Oman is a fairy tale destination. Petrol is ridiculously
Tip nr. 1: Saving Starts With Right Car Choice - 4x4 For Desert Safari or Smaller Car?
Muscat is usually a starting point for desert safari tours in Wahiba Sands. Many first time visitors to Muscat book a huge 4x4 vehicle with hope to drive in the desert. No need to book an expensive and huge vehicle like 4x4. Desert safaris could be arranged in travel agencies with vehicles specially customized for driving in the sands with skilled and experienced drivers. In addition, car rental terms from Thrifty Oman won't allow you to drive rented cars nowhere except on tarmac roads.This way one can save up to 50 percent only on right car choice!
Tip nr. 2: Don't Spent Money On Extras
Having a GPS navigation in Oman is not necessary and presents unnecessary cost. All areas around Muscat are easy to get around and a simple paper map will save you some money - at least 15 US Dollars per day. So, if you intend to stay more than one week in Muscat, you will save a nice amount of money that you can use for shopping. In addition, all routes to Nizwa, Jabrin, Tenuf, Rusayl, Haima, Thumrait or Salalah are in good condition and well sign- posted.
Before renting a car in Muscat downtown make sure of office hours or you might get charged for out of working office fee, specially if you intend to pick up car in areas like Ruwi. Seeb Airport is open 24/7 and so are car rental offices.
Avoid one way car rentals.In case you would like to explore Muscat and then head to Dubai and drop off the vehicle in United Arab Emirates - think twice. This kind of one way international car rental will cost you almost 300 US Dollars. In case you would like to start your trip in Muscat and drop off the car in Salalah will add costs to your final receipt for roughly 40 US Dollars.