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Having visited Muscat at the beginning of February 2017 and not currently driving, I attempted to travel around the Muscat area by its bus network - Mwasalat. (FYI, visiting Muscat without a car is challenging to say the least!)

The problem is that it's not easy to find your way around with little information provided - the best indication are the website timetables, which incidentally doesn't work on mobile and don't list the route numbers. There's not even a map of the network on their website or even at the bus station in Ruwi.

As far as I know:

  • Route 1 runs from Ruwi into Muscat center.
  • Route 4 runs from Ruwi to Mutrah and Al-Alam Palace.

Anyone have other information about all the routes available?

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    @pnuts I think I might just do that - Whilst I've long since returned from Muscat, this would be useful for anyone else, so I'll share what I find. – Adam Elsodaney Feb 15 '17 at 10:07
  • The only bus map I found in Muscat was for the Big Bus – Brian Nixon Feb 28 '17 at 21:32
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http://www.opencyclemap.org/?zoom=15&lat=51.522&lon=-0.22775&layers=0B

OpenStreetMap has some bus stops in Muscat, too few to use it to navigate but enough to understand the extent reachable by bus.

I understand that you don't want to drive there, but how about taking a cab/taxi? They're usually plentiful in developing countries and not that expensive, provided that you don't get conned.

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Well, mwasalat introduced an interactive map last year and sad to hear that you didn't knew it.

http://www.mwasalat.om/l/en.html This is a responsive page which use google map to show you the routes, stations =, etc. You can access it via mobile too. The station names listed in side is clickable and it show the particular point on the map with an effect

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    I can't see any routes there, only a list of bus stations. However Google shows bus stops on the map, maybe they have routes too? – alamar Mar 6 '17 at 18:47
  • In the right, a list of stations are there, in that, you can see a link mwasalat.com/intercity clicking on it will bring you all the routes. – i-- Mar 8 '17 at 5:23
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    I think that OP asked about local routes and not intercity. – alamar Mar 8 '17 at 6:14

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