Sleeping in Airports

Muscat Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Muscat Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

The only place that was comfortable was Costa Coffee which had some softer chairs and two sofas – my tip would be to get there fast and bag a sofa. We weren’t quick enough the first time round! – Gillycat

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Muscat International Airport.

What to Expect

Passenger services at Muscat International Airport are provided in a brand new (2018) terminal with 45 gates, though with reportedly few shops, eateries or other amenities. WiFi is available to help pass the time. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

Recent reviews have mentioned plenty of good couches to stretch out and have a rest, most seem to be located Airside. If you have tried to sleep in this airport please share your experience by writing a review to help future travellers! For uninterrupted sleep, there is an airside hotel at the airport and others nearby. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Primeclass Lounge – Location: Airside, 5th Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

If sleeping in Muscat Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Aerotel – (Inside the airport) Located Airside, Level 5. The Aerotel offers double beds and rooms can be rented for as short as 3 hours.» Check Rates
  • Golden Tulip Seeb – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle service is available. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Muscat Al Seeb – (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport pick-up for executive room guests only. » Check Rates
  • Eastin Residences Muscat – (10 minutes from the airport) Shuttle available to and from the airport. » Check Rates

Several hotels and resorts have information desks onsite in the Arrivals Hall: Al Nahda Resort & Spa ▪ Al Sawadi Beach Resort ▪ Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa ▪ Intercontinental Hotels Group. To see more options there is a list of hotels near Muscat Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Free WiFi is available at Muscat Airport for 2 hours. You will need to either A) provide your local mobile phone number in order to receive a password via text or B) go to an Information Desk where they will scan your passport and boarding pass and provide you with a password. Reviewers mentioned you can re-connect when your time runs out, with a new password most likely.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Some machines dispense for foreign currencies. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge. If you require a porter, the rate is RO1.500.

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Location: Airside, Departures Hall, after passport control. There is another play area available to members and guests of the Oman Air Business Class lounge.

Currency Exchange – Travelex has four 24-hour locations, located in Arrivals and Departures. Global Money Exchange offer services at three Airside and two Landside locations. Several ATMs in the airport offer foreign currency cash withdrawal.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available at five airside locations. In addition, a pharmacy, perfume shop, jewelry store, and three WHSmith newsstands are located throughout the airport.

Family Services – Strollers are available for free once you are Airside. There are drop-off points at the gates for easy return.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update it is not known if there are any 24 hour food concessions available. Food options available include:
» Arrivals: Costa Coffee ▪ Food Court (Automatic Restaurant, Coffee & More, Curry Kitchen and idli.com)
» Departures: Costa Coffee (landside and airside) ▪ DQ Grill & Chill (airside) ▪ Irish House (airside) ▪ Food Court (airside – Automatic Restaurant, Curry Kitchen and idli.com) ▪ Subway (airside)

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Trolleys – Available free of charge. If you require a porter, the rate is RO1.500.

Luggage Wrapping – Fast luggage wrapping service, available for a fee. Location: Landside, Departures Hall, before Check-In

Medical Care – Urgent and emergency medical care is available in the Landside Medical Clinic. Fees apply. The airport also offers First Aid stations (North Pier Departure and Arrivals level and the departure level of the South Pier) although it is not known if there are fees associated. Hours: unknown.

Mobile Charging – There are phone charging stations available throughout the transit halls and are free to use.

Mobile Phones – Nawras and Oman Mobile have kiosks onsite in the Arrivals Hall.

Prayer Area – Ablution area, restroom, and female prayer room are available at the airport mosque, located just outside of the Arrivals terminal exit doors. Male and female prayer rooms are available Airside in Departures (A Pier and B Pier) and Landside on the Food Court Level.

Pharmacy – Muscat Pharmacy has a Landside location (near the Near Oman Air Business Class Lounge Gate) and Airside (near Gate B). Hours: unknown.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking Room – A designated smoking room is available Airside, Departures Transit Area.

Spa Services – Be Relax Spa offers a full range of spa services. Location: Airside, near Gate A3. Hours: 24 hours.

Tourist Information Desk – Tourist information, including leaflets, brochures and maps. Location: Baggage Claim.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Muscat and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Marmul Travel, OUA Bahwan, Travel City, Safeer Travel, Majan Travel and Mezoon Travel.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of March 2018, Muscat airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air Blue • Air India • Biman Bangladesh • British Airways • EgyptAir • Ethiopian Airlines • Emirates • Etihad Airways • FlyDubai • Gulf Air • IndiGo • Jet Airways • KLM • Kuwait Airways • Lufthansa • Oman Air • PIA • Qatar Airways • Rotana Jet • Saudi Arabian Airlines • Shaheen Air • SpiceJet • Sri Lankan Airlines • Swiss • Thai Airways • Turkish Airlines • United Airways of Bangladesh.

Bus

There is a bus stop on Sultan Qaboos Highway, a short walking distance from the airport terminal building.

Car Rentals

Car rental service is available at the airport. Several agencies have kiosks onsite in the Arrivals Hall.

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels provide airport shuttle service. Contact your hotel directly for shuttle information and availability. The following hotels offer airport shuttle service: The Chedi Muscat   •   Eastin Residences Muscat   •   Majan Continental Hotel   •   Remas Hotel Suites.

Oman Air Chauffeur Service

Door-to-door private airport transfers are available for first and business class passengers on Oman Air. Arrangements can be made through a travel agent or Oman Air customer service.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available at the airport, and can be booked online, by phone, or booked and prepaid at the Muscat International Airport Taxi Counter, located outside of Arrivals. If hiring a taxi privately, agree on a fare beforehand.

Last updated: 2018-10-29

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.