Friday, 24 July 2015

How Tourists From All Over The World Get Access To Oman

How do people access to Oman? What are the best ways to move around and discover its beauty?

How Tourists From All Over The World Get Access To Oman via @Oman_Tourism_UK #adventure

Access to and within Oman is easy and organised. There is an excellent road network with signage in Arabic and English and most tourist sites can now be reached by saloon car. 

The more remote mountain and desert areas need a 4-Wheel Drive, which can be hired locally or you can join an organised tour. For longer trips, there are domestic flights with Oman Air from Muscat.

Getting Around Oman: By Air, Car, Bus, Ferry and Camel:

All NFC’s fast ferries serve passenger and vehicle movements between key ports:

Muscat - Khasab (Musandam)
Khasab - Lima (Musandam) (currently only passengers and cargo)
Shinas - Khasab (launched on 9th May 2012)
Shannah - Masirah (launched on 14th August 2014)
Shinas - Dibba - Khasab (launched on 28th August 2014)
2- Take the Bus:
Public buses, run by the Oman National Transport. Today the company has in the region 200 buses and 320 staff with its headquarters and main operating base in Al Azaiba. There is one major bus station for local and long distance services in central Ruwi.

3- Take a Car Rental:
There’s never been an easier way to fill up the trunk and head out on a completely unique adventure. See some options below:

Some Car Rental options:

AvisAl-Bustan Palace
Europe CarHoliday Inn
Europe CarMuscat
SixtCrown Plaza

4- Take a Flight:
Muscat - Salalah. Cool off in Salalah during the Khareef season, which lasts from June to early September.

5- Take a 4- Wheel Drive vehicles:
A four-wheel drive vehicle is worth renting if you intend to explore the rugged country outside the city.

6- Take a taxi:    
Make sure you agree the fare with the driver before commencing your journey.

Fares to key hotels:

HotelLocationOne way fare (RO)
Al Bustan Palace HotelAl Bustan12.000
Al Falaj Mercure HotelRuwi10.000
Chedi HotelAl Ghubrah8.000
Crown Plaza Hotel, MuscatQurum10.000
Golden OasisWadi Kabir10.000
Golden TulipSeeb (Muscat International Airport)6.000
Grand Hyatt MuscatJawadhart Al Shatti8.000
Haffa HouseRuwi10.000
Holiday Inn, Al MadinahAl Madinah8.000
Holiday Inn, MuscatAl Khuwair8.000
Majan HotelGhubrah South8.000
Muscat Intercontinental HotelJawadhart Al Shatti8.000
Oman Diving CentreBarr Al Jissah15.000
Radisson SASAl Khuwair8.000
Ramada HotelJawadhart Al Shatti8.000
Shangri La, Barr Al Jissah Resort & SpaBarr Al Jissah15.000
Sheraton Oman HotelRuwi10.000

Fares to major destinations:

AreaApproximate distance from Muscat International AirportOne way fare (RO)
Al-Ghubrah, Azaiba,12 km8.000
Al-Kuwair, Quram, Madinat as Sultan Qaboos20 km8.000
Barka52 km15.000
Qurayyat120 km24.000
Ruwi, Muttrah32 km10.000
Sohar195 km40.000

7- Take a camel:
For those that have never sat on a camel, this is an experience not to be missed. Also called the “Ship of the Desert”, camels are a vital part of the Omani Society, for it represents a deeply appreciated and highly valued tradition.

Oman is easier to get to than you might think. Over 20 international airlines fly directly to Muscat International Airport, 32 km west of the city centre. Take off from London Heathrow with Oman Air, our national carrier and you will be in Muscat in just 7.5 hours later. 

What do you think is the best way to move around Oman? Are there any other ways you'd like to try? We'd love to hear from you. 

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