What I really like during my travels, is to experience the unexpected. Be it by spotting interesting buildings after getting lost in the streets of a big city, or when I go to a basic restaurant and taste some food from heaven. On my trip to Oman I experienced it again, but this time by scrapping my plans to go south to Salalah, to visit the small and picturesque Nizwa, the country’s old capital, and its surrounding area. I had read little about the place, but many Omanis recommended I visited it instead of going to the country’s second largest city.

How to go from Muscat to Nizwa

I took a bus from Muscat’s bus station in the Ruwi area, where I stayed. The bus trip was very pleasant, always in a plain passing by small villages with towering minarets, and surrounded by some of the country’s highest mountains.

How to go from Muscat to Nizwa

The bus stops anywhere along the way, and Nizwa’s stop is in an area 5km from town, in the middle of the wadi. What I found quite unusual is that all hotels are located far from the town centre – about 2km away, at least. The town centre can be reached by microbus (300 baihas) or taxi. I was lucky enough to get a free lift from two youngsters who probably felt sorry for me. They even offered to drive me to the mountains the following day, but I could not accept such generosity.

How to go from Muscat to Nizwa
View of Nizwa town centre
Once settled in my small hotel, the next step was to find an agency that would get me a 4×4 with a driver. Nizwa is the gateway to some of Oman’s great outdoors, with impressive caves, dozens of forts, Jebel Akhdar and Jebel Shams, the country’s highest mountain not far, and a 4×4 would allow me to explore them all. Finding one proved to be a mission, so I recommend anyone to organise it from an agency Muscat. After arranging my transport, I then had time to see little Nizwa. It is located in the middle of an oasis, and once the country’s capital and important centre of trade, education, religion and art.
How to go from Muscat to Nizwa

The town centre is very small, and the main attractions are the fort, built in 1668 and from where you have great view of the town, surrounding oasis of palm trees and the market. It is quite small, but charming, and you will find some good silver jewellery – don’t miss the chance to see silversmiths working their craft outside some of the shops. If you have the spare luggage space, you can also buy some beautiful local pottery.

How to go from Muscat to Nizwa

After my mini exploration, it was time to taste the local food, and hopefully, mingle with locals and hear some interesting local stories.

How to go from Muscat to Nizwa

Nizwa: Useful Information

Distance from Muscat: 140KM (87 Miles)
Bus ticket from Muscat: 4 OMR (6.50GBP, 10.50USD, 8EUR)
Majan Guest House: 25 OMR per night (41GBP, 65USD, 49EUR)
Local microbus: 300 Baisas (0.50GBP, 0.78USD, 0.60EUR)
Local taxi (negotiate!): 2 OMR (3.25GBP, 5.25USD, 4EUR)
.
.

(Visited 9,909 times, 7 visits today)

14 Responses

  1. catbirdinkorea

    Hi Pedro, I'm so glad you enjoyed Nizwa and all of Oman. Sounds like you had a great trip! Welcome to my world. And thanks for your comments on my blog!

    Reply
  2. Bella Wilson

    Nice read! By going through your blog it seems that you really enjoyed your bus trip. There is no doubt that traveling can become more interesting and happening with affordable transportation services and buses are the best way to enjoy the trips. You can simply sit in the back seat and enjoy the sightseeing.<br /><a href="http://www.southdublinbushire.com/&quot; rel="nofollow">Affordable Dublin coach

    Reply
  3. Anonymous

    Pedro I will be going to Muscat and I will like to travel by car to Dubai what is your advice

    Reply
    • Pedro

      Hi there! I´m afraid I only travelled by bus from Muscat to Dubai, I haven´t gone by card. But renting a regular (non 4×4) in Muscat is not too expensive – around USD50 per day, including insurance last time I checked. I recommend you contact one of the car hire places at Muscat Airport and they´ll be able to give you details. Good luck!

      Reply
  4. Anonymous

    Hi Pedro. Do you have details of your car/driver hire in Nizwa? What&#39;s the fee like? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro

      Hi there, I found my driver through an agency, whose details I no longer have. But the driver&#39;s name is Ali and his number is +968 9934 9556. If I&#39;m not mistaken, he charged me OMR50 for a full day tour.<br /><br />I&#39;m preparing a few more posts about Oman, so feel free to come back . :-)<br /><br />Thanks!

      Reply
  5. Top 10 Places to Visit in Brazil

    […] – How to Travel from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, Uruguay – One Day in Muscat, Oman – From Muscat to Nizwa, The Old Omani Capital – Dubai Hotel: Jumeirah Emirates Tower – Morocco and the Budget Airlines jQuery.ajax({url: […]

    Reply
  6. how to get to bimah sinkhole

    […]     Other Posts: –  Where to Eat in Kuwait City: 6 Options for Different Budgets – From Muscat to Nizwa, the Old Omani Capital – 48 Hours in Tbilisi: Day 1 – A Photo Tour of Cluj-Napoca, […]

    Reply
  7. Heikel

    Hi Pedro, thanks for these great posts. Would it please be possible to provide me some information about the bus schedule from Muscat to Nizwa and from Nizwa to Muscat.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CommentLuv badge