-term parking facilities are available in front of the terminal building for a fee.

Internet

Free wifi is provided throughout the airport, but a mobile phone is required for registration.