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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

MCT Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Muscat International Airport.

What to Expect

Passenger services at Muscat Airport (Code: MCT) 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 guide below.

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(Photo courtesy of a Guest traveller / June 2019)

Sleeping in Muscat Airport

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 guide below or read some traveller reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Muscat Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

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
  • Radisson Collection Hotel, Hormuz Grand Muscat – (10 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle available to and from the airport on scheduled service. » Check Rates
  • Sundus Rotana – (12 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle service. » Check Rates
  • Golden Tulip Seeb – (13 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle service is available. » 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.

Airport Lounges

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. 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.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

Oman Air First Class Lounge – Location: Airside • Oman Air Business Class Lounge – Location: Airside.

Airport WiFi/Internet

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.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

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
» Departures: Costa Coffee (landside and airside) ▪ DQ Grill & Chill (airside) ▪ Irish House (airside) ▪ Food Court (airside – Automatic Restaurant, Curry Kitchen and ▪ 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 – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers –  Available in the Primeclass Lounge. See Airport Lounges above.

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.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Muscat airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air India • Biman Bangladesh • British Airways • Cham Wings Airlines • Egyptair • Ethiopian Airlines • EmiratesEtihad Airwaysflydubai • GoAir • Gulf Air • IndiGo • Iran Aseman Airlines • Kish Air • KLM • Kuwait Airways • Oman Air • Pegasus • PIA • Qatar Airways • Qeshm Airways • Regent • SalamAir • Saudia • SpiceJet • Sri Lankan Airlines • Swiss • Thai Airways • Turkish Airlines • US-Bangla Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


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 MCT 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   •   Majan Continental Hotel.

See Airport Hotels above.

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.


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: 2020-10-20

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.