Oman travel guide

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You're Going to Love Oman

Tucked away at the southeastern edge of the Middle East, Oman is an influential location at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Locals are some of the most kind-hearted and hospitable people in the world, openly sharing their rich heritage and seafaring traditions. A strong movement since the 1970s has led the country to become one of the most progressive and embracing societies within the Arab region.

What to do in Oman

1. Discover the Nakhal Fort

Built around a large rock formation during the 19th century, the stunning castle displays antique guns and offers a spanning view across the Al-Batinah region.

2. Wander Across the Sharqiya Sands

The vast desert exhibits the lifestyles of the Bedouin people who nomadically shift across the Arabian Peninsula.

3. Witness the Cliffs of Jebel Shams

Jebel Shams is the highest mountain in Oman and has dramatic cliff faces that slope off to create a mystifying canyon.

4. Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The impressive sandstone structure took six years to construct and can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers at a time, featuring marvelous chandeliers and patterned carpets inside.

5. See a Show at the Royal Opera House Muscat

Undoubtedly Oman's premier venue for the performing arts, the opera house has hosted performances by iconic artists, such as Andrea Bocelli and Yo-Yo Ma.

1. Discover the Nakhal Fort

Built around a large rock formation during the 19th century, the stunning castle displays antique guns and offers a spanning view across the Al-Batinah region.

2. Wander Across the Sharqiya Sands

The vast desert exhibits the lifestyles of the Bedouin people who nomadically shift across the Arabian Peninsula.

3. Witness the Cliffs of Jebel Shams

Jebel Shams is the highest mountain in Oman and has dramatic cliff faces that slope off to create a mystifying canyon.

4. Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The impressive sandstone structure took six years to construct and can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers at a time, featuring marvelous chandeliers and patterned carpets inside.

5. See a Show at the Royal Opera House Muscat

Undoubtedly Oman's premier venue for the performing arts, the opera house has hosted performances by iconic artists, such as Andrea Bocelli and Yo-Yo Ma.

When to visit Oman

Intense heat in the summer means that the winter months are more comfortable for tourists, with November to March sitting between 77-88°F.

How to Get to Oman

Entry requirements

Nationals of most countries from across the globe, including the European Union, Australia, the United States, and Canada, can apply for eVisas that are valid for 30 days before arriving. Citizens of neighboring Middle Eastern states, as well as Germany, Portugal, Japan, and South Korea, do not require visas for stays of less than 90 days.

Plane

Carriers including Oman Air, British Airways, Emirates, and Lufthansa operate direct international flights to Muscat Airport from cities such as Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Mumbai, Frankfurt, London, and Tehran. A 5h nonstop flight from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines can be purchased for approximately 108 OMR (280 USD).

Car

Popular crossings from the United Arab Emirates include the Hilli Border near Al Ain and Al Wajajah. Immigration officials will charge you approximately 5 OMR (13 USD) at the border while crossing from Yemen is more difficult and certainly not recommended for female travelers.

Bus

Direct buses link Dubai to Muscat in roughly 7h and tickets can be purchased for roughly 6 OMR (16 USD).

Boat

There are no scheduled ferries to Oman; however, cruise ships regularly dock in Muscat and regional services are available to Masirah Island, Shannah, and Khasab.

Entry requirements

Nationals of most countries from across the globe, including the European Union, Australia, the United States, and Canada, can apply for eVisas that are valid for 30 days before arriving. Citizens of neighboring Middle Eastern states, as well as Germany, Portugal, Japan, and South Korea, do not require visas for stays of less than 90 days.

Plane

Carriers including Oman Air, British Airways, Emirates, and Lufthansa operate direct international flights to Muscat Airport from cities such as Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Mumbai, Frankfurt, London, and Tehran. A 5h nonstop flight from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines can be purchased for approximately 108 OMR (280 USD).

Car

Popular crossings from the United Arab Emirates include the Hilli Border near Al Ain and Al Wajajah. Immigration officials will charge you approximately 5 OMR (13 USD) at the border while crossing from Yemen is more difficult and certainly not recommended for female travelers.

Bus

Direct buses link Dubai to Muscat in roughly 7h and tickets can be purchased for roughly 6 OMR (16 USD).

Boat

There are no scheduled ferries to Oman; however, cruise ships regularly dock in Muscat and regional services are available to Masirah Island, Shannah, and Khasab.

Popular airports in Oman

Popular airlines serving Oman

Lufthansa
Good (4,714 reviews)
KLM
Good (832 reviews)
SWISS
Good (963 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,684 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
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Iberia
Good (1,612 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,109 reviews)
United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Finnair
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Etihad Airways
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Ethiopian Air
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Cathay Pacific
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JetBlue
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Egypt Air
Good (189 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (188 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (775 reviews)
China Southern
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Where to stay in Oman

In addition to a variety of luxury and budget hotels, camping is allowed in most parts of the country. Muscat has developed as a world leader for boutique accommodation and has 5-star hotels by chains including Shangri-La and Sheraton.

Where to stay in popular areas of Oman

Most booked hotels in Oman

Kempinski Hotel Muscat
5 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
$361+
Al Bustan Palace A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
$356+
Intercontinental Muscat, An IHG Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
$268+
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat
5 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$303+
Mysk Al Mouj Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$164+
Sheraton Oman Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$121+

How to Get Around Oman

Public Transportation

Red and white local buses zip around Muscat and connect the major terminals to destinations that include the Royal Opera House, Mutrah Souq, and the National Museum. Fares are payable in cash to the driver and cost between 0.20-0.50 OMR (0.50-1.30 USD).

Bus

An extensive bus network operates throughout the entire country and includes stops in major cities as well as remote villages. Tourist destinations, such as Jalen Bani Bu Ali, can be reached with a one-way fare of roughly 3 OMR (8 USD).

Car

Roads in Oman are maintained to a high standard and there are several major arterials, such as the 4-lane highway between Muscat and Sur. Be mindful of wild animals, such as donkeys and goats, crossing the road in remote areas.

Plane

Domestic flights are available between Duqm, Khasab, Sohar, Salalah, and Muscat with airlines such as Oman Air and SalamAir. A direct 1h 30m service from Muscat to Salalah can be bought for as little as around 23 OMR (60 USD).

Public Transportation

Red and white local buses zip around Muscat and connect the major terminals to destinations that include the Royal Opera House, Mutrah Souq, and the National Museum. Fares are payable in cash to the driver and cost between 0.20-0.50 OMR (0.50-1.30 USD).

Bus

An extensive bus network operates throughout the entire country and includes stops in major cities as well as remote villages. Tourist destinations, such as Jalen Bani Bu Ali, can be reached with a one-way fare of roughly 3 OMR (8 USD).

Car

Roads in Oman are maintained to a high standard and there are several major arterials, such as the 4-lane highway between Muscat and Sur. Be mindful of wild animals, such as donkeys and goats, crossing the road in remote areas.

Plane

Domestic flights are available between Duqm, Khasab, Sohar, Salalah, and Muscat with airlines such as Oman Air and SalamAir. A direct 1h 30m service from Muscat to Salalah can be bought for as little as around 23 OMR (60 USD).

The Cost of Living in Oman

A 30-day prepaid sim card with 5GB of data can be conveniently purchased for roughly 15 OMR (39 USD) at the airport. A meal for one at an inexpensive restaurant costs approximately 2.50 OMR (6.50 USD) per person. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country and there are ATMs readily available in major centers.

Popular cities in Oman