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Airport of arrival: Muscat International Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Muscat: 5 hours 20 minutes

The biggest and the capital of city of Oman is a bridge between the east and the west. Muscat is not only a port city but it is also a center of economy, management and finance. Located on the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, the city has been home to many civilizations such as Ottomans and Persians.

Muscat is a city of history, commerce and fascination. With a population of 1.72 million, the ancient yet modern city of Muscat receives millions of tourists every year. Surrounded by the Gulf of Oman, the city is also famous for its deserts. There affordable flight tickets to Muscat throughout the year.

There are direct flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport which connects different provinces of Turkey with various domestic flights.

You can book your ticket in advance to benefit from seasonal promotions and discounts offered by Pegasus Airlines.

About the Airport

Formerly known as Seeb International Airport, Muscat International Airport is the international airport of Oman. Located 32 kilometres from Muscat, the airport consists of two terminals and the complex is spread over an area of 21 km2.

Muscat International Airport

The airport was first opened in 1973 as Seeb International Airport for a replacement of small airport complex located in Bayt al Falaj. In 2008, the name of the airport was changed to Muscat International Airport. The complex handled more than 14 million passengers in the year 2017.

Transport  from Muscat International Airport to the City Center

There are several options that you can take to get to Muscat city center.


Taxi is one of the most used options. Taxis are located right outside the terminals and available for 24 hours. It is always recommended to set the price and destination before you book your taxi.

Car Rental Services

If you are looking for a more hassle-free and comfortable ride to get to the city center, you can consider renting a car through Pegasus Airlines.

Public Transport

The transportation system of Muscat is not quite advanced and efficient. The system is mainly composed of taxis and rental cars. The connection between its counties and landmarks is usually served by cabs.

There are Mwasalat buses which ring around the city. As the bus lines do not offer rides to the remote places of Muscat, the residents and visitors of the city prefer taxis instead of buses.

The capital city of Oman offers a wide range in terms of accommodation options. From luxurious hotels to low-cost hostels; there are many accommodation options in the city. While the most luxurious hotels of Muscat are mainly situated in the city center, you can consider staying at Ruwi and Al Khuwair for more low-cost accommodation options. You can also avoid spending too much on accommodation by booking your hotel through Pegasus Airlines.

Heavily affected by Arabian food culture, the cuisine of Muscat is mainly composed of pastry, rice and kebabs. Served with traditional spices, the city’s food culture is quite rich and also shows similarity to Turkish cuisine. Some of the most delicious and traditional Omani meals are majboos, mashuai, mushaltat, shawarma and mishkak. For further information about the local delicacies and the city’s cuisine, you can have a look at what What to Eat in Muscat page.

You can have a look at the side notes below during the process of organizing your visit to Muscat.

About Visa

Oman requires a visa for entrance as a tourist. The country also offers an E-Visa service for those are planning to visit the country. The online E-Visa process was implemented in 2016 to encourage eligible travellers to visit Oman. You can have a look at the eligible countries for the Oman E-Visa online.

Neighbouring Cities

  • 298 km to Al Ain
  • 361 km to Ras al-Khaimah
  • 374 km to Ajman
  • 380 km to Sharjah
  • 382 km to Dubai
  • 441 km to Abu Dhabi
  • 462 km to Bandar Abbas


The city of deserts is quite hot and dry during the summer. The temperature during the summer months can even go above 50°C. Therefore, many of the visitors of Muscat prefer visiting the city during spring or fall. Best months to organize a trip to Muscat are October and April. The temperature between day and night is also quite different.

Four days are ideal to visit the most famous landmarks and attractions of Muscat.

Essential Numbers

  • Emergency: 9999
  • Fire Department: 9999
  • Police: 9999

The city of unique beauties and history, Muscat is full historic sites which fascinate its visitors. One of the most popular attraction points is the Royal Opera House. A spectacular place which combines the east and the west in the most wonderful way, Royal Opera House features luxurious restaurants and beautiful gardens.

Built by the order of Sultan Qaboos in the name of his mother, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is an amazing mosque, decorated with a famous Iranian carpet which weighs 21 tons. Some of the other popular attractions of Muscat are Bait Al Zubair Museum, Bahla Castle and the National Museum which offer a glimpse at Oman’s history. For further information about the attractions of Muscat, you can have a look at Muscat Travel Guide.


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