Why travel to Oman?
Oman is a country almost unknown to tourists, yet it is one of the most stable countries in the region. It has an incredible diversity of landscapes, from wadis lost in the mountains to white sand dunes flowing into the sea. Landscapes will take your breath away!
It is extremely easy (and recommended) to do wilderness camping throughout the country. Drinking water spots are available in all villages and it is very easy to find a good 4×4 to enjoy the journey!
The itinerary indicated on the map below is the optimized one for a two-week trip, considering the different trips we made there. We were largely inspired by the trails of the “Oman Off Road” book.
How to plan your road-trip in Oman?
To plan your route, we recommend you to buy the Oman Off Road book and have a functional GPS. This book is a Bible! It suggests 38 beautiful tracks that will surely help you to plan your own itinerary. Warning: it is often out of stock in Europe, but you can find it in any bookstore in Muscat. It will be essential, if you want to get out of the tarmac lanes, to rent a powerful 4x4 (read what 4x4 to choose article). If you are planning to head off to the Wahiba desert or to the “Sugar Dunes”, we recommend you to have some basic knowledges of sand-driving (read the Sand-Driving article) and/or to split the group in two cars (which will allow you to quickly get out of the sand). To access the Sayq plateau, a 4x4 vehicle is mandatory and Police checks are made.
The desert climate requires you to have your trip scheduled between October and May, otherwise temperatures can reach 50°C.
Our GPS trace inspired from the book Oman Off Road
Practical Info for your road-trip to Oman
Tip: have a small lexicon with you
E-visa: €45, valid for 30 days
or €12, valid for 10 days.
(no logic whatsoever, we agree!)
€ 300 – 400 round trip
Season: from October to May
cost of living
– Food: €5 – 10 for a meal at the restaurant
– Airbnb Muscat: €20 – 30
– Wild camping allowed throughout the country
– Fuel: 0.5€/L
– Price: 70 to 90€/day
– Vehicle: Toyota Prado/Landcruiser
Warning: the mileage is often limited (200km/day or 124 miles/day). Get a GPS (the mobile phone with a good application like OsmAnd is also an option)
It’s difficult to rent a bike in Oman without going through a tour operator with a guide (over €200 a day). In any case, it is essential to master sand driving to consider going throughout the country on a motorcycle!
Budget for a road-trip to Oman
Our travel budget for a group of 3 people – 2 weeks – 12 days by 4×4 (May 2017)
|Price||Days||Group Total||Indiv Total|
|4×4 rental (Toyota Land Cruiser)||75 € /day||12||900 €||300 €|
|Accommodation in Mascat (AirBnB)||20 € /day||2||40 €||13,33 €|
|Food||6 € /day/pers||14||252 €||84 €|
|Fuel||25 € /day||12||300 €||100 €|
|Vehicle repairs||90 €||–||90 €||30 €|
|Air tickets||370 €||–||1110 €||370 €|
|Others (camping equipment, taxi)||80 €||–||80 €||26,67 €|
|Ferry Masirah||45 €||–||135 €||45 €|
|Excess mileage charges||60 €||–||60 €||20 €|
|Oman Off Road book||40 €||40 €||13,3 €|
|TOTAL||3007,00 €||1002,30 €/pers|