The Mwasalat Bus from Dubai to Muscat now has a couple of extra pick-up points in Dubai, making travel even easier. Here are details of the Three locations you can get your Mwasalat Bus from in Dubai, with Map and timings.
The timings are from the main terminus at 07.30am, 15.30pm and 23:00pm with stops at
Abu Hail Metro Station (the new terminus for Mwasalat in Dubai)
Dubai Airport Terminal 2
and Rashidiya Metro Station
– the arrival at the second two obviously depends on traffic in Dubai city but is planned at 15minutes later at the airport and at Rashidiya Metro Station 30 minutes later (15 mins after the airport).
An alternative is to use Al Khanjary – 10a St (+968 9254 1199) . This well established company is northwest of Deira City Centre (the original City Centre). Their timings 06:30, 15:00 and 21:00 . The price is slightly less than Mwasalat and the buses are slightly less comfortable – like Mwasalat they are full sizes coach with a/c. .
Both companies take a similar amount of time for the journey. If you live in The Gulf – both offer the approach to customer service you will be familiar with. Ensure you arrive about 30 mins before departure – and check with them that the timings are correct – things do change.
Also, remember you need to pay AEDirham 35/- exit charge from Dubai (keep the receipt for UAE passport control).
The fare is from Rial Omani 5.500 for an adult (single).
Often, if you ask, a driver may be able to stop the bus at other, safe, places along the fixed route, but its best to only plan on the fixed stops if you are being met by a friend.
The entire journey, by Bus from Dubai to Muscat including passing through the Dubai & Oman border posts will probably take 7 hours.
For a broader perspective of Dhofar and the rest of Oman use my rewrite of the Oman Guide Book for Bradt available in paperback worldwide here