Oman - Getting there & away, getting around
Oman - Getting there & away
Europe has good air access to Oman, with flights available on most larger carriers between Oman and European capitals and other major cities. There's a departure tax of around US$8. Entering or leaving by land means travelling between Oman and the UAE as the border with Yemen is not open to travellers. There's daily bus service between Muscat and Dubai.
Getting around Oman
Oman Air has daily flights between Muscat and Salalah, and regular services to Sur, Khasab, Dibba and Massirah Island. Intercity buses serve most main provincial towns daily. Renting a car in the sultanate is easy but not cheap. You're more likely to take advantage of Oman's extraordinarily comprehensive system of service taxis and microbuses. Drivers will depart when they have a few passengers, expecting to pick up and drop off other passengers along the way; it's a very cheap way to get around providing you're in no particular hurry. You can also take a taxi or microbus 'engaged' (ie, privately) by paying for all of the seats in it. Only Muscat has a local bus system. Muscat Airport is 40km (25 miles) west of the city. There are car rental agencies at the airport and taxis and buses are available.