Renting A Car In Oman - A Complete Guide

During your travels in Oman, the best way to get around the country is by renting a car in Oman! Ideally, the best car to rent is a four-wheel-drive so you can cruise over the Sharqiya Sands and drive up the mountains of Jebel Akhdar. However, if you're not comfortable driving a four-wheeler, a saloon car is still sufficient to get around.

Documents Required When Renting A Car in Oman

1. Valid International Driving Permit
2. Proof of identification, like a passport

Although the driving age in Oman is 18, you have to be over 21, or in some cases 25 to rent a car. There are no rules concerning women about driving in Oman, as long as you are above the age limit and have your permit.
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There are the best car rentals in Oman: 

1. Easy Rent Cars

You can pick up your car from various places in Oman, including Muscat International Airport. You can rent a car here if you're 18 years old, but sub charges apply if you're under 30 or over 65.
Website - www.easyrentcars.com
Price: OMR 10 per day to OMR 30 per day for a 4x4  

2. Speedy Oman

Speedy Oman offers car rental services in Muscat and Salalah. You can opt for a chauffeured car or a self-driving car. You can pick up your car at several destinations in and around Muscat and Salalah, including both the airports. You have to be over 21 years old to rent a car from Speedy Oman.
Website - www.speedyoman.com/
Price: OMR 10 per day to OMR 40 per day

3. Sixt Rent a Car

Sixt Rent a Car has three major locations operating in Muscat, Salalah and Sohar. This company only offers new cars; on average all cars are around three months old.  They have a variety of cars, including Nissan Patrol, BMW, Chevrolet, etc. You can go to one of their locations in Oman and pick the car you want. Alternatively, you can book online and you can pick up the car at a chosen location.
Website - www.sixt.com/car-rental/oman

4. ArabiaCars

With ArabiaCars, you can pick up your car at various destinations in Muscat, Salalah, Duqm and Nizwa. They offer long term and short term leases, daily rentals, chauffeur services, spot deliveries and so on. Upon request, they also offer guided tours, camping equipment and much more. It is best to book a car by either calling or emailing them.
Website - www.arabiacars-oman.com/

5. Europcar

Europcar is another rental car company that operates in Oman. If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, cars you can rent from this company are very limited. 
Website -www.europcar.com 
Price: OMR 20 per day to OMR 50 per day

Omani Driving Rules

  • Speed limits are enforced here, so always stay within them. They are clearly indicated on the roads.
  • Driving is on the right side of the road here.
  • Do not drink and drive or carry alcohol in your car. Since Oman is a Muslim country, they have a zero-tolerance policy for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. There are also checkpoints with the Omani Police. They may check your car because carrying alcohol in your car is illegal unless you have a specific license.
  • Always be aware of camels and goats that may be present on the roads.
  • It is also important to always check the weather before you go on your journey. It's advisable to not drive in a wadi or go to the mountain range when heavy rains are predicted, as the roads may be extremely slippery.
So there you go! Rent a car and cruise through Oman's beautiful wadis, mountains and roads. Experience the country as a local at your own pace. Happy driving!

This post was published by Aishwarya Kottapurath

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