Amman is the capital city of Jordan, and it has a population of over 2.8 million. Serving this large population is the Queen Alia International Airport, located about 20 miles from the city center, and the Amman City Airport in East Amman. Cheap flights from Amman can be found using Orbitz.com, and international flights will likely depart from the Queen Alia Airport. The smaller Amman City Airport only handles military and domestic flights, with some routes available to nearby countries. Some of the air carriers operating out of the Queen Alia Airport include British Airways, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian and Austrian Airlines.
Parking is available at the airport on both a short-term and long-term basis. The long-term car park is a guarded area off the access road, with space for 680 vehicles. Transportation is provided from the lot to the terminal by shuttle van every 10 minutes. There are four short-term parks available near the terminals.
Transportation to the airport is provided by taxi service or public bus service. The taxis are metered, with costs of around $28 for the approximately 25-minute ride from the city to the airport. The buses are considerably less costly, with fares of around $2 for the 35-minute ride from city center.
For those looking to have a meal before leaving on one of the available cheap flights from Amman, 32 North at the Grand Hyatt Amman serves a delicious breakfast buffet featuring omelets and waffles. For a more traditional meal, Diwan Shahrayar in the Le Royal Hotel Amman offers several traditional Arabic favorites.
Muscat International Airport is located 19.8 miles from Muscat and is the largest airport in Oman. Flights to Muscat arrive from over two dozen cities in the Middle East and Europe. Orbitz.com searches all flights to Muscat to find you cheap air tickets. Thirty-four airlines service the airport, including Air India Express, Iraqi Airways and Pakistan International Airlines.
Private taxis are available in the terminal building outside the arrival hall. It is recommended that you negotiate the rate with your driver and pay at the taxi counter before leaving. Fares will vary between 7.00 and 55.00 OMR, depending on your final destination and the rate you are able to agree on with the taxi driver. Three rental car companies operate out of the arrivals concourse: Honk, Europcar, and Zoom. Prices range from 8.73 to 28.10 OMR per day, depending on the type of vehicle you use and how long you plan to drive it.
Similar to most cities in the Middle East, Muscat has a warm climate year-round. The average yearly temperature is in the mid-80s, with July reaching highs over 100º F and January lows dipping into the mid-60s. Muscat receives an average of 3.9 inches of rain annually. The driest months occur May through September, while January is the wettest month. Humidity averages between 60 and 70 percent year-round.
The Royal Opera House is an architectural marvel. The outside is gorgeous; however, to see the inside you must purchase tickets to a show. Wadi Shab is a beautiful valley that locals call a paradise; crystal-clear turquoise water is surrounded by mountains. You can use the Orbitz.com website to plan your entire trip, as well as book cheap flights to Muscat.
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