Muscat travel guide

Muscat Tourism | Muscat Guide

You're Going to Love Muscat

With 797,000 inhabitants, Muscat is the most populous city in Oman. It is the most popular tourist destination in the country. Muscat deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Muscat

If you’re looking for affordable options, TAKARA RESTAURANT (Al Kharjiya Street) and Charm Thai Restaurant & Lounge - Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC (Al Jamah Al Akbar Street) are great picks.

When to visit Muscat

Muscat in December
Estimated hotel price
$136
1 night at 3-star hotel
Muscat in December
Estimated hotel price
$136
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Muscat in June, when the average temperature is 35 °C, and the highest can go up to 38 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 18 °C, with an average temperature of 21 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in February, when precipitation is around 30 mm. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Muscat, with an average rainfall of 10 mm.

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How to Get to Muscat

Plane

When flying to Muscat, you’ll arrive at Muscat Seeb (MCT), which is located 8 miles from the city centre. The shortest flight to Muscat from Australia departs from Melbourne and takes around 22h 45m.

Plane

When flying to Muscat, you’ll arrive at Muscat Seeb (MCT), which is located 8 miles from the city centre. The shortest flight to Muscat from Australia departs from Melbourne and takes around 22h 45m.

Airports near Muscat

Airlines serving Muscat

Lufthansa
Good (4,685 reviews)
KLM
Good (837 reviews)
SWISS
Good (955 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,648 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,234 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,602 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,103 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,414 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,994 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,024 reviews)
Finnair
Good (855 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (840 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (412 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (534 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,571 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (192 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (188 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (777 reviews)
China Southern
Excellent (33 reviews)
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Where to stay in Muscat

From 5-star hotels such as the Sheraton Oman Hotel to great affordable options like the Hotel Muscat Holiday, Muscat offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $127 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $227 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Mutrah Hotel and Naseem Hotel. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Muscat, with prices from $32 to $405 per night. Al Ghubrah Ash Shamaliyyah is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Muscat are about 204% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Muscat

Most booked hotels in Muscat

Kempinski Hotel Muscat
5 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
$333+
Al Bustan Palace A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
$328+
Intercontinental Muscat, An IHG Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
$242+
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat
5 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$285+
Sheraton Oman Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$111+

Hiring a car in Muscat

Hiring a car in Muscat costs $39 per day, on average, or $77 if you want to hire it for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 64% cheaper than airport locations in Muscat.

Expect to pay $0.94 per litre in Muscat (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $11.20 and $14.93. The most frequently booked car type in Muscat is Economy (Toyota Yaris or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Suzuki Swift Dzire or similar) is, on average, 1% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Muscat costs $39 per day, on average, or $77 if you want to hire it for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 64% cheaper than airport locations in Muscat.

Expect to pay $0.94 per litre in Muscat (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $11.20 and $14.93. The most frequently booked car type in Muscat is Economy (Toyota Yaris or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Suzuki Swift Dzire or similar) is, on average, 1% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.