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Hitching in and around the area of Muscat is very difficult, making up for the ease of the rest of the country. Too much traffic, too many taxi's, and the people see too many tourists. They are curious, but often by the time they decide to make a decision they have been swept away by the rest of the traffic. Muscat is a pain to get out of , it is an incredibly long, stretched and highly dense city, as all the people live along the coastal strip. One thing to try is finding a small entrance to the main road, and try waving to cars about to enter the highway, tell them you have no money for a taxi, if they could take you to where they are going. Often times they will take you all the way to where you need to go in the city. As they hardly never see a backpacker, you are more of a novelty than the hordes of retired tourists and aging ex-pats that crowd the place. [[User:Alex|alex]]: I found it easy to hitchhike in Oman, however, hitchhiking as such is not known and many people want to drop you of at the bus station or give you money that you can use the bus. When they grasped the idea, some wanted to make an additional way of 300 km just to bring me closer to my destination. Many people also just stopped for me out of curiosity. I had sometimes a hard time to find out where they go to and often ended up to have lift just for a couple of kilometres ( being dropped at a bad spot ). Further , I never used public transport in the cities as I found it easy to hitchhike there as well. Many people speak English . There are petrol stations along the motorways. No payment was expected for lifts. Great hospitality.
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It's also possible to hitch the taxi's that roam the roads. If you do it right, you can get about 20% of your lifts in free taxis. If you are walking besides the road, turning around and thumbing when a car passes, but not thumbing for a taxi, often they stop anyway. They drive up besides you, and ask you where you are going. Tell them "maafi fluce"(I have no money), and tell them that you are walking to your destination. Often they will let you in for a free ride, it happens quiet often if your walking on the side of the road. And don't worry, once your in, they will not then turn around and ask you for money at the end of the ride - Oman's taxi drivers are the nicest I've ever found in the world.
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