Budget Travel in Oman
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 31, 2013 5:07 PM Last Post By: hlai7233
Mar 11, 2013 2:48 AM
Budget Travel in OmanMost of the posts on here seem to be about mid range to luxury travel and hiring cars. I am wandering how possible it is to travel here as a backpacker. Are there cheap hotels and a decent public transport network? Where can I find information about this sort of thing?
I am thinking about traveling from Sharjah into Oman and along to Muscat and then to Pakistan. Are there any ferries from Muscat to Karachi?
Mar 11, 2013 8:33 AM
1can't help you much since I haven't been to this destination yet, but obviously your best bet for saving money on accommodations is to do couchsurfing. i've done it myself and know others who have and it usually works out very nicely. it might be hard to find anything outside of a large city, but at least you would save in the places where it is a possibility.
Mar 12, 2013 6:27 AM
2Yes, there is decent and cheap public transportation, but only between major centres. Most of the beauty and attractions of Oman are not in the cities in towns, but in the 'country-side', hence the reason most people are forced to rent cars.
Cheap accommodation is non-existant either. A "cheap" place is around $30. It is not near the centre meaning you may even need a taxi to get into town. There is some couchsurfing, but i was only able to get a host in Muscat, and i'm a CS ambassador with 200+ references.
Mar 12, 2013 11:35 AM
3Fluffy is right, if you want to see the best sights in Oman, you must hire a car. But look at it this way, its not so expensive, usually about US$30 for a small sedan if you hire for at least a few days, and then fuel is extremely cheap, less than $0.25 a liter. Then you can park wherever you like in this big, open country and camp under the stars for free, which is generally not a problem in Oman. Eating local food, generally of the South Asian variety, is also generally very cheap. Couchsurfing is indeed only possible in Muscat, you can try elsewhere but don't count on it. In the countryside and some areas of Muscat, you can find 1-star hotels for $25-35 when you need a shower and to charge things. So your overall budget will be slightly higher than average, but its well worth it.
I asked the same questions last year and made a post about budget travel in Oman but it is still archived. But you can see this link on more practical info on car rental in the area: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2174493
Mar 15, 2013 8:19 AM
4I never saw a public bus during my recent three-day stay in Muscat. Taxis are plentiful but more expensive than in the UAE although not impossible. The drivers, I must say, are eager to chat. Walking from place to place in the big city is just not an option because the place is so sprawling. No street-numbering system, either, so navigation is a challenge.
Mar 15, 2013 8:21 AM
Mar 20, 2013 10:51 AM
6Klaus5 - When are you going? Would you be interested in sharing accommodation and car rental? I think I'll be in Oman the beginning to middle of April, I have yet to pin down my dates but think I'll spend a week or two based on what I've read in LP so far. I like Almondy23's idea.
I'll also be traveling to UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar, if you're interested.
Outgoing, adventurous, well-traveled, mid-30s female. Looking for a friend, preferably female- but I'm open, to share experiences and costs. Not looking to be stuck together 24/7, so if one of us feels like doing something solo for an hour or a day- no worries. I've traveled in the Middle East in the past: Egypt 2x, Jordan, Israel, Turkey.
I'm looking at budget stays and eats, with a few nice options thrown in when it is worthwhile. I like to have a general plan, but then go with the flow and deviate if something great comes my way. Non-drug user.
Mar 31, 2013 5:07 PM
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