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Getting there & away




The national bus company ONTC (24 490046; www.ontcoman.com) provides comfortable intercity services throughout Oman. Its main depot is the ONTC bus station (24 701294) in Ruwi. Timetables in English are available on the website (with fares); a summary is printed in the Oman Observer.

ONTC buses run to Salalah (one way/return OR6/11, 12 hours, twice daily at 6am and 7pm). However, there is some competition on this route from Malatan Trading (24 702091; Way 2985), which has a daily bus at 4.30pm (one way/return OR6/11), and Bin Qasim Transport (24 785059; Way 2985), which has a daily bus at 3.30pm (one way/return OR6/11), but note that arrival in Salalah is before dawn. Both companies are located around the corner from the bus station, near Moon Travels.


Car hire can be arranged with several agencies in the area around the Ruwi roundabout, as well as at the usual desks in hotels and at the airport.

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Situated 37km west of Mutrah is Seeb International Airport (24 519223, 24 519456). The only domestic flights currently available are with Oman Air (24 707222) between Muscat and Salalah (one way/return OR36/72, 1½ hours, twice daily at variable times), and Muscat and Khasab (one way/return OR24/48, one hour, variable times on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday).

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