No matter where in the world you’re visiting, there are hundreds of things you’d rather be doing than spending time at airport car rental desks sorting out transport for your visit. Oman is no different, so when you land at Muscat Airport it’s far easier to have your reservation booked in advance - and all for a great deal.
Use Airport Rentals to organise your car rental in Muscat by entering your pick-up and drop-off dates into the search function. This will automatically create a list of available cars from local suppliers including Auto Europe, Avis, Europcar and Thrifty. You’ll be able to find a vehicle that suits your style and holiday needs, and compare the prices of each one to find the best deal.
Each car hire at Muscat Airport comes with a lowest-price guarantee, 24/7 customer support and no extra fees for paying by credit card.
Top things to do in Muscat
Easily the most popular attraction in the city is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a relatively new structure that has room for up to 20,000 worshippers at a time. The mosque is the largest in the Gulf and is the only one in Oman that’s open to non-Muslims. Both the interior and exterior are striking, but the visual effects are nothing compared to the overall atmosphere of this special place. It gets busy from about 10am, so aim to get there early and remember there are no shorts or uncovered arms allowed and women are instructed to cover their heads.
Take a drive out of the city to the Mazara Dam, a little off the main highway between Muscat and neighbour city Sur, a trip of about 1.5 hours each way. The dam is a massive feat of engineering and is something of an oasis nestled amongst dry lands. Don’t forget to pack a picnic to really spend some time on site and take in the view.
Be sure to check if the Royal Opera House of Muscat has any performances while you’re in the city. The architecture of the building is the very definition of opulence and luxury, with a distinct traditional style blended perfectly with modern design. Even if you can’t make it to a performance, the building is open for tours from 8.30am-10.30am daily.
Pick up your car hire from the rental desk in the main terminal. From the airport, it’s about 40 kilometres to the city, a drive that will take approximately 30 minutes.
From Muscat, you can head West to Sohar where you will find plenty of lovely markets as well as some stunning castles. In case you decide to follow the coast down South, you will arrive at Salalah where you can get a chance to witness the amazing work of the Khareef monsoon. If you choose to go further South, you will cross the border to Yemen where you can discover the beautiful cities of Aden and Sana'a.
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