GETTING AROUND

CHOOSE YOUR STYLE

Oman’s size – about twice the size of the Australian state of Victoria – and diverse geography means there can be vast distances between cities and towns, and journeys can require a range of transport methods.

 

DRIVING IN OMAN

Cars in Oman drive on the right-hand side of the road, as per the USA. Petrol is very cheap by Australian and New Zealand standards, fixed at approximately AU35c per litre (depending on the exchange rate).

Main roads and freeways are generally in impeccable condition and are well signposted, but many scenic roads outside major centres are unsealed and some are only accessible by four-wheel drive. Private four-wheel drive tours are quite affordable and are the preferred method for most travellers, who benefit from the knowledge and hospitality of a local Omani guide.

 

NATIONAL FERRIES

The National Ferries Company was founded in 2008 as an investment in the infrastructure of maritime transport. Its fleet of modern, high-speed catamarans ply the waters of Oman’s majestic 3,165 km long coastline, vitally connecting cities and towns for locals and travellers alike.

www.nfc.om

 

LONG DISTANCES BUSES

The Oman National Transport Company operates a fleet of buses and coaches servicing major towns and cities within the Sultanate and across to Dubai. It has eight of its own bus stations in major towns. The company has been transporting people around the country since 1972.

www.ontcoman.com

 

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

The national carrier - Oman Air - operates regular domestic services that link Muscat with Musandam in the north, and Salalah in the south of the country.

www.omanair.com/en/

 

Taxis

Oman’s white-and-orange city taxis are good value and are perfect for short hops around the cities in which they operate. Taxis are readily available at airports, can be flagged down on city streets or designated taxi stations and are driven solely by Omani nationals. They are not yet universally metered, but there are set fees to/from key destinations in and around Muscat. Hotels have taxi tariffs on display, anything outside of these should be negotiated directly with the driver.