Oman Car & Van Hire

Flying in to Oman

If you’re travelling to Oman, you’re probably landing in one of the country’s three main airports:

• Muscat International Airport (MCT) in the capital city
• Salalah International Airport (SLL) in the south of the country
• Duqm International Airport (KHS) in the east of the country

One of the best ways to visit Oman is by hiring a car in Muscat Airport, Salalah Airport or Duqm Airport where Enterprise Rent-A-Car has convenient airport branches.

Hiring a car in Oman gives you the opportunity to visit the country at your own pace, and from the comfort of your vehicle of choice. Pick between all-terrain SUVs, city cars, and more. 

Popular Destinations and things to do in Oman

There are plenty of exciting things to see in Oman, from scenic mountains and vast desert dunes to lush coastlines. Read on to discover the top places to visit.

Top Places to Visit in Oman

From ancient cities to breathtaking natural wonders, Oman is full of surprises. Here are our top 5 places to visit in Oman:

The capital city of Oman, Muscat, is a fascinating blend of traditional architecture and modern landmarks. One of the top things to do in Oman is visit The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, the largest mosque in Oman. Other tourist attractions in Muscat include the Royal Opera House, the Muttrah Souq, and the old Al Jalali fort overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Wahiba Sands
One of the best things to do in Oman is travelling to the desert, and Wahiba Sands offers a desert adventure full of thrilling activities like camel trekking, sand dune sleighing, and dune bashing. We recommend spending the night in the desert on a luxurious camping trip and gazing at the magnificent open sky, clear of any light pollution.

If you’re travelling to Oman, make sure you visit the southern part of the country where the city of Salalah stands out for its lush green landscapes. The annual monsoon – Khareef – transforms this desert city into a wonderful green paradise creating seasonal waterfalls and lakes. Some of the top tourist attractions in Oman can be found here: the Al Baleed Archeological Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Mughsayl Beach, and Wadi Darbat.

Al Hajar Mountains
If you’re driving in Oman, why not take a road trip to the Al Hajar Mountain range for a refreshing change of scenery. Visit Jabal Akhdar, also known as the ‘Green Mountain’ and drive through traditional villages and fruit orchards. The cooler weather in this region makes it a great destination for hiking.

Nizwa is one of the best places to visit in Oman if you want to explore the rich history of this country. This ancient city offers plenty of attractions, from the stunning Nizwa Fort overlooking the city, to Jabreen Castle and the bustling Nizwa Souq where you can find plenty of traditional souvenirs.

Oman Food and Drink

The traditional food of Oman is influenced by a melting pot of cultures, drawing inspiration from North African, Persian, and Mediterranean cuisines. Here are the top Omani dishes to try:
• Shuwa – a delicious marinated whole lamb cooked with a blend of local spices including coriander, cumin, and cardamon and served wrapped in banana leaves. This traditional Omani dish is prepared during special occasions and festivities and is a must-try.
• Kabuli – this dish is prepared with lamb, beef, chicken, or goat mixed with rice, raisins, and cinnamon. Many consider Kabuli to be the national dish of Oman.
• Halwa – Omani Halwa is a sweet dessert made from sugar, rosewater, and ghee, and topped with cardamom and nuts. Usually served with a cup of Omani coffee, this moreish dessert makes for the perfect afternoon snack.

When it comes to drinks, coffee takes centre stage. Known as ‘Kahwa’, coffee is an integral part of Omani hospitality and often comes flavoured with cardamom, saffron, or rosewater. An interesting tip when offered coffee: remember that it is customary to accept at least two or three cups to show your appreciation to the host!

Events and Festivals in Oman

One of the best things to do in Oman is experience one of the country’s many celebrations. Here are our top 3 festival and event recommendations:

National Day of Oman
Visiting Oman for its National Day on November 18th is a fantastic way to really immerse yourself in the country’s culture. The National Day of Oman celebrates the birthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, the former Sultan of Oman. Festivities include traditional dances and music, colourful parades, and spectacular fireworks displays.

Muscat Festival
One of the top festivals in Oman, Muscat Festival is held annually between January and February in the capital city and lasts several weeks. Expect plenty of music concerts, art exhibitions, and cultural events showcasing the best talent from Oman and beyond.

Salalah Festival
To celebrate the arrival of the Khareef monsoon, tourists from Oman and neighbouring Gulf countries flock to Salalah to escape the summer heat and experience this unique weather phenomenon. The festival runs from July to September and showcases folklore performances, local street food, and handicrafts, all while marvelling at the lush green scenery that blooms thanks to the monsoon.

Best Time to Visit Oman

If you’re travelling to Oman, it’s typically best to visit between October and April when the temperatures are a little milder. If you’re visiting Oman in summer, expect temperatures to soar up to 40 degrees centigrade if you’re visiting the north of the country or the desert. However, the summer monsoon season in the south of the country offers tourists a respite from the dry heat.

Driving in Oman

One of the best ways of soaking in the incredible landscape is by hiring a car in Oman and taking a road trip through the country. But before you start your adventure, make sure you are familiar with the local road rules and regulations:

Licence Requirements in Oman

If you’re hiring a car in Oman, you’ll need the following documents:
• A valid, full driver’s licence
• An international driving permit
• A visit visa
• Your passport

You can hire a car in Oman if you are at least 25 years old and have had your licence for one year.

Road Rules in Oman

Driving in Oman is generally easy thanks to its network of well-maintained main roads and multi-lane highways. However, driving in desert or mountain regions comes with its own risks, so it’s best to be prepared before getting behind the wheel. If you’re driving to the desert, ensure you bring water and download maps onto your mobile as cell phone coverage is unreliable and at times completely shut off. It is also wise to bring a portable charger. We do not recommend driving off-road and into the sands unless you are accompanied by a local expert driver. When driving in the mountains, road conditions may worsen with narrow and meandering roads often with steep inclines. Always check the rules before travelling as some mountain roads such as Djebel Akhdar require four-wheel drive as mandatory. Checkpoints are in place, so if you want to explore these areas, make sure you pick a 4x4 hire vehicle in Oman.

Here are some extra road rules and regulations when driving in Oman:
• Oman’s driving side is on the right
• All passengers must wear seatbelts
• Cell phones must not be used while driving unless on hands-free mode
• Road rage is illegal in Oman, this includes gesturing, showing anger, or yelling at other drivers
• The blood alcohol level is zero, no alcohol consumption is allowed
• Driving a dirty car is prohibited and will incur fines, if going off-road, ensure your car is clear of debris and sand and that the licence plate is clearly visible

Visiting Oman? Hire a vehicle to start exploring this incredible country at your own convenience.

Car and van hire in Oman with Enterprise

Enterprise Oman offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Oman

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in Oman

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Oman, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.

Car & Van Hire in Oman

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is proud to serve customers in Oman. As part of the largest rental car company in the world, which owns and operates more than 1.5 million vehicles, we’re sure to have a location near you or your travel destination. And while we are an internationally recognized brand, Enterprise remains family-owned with one goal in mind for our customers: to exceed your expectations for service and overall value.

With many unique attractions, Oman is a popular destination with tourists and business travelers alike. No matter if you’re visiting for only a few days or staying for a month or more, you can count on us to provide the perfect vehicle for your transportation needs. Get your trip started by searching the map or browsing the locations below.