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Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?

There is close to no public transport in Muscat. They recently launched their very first bus line and you definitely do not want to use it. Drivers here are incredibly bad and dangerous. Even school bus drivers are extremely reckless on the road. You wouldn't want to ride in a bus or a taxi unless you really need to. Taxis are generally affordable. From one end of the city to the other they would charge you around $50 bucks. Haggling is a big thing here, so you always want to agree on the price before getting into the taxi. - Aug 28, 2017
The only viable means of transportation other than a personal vehicle would be a taxi. They are safe, but currently not metered. All trips must be negotiated and the cab drivers tend to charge too much. - Oct 25, 2014
No trains, few buses. Taxis abound and are safe. It's better to negotiate your rate for the trip before getting in the cab, but getting truly gouged is rare. - Jun 7, 2012
No trains or buses. There are taxis but I don't know why anyone would use one. Everyone has a car here. - May 3, 2012
No buses, no trains....local cabs are of plenty and safe. - Aug 25, 2011
We have used many taxis here and have not had a problem. - Feb 20, 2011
No trains, stay off the local buses, small vans that compete for NASCAR and James Bond awards. Taxis hit or miss. If you find one get his card and work hours and stick with him. - Feb 12, 2010
No local trains. No local buses. Taxis are plentiful, though I never used them. They're safe, though when I was there you still had to haggle over the fare, vs. metered fares. - Jan 21, 2010
No local trains or trams. There are taxis, but I have found them uneasy and sporadic. There are no meters and the language barrier and the gender barrier can be frustrating. - Mar 19, 2009
There are no trains and only, within Muscat, a limited minibus system used mostly by laborers - cheap, but neither comfortable nor efficient. Taxis are available and generally reliable, although it's necessary to haggle for a rate, which will still higher than you might expect (rarely less than US$3-5 for even short trip). - Feb 18, 2008