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. Feb 15, 2017 at 10:07
  • The only bus map I found in Muscat was for the Big Bus Feb 28, 2017 at 21:32

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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.


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, 2017 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, 2017 at 5:23
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    I think that OP asked about local routes and not intercity.
    – alamar
    Mar 8, 2017 at 6:14

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