- Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Muscat
- Explore Muscat at your leisure
- See top Muscat attractions like Ruwi, Muttrah Souk and Qurum Beach
- Enjoy a 1-hour walking tour of Muscat Old Quarter and see attractions like Sultan Al Alam Palace with a guide
- Hop on and off as many times as you wish at any of the 11 stops around the city
- Enjoy informative audio commentary in 8 different languages on board the bus
Recent Photos of This Tour
Big Bus Tour MuscatPhoto by: Stephen K
Al Alam PalacePhoto by: Jacqui S
Royal Opera HousePhoto by: Jacqui S
On the RoadPhoto by: Jacqui S
Jawarahat al shattiPhoto by: Jacqui S
Jawharat al shattiPhoto by: Jacqui S
The Palace in the Old TownPhoto by: Stephen K
What You Can Expect
Aboard a comfortable, open-top, double-decker bus, admire top city attractions, such as Muttrah Souk – a warren of frankincense-scented lanes that zigzag through the town – and Qurum Beah where locals hold beach-side barbeques on balmy evenings. Pass through the business district of Ruwi with its sleek high-rise buildings or perhaps hop off by Muscat Royal Opera House – one of the most impressive arts centers in the Middle East.
A walking tour through the heart of Muscat Old Town is also included with your ticket, so why not not hop off at Muscat Old Quarter and discover the city's old Arabian charm with a guide? The 1-hour tour starts at 3pm and takes in two Portuguese forts, Sultan Al Alam Palace, the Royal Court and a Persian-style mosque.
With your ticket, you can remain on the bus for an entire loop (roughly 1.5 hours) as you listen to the informative audio commentary, or you can hop on and off at any of the 10 stops around the city to explore Muscat’s enchanting delights.
Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops:
- Muttrah Souk (free shuttle bus operates from the souk to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque)
- Krishna Temple
- Qurum Beah
- Qurum National Park
- Central Buisness District
- Parliament Building
- Muscat Marina
- Muscat Old Quarter (1-hour walking tour starts from this stop at 3pm)
- Muttrah Corniche
This tour gives you a great overview of Muscat. This is helpful for planning activities and decide where you want to spend more time.
I loved this tour - I enjoyed the freedom of planning my own day and sitting atop the bus with a warm breeze in my face and my eyes fixed on the sights and sounds of a Monday morning in Muscat. The guides were very helpful and advised me when and where to join the buses. They were punctual and comfortable and the commentary was informative. I joined at Jawharat al shatti. (stop 3) - a good place to catch a coffee and watch the early morning beach activity before heading off. I did the round trip listening to the commentary, without getting off and returned to stop 3 for lunch; then i re-joined the bus and really enjoyed the second run without commentary and just took it all in. This time I got off in time to join the 3pm walking tour in the Al Alam Palace district - this was very interesting (albeit quite hot at that time of day) and the guide really knew his stuff and did a good job. Highly recommend the freedom of this tour.
It was very good. The young people working there were very helpful and everything went perfect. Thanks Pia Clemens
Very informative tour and a good way to see the very extensive city. It is much larger than you anticipate. By the end of the 24 hours we were quite familiar with all the sites. There is an additional free bus tour out to the mosque which is well worth it, a taxi can cost almost £40 depending on where you are stopping. Plan your hotel so you are close to a bus stop to save money.
Absolutely the best way to see all of Muscat. Very clean buses and very clear descriptions of all of Muscat.
It was really, really good. The sights in Muscat are quite dispersed but the bus journey takes you directly to the best bits. The walking tour around the old town was excellent and the general recorded guide was informative and very interesting. Loved it, will consider going on other Big Bus tours in other parts of the region. Just one point, it's worth booking a hotel near the drop-off points as there is only bus per hour.
booked through Viator since it is cheaper than booking directly. we went on a low season, height of summer, so we were the only ones in the bus. we didn't hop off anymore as it was too hot and the next bus would come around after 2 hours. i think this is the only way to see Muscat in a day with the commentary as a guide. overall, i would say at this time, there are no tour companies offering much so this is the way to go. i have researched with several companies and it seems all they offer are private tours. the assistance in the bus was impeccable with the Filipino agents being so friendly. water is given for free.
This tour was very enjoyable. The information on the audio was informative and current.
It was great! well worth it! only downside would be that the bus was late to start with, but I guess this is down to traffic and was stopping/picking up every hour, not every 30min. but if you can deal with this it was very, very nice!