Cheap flights to Muscat International Airport
Muscat International Airport (MCT) is Oman's most important airport and the gateway to its capital city. Muscat often gets overlooked by the glitzier, more modern cities in the region, but whereas cities like Dubai and Doha may have sleek, supertall skyscrapers, Muscat seduces with its charm, cultural riches, and historical splendour. Flights to Muscat International are easy to come by and Skyscanner's monthly search feature will help you find the cheapest airfare.
Best time to book a flight to Muscat
From June to August, the heat in Oman is scorching hot, so definitely avoid going during these months if at all possible. Luckily, the rest of the year is far more pleasant, with temperatures remaining warm but not unbearable. Between November and February temperatures rarely exceed 30 degrees, making Muscat a pleasant experience. Skyscanner's Price Alerts can notify you of any drops in airfare to Muscat.
Airlines that fly to Muscat
Muscat International is served by a number of airlines with connections throughout the Middle East and further afield, including:
- Air Arabia
- Air India
- British Airways
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Gulf Air
- Jet Airways
- Kuwait Airways
- Oman Air
- Pakistan International Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Swiss International Air Lines
- Thai Airways
- Turkish Airlines
What to expect when arriving at the airport
Muscat International Airport is located 32 km from Muscat's historic city centre. Grabbing a taxi is probably the easiest way to get to Muscat. The drive is about 15-20 minutes depending on the part of the city you're planning on staying in. Many hotels also offer a courtesy pick-up service. There are a number of car rental agencies within the airport and if you plan on venturing outside of Muscat having your own vehicle is a good idea.
A new, state-of-the-art terminal is currently under construction. However, until that opens, visitors to Muscat International will have to deal with the current terminal which is, admittedly, a bit outdated and crowded. Most restaurants and shopping options require you to clear security first. The only vendor located landside is a Costa Coffee. There is a bar located on the first floor of the departures area. There are two premium class lounges, one for Oman Air passengers and another for other passengers. ATMs and currency exchanges are located throughout and are open 24 hours. Free WiFi is also available.
What to see and do in Muscat
Muscat is a beautiful city which has done an impressive job at preserving its traditional architecture. The Al Jalali Fort and Al Mirani Fort date from the 16th century and were originally used as prisons during the Portuguese occupation. The recently renovated Corniche on the city's waterfront is also a popular place for a stroll. The Mutrah Souk is considered one of the most outstanding souks in the Middle East and is a great place to experience the local culture. When looking for a hotel in Muscat, Skyscanner can help you find a room that fits your needs.
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