Travelling to Oman
The best way to travel to Oman is of course by plane. Unless you happen to be visiting from the Yemen maybe, which is one of the country’s neighbours!
If you are flying from Europe, there are many different companies that fly out to the airport in Seeb (MCT). If you are flying from Brussels airport (BRU), the flight will take 9 hours and 50 minutes. The flight encompasses 5480 km on its route, hence the flight time of nearly 10 hours. Which isn’t too bad, considering that if you were flying out from the UK, from London Heathrow (LHR) for example, the flight takes 10 hrs and 10 minutes.. but I guess you are flying across the English Channel during that 20 minutes.
For further details on flights available to the Saudi Peninsula, have a look at Quatar airways as they do the shortest flights.
Additionally, you can fly out to Salalah International Airport, but not so much internationally from Europe. Mostly, the Salalah International Airport caters for internal flights from Muscat and other Arab countries.
However, you may want to check the flights during the summer, as during their monsoon season (Khareef season), which is July and August, you can get flights to some other international destinations – Sweeden being one of them.
There is a time difference of -3 hours between Belgium and Oman as well, so do take that into account if you are booking a flight between the two countries. So, for example, if it is 4pm in Brussels, Belgium, in fact, it will be 1pm in Oman.
Transport In Oman
Despite Oman Rail being created in 2014, there are no public railways in Oman. The only railway you can travel on as a passenger is a tourist train, that goes 400m into a cave complex at Al Hoota Cave.
From the airport in Muscat you can get either a mini-bus or a taxi into town to your hotel. Or there are rental companies for car hire, if you are feeling a little more adventurous!
The minibuses are white and orange and are available from all over. The taxis are called paisa taxis and don’t be alarmed if someone tries to get into the cab with you… unless you are booking a ‘private’ taxi, the general custom is to share one. If you want to take a taxi which doesn’t take any other cutomers be prepared to pay extra!
Do be aware that there are no set costs for transfers… it’s all about negotiation! And if you are a foreigner, there’s a chance you will be overcharged, so ensure that you do your research beforehand to get some ball park prices for the journeys you are to undertake. There’s nothing worse than finding out from someone after you have taken a taxi ride that they took the exact same trip but paid half the amount!
The main bus depot in Muscat is in Ruwi, and you can get an intercity bus to either Salalah, Sohar, and Nizwa. These buses are air-conditioned and quite comfortable – but of course the journey can take a while – so you may prefer to take the plane if you are going over to Salalah.