The Sultanate of Oman has taken to development only recently when compared to its neighbours UAE and Saudi Arabia, but the pace of progress has been astounding to say the least. Its capital, Muscat (pronounced Mus-qat in Arabic) has a lot to offer for visitors from discount shopping, indigenous handicrafts, gold souks, off road thrills etc, and taking the services of a car rental in Muscat can help in many ways.
How Much Will A Rented Car Cost Me?
The average rent for a sedan comes to OMR12 ($30) and around OMR20 ($55) for a 4×4 per day. This cost includes insurance cover for damage from collision as well as insurance for personal injury and vehicular theft. While these may look a bit on the expensive side, you can get it at a more negotiable rate if you rent the vehicle for three days or more.
Most of the representatives of major car rental agencies will be available at the Muscat Airport so you can get all the paper works sorted out there and the car will be delivered to you at your hotel in a few hours. Once delivered, the cost of fuel and any fines owing to accidents or traffic rule violations is your responsibility.
Just make sure that you are carrying an International Driver’s license, as most agencies may not accept foreign licenses.
Car Rental In Muscat vs. Buses And Taxis
Most taxis do not have a fare meter installed, in spite of the various steps taken by the government. Conversely, bus service in Muscat is quite decent, with drop-off and pick-up from virtually any place within the main city limits. However, with names and numbers all written in Arabic combined with stuffy interiors, the whole commute can become a headache for many.
As such, renting a car to go around the city is going to be both inexpensive and smart thing to do.