We still believe every country can be done on a low budget if that is something you are eager to do. Lots of little known countries among travelers, are often pricy due to the lack of tourist facilities. But on the other hand, there are still countries, which can hardly be seen on tourist radars and can be done as low budget travel. One of them is Oman.
Oman has still been one of our favorite travels due to being extremely traditional, historical and adventurous. And yes, it can be done on a budget as well. Read how!
- Cheap flights to Oman
We are based in Europe, so we mostly know prices for flights to Oman from here. It depends where in Europe you are based, but you can get a return flight to Muscat and back for as little as 300 EUR/pp.
- Visa on arrival
Check if you are among countries which don’t need visa for entering Oman. We needed one, but luckily there is visa on arrival available. We travelled around Oman for 9 days and the 10 days visa costed 5 Omani Rial, which is around 12 EUR.
- Renting a car
Forget about traveling around Oman backpacking and using local transport as the best way and also not expensive one is renting a car. We would recommend you to have a 4WD, but leaving few places behind, a normal personal car will do as well. Not to mention it will be cheaper too. We booked the car through www.economycarrentals.com. The price for a small personal car like Toyota Yaris will costs you around 20€/day.
- Fuel prices
One of the advantages of renting a car for traveling around Oman is also the low price for fuel. It was great to see a liter of fuel for as little as 0,43 EUR.
If you really want to make your travel around Oman as one unforgetable adventure, pack a tent with you and forget about hotels. Believe it or not, but wilderness camping in Oman is allowed by law and you can pitch your tent almost everywhere – avoid private lots and cities. Nevertheless, we would still recommend you to stay in a hotel for the first and last night – just to get yourself together after and before the flight. Check out hotels in Muscat here. The first day hotel would be best around International Airport as it is close to the largest shopping mall and grocery store, where you can buy everything needed for the roadtrip. The last day you might want to stay near the traditional area of Muscat – Muttrah (most tourist attractions are there). Check out our recommended hotels here, which are reasonable priced.
If you’ll decide for wilderness camping, you will probably cook your own meals, or at least breakfasts and snacks will be your own responsibility. Buy all you need before leaving Muscat, as you will get most for your money and also a wider choice there. But if you will be driving through different towns, you can always stop at some local eateries or maybe Indian restaurants, where the food is good and cheap. How great is that, right?
- Entrance fees
Nothing can be better than visiting tons of sights and hardly open your wallet. Oman, being a great outdoor destination, will impress you for its nature, towns, countryside and landscape. But even though you will want to visit few of their magnificent forts, you will be surprised when buying a ticket. Each entrance fee is only a bit more than 1 EUR /pp.
If these facts made you visiting Oman, check out our 9 days travel itinerary, done as a self-drive tour. And do not hesitate to visit Oman for too long – it is getting more and more popular among travelers and we just hope it will not lost its charm too soon.