There is no public transport from the airport. Taxis charge a fixed price of OR3 from the airport to anywhere in Salalah. A microbus ride within the city costs around 300 baisa and a taxi about 800 baisa. Expect to pay OR3 to the Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah and OR3.500 to Hilton Salalah Hotel from the city centre.
Hiring a car in Salalah is recommended for exploring, especially during the khareef. You don’t strictly need a 4WD unless you want to enjoy some of the country’s best camping, or explore the more rugged roads, but beware of the soft sand on the beaches.
Sixt Rent-a-Car (23 297125; An-Nahdah St) has 2WD cars for OR12, including insurance and 200km free, per day. SalalahBeachVillas (23 235999) hires 2WD/4WD for OR14/35, with 200km free. Budget (23 235581) has a desk at the airport and Avis (23 202582) is on An-Nahdah St.
During the khareef the roads into the jebel are notoriously dangerous. They are slippery and local drivers fail to make allowances for the fog. Camels often cause accidents by wandering onto the road – if you hit one, you can be sure it will be an extremely expensive female, prize-winning, racing camel.