How To Travel Oman On A Budget: Average Daily Costs For A 2 Week Road Trip

How To Travel Oman On A Budget average daily travel budget

Since publishing my Oman itinerary and Oman accommodation guide, several people have asked me about the necessary daily travel budget for Oman. And since I always obsessively keep check of every euro, dollar, dong, rupee or in this case Omani Rial we spend I am happy to share our Oman expenses.


Oman: daily travel budget for a 2-week road trip

Check the infographic below for more information about the costs of a 2-week road trip around Oman. The infographic shows the expenses for accommodation (campsites and hotels), transport (car rental and petrol), food and the visa for Oman.

How to travel Oman on a budget: detailed breakdown of the average daily travel budget for a 2-week road trip (accommodation, transport, food, visa) + budget saving tips!


Oman travel budget: important facts and figures

• I collaborated with several companies during our Oman trip which reduced our travel costs. But I have done my utmost to write down what I feel is a realistic budget for a 2-week road trip in Oman. I researched the prices of the sponsored hotel stays and prices for car rental options. All other expenses are our actual expenses during our 2 week road trip (non-sponsored hotels, petrol, food, visa, etc.).

• I wrote down the costs for 2 road trip scenarios:

Option 1: hire a 4×4 drive. I strongly recommend this option because off-road driving in Oman is the best!
Option 2: hire a saloon car. A saloon car is considerably cheaper so if you want to visit Oman but have a very strict budget a saloon car would be a suitable alternative. But again, off-road driving is awesome so I highly recommend option 1!

• I traveled Oman with my husband and for this budget post also assume you are traveling with a partner. Therefore, all expenses mentioned are for the two of us together.

• I quote prices in €. For those interested in the prices in Omani Rial (OMR), when we were in Oman (March 2017) 1 OMR was around €2,5 (so you can easily do the math?). However, as the exchange rate varies this may be slightly different now.

• I spent 3 weeks in Oman but only 2 of those weeks were spent on the road. The other days I was in Muscat and Sohar, without a car. I therefore excluded those costs from the budget breakdown as the purpose of this post is to give insight into the costs of a 2-week road trip in Oman.

• For option number 1 (with the 4×4 car) you can manage an average daily budget of €123 for a couple. For option number 2 (with the saloon car) your are looking at an average daily budget of €65 for a couple.

Road trip average daily budget Oman 4x4 rental car and saloon rental car - expenses per categorie


How much does a 2-week road trip car in Oman with a 4×4 cost:
average daily budget option 1

Road trip average daily budget Oman 4x4 rental car - expenses per categorie

How much does a 2-week road trip car in Oman with a saloon car cost:
average daily budget option 2

Road trip average daily budget Oman saloon rental car - expenses per categorie


Oman travel budget

1. Accommodation costs in Oman – free campsites and hotels

Camping

Free campsite in Sharqiya Sands reachable with 4wd 4x4 jeep - camping in the desert

A great way to cut the costs of your Oman trip is to go camping. Wild camping is legal and as long as you don’t camp near villages or in wadi beds (risk of flash floods) you can pitch your tent anywhere you want!

During our 2-week self-drive road trip we camped for 11 nights and stayed at hotels for only 3 nights. You can find all the campsites we stayed at (including map and directions) in this post. We camped for 3 nights in a row, then checked into a hotel for a night to shower and charge our electronics.

Hotels

During our 3-week Oman trip, we stayed at five hotels in three different budget classes. It’s definitely possible to find a suitable hotel for every budget in Oman. I usually check hotels on Agoda and Booking and book at the site which offers the best price. The hotels we stayed at in Oman can be divided into three categories:

Budget hotel (around €50 per night)

• In Muscat we stayed at Mutrah hotel, prices start at €40 per night (we paid €51). We stayed here before starting our road trip.

• In Bahla we stayed at Bahla Hotel Apartments, prices start at €40 per night (we paid €45). We stayed here during our road trip.

• In Sur we stayed at Al Ayjah Plaza Hotel, prices start at €50 per night (I worked with this hotel and received a complimentary stay). We stayed here during our road trip.

Sur Al Ayjah Plaza Hotel - hotel from 60 euro per night

Mid-range hotel (around €100 per night)

After our road trip we spent a couple of days in Sohar and stayed at the wonderful Radisson Blue hotel, prices start at €100 prices per night (I worked with this hotel and received a complimentary stay).

This was my favorite hotel in Oman, 5-star service but not for a 5-star price. We had a really great time here and I wish we could have stayed longer. But we had to catch our flight to Nepal to hike to Everest Base Camp.

Radisson Blu Sohar Oman swimming pool

Top end hotel (more than €150 per night)

In the Sharqiya Sands we stayed at the Desert Night Camp, prices start at €155 per night including breakfast and dinner (I worked with this hotel and received a complimentary stay). This is an exclusive hotel in the desert, we stayed at the beautiful tent in the picture below. The dunes around the camp were breathtaking, really special! We stayed at the Desert Night Camp during our road trip.

The Desert Night Camp in Sharqiya Sands Oman - luxurious camping glamping in the desert

You can find more information about these hotels in the Oman accommodation post. In general hotel prices are much lower in summer, when it’s blistering hot in Oman. We visited in March and the temperature was between 25-30 degrees Celsius, pretty much perfect!

Assuming you stay in budget hotels and camp for 3 nights in a row before checking into a hotel you’ll spend €150 on hotels in 14 days, which comes down to an average of €11 per night for accommodation.

2. Car rental and petrol costs in Oman

Oman on a budget car rental 4x4 or saloon car

Car rental in Oman

As mentioned above, you have two options:

1. Rent a 4×4 for ~€80 per day
2. Rent a saloon car for ~€22 per day

We received a complimentary car from Mark Tours, an award winning and well-known tour operator in Oman (check the Lonely Planet of Oman). The car was a white Nissan Xterra, a kick-ass 4×4 jeep that took us everywhere! I had not driven a 4×4 before, but because it was an automatic transmission car, driving couldn’t have been easier. The dirt roads in Oman are amazing, driving over these adventurous roads for hours without coming across other tourists is what made our trip unforgettable.

That being said, a 4×4 is much more expensive than a saloon car and there are many worthwhile destinations in Oman which can perfectly be reached without a 4×4.

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Price of petrol in Oman

Petrol is cheap in Oman, as can be expected from a country which has oil (though not nearly as much as several of its neighbors). We paid 200 baisa per liter, that’s just €0,50! In the Netherlands the price for petrol is at least 3 times higher so for us this was a pleasant surprise.

Obviously, the amount you’ll spend on fuel depends on how many kilometers you’ll drive but if you follow our itinerary you’re looking at €10 per day for fuel. In 2 weeks, we drove approximately 2750 kilometers, so ~200 km per day.

3. Costs of food in Oman

Cheap food in Oman coffeeshops - Oman budget travel

Food is not expensive in Oman, in fact, it’s very cheap! Even the smallest villages usually have a coffee shop. And in Oman a coffee shop means food. These little restaurants are mostly run by people from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan and sell delicious dosas, curries, biryani, rice and more.

Good food in Oman - cheap travel in Oman

Besides the great food in the coffee shops, there are also excellent supermarkets in Oman. In the bigger cities, you’ll find LuLu and Carrefour hypermarkets, in smaller towns there are local supermarkets which I found surprisingly well stocked!

Prices for food items:
• Water (6*2 liter) ⇒900 baisa / €2,25
• Coffee ⇒ 200 baisa / €0,50
• Fruit juice ⇒ 500 baisa – 1 OMR / €1,25 – €2,50
• Lunch/dinner ⇒ 500 baisa – 1,5 OMR / €1,25 – €4
• 4-pack of flatbread in the supermarket ⇒ 100 baisa / €0,25

What helped to cut the costs for food even more is that we often made our own breakfast. Many days we camped in the middle of nowhere and there were no coffee shops around (or opened yet, as we usually woke up at the crack of dawn?).

We had a compact stove, gas and a small pan to boil water. We used the hot water to make tea, coffee, porridge and noodle soup, very convenient! On average, we spent €15 per day on food.

Camping in Oman what do you need to buy and what do you need to know

4. Visa costs for Oman

In my Hatta border post, you can read more about our little border crossing fiasco but long story short: a 10-day visa for Oman costs 5 OMR / €12,50 and a 1 month visa for Oman costs 20 OMR / €50.

Assuming you’ll spend 14 days in the country and therefore need to buy a 1 month visa of 20 OMR per person your average daily visa costs are approximately €7.

5. Cost of activities in Oman

The road trip itself was our main activity but other than that we did several hikes (free) and visited two historic forts (in Nakhal and Bahla). The entrance fee for both forts was 500 baisa / €1,25 per person. I left this out of the calculations as it’s so little it doesn’t really have an influence on the daily travel budget.

Visit Nakhal Fort in Oman - historic fort and budget activity


Adding the costs for accommodation, car rental, petrol, food and visa together this brings the average daily travel budget for the 4×4 (option 1) to €123 and the average daily budget for the saloon car (option 2) to €65 (for a couple).

You can download the budget breakdown infographic below. Feel free to ask any questions by leaving a comment or sending me an email!

Looking for more travel planning resources? Check out the Phenomenal Globe Travel Planning Library and my Travel Resource page!

How to travel Oman on a budget: detailed breakdown of the average daily travel budget for a 2-week road trip (accommodation, transport, food, visa) + budget saving tips! #Oman #roadtrip #travelbudget How to travel Oman on a budget: detailed breakdown of the average daily travel budget for a 2-week road trip (accommodation, transport, food, visa) + budget saving tips! #Oman #roadtrip #travelbudget
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16 Comments

  1. Sujan Pariyar
    May 1, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    Thanks for providing this information about Oman. This is really useful.

    • Lotte
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 6:37 am

      You are most welcome Sujan! Happy to help:-) Enjoy your trip!

      • Eugene Smaul
        December 12, 2017 / 10:46 pm

        Thanks for a nice review! Next year I’m planning to visit my colleagues from Oman and I hope to have more than enough free time to see some local wonders 🙂

        • Lotte
          Author
          December 13, 2017 / 8:27 am

          Thank you Eugene! I hope you have a great trip and can see lots of the beautiful things Oman has to offer:-)

  2. May 3, 2017 / 7:17 am

    I had a rental car throughout the stay – 5 days I think. Slept in the car half the time. Just park it at a sensible place. Public transport is simply too inefficient.

    • Lotte
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Sleeping in the car is also a good option! We did this 1 night too because it was raining a bit (I know, what are the odds;-). We took a bus from Muscat to Sohar which was fine. But I agree, public transport is very limited in Oman, for all the interest sites you need your own wheels.

    • HAME
      January 14, 2018 / 11:31 pm

      Is it totally allowed to just park your car at the road and sleep in it? Would be a great option as Oman is way too expensive for students ….

      • Lotte
        Author
        January 15, 2018 / 1:44 pm

        Hi Hame,

        I would recommend not to park right next to the road but to find a spot a little further from a village/the main highway. Officially you can wild camp everywhere in Oman but it’s just nicer to be a bit further from civilization.

        Enjoy your trip!
        Lotte

  3. Mohammed - Oman Travel Agent
    October 26, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Oman is a pretty easy country to travel in. There is an extensive bus network to shuttle you to the farthest corners of the country and the countrymen are incredibly friendly, welcoming you to guesthouse and hostel. Nice information about Oman. Keep it up!

    • Lotte
      Author
      October 28, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      You are right, the Omani people are very friendly and welcoming! While there are buses to the big cities, I don’t agree about there being an extensive bus network. Only the city bus in Muscat runs often, long distance buses only leave 1 or 2 times a day. That being said, we took the bus from Muscat to Sohar (and vice versa) and that was easy and cheap! Either way, Oman is a unique country and I loved our 3 weeks there…

  4. Jessica
    December 14, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Hello Lotte,

    Can you please let me know if the beach in front of Raddison Blue in Sohar is nice to go? We would like to spend a couple of days just laying under the sun, is that a good option for the sea?

    Thanks,
    Jessica

    • Lotte
      Author
      December 15, 2017 / 11:46 am

      Hello Jessica,

      I have to admit I spend most my time by the Radisson Blu pool;-). The beach is also quite nice, but there are no palm trees or crystal white sands if that’s what you are looking for. I can say that the 3 days I spent at Radisson in Sohar were ultimately relaxing and just what we needed after a 2 week road trip.

      Enjoy your trip!
      Lotte

  5. Uma Pinto
    March 28, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    Hi, I’m planning for a budget 6 to 7 day trip to Oman in Nov 18. We want to see most of the important sight seeing places in Muscat and around. We are fine with the idea for self drive. We also want to do different worth while activities too. Kindly advice on the same.

  6. MV
    May 28, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    Hello!
    Great breakdown, I wanted to ask where you got your stove/camping equipment from?
    Did you rent it there, or bring your own?
    Thanks!

    • Lotte
      Author
      May 30, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      Hi Mallika,

      Thanks for reading! Regarding your questions, we bought our camping gear mostly in Oman (though we did bring our own sleeping mats from home). At Lulu Hypermarket in Muscat we bought a tent, 2 sleeping bags, a couple of plastic cups and 2 spoons. At The Sultan Center we bought a very compact stove (brand Kovea), cooking gas and a small pan. I hope this helps! Enjoy your trip:-)

      Lotte

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