Airfare to Muscat, Oman
The capital of Oman and its largest city, Muscat has become increasingly modernized in the past 35 years. Make sure to visit the Grand Mosque, enjoy expansive shopping at the Mutrah Souk and gawk at the royal palaces.
Airfare to Muscat will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Dubai, U.A.E.. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Air Arabia flies to Muscat. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Dubai, U.A.E., or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Oman Air and Gulf Air are the national airlines. However, Swiss International Air Lines, Thai Airways and other airlines also stop in Muscat.
The most expensive air tickets to Muscat are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Dubai, U.A.E. and traveling overland to Muscat via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Muscat, check out BootsnAll’s Muscat Travel Guide.