Begin the adventure of lifetime in Oman’s capital city of Muscat. Located on the beautiful banks of the Gulf of Oman, Muscat is ideal for intrepid explorers eager to learn about the history, culture and people of this Middle Eastern region. Historic ports, Islamic architecture, glorious food, stunning mosques, magnificent markets, and just a day trip from the impressive Forts of Nizwa, Muscat will capture your heart and make you want to stay longer than you planned. Experience this vibrant city and explore the surrounding region by renting a car in Muscat.
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Hire a cheap car rental in Muscat with Airport Rentals
Secure a rental car deal in the wonderful city of Muscat with Airport Rentals and tick another item off your holiday to-do list.
It’s easy to get started: pop in a couple of travel details and hit ‘search’. View and compare vehicle hire options from Muscat International Airport in one handy place, using filters to narrow your options by car type, transmission, brand and more. Rental cars are always shown lowest price first, so you can rest assured you’re getting the best deal.
With instant online confirmation, zero added booking fees and 24/7 customer service, the whole process takes just a few short minutes.
A brief look at Muscat International Airport
Muscat International Airport has plans for some major renovations, and will soon be able to cater for up to 12 million passengers a year. These renovations are scheduled to finish by the end of 2017, with no disruption of services in the meantime. Touch down from international cities such as London, Abu Dhabi, and Kuala Lumpur, or domestically from Salalah, making use of fantastic amenities before heading on your way. Enjoy free WiFi, multiple dining options, and retail stores throughout the terminal.
Ready to explore the Middle East? Pick up your rental car keys from the kiosk located near the baggage carousels.
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Driving your car hire in Muscat
Traffic in Muscat can be heavy a lot of the time, but generally the city is pretty easy to get around. Streets are well signposted and cared for.
Driving to Muscat from the airport
It’s an easy 14km drive from the airport to the heart of Muscat. Head out onto Sultan Qaboos St/Route 1 and follow it until you get to the centre of town. The trip should take around 13 minutes.
Taxis are available outside the terminal, and the public bus service is just a short walk away, should you wish to pick up your rental car from the city.
Tips for driving a car hire in Muscat
• Motorists in Oman drive on the right side of the road, and overtake on the left only.
• The speed limit in Muscat is 40km/h in urban areas, and 120km/h on the highways.
• The permitted blood alcohol level is 0%; do not drink and drive.
• Always carry your driver’s license.
• If a car flashes their lights at you, it often means that they are asking you to let them pass by.
Where to park your rental car in Muscat
At Muscat Airport, short-term parking begins at Bz0.500 for one hour, and another Bz0.500 per half hour thereafter. For long term parking, the first day costs O.R3, with subsequent days and additional O.R1 is added. After day five, O.R7 is to be payed daily.
On-street parking is pretty easy to find in Muscat; some with meters, some without. Hotels, shopping malls and museums often have free parking, just be aware that parking in certain areas is prohibited. When in doubt, see what other cars have done and follow suit.
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