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How to Get from Muscat Airport to the City Centre

Muscat, Oman’s port capital, is a place you’ll definitely want to visit if you’re exploring the country. If your flight arrives at Muscat International Airport, you can easily reach the city centre either by taxi or bus. Hopping in an airport taxi or pre-booking your personalised Muscat airport to city transfer, will get you to your destination in about 10 minutes, depending on traffic; a comfortable and fast transportation option if you want to start your journey stress-free. A more budget-friendly option is to take one of the bus lines that stop at Muscat Airport, connecting it directly to the city centre. There are two different options, routes 8 and A21, and they both make multiple stops in the city, so you can find the one that’s closer to your accommodation.

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Comparison of the options

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OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
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Taxi €16 10min 24/7
Bus €4.80 35min 03:27–22:28

How to get from Muscat Airport to the city centre by taxi

Getting from Muscat Airport to the city centre by taxi is a comfortable transportation option to reach your destination directly. You’ll find official taxis available all day long for on-demand service and the drive to the city centre is only about 10 minutes in light traffic.

How much is the taxi fare from Muscat Airport to the city centre?

Official Muscat taxis are regulated by the state and operate with set rates, using a taximeter. The total fare depends on several factors, including distance and traffic. The average fare for a standard taxi from Muscat Airport to the city is about 16€‎ (OMR 6.500) for up to 4 passengers.

Cost

€16

Trip Duration

10 min

The total fare depends on traffic conditions and the exact drop-off location.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available at Muscat Airport 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Muscat Airport taxis are available 24/7 and you’ll easily spot them as soon as you reach the exit; there is a taxi rank just outside the main terminal building.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Muscat Airport to the city centre and directly to your accommodation, will take a lot of the stress off your shoulders, especially if you’re new to the city and you don’t speak Arabic. Instead of checking timetables and worrying about finding the right bus stop, a Muscat airport taxi will provide 24/7 door-to-door service and get you to your destination quickly and comfortably. To ensure an even smoother travel experience, you can pre-book your Muscat airport transfer and have a driver waiting for you as soon as your flight lands.

Editor’s Note

Muscat airport is close to the city centre, making an airport taxi affordable even for solo travellers. For larger groups, a taxi is definitely the way to go if you want to reach your accommodation quickly and without any intermediate stops.

Useful Tips

Not all taxi drivers in Muscat speak English so it’s best to have your address written down in Arabic.
Official taxis in Muscat are metered so make sure that the taximeter is turned on; the base fare for airport transfer starts at €‎6 (OMR 2.5).
Tipping your taxi driver isn’t expected but it’s always appreciated; a tip of around 10% of the total fare should do if you’re happy with the service.

How to get from Muscat Airport to the city centre by bus

Muscat International Airport is directly connected to the city centre by bus, making transport from and to the airport quick and easy. Bus routes 8 and A21 operated by Mwasalat, run for the most part of the day both on weekdays and weekends and will take you to Al Azaiba – South1 stop at the city centre in about 35 minutes.

How much does the bus ticket from Muscat Airport to the city cost?

A single ticket both for bus routes 8 and A21 costs €2.40 (OMR 1) per traveller and it can be purchased on the bus.

Cost

€2.40

Trip Duration

35 min

The trip duration depends on traffic and weather conditions.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Bus service from Muscat Airport is available from 03:27 until 22:28; you can catch either route 8 or A21 which run every 30 minutes.

Where do I take the bus from?

Both bus routes 8 and A21 make a stop at Muscat International Airport. The bus station is located on the ground floor right outside the airport building.

Convenience

Getting the bus from Muscat Airport to the city is a convenient transportation option if you’re not on a tight schedule. The bus routes available connect the airport to the city directly and the bus fare is cheap, making it a good choice if you’re travelling on a budget. If you’re carrying many pieces of luggage or there are young children in your group, you might be more comfortable taking a taxi or pre-booking a personalised transfer instead to avoid multiple stops and reach your destination directly.

Editor’s Note

The bus is definitely a great choice for solo travellers or if you're travelling on a budget. For larger groups, the cost of a taxi will be more or less the same as the bus fare, so you might as well get a taxi and reach your accommodation directly.

Useful Tips

You can purchase your ticket on the bus only in cash and in the local currency; make sure to carry small notes or better yet have the exact fare in cash.
On all airport bus routes, there is an information display showing the next stop.
Most Mwasalat buses are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Muscat. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€47.0
NIGHTTIME
€56.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Muscat airport to the city?

Getting from Muscat Airport to the city centre is easy whether you choose to do it by taxi or bus. Taking an airport taxi will take you directly to your destination in about 10 minutes, depending on traffic. A cheaper alternative is to take bus routes 8 or A21 that stop outside the main terminal at the airport; the ride is about 35 minutes and both routes will take you to Muscat city centre.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Muscat airport to the city centre?

Official Muscat taxis are metered and the total fare depends on several factors, including distance and traffic. The average fare for a standard airport taxi in Muscat is about 16€‎ (OMR 6.500) for up to 4 passengers.

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