Rent a car at Muscat Airport with Europcar
As a gateway to Oman and the main international airport serving this beautiful country nestled on the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Muscat Airport is a relatively small yet bustling travel hub. Located just 32 kilometres from the capital city of Muscat, it’s a great place to begin an onward adventure, so why not pick up a car rental and be on your way in no time?
You will find our Europcar Muscat Airport car rental desks at the arrival lounge for your convenience.
The Europcar car hire experience at Muscat Airport
Hiring a car should be easy and hassle-free. That’s why we offer a three-step online booking process as well as flexible long and short-term rental solutions to suit your needs.
Our fleet of new, safe and reliable vehicles is designed to transport you from A to B in comfort and style. We have many different makes and models to choose from, so whether you want something small and eco-friendly like a Toyota Yaris or would prefer a Toyota RAV four-wheel drive complete with plenty of legroom – we can help. Our premium range also features the Toyota Prado, a reliable SUV offering both style and performance, so go ahead and browse what’s available for your selected dates. It really is that easy. Whatever you opt for, we will be waiting to hand over the keys and get you on the road as quickly as possible.
Discover Muscat and surroundings by car
Nestled on the Gulf of Oman and surrounded by mountains and desert, Muscat offers a wonderfully unique experience that’s sure to take your breath away. With modern day skyscraper landmarks towering over century-old ruins, the mix of old meets new is a distinctive characteristic of Oman’s picturesque port capital – so where should you head first?
Well, how about a trip to the Grand Mosque – a modern piece of Islamic architecture gifted to the nation by the Sultan Qaboos to mark his 30th year of reign? Or, the Royal Opera House which boasts an enchanting Arabesque design? Mutrah Souq also makes for an unforgettable shopping experience and if you head to the harbour, you’ll see the striking blue and gold pillars of the Sultan’s Palace – which while closed to the public, is well-worth admiring from the front gates.
Al Jalali Fort, built during the Portuguese occupation in the 1580s, is also well-worth a visit and then there’s the Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum which will give you a more detailed insight into Oman’s fascinating history touching on the country’s international relations and military prowess.
Surrounded by beautiful beaches, Muscat is also the ideal place to soak up some rays or splash in the waves with Qurum Beach being a top spot for families. Amongst Oman’s most-popular beaches also includes Khalouf Beach to the south of the city where towering sand dunes provide the perfect backdrop for fishermen looking for their catch of the day. Coconut groves and banana plantations go right up to the water’s edge at Mughsayl Beach and for crystal clear waters where snorkelling is highly recommended, make your way south along the coast towards Tiwi Beach – being sure to pass by the renowned Bimmah Sinkhole which locals often say was formed by a falling star.
Why not also head out into the desert with the Empty Quarter – the world’s largest uninterrupted mass of sand – being a great place to experience the vastness of desert life at its very best? While in Oman you could also venture to the heart of Wahiba Sands for a night camp and a camel ride.
Driving in Muscat
When driving throughout Oman, be sure to stay on the right hand side of the road unless you are overtaking. In Oman you must be 18 to legally drive and 21 if you want to rent a vehicle.
If you are heading out into the desert, be sure to always have enough fuel in the tank to complete your journey and take your time navigating unfamiliar and often bumpy roads. It is also very important to follow local speed limits as these will help to keep you safe. As a rule, it is 40-80kph in urban areas, 90kph in rural areas and 120kph on the motorway.
As Oman is a Muslim country, alcohol is strictly forbidden. Those caught drink driving could receive a jail sentence or be deported.
When parking in Oman, you must know the rules to avoid fines which are often eye-wateringly disproportionate to the offenses committed. These include never parking in front of public buildings including royal palaces, petrol stations, fire stations and on bridges. You cannot park outside a house, only in the drive, and you mustn’t park anywhere except in a metered bay.