Guide to Driving In Oman - Drive Safe in Oman

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Oman and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

40-80 kph

urban
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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

90 kph

rural
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motorway speed limit

120 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 0mg

drink and drive limit
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urban
You drive in Oman on the Right side  
urban
The currency in Oman is OMR
urban
To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 18 years of age
urban
Current fuel price in Oman 0.51 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Oman

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Oman?

Driving in Oman
Pocket guide to driving in Oman
Profile:
Oman
Muscat
OMR
Driving in Oman
SPEED: (kph)
40-80
90
120
Speed limit in Oman
Holiday:
Rush hour in Oman
Cameras:
YES
YES
Speed cameras in Oman
FUEL:
0.48
0.55
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Oman
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Oman
MIN AGE:
18
21
Min driving age in Oman
DRINK:
0mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Oman
EMERGENCY:
999
Emergency phone number in Oman
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Oman
PHONES:
Yes
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Oman
SEATBELTS:
Yes
Yes
Seat belt in Oman
Oman is a beautiful country with much to explore. One of the best trips is one out into the desert, either to see the vast rolling sand dunes by day or to see the clear, starlit sky at night. In town, driving is easy but the roads can be a little congested around peak times. Outside of them you'll find quieter driving experiences but roads that are more suitable for 4x4 rentals in Oman.  If you venture out into the desert, make sure you take plenty of fuel, water and a means of communication.
 

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 9999

Police Fire: 9999

Police Ambulance: 9999

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Oman by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
 
There are many strange parking regulations in Oman including that you mustn’t park in front of public buildings including royal palaces, petrol stations, fire stations and also on bridges. You cannot park outside a house, only in the drive, and you mustn’t park anywhere except in a metered bay. 
 
Paid parking
 
Paid parking can be in garages, parking lots or in metered parking bays and nowhere else.
 
Enforcement
 
Enforcement of parking is done by the police and if you exceed your time or are parked illegally, you’ll find the fines are eye-wateringly disproportionate. 
 
Disabled parking
 
You won’t find any concessions for disabled drivers but if you take your badge with you and show it, you’ll find that a parking attendant will do their best to help.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 9999

Police Fire: 9999

Police Ambulance: 9999

Oman uses the UK’s emergency number 999 for the emergency services, a throwback to British influence in the Gulf.

What to do in an emergency

If your car has technical problems you should call the number given to you by the car rental company or make sure you obtain a number of a partner emergency organisation to the one you use at home. 
 
In the event of an accident you should call the police on 999 if it is serious and report the accident. Don’t move any vehicles as it’s often seen as an admission of guilt. Take photographs and details from witnesses and ask for a copy of the police report. 

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

Most Omanis understand English very well and you’ll have no difficulty in being understood. All signs are in Arabic and in English.
 
Hello/Welcome - Marhuba
Goodbye - Ma’assalaama
Thank you - Shukran
Yes - Na’am
No - La’
Sorry - Muta’assif
Do you speak English? -  Tatakullum ingleezi?
I don’t understand - Ana maa afham
How much is that? - Bekam?
Where’s the nearest doctor? - Wayn aghrab tabeeb

Oman Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Oman by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 0.58 0.51
May, 2019 0.58 0.51
Apr, 2019 0.56 0.49
Mar, 2019 0.55 0.48
Feb, 2019 0.55 0.48
Jan, 2019 0.55 0.48

Hiring a Car

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Oman and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.
Kellie Hodge
Posted by Kellie Hodge
About the Author -

Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

Visitor Comments

  • 10/29/2018

    Philip Carter

    In 2 weeks we arrive in Dubai on Canadian passports and wish to rent a car and drive to Muscat via the coast road. We would like to return to Dubai via Nizwa and Al Ain but have heard of many problems crossing the border. Also how is the road from Nizwa to Al Ain?...and will we need a 4wd? Thank you
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