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Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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icon1 hour 45 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Overview

Discover the delights of Muscat with ease on this Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour. With your 1- or 2-day ticket, explore the city at your own pace aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. Enjoy 360-degree views of the sights as you hear the entertaining onboard audio commentary, and hop on and off at any of the stops as you please. See top Muscat attractions such as beautiful Muttrah Corniche and the Royal Opera House; hop off to enjoy Muttrah Souk; admire the picturesque forts of Muscat Old Quarter, and much more.
  • Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Muscat
  • Explore Muscat at your leisure
  • See top Muscat attractions like the CBD, Muttrah Souk, and Old Quarter
  • Hop on and off as many times as you wish at any of the stops around the city
  • Enjoy informative audio commentary in several languages on board the bus
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Panoramic 1 day tour
Audio guide
Panoramic 2 day tour
Food and drinks
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Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
One of Arabia’s prettiest cities, the Omani capital of Muscat is a charming blend of old and new, with historical Arabian architecture, medieval watchtowers, atmospheric souks and splendid new mosques clasped between the picturesque Hajar Mountains and Gulf of Oman coast.

Whether you’re short on time or not, taking this Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tour is one of the easiest ways to see the sights and get under the skin of this delightful city.

Explore the traditional capital of Oman onboard a traditional open-top double-decker bus and take in the majestic views of Muttrah Corniche and the old quarter.  Highlights of the tour are Al Jalali Fort, Al Alam Palace, the Royal Opera House, churches and temples Riyam Monument, and the Muttrah souk.

With your ticket, choose to stay aboard for a full loop and enjoy the 360-degree views, brought alive by the enlightening onboard audio commentary, available in several languages. Alternatively, hop on and off at any of the stops and explore the sites that interest you on foot—you're completely free to create your own sightseeing itinerary.

Perhaps hop off in Al Shatti to see the glittering Muscat Royal Opera House or disembark at Qurum to relax on its gorgeous, palm-fringed beach. Maybe hop out in Muscat Old Quarter to visit its museum and see its forts, and then perhaps finish at Muttrah Souk, diving into its tangled alleyways to browse the stalls for souvenirs and bargains.
Itinerary
Duration: 
1 hour 45 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Departure time, First Bus 9.00am from stop 1 - Muttrah Gate. The Tour then runs every 30 minutes until the last Bus at 5:00pm from stop 1 - Muttrah Gate. We have introduced a number of new health & safety measures to reduce the risk associated with the spread of Covid-19 in line with government advice and requirements of the local health authorities. These include regular cleaning of buses and social distancing measures. To uphold these new safety and hygiene standards in keeping our guests safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic, we may have to operate a reduced service and changes to ticket inclusions. This may also include frequency of departures, changes to routes and reduction/removal of stops. Customers are advised to visit our website or to download our app to find out more about our new health and safety measures and for the most update service information.
Mutrah Souq
Stop 1 Muttrah Suq
Al Farahidi Street
Stop 2 Churches & Temples
Central Business District
Stop 3 Central Business District
Al Bustan St
Stop 4 Parliament
Al Saidiya Street
Stop 5 Marina Views
Al Alam Palace
Stop 6 Al Alam Palace
Bab Al Muthaib St
Stop 7 Mirani Fort & Harbour
Points of interest passed by on this route
Mutrah Souq
 
Royal Opera House
 
Qurum Beach
 
Big Bus Tours Muscat
 
Qurum Natural Park
 
Duration: 
1 hour 45 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Panoramic Tour at 10am and 2pm from Mutrah Souq during off peak May to October
Mutrah Souq
Points of interest passed by on this route
Oman
 
Royal Opera House
 
Qurum Beach
 
Qurum Natural Park
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Dubai
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.

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star-4
Big Bus Muscat Panoramic tour
VIBIN_L
, Aug 2019
Attentive staff. Almost all landmarks in Muscat were covered. Only downfall was that ticket purchased was for panoramic view tour which finishes in 2 hours.
star-5
Outstanding tour - we went around...
ANJUM_S
, Jul 2018
Outstanding tour - we went around tour a couple of times, got off at the pier where 2 cruise ships were docks - which ment 8000 additional people in the tour of Muscat !!! Things were bustling - It was all great !! We had gone from Doha, Qatar, found the Mascut people layed back and not too much of a hurry - enjoyed that !!!
star-1
Just a waste of time. not very good...
Andrew_R
, Mar 2018
Just a waste of time. not very good since the bus runs every 2 hours and they said that that day the bus will not stop in some places it will only stop for 5 minutes in some other places but that's it. I was reading the reviews about this bu tour and they have very bad reviews but I gave then a try anyway. very bad experience.
star-4
Where possible we always like Hop on...
Karl F
, Jan 2018
Where possible we always like Hop on Hop off, you are able to see the most of a place you visit and have choices of getting off to explore places that interest you, then back to the next stop. Our loop took us by the Opera House, Mountain pass, Beach area, Parliament and .....we finished at the Muttrah Souk Market - great experience, Highly recommend
star-5
An excellent tour and good value for...
Mr Leroy R J T
, Dec 2017
An excellent tour and good value for money. The ship's shuttle goes to the start point of the tour by the souk where there is plenty going on both before and after the bus tour. There is a lot to see, some varied landscapes and, of course, the opportunity to hop off if something attracts you particularly. The latter part of the tour, around the old city was especially attractive and interesting. It is worth getting off at the penultimate stop and walking the last ten minutes along the Corniche to the souk. A very attractive area and you can't possibly get lost.
star-3
There was a problem with the bus...
Eman A
, Dec 2017
There was a problem with the bus program, so we only had a panoramic trip which showed us main touristic places of Muscat. Driver very helpful. Got to go to Souk Matarh which is a great place for shopping.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Tour is good, cover the main portion...
Edrwin_F
, Sep 2017
Tour is good, cover the main portion of the city, however there are some spots that could be considered in a future to be included in the tour, like the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The staff and drivers are very kind and friendly, always helping you and answering all the questions.
star-5
My favorite way to see a city, and this...
Megan H
, Jul 2017
My favorite way to see a city, and this was no exception - perfect for Muscat.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
We rode the bus around twice and...
DennisE_C
, May 2017
We rode the bus around twice and didn't figure out what was worth getting off to see. So visited the souk which didn't require transportation to get to.
star-4
Great way to see Muscat but very...
Charmaine A
, May 2017
Great way to see Muscat but very expensive for what you get but then Muscat int cheap. Good thing the big bus has free wifi And also free water which helps. Great to be met at the pier when the cruise ship arrived and left earlier than scheduled. Also cheaper to prepay rather than buy direct on the day
star-5
Hi, to all concerned about muscat...
mary h
, Apr 2016
Hi, to all concerned about muscat city hop on hop off bus.What can i say. this lovely open top bus will take you to lot,s of lovely places to see in muscat. They,re lovely to get round in. The souks. the parks the coffee shops, it,s all there. so a good price and the perfect way to get round.there,s always they,re very efficent and free water as you wish. Top marks.
star-5
Great tour although the old town was...
Amanda_C
, Apr 2016
Great tour although the old town was rather elusive! It would be very useful to know that the tour starts at the cruise terminal when ships are in, which is where we joined it. This info was not on the big bus web site. This also applies to Abu Dhabi
star-4
The big bus in Muscat is efficient...
Walter B
, Apr 2016
The big bus in Muscat is efficient and the staff is most helpful. We received great service from JHAY.
star-4
This was a very pleasant and...
Gail Annette T
, Mar 2016
This was a very pleasant and informative way to see as much of Muscat as I could in one whole day. Ms Aimee was very helpful in getting me set on the tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it and found the commentary excellent, especially as it was through a multi-track device and you could hear it in just one language. I would have liked to be able to see a more detailed map before hand so that if I wanted to hop off I would be able to get around.
star-2
A bad experience. They took me to...
universal
, Oct 2015
A bad experience. They took me to first stop and next bus comes after 2 hours. Technically you can only go to three maximum locations ina day as every stop the bus frequency was 2 hours. A traveller can waste valuable Travel day into a hop on hop off bus, unlike other major cities in the world with frequent bus frequencies, this is a very bad option to visit Muscat.
star-3
I'm conflicted with this one on one...
Yvonne T
, Sep 2015
I'm conflicted with this one on one hand it's an excellent way to see the city but on the other it's vastly overpriced and virtually impossible to hop on and hop off as the next bus is always two hours later. That makes it impossible to get off at every stop and explore the places there as you won't have enough time on your 24 hour ticket. Not good.
star-4
booked through Viator since it is...
Diana Lynn G
, Jul 2015
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.
star-1
Pros: 1. Free bottled water on...
John Mo
, Jun 2015
Pros: 1. Free bottled water on the bus 2. Buses are clean, and the audio tour is informative. 3. Nice views of the city from the 2nd floor. Cons: Many.Not what is advertised. The description is wrong on numerous occasions, and so this was not what I expected when I paid for it. 1. It makes it seem like the buses come regularly to all of the stops. However, regularly for them means every 2 hours, and since it is only open effectively from 9am to 5pm, you can't really see all of the sites properly unless you take another mode of transportation. 2. Also, they say there is a 3pm free tour. However, when I got there, there was no tour. I even asked the bus driver and he just told me to wait there till 3pm, and no one from the company came for the tour. Wasted a lot of time and effort trying to find this tour, which did not take place. 3. Description says that there is a free shuttle service to the Mosque. That is apparently outdated information, according to the Big bus employee. Need to take a taxi, which ran me 15 reales 39 roundtrip. 4. Only 10 stops in actuality, not 11. 5. They say they accept E-Voucher, but they actually do not. They told me I have to email the voucher to their email address in order to make it work, or print it out. In a foreign country where mobile data for my plan ran me 15/mb, it did not make sense for me to send an email. Luckily, I was able to convince the guy to just take my ticket info this time. Overall, it was lacking, and misleading in its description.
star-5
This tour gives you a great overview...
JOSE LUIS S
, Apr 2015
This tour gives you a great overview of Muscat. This is helpful for planning activities and decide where you want to spend more time.
star-4
This tour was very enjoyable. The...
Kym W
, Jan 2015
This tour was very enjoyable. The information on the audio was informative and current.

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