Oman Travel Guide
This Oman travel guide is here to help you with planing a trip to Oman!
If you aren’t yet convinced that Oman is your next destination, here is an article on why Oman is worth visiting! (I didn’t want to leave!)
The beautiful Middle Eastern country sits on the Arabian Peninsula. This Oman travel guide will help with your overall trip planning. It includes all of my best tips, advice, and articles for your upcoming trip!
If you are looking for destination-related specifics, here’s a list of posts that will help with a more detailed itinerary preparation!
If you just began planning your Oman trip, I recommend you to start with this Oman travel planning post. In it, I will provide a step-by-step guideline on things you should do when planning a trip to Oman. This includes a timeline, a packing list, and general costs!
But first, make sure you join our free Oman Travel Planning Facebook group. This is the perfect place to connect with fellow travelers and ask any questions regarding your trip to Oman!
Some Facts about Oman
Oman is a beautiful country that borders the UAE, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. Unlike the Emirates, Oman is relatively quiet when compared to the tourist hot spots such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It often takes a neutral stance in international affairs and seldom engages in disagreement with its neighbors.
Muscat, Oman’s capital city is the most visited destination in the country. It’s located north of Oman and has many wadis, ocean-side views, and mountains that are easily accessible by car. Salalah, the largest city of the governorate of Dhofar is the most visited destination in the South of Oman.
There are flights and buses between these two points of interested and as long as you have time, they can both be visited on your Oman trip.
Here’s an interactive map of Oman that you can click on! Zoom in for some of the main destination!
The dominant religion in Oman is Islam and nearly all of the Omani citizens are Muslims. Those of other religions are usually foreign nationals that are currently working and living in Oman.
The Omani Rial is the local currency. Due to the tight monetary policies in Oman, the rial is one of the strongest currencies in the world (OMR 1 = USD 2.6). However, people usually use baisas in the country (OMR 1=1000 baisas) so remember to prepare some change if you can! Unimoni Exchange are dedicated money exchange offices around bigger cities. It may be tricky (and virtually impossible) to find a money changer in the villages.
Weather in Oman
Oman can be hot, hot, hot! Its desert climate is notable for dryness and very little rainfall. They usually average 5 rainfalls a year! Summers can be unbearable and those living in the country often escape elsewhere between June and September.
It may be more pleasant to travel to Oman between November and May, although Salalah and all its greenery are most beautiful during the summer.
Planning a Trip to Oman: Getting There
Muscat International Airport is the major international airport in Oman. You can easily fly into Muscat from many countries. Salalah Airport is another option that takes international flights. Many people also travel to Muscat by bus or car from Dubai (more about how to do that here).
Oman Travel Guide & Itineraries
Planning a trip to Oman but not sure how long you want to spend and what to do? Here are a few travel itineraries that may help you better organize your journey!
The Perfect 2 Days in Oman: Focuses on Muscat and its surrounding
7 Days in Oman: The ultimate itinerary for for with only one week in Oman!
There are a limited number of accommodations in Oman due to its relatively low tourism numbers. However, these hotels provide beautiful service and you won’t have problems finding a place to stay in Oman.
Getting Around Oman
Getting around Oman is not easy. Although there is public transportation between major cities, with Mwasalat being the major transportation service, it can be difficult to get around the country, especially to the wadis, mountains, and sands without a 4×4. You can hire a rental or a private taxi for these outings. The highways are very easy and safe to drive on!
Other Tips And Advice
You can find additional information on specific destinations in Oman here. Click here to read our step-by-step Oman travel planner!