Updated in May 2016

Travelling by bus from Muscat to Dubai

Whilst planning my first trip to Oman, I decided to fly back to London from Dubai, so I could spend a few days in this modern Babylon, and discover it for myself. Planning the trip between both countries, however, proved to be quite a challenge, due to the lack of information. Flying was out of question, due to the short distance. So here I share some information, which has now been updated, as I’ve just travelled the same way between the two citites. I hope will be useful to those planning the same journey between these neighouring, yet such different places.

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Three buses a day leave Ruwi bus station, operated by Oman National Transport (ONT) in Muscat, at 6am, 3pm and a new service at 11pm. Tickets can be bought at the station’s ticket window the day before, of just before boarding. The journey takes about 6 hours, so if you take the morning one you will get in Dubai just before lunch, and have plenty of time to sunbathe or go on a shopping spree! Another company, located literally left of the bus station also offers the same service, but the buses also leave at 6am and 3pm.

The seats are fairly comfortable, and unaccompanied ladies tend to travel at the front of the bus, whereas males sit wherever they please – not really a rule, but just local custom. The view of the coutryside is actually quite scenic, especially the further north in Oman you get. There is only one stop between both cities, in a small, recently opened commercial centre in Sohar. There are a number of fast food shops selling exactly the same, and a convenience store.

Travelling by bus from Muscat to Dubai

The next stop is at the Omani side of the border, where you will get your leaving stamp. The tills inside the building read “Arrival Visa”, but it’s there where you get your leaving stamp. On my first trip the queues were very long, so I was sent outside, where there is a small window on the right hand side of the building, right under the arched gate, with no queues, and that is where they will stamp your passport. That’s actually the till for those driving. You just arrive, show your passport, get your stamp, and off you go. Quick, easy, painless.

To book your hotel in Muscat, click hereAfter another 15 minute drive through the rugged mountains, you will get to the Emirati border control. The immigration officers are very pleasant and efficient. For British passport holders the process will take no more than five minutes. However, since most of the bus passengers are workers from the Indian subcontinent, you may have to wait long until their papers are processed. There is a small duty free shop outside and public facilities at the rear of the building.

Travelling by bus from Muscat to Dubai

Keep your passport handy, though, because the Oman-UAE border at this point goes on zig-zag in the desert, but the road goes on a straight line. So you will enter Oman again, and a police officer will check all passports. And then you will re-enter UAE territory and have your passport checked once more.

Travelling by bus from Muscat to Dubai

The whole process, from the time you stop at the Omani passport control, until you enter the UAE for a second time, will take up to two hours.

From here, enjoy the view of tall sand dunes just a few metres from the road, and finally, after another half an hour, the view of Dubai in the distance.

The bus stops 5 minutes away from Deira City Centre metro station. The Dubai metro system has only two lines, but will take you nearly anywhere you want to put your head down.

BUS BETWEEN MUSCAT AND DUBAI: SUMMARY

BUS FROM MUSCAT TO DUBAI

Ticket Price: 5,50ORM

Departure Times: 6am, 3pm, 11pm

Journey Duration: 4 to 6 hours

Stops Before the UAE: One stop in Sohar

Dubai Metro Travelcard: 20AED

BUS FROM DUBAI TO MUSCAT

Ticket Price: 55AED

Departure Time: 7:30am, 3:30pm, 11pm

Journey Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Stops Before Muscat: One stop in Sohar

ONTC/Mwasalat Office: +971 425 25909

Taxi from Ruwi to Mutrah: 200 Baisas (0,45 euros) in shared taxi or 1 a 20MR in private taxi, depending on your negotiation/haggling skills.

 

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173 Responses

    • Mohammed ibrahim

      Hi friends i want to know about in my passport profession is mention in SALES.. can i travel ti muscat by bus ONTC…

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      • riyas muhammed

        Hi friends i want to know about in my passport profession is mention in commercial manager .. can i travel ti muscat by bus ONTC… how to get visa ?

  1. Pedro

    Hi there! Indeed there are quite a few checks, but in my experience they were quick and the officers were very professional and easy going.

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    • Shuaib

      I wohld like to ask about muscat to dubai bus timings and if you can provide me muscat bus contact number also from muscat which exactly place is this move 91102302

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  2. Erik

    Thank you very much Pedro! Very helpful information. I'm about to do the same journey. When did you do it? Do you think/know if the bus timings are still the same?

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    • Pedro

      Hi Erik, the trip took place in December last year. I&#39;ll repeat the trip in a few days again and will be updating this post, as I&#39;ve read they&#39;re renovating the bus station in Muscat. <br /><br />Thanks for your visit!

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    • Anonymous

      Hi Pedro,<br /><br />Thank you for the info. Is there a bus which starts night from dubai. Please confirm.<br /><br />Regards,<br />vinodh R

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  3. haekal

    Hi Pedro, thank you for your helpful information, I&#39;m planning to go from Dubai to Muscat by bus, do you have any idea about the actual timetables and bus fare?

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    • Pedro

      Hi Haekal,<br /><br />The buses from Dubai to Muscat leave at 7am,3pm and 11pm. The price is 55Dirhams. Thanks for your visit!

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  4. Thomas

    Hi pedro,<br />Thanks for the useful information. I&#39;m traveling by bicycle to muscat and this bus would be my backup if i get stuck in dubai because of my indian visa application here. Any idea ifnthey have place enough to take a bicycle?<br />Thanks

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    • Pedro

      Hi Thomas, I&#39;m impressed you want cycle between both cities. I&#39;m sure it&#39;ll be amazing. There&#39;s enough room for a bike on the bus, but just bear in mind that if the other passengers have a lot of luggage, the space will be limited.

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  5. Anonymous

    hi Pedro, i&#39;m planning to go to Dubai, i&#39;m staying here at al khoud,Oman.. Where is the bus station located? how can I go there? and do you have an idea how much is the visa for 2 weeks? thank you very much..

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    • Pedro

      Hi there, Muscat bus station is located in Ruwi. Any taxi driver will be able to take you there, just make sure you negotiate the fares, although Omani taxi drivers are quite straight. I&#39;m sorry I&#39;m not aware of visa costs.<br /><br />

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  6. Dean Nicholson

    Hey man,<br /><br />Where can I book a bus ticket from?! I literally cannot seem to find anything online that says &#39;Book your ticket right here!&#39;<br /><br />It&#39;s causing me grief as I have an important meeting on the 5th and can&#39;t afford to fly.<br /><br />Many thanks in advance and, great website!!

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    • Pedro

      Hi Dean, you won&#39;t be able to book online. You&#39;ll have to physically go to Ruwi bus station (or at the ONT office if you&#39;re in Dubai) and purchase it on the spot. You may buy it in advance or just before departure. <br /><br />It&#39;s usually fine, although buying in advance is definitely safer. <br /><br />If you&#39;re taking the 11pm bus, do buy your ticket in advance, as it&#39;s

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  7. Anonymous

    Dear Pedro,<br /><br />Thank you for your imformation and I will plan to go Muscat from Dubai also.Can I book the ticket for round trip at Dubai?Then the bus directly drive to Muscat,right?(One stop in Sohar).At the border,I have to pay for visa or not?(I am Thai).<br /><br />Thank you,<br />Eak

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    • Pedro

      Hi Eak, you should be able to buy a return ticket at the Oman National Transport office in Dubai. You&#39;re not able to book on the internet. Visa regulations vary depending on nationality, but many can get the visa there – it starts at 5OMR for a single entry visa. As a Thai you can get your visa on arrival. Enjoy your trip! <br /><br />It&#39;d be great if you could share here your experience

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  8. Laura BEYLEMANS

    Hi Pedro, <br /><br />Can you send me the link of the company please? <br />I will do Dubai – Muscat in 10 days by bus. <br /><br />Also do you have some ideas of trekking and places to snorkeling in Oman (around Muscat)? <br />Thanks, <br /><br />Laura

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    • Pedro

      Hi Laura, their website is http://www.ontcoman.com. Unfortunately I&#39;m not able to help with snorkelling, but if you want to go trekking, there are many nice places near Nizwa. Especially near Jebel Shams. Have a great trip! 🙂

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    • Pedro

      Hi there! It&#39;s near Deira City Centre metro station, but I&#39;m afraid I cannot find the exact address anywhere. Your best bet is calling the office directly on the number seen on the post.

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    • Pedro

      Hi there, there&#39;s a bus service – which I haven&#39;t used myself. But the issue is that you&#39;ll have to travel through Saudi Arabia, so it&#39;s unlikely you&#39;ll manage to go on this route. Flying is the easiest option – maybe Air Arabia has cheap tickets from Sharjah.

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  9. Anonymous

    There are a lot of daily flights between Dubai and Doha. A return ticket cost 150-200 euro. I think United Airlines is cheapest, but Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways are only slightly more expensive. The trip takes just 70 minutes.

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  10. mayur

    Hey Pedro , is the night service bw dubai to muscat is still on , m planning to leave friday night .<br /><br />and what about the visa of oman , i have an investor residence visa in uae

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  11. Anonymous

    ONT sucks! DO NOT EVER USE THESE CLOWNS! I was left stranded out in the rain with horrible customer service and no one willing to help me. Worst transportation company in the world!!!!

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    • Pedro

      Hi Muhammad, on the occasions I travelled there was no way to book over the phone. You&#39;ll have to buy in advance at the bus station or just turn up around half an hour before departure to buy the ticket.<br /><br />Thanks for the visit!

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  12. Ijustwannaholiday

    Hi Pedro, <br /><br />I was wondering if you had a one way ticket into Oman? If so, were there any complications? I am just looking at possible options for traveling into Oman on a one-way ticket, making my way across land to Dubai and continuing on the rest of my journey flying out of Dubai. <br /><br />Any advise would be helpful, we are travelling on Australian passports.<br /><br />Cheers<br

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    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro

      Hi there, on two occasions I travelled to Oman on a one-way ticket and had no problem. In fact, they never asked me for a ticket upon arrival, only asked how long I intended to stay. The visas are either for 10 or 30 days, and if you overstay you will pay a penalty. That&#39;s probably why they&#39;re quite casual about the return ticket.<br /><br />Enjoy your trip!

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  13. Ashlee

    Thank you so much for the info! I&#39;m a 22 year old female planning to do this trip on my own at the end of November (fly in to Dubai from Australia, then bus to Muscat and back). Where did you stay in Muscat? Did you organise any of your trip before you got there? I&#39;m hoping to go rock climbing and scuba diving. What else would you recommend doing while I&#39;m there? Would you advise

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    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro

      Hi Ashlee, the hotel I always stay in Muscat is called Ruwi Hotel. It&#39;s 5-10 minutes walk from the bus station and is a good base to go to different places in the city, as there are many transport options, you can find it on booking.com. If you&#39;re on a tight budget, Naseem Hotel in Muttrah is acceptable. I recommend a trip to Nizwa, it&#39;s quite laid back and has a beautiful fort. I&#

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  14. Photobook Girl

    Thanks for the information! You don&#39;t usually get such detailed info from travelled blogs, and you certainly don&#39;t seem to get many bus experiences, that&#39;s seriously hardcore!

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    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro

      Hi Babish! If you need to be in Dubai by 5 or 6am, I recommend you take the 3pm bus leaving Ruwi bus station in Muscat. If you take the 11pm bus you will probably arrive too late.<br /><br />Thanks for the visit! 🙂

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  15. Terje

    Thank you so much for the information !!!<br />This is the best and the clearest page to get information !<br />Thanks a million again !!!!!

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  16. headlesscentaur

    hi pedro, do u think the night bus from muscat to dubai is still available? how about from dubai to muscat? i&#39;d also like to know the latest return ticket price if u know.<br />i&#39;m a malaysian travelling in dubai and planning to go for a day visit in muscat. so the plan is to take a night bus from dubai n arrive at muscat the next morning and return back to dubai on the night bus. i think

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    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro

      Hi there! I&#39;ve just arrived from Oman and double checked all information to update this post. In a nutshell, the night bus timings are still the same both from Dubai and from Oman. The ticket prices from Muscat to Dubai haven&#39;t changed and if you buy a return ticket it&#39;s even cheaper (OMR9), so I presume from Dubai to Oman it&#39;ll be the same – sorry, I&#39;ve done the Oman-Dubai

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  17. Anonymous

    Our visa application is pending with UAE. We wish to travel Dubai /Muscat by ONTC bus. Local UAE officer says Immigration not possible at UAE /Oman border and suggests you fly Dubai Muscat. Please guide

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    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro

      Hi there, I&#39;m sorry I&#39;m no specialist when it comes to immigration. But from the little I know, if you fly with Emirates or Air Arabia they&#39;ll assist you with the visa. There may be a fee, though. <br /><br />Thanks for the visit!<br />

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    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro

      Hi Shabana, that is quite interesting, I&#39;m surprised they are terminating the 11pm service. I&#39;ll have to contact them directly to reconfirm timings, so I can update the information.

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  18. Anonymous

    hi, Pedro<br />How are you mate?<br />i would like to enquire if i can get a 96hour dubai visa when using the bus from muscat to dubai and back to muscat? how do i go about it?<br /><br />Please let me know if you have any info.<br />im desparate

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    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro

      Hi there! Sorry for the late reply! Depending on your nationality, you can get your visa at the border with no problem (normally US, Europe, Canada, Australia). If you do need to apply for a visa in advance, as far as I know, the 96hour visa only applies if you fly with a UAE airline. Your best bet for the most up-to-date information, is calling the UAE consulate in Muscat. Sorry if I wasn&#39;t

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  19. Anonymous

    hi Pedro, i need to go to Muscat by road can u advise me is there any pick up point at sharjah <br />

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  20. mara

    Thank for all information tag posted – really useful your patience is appriciated, and once again thanks for all the answers

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  21. K

    Hi Pedro, I plan to travel from dubai to muscat. I am a Canadian citizen. Do you know if they issue a visa on arrival at the muscat border prior to entering mct? Or is this visa on arrival applicable only if you fly into mct?
    Thanks

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    • Pedro Richardson

      Hi! The latest information I got is that Canadian citizens can obtain an entry visa at any entry point, including land borders.

      Have an amazing time there!

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  22. mohammed mahe alam

    I am in muscat city centre. I will go to dubai on 21st May 2014.how can I book for bus service.and from where I will ride to bus
    Pls let me know.

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    • Pedro Richardson

      Hi Mohammed, it’s not possible to book tickets in advance. You have to buy your ticket at Ruwi bus station, where the buses depart from.

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  23. Ducky

    Hola Pedro.

    I’m wondering is night bus from/to Dubai from/to Muscat still available?

    How can I get information about that?

    As I know just 2 companies run bus from/to Dubai from/to Muscat
    OMNT, Khammany

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  24. alerc

    Hi Pedro, it s great support…- any idea, if the bus makes stops in Sharjah and they would pick up me on the way – thanks a lot.

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  25. George

    Hi Dude,

    Awesome and crystal clear information. Love it. Gonna travel from DXB to MCT soon.

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  26. SHAILESH PAREKH

    please let me know whether I can send my wife & daughter to dubai from muscat on visit. what is the visa formalities. Journey by civic transport

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  27. Rizwan Ali

    Thanx alot pedro for shring such usefull info reffering ur trip… I am about to depart from Muscat to Dubae can u pl assist me n update me by tellng whether its compulsary to get ticket in advance?? R i can get just before departure.. and what are the timings now? Wait for ur kind response

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  28. FARHOUD

    HI PERDRO
    could you please inform me is there a night bus(at 11 PM)
    from dubai ti muscut? i hear difference story, and i coulnt find
    right answer.

    thanks in advance

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  29. Benson

    Hi pedro

    Thanks for ur update. I am from India holding oman labour card. Is Visa required before I travel.? Gif it s required how I vl get it.

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  30. Lady

    We took the bus going to Oman from Dubai that leaves at 11pm in the evening and it took only 4 and a half hours ride (since there was no traffic, border and visa checks were fast since we were only few passengers then). But coming back was quite longer as. We took the 3pm schedule and It took 7 hours of travel … Anyway, Oman is a such a beautiful country and would want to return ASAP. 🙂

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    • Pedro Richardson

      Hi there! Thanks for the input, it’s good to hear from others who’ve done the same route. The 11pm bus must be the best one, since in general there wouldn’t be a lot of travellers going through immigration. I’ve taken the 6am bus several times and it’s always a slow journey.

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  31. Candice - Desert to Jungle

    Pedro, thanks for the information, it’s so hard to find info online for this trip. I’ve also read the post on her blog by Lady (she posted just above) about this and she mentions that she had to show a valid UAE residence visa when booking her ticket from Dubai. Did you have to do anything like that? I plan to do this journey in August but I’m on holiday, not a resident of either Oman or UAE. Thanks!
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    • Pedro (the author)

      Hi Candice, I actually did Muscat-Dubai, and only had to show my passport. As a UK citizen, you can just travel between the two countries and get your visa on arrival. Best of all, so you can save a few quid, upon arrival at Dubai, ask them if your visa is valid for Oman. That way you don’t have to pay for an Omani visa (only about £8 for 10 days anyway). If not, you’ll just get a visa when you enter Oman, and a new one when you return to Dubai.

      Thanks for the visit!

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  32. archana

    Hi,Pedro
    I’m archana here.,
    Do u feel is it safe for a single girl.via road.Do u feel it is safe??

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    • Pedro (the author)

      Hi Archana, I’ve done this journey a few times and there was always at least one single female travelling. This part of the world is very safe. To be sure, I’d recommend you taking one of the daytime buses.

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  33. Dr V K A Hameed

    please let me know where is the bus starting point to muscat from Dubai and the timings please

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  34. Viswanath

    I am in muscat, need to get your muscat contact number to book the ticket and travel to Dubai today

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  35. NAVNEET

    very useful information, hope it will help me travelling from dubai to muscat… i will b there between 25-31 aug…i am also planning to take my bicycle wid me . cheers

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    • mona

      Hello
      Am travelling with family, me and kids holding EU passports and husband holding the Lebanese one, to Oman and then Dubai. I know that EU citizens don t need visas to both Oman and UAE, while husband will need one to UAE.
      I heard that if one has a tourist visa he can not leave Oman to UAE by bus only through airlines. Any feedback about this from ur side?
      Thanx a million.

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  36. Ruth Mulcahy

    Hi there, can you tell me the luggage allowance for the bus ride from Muscat to Dubai please?

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    • Pedro (The Author)

      Hi Ruth, I’m not sure, I’m afraid. But I’ve seen people carrying three pieces and it was fine.

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      • Martin

        Hi,
        last week there were people travelling from Dubai to Muscat with more than 3 bags – as long as you are willing to pay cca 3AED apiece, you should be fine.

  37. Darjan

    Hi! Do you maybe have some informations for public bus between Muscat and Abu Dhabi (schedule, price, time of driving, border crossing, stops…)

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    • Pedro Richardson

      Hi Darjan, unfortunately I don’t have details of a Muscat to Abu Dhabi service. Your best bet is calling the phone number at the end of the post.

      Cheers!

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      • Martin

        Hi,
        I wanted to go from Muscat to Abu Dhabi last week, bud had to go via Dubai instead as there is no direct bus. You need to go to Dubai, then take a metro to Al Ghubaiba station and take a Dubai – Abu Dhabi bus. The entire journey took us about 10 hours incl. waiting for metro (as it opens at 6am).

  38. sanjeev

    I traveled by ONTC bus last week from Dubai to Muscat ( Saturday , 1/11/14 , 11 pm ). It was an 18 seated bus and the guy at the ONTC office was very rude to me when I called to enquire about the ticket. On Friday , when I called him he said to call him again on Saturday to find out whether there was a bus trip on that day ! I didn’t trust this guy and went to their office (near Al Rigga metro station; 5-10 minutes walking from the station ; walk towards DNATA and AL BASSAM centre ) and purchased the ticket. On Saturday I called him again and he told me that the bus trip is confirmed. He didn’t like when I called him again in the evening just to confirm my seat. “My friend, Are you joking ? Do you want two tickets ? I have already booked your name, once. So don’t trouble me again”, he said..
    The bus started at 11. It was a small bus and the old looking driver placed all the luggage in the storage space at the back of bus. The seats were very narrow and unfortunately my fellow passenger was leaning most of the time towards me probably because the fellow sitting next to him was doing the same thing to him ! We reached Muscat at 5.00 AM on 2/11/14. I had a bad neck ache and stiff lower limb joints for some days.
    The funny part of the journey was when the driver suddenly applied brakes and stopped the bus on the side of road and furiously opened the door of passengers and yelled at a poor Pakistani to come out of the bus instantly. Nobody had a clue for his sudden burst of anger. The driver was scolding him as he thought that the Pakistani had sprayed some perfume inside the bus. The driver didn’t like the smell and that was the reason for his anger. “This is not your car. The poor passenger said sorry and promised not to put the spray again and so the driver started again after flushing all the perfume out of the bus !

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  39. Albert

    Hi Pedro!

    Do You know is this bus makes a stop at Muscat International Airport? Or does it have sole stop in Sohar?

    Best regards.

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  41. shaun

    Hi,
    Wanted to knw d visa procedures to travel from mct to dxb for my wife & kids (holdng indian passports). Can they travel alone without me, & wat are the procedures for that.

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  42. semil

    Hi pedro,

    How much dh need to get visa from border..what they will ask to us .I am going to visit my friends and family members. .then I am want to take hotels …

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  43. Tarik

    Hi Pedro. Do you know if South African nationals can get an Omani visa at the border on this bus trip? And if not do they have to get it in Dubai before taking the bus?

    Thank you

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    • Pedro (the author)

      Hi Tarik, I’m sorry, but I don’t know. Your best bed would be the Royal Oman Police website.

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  44. Anonymous

    Hey Pedro, thank you for the information. I want to leave New Years Eve day from Muscat and come back to Muscat the following day on New Years Day this year. Is that possible? Will there be bus service these days?

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  45. BISWAJIT ROY

    Dear Pedro. I want to go to Abu Dhabi on 31st dec’2014. I stay at muscat for last 4 months. Pls let me know the bus services and timing from Ruwi, pls also let me know that whether I shall get Visa on arrival or not. Waiting for your valuable reply. regards

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    • Pedro (the author)

      I’m afraid I don’t have timings of buses to Abu Dhabi, I have never made such a journey. you’ll be better off calling the number on the post. Cheers!

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  46. sushanth

    may i know from where the bus starts????? i would like to travel to sohar on 30.12.2014…!!! what stuffs should i have in my hand for border check..!!!

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  47. Pedro (the author)

    Hi there, full information about bus timings are on the post above.

    I’ve written this post to share tips on how to make this journey, but I don’t have information on immigration requirements for different nationalities. Your best bet is contacting the UAE consulate in Muscat.

    Cheers!

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  48. Manas Kumar

    Dear Pedro, my colleague and I are travelling to Muscat, Oman on the night of 9th Jan from Mumbai. We will be in Muscat till 11th evening. I am planning to take a private taxi along with my colleague to travel to Dubai as we have work in Dubai too and a flight back to Mumbai from Dubai on 15th. We have booked the flight tickets and also have visas for both countries. Kindly advice regarding hiring a private taxi as we are not preferring to fly for such a short distance.

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  49. Awais Irshad

    Thank you for your imformation and I will plan to go Muscat from Dubai also.Can I book the ticket for round trip at Dubai?
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  50. Berthold Kynast

    Hi Pedri, big compliment. This is the only website where any reasonable and usable information on the buses between Dubai and Muscat is available.

    My question

    In August l plan to do a trip from Bulgaria where I live with some friends to Dubai. Flight will arrive and return from there, and after 3 days by bus to Muscat. On the website of Oman Air there is detailed information that Germans and Bulgarians having an entry stamp for a visa from Dubai which is free of charge by the way, do not need to get a separate visa from Oman. But apparently the officers do not know this because September 2014 i was even flying in from Dubai and the charged me. Maybe I should have told them that I had a visa from Dubai already. Do you have any idea if this is only valid when continuing by plane to Oman or is it the same by bus?

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    • Pedro (The Author)

      Hi Berthold! That is correct, you can enter Oman without having to pay for a visa. When you arrive in Dubai, you must specifically explain to the immigration officer you want the visa that allows you entry into Oman – it’s a different type of tourist visa. I’ve never used it, but I do know of people who just did that and they got the right visa.

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  51. Mohamed Fazil

    I am planning to travel to oman from dubai. My profession is Assistant Accountant. My visa was stamped on 02 Feb 2015. Is there any problem for me to travel?

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  52. Sam

    Hi Pedro
    Plz may I know when are the bus timing from Dubai to Muscat on Thursday n Friday.. As the number mentioned here for contact at Dubai they never answer the call

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  53. star17

    Hi pedro! finally I got a clarer view of visiting dubai. This info is so helpful. Just one question… I have a working visa here in muscat and planning to go for 2day vacation in dubai. Do u have any idea about the transit visa? I mean do they provide it there upon my arrival?

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  54. IBRAHIM BABU

    Hi Pedro,
    Impressed with the web site and the way you take care to answer queries.
    Thanks

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  55. sateesh

    Hello Pedro,

    I Am planning to go sohar from deira city centre in Ramadan days.may I know the approximate cost of trip .

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  56. Kuldeep Singh

    2 friends of mine (an elderly couple) are planning to visit Dubai in October 2015. While at Dubai they wish to go Al Ghubra, Muscat, Oman for two days. They wish to hire a taxi from Dubai to Muscat to just drop them and then pick them up 2 days later and bring them back to Dubai. I would like to know the taxi hire charge for dropping them to Muscat (one way) and then bringing them back to Dubai after 2 days. Also let me know the name of the Companies hiring out private taxis

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  57. Minu

    Hi,
    I would like to travel to Mct with my two kids this week.Is there any changes in ticket fare for children? what are the luggage & visa rules? Also Pls let me know the best date which doesn’t have much rush in immigration.

    Thank you
    Minu

    Reply
    • Pedro (The Author)

      Hi Minu, thank you for your message. Unfortunately I don’t have this kind of information, as I’m not a travel agent nor am I linked to ONTC. Your best bet is calling the telephone number at the end of the post.

      Have a great trip!

      Reply
  58. Peter

    Hi we are coming from New Zealand are your buses air conditioned we are are planning to catch the early morning bus from Dubai to Muscat Thankyou

    Reply
    • Pedro (The Author)

      Hi Peter, I’ve done this route several times and none of the buses were airconditioned. Having said that, I’ve never travelled during summer, and I’m aware the bus company does have airconditioned buses. So, from my experience, no, the buses don’t have air conditioning. But I’d imagine that changes during summer. By the way, I’ve got no connection with the bus company. 🙂

      Cheers!

      Reply
  59. Deepa

    Iam on family visa resident oman .can i travel from muscat to dubai by bus if husband not accompanied with me. Ladies can gi by road alone ?

    Reply
  60. Ester Lafleur

    Savvy suggestions – I am thankful for the info ! Does anyone know where I could possibly get ahold of a sample 2015 IRS 1040-ES version to edit ?

    Reply
  61. Nidhin

    Hi
    I would like to know what would be the visa charges associated for travelling from muscat to dubai. I work for the ministry of health royal hospital as a technologist.would i be able to travel to dubai widout any problems? And also at present is der a visa on arrival option for travellers from muscat to dubai, i have heard dat dey have made the visa process online right nw and u hav to register 48 hts in advance.

    Reply
    • Pedro Richardson

      Hi Nidhin, unfortunately I don’t have this kind of information, since it all depends on your nationality. I recommend you call the UAE consulate in Muscat.

      Thanks!

      Reply
  62. Buzzle

    Thanks for the information. Very helpful! Did you have to purchase a ticket beforehand? I can’t seem to find a website for the company, do you know if they have one?

    Reply
  63. Ans

    Hello Pedro,

    I enjoyed reading your story but i am wondering if there are still busses from Muscat to Abu Dhabi… Is there still à connection between Muscat and Abu Dhabi? And do you also know how often the bus goes and how many times a day?
    Thanks!

    Ans

    Reply
  64. J

    I HAVE AN INDIAN PASSPORT AND VISA FOR MUSCAT. IF I WANT TO TRAVEL FM MUSCAT TO DUBAI, ANY SEPARATE VISA IS REQUIRED. I ALSO HV A RESIDENT CARD OF MUSCAT

    Reply
  65. Linda

    Hi – thank you for this article!! Very helpful.
    I’m visiting Oman for a couple of weeks on a tourist visa. Do you know if I’ll have to pay for a new visa upon return to Oman after visiting Dubai? Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Pedro Richardson

      Hi Linda, I’m not 100% sure, but if you have just the regular tourist visa, I believe so. In that case I recommend you tell the immigration officer you’ll be going to Oman and ask for a visa that allows you to go there on the same UAE visa.

      Reply
  66. kd

    Article is very helpful but i am going to muscat on work visa, can i visit dubai from oman without having any visa issues? i am indian national.

    Reply
  67. Abdul

    Hi, I would like to go Dubai from Muscat by Roadways.
    My Oman’s Resident ID is 3months and 10days old.
    I am an Architect and Indian National, I have already went Dubai twice from India.
    Am I Eligible to cross Oman-UAE Border, Kindly let me know thanks.

    Reply
  68. Kai

    Hi Pedro.

    If i were to take the 6 am bus, will i be able to buy it before boarding as you mentioned? Do they sell it at the counter or on the bus? How would i know if there are any seats left? I’ll be arriving at Muscat just the night before and will take the first Bus out to Dubai.

    Reply
    • Pedro

      Hi Kai, that would normally be possible, but I recommend arriving at least 30 minutes earlier in order to guarantee your seat. Having said that, I’ve taken that service a few times and it was never full.

      Reply
    • Pedro

      Hi Shaji, unfortunately I don’t have this kind of information. Your best bet is calling the consulate in Muscat to get the most accurate information.

      Cheers!

      Reply
  69. Gagan

    Hi Pedro, Greeting !!!
    Thanks for all this valuable information.
    I would like to know, i want to travel from Oman to Fujairah. As the route of Oman to dubai is through Hatta border which is very near to fujairah. so is there any possibility that the bus driver will stop the bus and de-board me at fujairah and then leave for dubai?

    Reply
    • Pedro

      Hi Gagan, on the journeys I did, they went straight to Dubai afterwards. I’d recommend you discussed it with the driver beforehand, to avoid any disappointments. I’d love to hear how it went, though. 🙂

      Reply
  70. Juraj

    Hello,

    I read on website (http://mwasalat.om/images/routes/route201.png), that bus from Dubai to Muscat goes 3 times a day.
    I am really interested about bus from Dubai to Muscat at 23:00 p.m.
    I tried to call to hotline and other offices of ONTC, but nobody picked up the phone.
    I just want to know, if this bus goes normally during the week. Is it correct?

    Another question is: is it necessary to book bus tickets in advance? or is it ok, when I will buy bus tickets just before leave of bus?

    Can you help, please?

    Juraj

    Reply
    • Pedro

      Hi Juraj, that’s correct, the bus goes three times daily. I always bought my ticket at Ruwi Bus Station.

      Reply
  71. Rehan Ali

    Hi,
    Can you please tell me where is the bus station in Muscat and also in Dubai? What is the round trip ticket cost in RO? How much time it will take to reach Dubai including the time spent at border for Visa stamp?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Pedro

      Hi Rehan, all the answers to your questions are on the post above. Looks like you didn’t read it… 🙁

      Reply
  72. lanton

    Traditionally bus travel has been less expensive than journeys by air or rail but in many ways it can be more comfortable and convenient. Thanks for sharing this great article, Thanks for the article..

    Reply
  73. Amina

    Thank you, I found the infro very useful, although you did not specify the street where exactly the bus stops in Dubai? Also, I would like to know if the buses are airconditioned?
    thank you in advance

    Reply
    • Kai

      Dear Amina,
      I went to Dubai in May and used the bus service for a return trip from Muscat. Yes the buses are air-conditioned. In this age all buses had better be airconditioned. The bus station in Dubai isnt a proper one and the buses just wait by the road side. Tickets can be purchased 1 hour before the bus leaves. In fact when i went there early they asked me to come back later 1 hour before bus departed. Deira city center metro station is within a walking distance.

      Here is a link that should help you.

      https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/middle-east/oman/buses-dubai-to-muscat

      Reply
  74. Advi

    Hi,

    Which will be the nearest bus stop to Ajman in Dubai while travelling from Muscat to Dubai

    Reply
    • Fernando

      Hi Advi,

      its SHARAJH.

      you will be able to get the bus to ajman from Deira city centre where the oman bus’s last destination.

      Reply

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