A Guide to Muscat International Airport
Muscat International Airport (formally Seeb International Airport) is the main aviation hub in Oman. The airport is located approximately 10km from the center of Muscat, Oman’s capital city.
The airport covers some 13 square miles and is today serviced by 2 runways. It is the largest and busiest airport in Oman.
A significant proportion of foreign visitors fly into Muscat airport, whether the city is their final destination or transit point. Likewise, international travelers can take domestic flights to elsewhere in Oman, or overseas nations.
Passengers can find useful information below about Muscat International Airport including safety and security advice, how to get to and from the airport and go through security with an Oman online visa.
Terminals at Muscat International Airport
Although there are 2 terminals at Muscat International Airport, only Terminal 1 is operational. Inaugurated in 2018, Terminal 1 is a new, state-of-the-art building which offers:
- 118 check-in counters
- 82 immigration desks
- 45 gates
All flights were moved from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 in 2018, there are plans to convert the old building into a low-cost carrier terminal.
Which airlines operate out of Muscat Airport terminal?
The list below shows the airlines currently operating out of Muscat International Airport :
- Oman Air
- Salam Air
- Swiss International Airlines
- Air-India Ltd
- Biman Bangladesh Airlines
- Indigo Airlines
- Air India Express
- Turkish Airlines
- Regent Airways
- Us Bangla Airlines
- Egypt Air
- Qatar Airways
- Emirates Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise
- Gulf Air Co. G.S.C.
- British Airways
- Fly Dubai
- Air Arabia
- Etihad Airways
- Pakistan International Airline
- Qeshm Airlines
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Thai Airways International
- Srilankan Airlines Ltd
- Kuwait Airways Corp
Safety and Security at Muscat International Airport
Muscat is generally considered a safe destination for tourists, provided they follow the basic security advice for Oman.
Foreigners spending time at Muscat International Airport should not encounter any issues as long as they follow the standard safety announcements.
Passengers are reminded not to leave luggage unattended at any time whilst at the airport. Also, it is advisable to sleep only at the transit hotel or a restroom, especially if traveling solo.
Where to sleep in Muscat Airport
Passengers with a layover at Muscat International Airport can rest at the Aerotel, an on-site transit hotel.
Rooms can be reserved by the hour, for a short sleep, or for overnight stays. A swimming pool, a business center, and a fitness suite are some of the Aerotel services.
First and business class ticket holders can nap at the designated restrooms in the Primeclass lounge.
Restaurants and Other Facilities at Muscat Airport
A wide range of restaurants and cafes can be found in the terminal. There are plenty of places to grab a snack or coffee as well as sit-down restaurants and international fast food outlets.
Bars serve alcoholic beverages and soft drinks and there are also options for families with children.
Passengers can browse duty-free stores whilst they wait for their flight. Last-minute souvenirs and travel essentials can be picked up as well as clothing, gifts, and jewelry.
Connecting to free WiFi at Muscat Airport
Free WiFi is amongst the services offered at Muscat International Airport. Those with an international phone number should present their boarding pass and passport at an information counter stationed in front of the duty-free area.
The boarding pass will be scanned and a password for the WiFi provided which can be used to access the network.
Free WiFi can be used for 2 hours at a time.
Primeclass Lounge at Muscat International Airport
Located on the fifth floor of departures, the Primeclass Lounge offers comfort and luxury. It is particularly useful when waiting a long time between connecting flights.
The Primeclass lounge is for first and business class travelers. Other passengers can pay a fee of around $50 USD to use the lounge.
The lounge can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and various facilities are available:
- Games area
- Family rooms
- Meeting rooms
- Children’s playroom
- Smoking area
Complimentary food and drinks can be enjoyed from the buffet in the lounge.
How to Get from Muscat Airport to the City Center
Getting to and from the center of Muscat is straightforward thanks to several transportation options.
The most convenient ways to make the journey are by taxi, bus, and car:
- Taxi: $20- $40 depending on pick up/drop off point, around 15 minutes
- Public bus: $2.60, journey time approximately 30 minutes
- Shuttle bus: many hotels offer free transfer services directly to the accommodation
- Car rental: around $50 a day, a number of car rental companies are stationed at Muscat Airport
Other Airports in Oman
As Oman’s largest airport, a large proportion of flights land at and take off from Muscat International Airport. Some of the main airports throughout the rest of Oman are:
- Al Koude Airport (WWG) Al Koude
- Buraimi Airport (RMB) Buraimi
- Dibaa Airport (BYB) Dibaa
- Khasab Airport (KHS), Khasab
- Marmul Airport (OMM), Marmul
- Masirah Airport (MSH), Masirah
- Salalah Airport (SLL), Salalah
- Sur Airport (SUH), Sur
- Thumrait Airport (TTH), Thumrait
Domestic flights arrive at many of the above airports from Muscat International Airport daily.
Travelers should select the most suitable option depending on their destination.
Visas and Immigration at Muscat International Airport
All international visitors (other than GCC nationals) need a visa for Oman. Travelers who meet Oman’s eVisa requirements should request the document online prior to departure as the Visa on Arrival has been almost entirely phased out.
To apply for the Oman eVisa, foreign nationals are requested to fill in a form with some personal information and passport details and pay a fee using a credit or debit card.
On approval of the eVisa application, a reference number is sent via email. Passengers should proceed directly to one of the immigration desks upon arrival at Muscat International Airport where they will be asked to present their passport and eVisa reference number.
Normal processing times for the Oman eVisa are within 24 hours, however, as in some cases applications may take longer, it is advisable to request a visa at least a couple of days before the scheduled flight to Muscat.
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