By Bus From Muscat to Dubai

Updated in December 2013

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.

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.

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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.

Useful Information:

MUSCAT-DUBAI

Bus Ticket Price:        5.50OMR one way (£9, 15USD, €11), 9OMR return (£15, 24USD, €18)
Bus Departure Times: 6am, 3pm and 11pm
Journey Time:             5 to 6 hours
Number of Stops before UAE: 1 in Sohar
Dubai Metro Travelcard: 14AED (£2.40, 3.80USD, €2.90)

DUBAI-MUSCAT

Bus Ticket Price:         55AED one way (£9.50, 15USD, €11.80)
Bus Departure Times: 7am, 3pm and 11pm
Journey Time:              5 to 6 hours
Number of Stops in Oman: 1 in Sohar
ONT Dubai Office:      +9714 2525909
Taxi from Ruwi to Mutrah: 200 Baisas (shared taxi) or 1-2 OMR (private, make sure you negotiate!)

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  • Anonymous October 7, 2012, 7:46 pm

    Too many checks!

  • Pedro October 10, 2012, 9:47 pm

    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.

  • Anonymous October 11, 2012, 9:54 am

    Good info. TQ

  • Anonymous November 25, 2012, 8:37 pm

    cheers man, very helpful.<br />much light<br />m.

  • Erik November 30, 2012, 4:10 pm

    Thank you very much Pedro! Very helpful information. I&#39;m about to do the same journey. When did you do it? Do you think/know if the bus timings are still the same?

    • Pedro December 3, 2012, 2:58 pm

      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!

    • Anonymous January 9, 2013, 8:15 am

      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

    • Pedro January 9, 2013, 11:13 pm

      Hi Vinodh, the last bus from Dubai to Muscat leaves at 11pm.

  • haekal December 5, 2012, 5:44 am

    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?

    • Pedro December 21, 2012, 11:28 am

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

  • Thomas December 26, 2012, 7:56 am

    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

    • Pedro December 26, 2012, 10:29 pm

      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.

  • Anonymous December 31, 2012, 4:27 pm

    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..

    • Pedro December 31, 2012, 6:18 pm

      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 />

  • Dean Nicholson January 2, 2013, 2:04 pm

    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!!

    • Pedro January 2, 2013, 10:32 pm

      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

  • Anonymous January 25, 2013, 9:25 am

    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

    • Pedro January 30, 2013, 3:07 pm

      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

  • Laura BEYLEMANS February 2, 2013, 3:25 pm

    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

    • Pedro February 5, 2013, 11:08 pm

      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! :-)

  • Anonymous February 4, 2013, 4:15 pm

    Hi!<br /><br />Where exactly is the bus leaving from in Dubai?<br />

    • Pedro February 5, 2013, 11:13 pm

      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.

  • Anonymous February 7, 2013, 2:09 pm
  • MEDSIMMER ENTERPRISES February 15, 2013, 1:58 pm

    Hey Chief Pedro,<br /> Do you have any idea if i can get a bus from Dubai to Doha?

    • Pedro February 17, 2013, 11:07 pm

      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.

  • Anonymous February 19, 2013, 10:50 am

    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.

  • mayur April 3, 2013, 3:01 pm

    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

  • Anonymous April 23, 2013, 6:34 am

    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!!!!

  • Anonymous August 2, 2013, 7:55 am

    Thank you very much! It&#39;s such a great help…..

    • Pedro August 7, 2013, 6:59 pm

      Hey there! Thanks for the feedback! :-)

  • Muhammad Arif August 5, 2013, 10:29 am

    Hi Pedro, may i book my ticket from muscat to dubai through a phone call?? If yes, pls give me the contact number. Thanx<br />

    • Pedro August 7, 2013, 6:58 pm

      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!

  • dubaimovers215 September 7, 2013, 10:52 pm

    if we travel by bus so please tell me how much time to arrive at dubai.<br /><a href="http://dubai-movers.net/&quot; rel="nofollow"> movers and packers company uae</a>

    • Pedro September 9, 2013, 5:43 pm

      Hey there, depending on the wait at immigration, it can be anything from 4 to 6 hours…

  • Ijustwannaholiday October 3, 2013, 12:26 am

    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

    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro October 3, 2013, 9:41 pm

      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!

  • Ashlee October 12, 2013, 8:05 am

    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

    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro October 13, 2013, 4:47 pm

      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&#

  • Photobook Girl October 16, 2013, 4:45 pm

    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!

  • sweet sexy man November 4, 2013, 3:32 pm

    hi pedro i am babish from Oman. i am planing to go Dubai i has to reach there by morning 5 to 6is there any bus,reaching Dubai.

    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro November 4, 2013, 5:00 pm

      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! :)

    • babish November 9, 2013, 12:56 pm

      by what time i will be reaching dubai if i take 11 Pm bus

    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro November 10, 2013, 7:42 am

      Hi Babish, it really depends on how long the bus would be at the border. You could be there between 4 and 6am. It may be worthwhile taking the 3pm bus, just to be on the safe side.

  • Terje November 15, 2013, 10:23 am

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

    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro November 15, 2013, 12:12 pm

      Hi Terje, thank you for your feedback. It&#39;s great to hear you found the info useful! <br /><br />Thanks for the visit!

  • headlesscentaur December 8, 2013, 4:38 am

    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

    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro December 8, 2013, 8:20 pm

      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

  • Anonymous January 18, 2014, 2:44 pm

    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

    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro January 19, 2014, 1:18 pm

      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 />

  • shabana ali February 19, 2014, 1:41 pm

    Hi..i just checked with ONT ..They say there is no bus at 11 PM.Please advise if there is any night bus service

    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro February 24, 2014, 12:29 am

      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.

  • Anonymous February 21, 2014, 6:55 pm

    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

    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro February 24, 2014, 12:27 am

      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

  • Anonymous February 26, 2014, 2:15 pm

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

  • mara March 19, 2014, 5:58 pm

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

  • K April 28, 2014, 10:50 pm

    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

    • Pedro Richardson April 29, 2014, 5:07 pm

      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!

  • mohammed mahe alam May 10, 2014, 7:30 am

    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.

    • Pedro Richardson May 11, 2014, 5:42 pm

      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.

  • Ducky May 15, 2014, 9:23 am

    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

  • alerc May 18, 2014, 7:32 pm

    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.

  • George May 21, 2014, 1:54 pm

    Hi Dude,

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

  • SHAILESH PAREKH May 30, 2014, 10:08 am

    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

    • Pedro Richardson June 16, 2014, 9:57 am

      Hey Shailesh, I recommend you contact the UAE consulate in Muscat to get the most up-to-date information.

      Good luck!

  • Rizwan Ali June 4, 2014, 1:02 am

    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

  • FARHOUD June 4, 2014, 9:52 pm

    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

    • Pedro Richardson June 16, 2014, 9:58 am

      Hi Farhoud, last time I checked (a couple of months ago) it was still operating.

  • Benson June 16, 2014, 4:23 am

    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.

    • Pedro Richardson June 16, 2014, 10:00 am

      Hi Benson, I recommend you check that out with the UAE consulate in Muscat, just to be extra sure.

      Cheers!

  • Lady June 23, 2014, 6:14 am

    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. :)

    • Pedro Richardson June 23, 2014, 10:52 am

      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.

  • Tabrez July 17, 2014, 2:58 am

    Very helpful information. I hope this helps me to go to Muscat.

  • Candice - Desert to Jungle July 22, 2014, 6:43 am

    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) July 22, 2014, 12:24 pm

      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!

  • archana July 22, 2014, 12:40 pm

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

    • Pedro (the author) July 22, 2014, 8:49 pm

      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.

  • Dr V K A Hameed July 22, 2014, 4:24 pm

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

  • Viswanath July 28, 2014, 6:10 am

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

    • Pedro (the author) July 29, 2014, 11:32 am

      Hi Viswanath, the phone number to contact Oman National Transport is the one at the end of the post. I’m not related to them, sorry.

  • NAVNEET August 7, 2014, 6:53 pm

    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

    • mona September 6, 2014, 3:05 pm

      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.

  • Feras September 21, 2014, 2:09 am

    Is it for a season or i can book in eid? from muscat to dubai

  • Ruth Mulcahy September 28, 2014, 4:59 pm

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

    • Pedro (The Author) October 2, 2014, 8:44 pm

      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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