Muscat is served by a local bus service with modern, air-conditioned buses that depart every 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the route. Routes connect all three bus stations and cover the whole of Muscat and the suburbs, including Seeb.
Bus stops are marked with red-and-white Mwasalat logos. Buses stop outside most main tourist attractions including the Royal Opera House (Route 1), Mutrah Corniche and Mutrah Souq (Route 4), Sultan's Palace and National Museum (Route 4), Grand Mosque and Muscat International Airport (Route 1) and Al Mouj (Route 10). Fares cost between 200 and 500 baisa, payable to the bus driver in cash.
The Mwasalat website (http://mwasalat.om/en-us) has a helpful destination-planning feature showing the schedule, tariff and duration of journeys. A bus app is due to be released in 2019 showing all routes and bus stops.
Mwasalat taxis are red and white and are metered. The daytime flagfall is OR1 (OR1.3 at night) and 200 baisa per kilometre. A Mwasalat taxi app can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store but other apps, like Uber and Kareem, are not available in Oman.
Other Muscat taxis are orange and white and do not have meters. Even if you bargain you will inevitably pay two or three times the going rate for locals but this can still be less than a metered taxi – fix the rate before you get in. These are currently more abundant on Muscat's streets than metered taxis.
Landmarks (eg the HSBC in Qurm, or Burj Al Sahwa Roundabout) are more useful for navigational purposes than street addresses when travelling by public transport or taxi.