Getting Around Oman: The Best Way is…

G etting around Oman by car is the best way to go, in my opinion — especially if you are used to driving on the highway systems such as those found throughout the United States, for example. There are many similarities — such as the destinations used for which direction you should travel. Sur or Salalah, for example, means that you will eventually be heading south — although it would be nice if the direction of the road or highway were included in the information signs. Regardless, it really is not easy to get lost.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I must admit that in Muscat was the first time I have ever seen a limited access highway called a street. Named after the current ruler of Oman, Sultan Qaboos Street reminded me in many ways of the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn — especially with the traffic.

Vehicles line up at a traffic light to turn left onto on access ramp to the eastbound lanes of Sultan Qaboos Street in Muscat. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Vehicles line up at a traffic light to turn left onto on access ramp to the eastbound lanes of Sultan Qaboos Street during a morning in Muscat. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Traffic on Sultan Qaboos Street. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Traffic on Sultan Qaboos Street. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Muscat is similar to Honolulu in that the city is spread along the coastline, rather than centralized at a core and spread out from there.

Road outside of the town of Fins. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Road outside of the town of Fins. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

There are plenty of taxi cabs whose drivers will approach you — especially in the tourist areas — but I have no idea of what are the fares. You can also take white buses; but then that would mean familiarizing yourself with the route system. For me, renting a car was the best option which in and of itself; and at $141.24 for four days — this included collision damage waiver, theft waiver, unlimited kilometers, a premium station surcharge, and all taxes and fees — was not expensive. Using this special Internet web site of Europcar which gave me a lower rate than the main Internet web site of Europcar, I also earned 240 Delta Air Lines SkyMiles in the deal. Not bad for $35.31 per day.

This is the car I rented while I was in Oman. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This Mazda2 is the car I rented while I was in Oman, which — believe it or not — was equipped with an automatic transmission. In terms of official documents, I needed nothing more than my driver’s license in order to drive it. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

To sweeten the deal, fuel was 0.114 biasas per liter — which at the time for me was fewer than 30 cents per liter, or less than $1.19 per gallon.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

A quiet road leading to the Gulf of Oman. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Traffic flows on the right side of the road; and virtually all of the road signs display both the Arabic and English languages. I did not have to pay one single Baisa for parking during the entire time I was there.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

A car is also a great way to explore the country of Oman. The main roads are well paved and well lit — even at night in what appears to be in the middle of nowhere…

This is highway 17, heading northwest towards Muscat. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This is highway 17, heading northwest towards Muscat. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

…and they wind their way through some rather scenic areas of Oman.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This road goes to Wadi Shab, about which I intend to write in a future article. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Carrie and Drew Macomber of Travel Is Free reported in this article that they did not rent a car when they traveled to Oman; and I thought that that was a mistake. Even with a car, I felt as though that there was more which I could have seen.

I intend to post more about my trip to Oman in future articles.

All photographs ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Getting Around Oman: The Best Way is…”

  1. jediwho says:

    Great piece. Do you have more pics?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I have literally hundreds of additional photographs, jediwho, which I plan on posting in future articles.

      Thank you, jediwho!

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