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Situated 37km west of Mutrah is Muscat International Airport. Operating from a beautiful, brand-new terminal shaped like a manta ray, the airport offers international and domestic flights. Oman Air (www.omanair.com), the national carrier, flies between Muscat and Khasab, Duqm and Salalah, and there is a service between Muscat and Salalah on Salam Air (www.salamair.com), a local low-cost airline.

To & From the Airport

Many hotels offer complimentary shuttle services. Mwasalat taxis (red and white) run from the airport, and flagfall is OR3 (400 baisa per kilometre), with a minimum charge of OR5. Taxis await passengers outside the arrivals hall – avoid the orange-and-white taxis, which are not licensed to operate from the airport. Taxi apps are not available from the airport.

Mwasalat public buses (www.mwasalat.om) stop here for city routes (every 30 minutes, 500 baisa) and various national routes.

Boat

Call ahead to book a place on the water-taxi service between Marina Bandar Al Rowdha and Al Seifa (Jebel Sifah). There is an additional service between Al Mouj and Al Seifa.

Bus

Mwasalat, the national bus company, provides comfortable intercity services throughout Oman. Timetables in English (with fares) are available on the website (http://mwasalat.om/en-us/Bus-routes). Buses leave from Azaiba Bus Station for all main cities in Oman, including Salalah (one way/return OR7.5/12, 12.5 hours), which currently leave at 7.10am, 10.10am and 6.25pm, stopping at Muscat International Airport.

Mwasalat has three main bus stations in Muscat, all of which are interconnected: Ruwi Bus Station is the main city hub for local buses, Azaiba Bus Station is the hub for national and international routes, and Burj Al Sahwa Bus Station is the hub for the western suburbs and Seeb.

Main Intercity Bus Routes

Mwasalat buses connect the capital with many regional cities. The main routes leave from Azaiba Bus Station.

Buraimi

Frequency (daily)

5

Route

41, 53

Time (hr)

Single (OR)

3.5

Return (OR)

7

Duqm

Frequency (daily)

1

Route

52

Time (hr)

Single (OR)

5

Return (OR)

9.5

Ibri

Frequency (daily)

4

Route

53, 54

Time (hr)

Single (OR)

3.9

Return (OR)

7.5

Nizwa

Frequency (daily)

8

Route

54, 62, 100, 101

Time (hr)

3

Single (OR)

5

Return (OR)

9

Rustaq

Frequency (daily)

2

Route

63

Time (hr)

Single (OR)

1.3

Return (OR)

2.6

Salalah

Frequency (daily)

3

Route

100

Time (hr)

12

Single (OR)

7.5

Return (OR)

12

Sohar

Frequency (daily)

3

Route

41

Time (hr)

Single (OR)

3.5

Return (OR)

7

Sur

Frequency (daily)

4

Route

36, 55

Time (hr)

5

Single (OR)

4

Return (OR)

8

Dubai

Frequency (daily)

3

Route

201

Time (hr)

Single (OR)

5.5

Return (OR)

9

Car & Motorcyle

Car hire can be arranged with many agencies in Muscat, including Alwan Tour Rent-a-Car and Mark Tours, as well as at the usual desks in hotels and at the airport in Muscat.