buses Dubai to Muscat
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Jun 9, 2010 1:02 AM Last Post By: nomadicscotsman
Feb 14, 2009 11:30 PM
Feb 17, 2009 1:01 PM
Feb 17, 2009 1:02 PM
2PS Make sure you make another post on getting the bus back to Dubai ;-)
Feb 18, 2009 5:09 AM
3Bus back to Dubai left on time but took about one hour longer because of delays at the UAE border. The driver collected everybody's passport to get them stamped out of Oman so no need to get off the bus, but you could if you wanted to. On the UAE side everybody had to get off to be stamped in individually. Then customs just took forever to decide to let the bus through. An official came on board and checked everybody's passport THOROUGHLY, after everybody had to fill out several forms given to us by the bus driver earlier. But overall, not a bad experience.
Feb 19, 2009 6:45 AM
4I also took the bus from Muscat to Dubai - good journey, no dramas and a comfortable ride. Was able to buy a bus ticket in Ruwi the day before departure. Visa for UAE purchased on arrival at border (Australian passport) with no hassle. I flew from Sharjah to Muscat on the way to Oman and given the time needed to get to Sharjah airport, the check-in time, and the 2-3 hour delay with Air Arabia, the bus was definitely the superior option!
Mar 19, 2009 7:25 AM
5Hi guys, thanks alot for the info. I'll be heading to Muscat via Dubai by bus on the 5th of April, and will return the same way from Muscat to Dubai on the 8th of April. Thing is, do I have to get tickets in advance? I will be in Dubai for a day on the 1st of April before heading to India, during which I would like to get the Muscat tickets resolved. Alternatively, am I able to get it done on the same day (5th of April), say in the morning?
Do I have to get tickets from the bus station itself, or can I make a reservation through a phone or an agent? If I have to get it myself, how far is the bus station from the airport? Sorry for asking so much questions! I'm hoping someone can help me with this as I leave in 10 days. Thanks so much!
Mar 24, 2009 10:38 AM
6I doubt it's necessary to buy tickets in advance. I'm sure you could buy them on the day of departure, but of course I won't guarantee it. The whole ticket thing seemed very informal, so I doubt you'd have much luck trying to book through an agent or over the phone, but then again I could be wrong. I don't think the bus station (it's not much of an actual station) is very far from the airport, but I'm not sure how you would get there on public transportation. You could, of course, take a taxi. Have a great trip!
Mar 26, 2009 7:23 AM
7thanks ojala! do you happen to know if the dubai -> oman visa thing works if i'll be heading from dubai? will i be able to enter oman free in that case? Yeah I think I'll head down from the airport and get myself a ticket. I can't seem to get rials here in Singapore so will I be fine with dirhams for now, or should I change them in dubai before heading out?
Lastly..as I'm supposed to be meeting someone somewhere in Muscat, how does the bus thing work? Does it take you (more or less) wherever you want to drop off? I'm supposed to meet the guy at the KFC at Al Khuwair, and unfortunately I have no clue where that is.
Would very much appreciate your advice. Thank you so much!
Jun 1, 2009 11:55 AM
Just got back from Dubai and Oman. In response to the VISA question. If you obtain a UAE visa and travel by bus from Dubai via Hatta to Muscat, then you will get three weeks for free in Oman. If you need more than three weeks, you will have to pay a Visa fee.
The bus from Dubai will drop you near the bus agency's office; that is, not at a bus station. From there you can easily catch a taxi to anywhere. Best to Google map where you want to ultimately go, in case the taxi drive doesn't know of that location. You can either catch a cab for yourself, or a shared cab that will stop and pick up other people until the cab is full.
As for the earlier Q on whether you can buy a bus ticket to Oman on the day you wish to depart. Yes, this is possible, but there exists
the possibility that the bus will be full. Best to get the ticket ahead. But, having said that, the bus that we took did have seats available.
Jun 1, 2009 12:02 PM
9Oh, forgot to tell you. The KFC is easy to find. It is visible right off the highway. Just tell the driver to take you to the Al Khuwair shopping center. The shopping center is set back from the highway, but the KFC is right there when you make the turn.
Next to the KFC is an excellent restaurant - Lebanese- called Automatic Restaurant. It's mentioned in the LP Oman guide. The guide states they don't know why it is called 'Automatic', but I asked the guys at the restaurant and they said it is named after an old restaurant in Lebanon that was around for ages. Super good, cheap food and an amazing staff.
Jul 7, 2009 9:57 AM
10Anyone got departure times for the bus from Muscat - Dubai?
Sep 27, 2009 1:59 PM
11Check for timetables on www.ontcoman.com
Side note: UAE and other AGCC residents can get the Omani tourist visa (Single Entry) for OMR 3 which is half the normal price for non -residents. Multiple-entry tourist visas can only be requested in advance from the Omani Consulate in Dubai even if you are a resident (I tried) . the advantage being you pay 10 OMR once and can enter/exit Oman at will during 6 months.
And yes you can use OMR in restaurants/shops near teh border in UAE side and vice-versa, not an issue.The currencies are fixed to each other and pegged to the US$
All the border control process mentioned is accurate although it will take longer during holidays such as EID.
happy travels !!
Oct 27, 2009 10:10 AM
12Quick Dubai to Oman Round Trip Boarder Run
I have done two of the fastest bus boarder runs in history from Dubai to Muscat (Sept & Oct 2009) and found both trips have been easier than getting a Noble Peace prize. Here’s how I did it…
I live in AL Bad’a near Satwa, so I grabbed a cab around 6:15 from Satwa. Told the driver I was heading to Oman and I wanted to go to the Al Rigga road bus station. Make sure your clear about saying ‘Oman’ cause there is a local bus station near by. Arrived behind the buses lined on the road destined for Muscat. 6:30, Flicked the taxi driver 20Dhs and bought a ticket from the bus driver. I paid 50 Dhs and said I was heading to Sohar. Still half asleep, I jumped on the Comfort Line bus that left the ‘station’ at 7:00 SHARP! Alternatively, you could jump on the Metro and get off at the Al Rigga underground station. The metro operates from 6:00, so should give you enough time to get there. Check if this station is currently open.
Full steam ahead until the Hatta boarder and jumped off at the first boarder post. Passport exit stamped. Back on the bus for 50m for a bag inspection and dog-sniff, then on to Wajaja boarder post on the Oman side. Big concrete arab building where you fill out an entry form and pay your 6 Rials or 60 Dhs. Passport Oman entry stamped. Now you are in Oman.
As you are heading roughly 10kms from the boarder into Sohar pay attention, drop that book you were reading and pause the mp3 player. Now this is where this round trip gets precise. The bus will be going for it on the long straights and it will start to slow down for a few roundabouts. The roundabout you are looking for is the one with a large silver world globe. A massive Lu-Lu Hypermarket is on the right side of the round about. Tell the driver you want to get off at the Shell bus station on A’Suwaiharah St service road (the road running parallel to the main road). This particular station is approx 3kms from the globe roundabout and is where all the action happens. It’s where the Muscat bus stops on the way into Dubai. It’s a regular Shell station with pumps, etc, and there’s a white building behind with blue windows with several fast food shops inside. There is a sweet little mosque to the left of this white building. At this point you want to check the time. If the boarder run was smooth and the driver was boosting like mine, then you should be at the Shell station at around 9:45. Muscat to Dubai bus should pull up outside the mosque at 10:00 and depart around 10:15. So If you make this bus, then you are sorted. If not, not sure how long the wait is for the next one. Ticket from the bus driver 3 Rials or 30 Dhs back to Dubai.
Trip back is so easy it’s not funny. Head back to the Wajaja boarder. Hand the driver your passport for an Oman exit stamp (you don’t even have to get off the bus). Then head to the UAE boarder post where you will have to get off your butt and front up at the window with your passport, smile and get a 30day visit visa for UAE for free. See if you can ask for a 90 day visa?
Back on the bus, the boarder patrol may do a quick search. Then its back to your novel and snacks for the 2.5 hour ride back to Deira. The bus arrives back at 14:00 to the same point you caught it earlier on that day. I asked the driver to drop me off at the Deira city center metro station on the way back.
That’s it! Back home by 15:00, with another 30days in the UAE. Back to bad driving and window shopping at the Dubai mall. Just a note: The Ladies may want to wear long pants and a jumper/sweater as the air conditioning on the bus is a bit chilly. I have done 5 boarder runs and the passport officers do not care that you are doing all these boarder runs. Only downside is there are quite a few stamps involved and can max out the pages…
Nov 2, 2009 5:07 AM
"The ONTC bus station in Dubai is right where LP says it is in Deira, on Al Rigga Rd past Abu Bakir Saddiq St next to the Caravan Restaurant. Except that it's not actually a bus station. There's just a small stationary shop where you can buy a ticket."
Can someone confirm to me that ONTC buses coming from Muscat to Dubai stop at this station?
Nov 22, 2009 2:49 AM
14This post is very helpful... I have several questions though. Is it safe for a solo female traveler to use the bus from Dubai to Muscat? Is there separate seating for female and male passengers like in Dubai public buses?
Would really appreciate getting your feedback on this since I am traveling to Muscat for the Eid holidays. I already have the Oman visit visa stamped on my passport which is very easy to acquire from the Oman Consulate in Dubai (for AGCC residents).
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