How far is Wadi Rum from Amman?

It takes about four hours by car to travel the 201 miles (324 km) between Amman and Wadi Rum. Going by car with a private driver is the fastest, most preferred mode of transport, and it’s also a beautiful drive down Jordan’s famous Desert Highway. This well-traveled freeway has plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat, gas, or souvenirs.

All visitors to the Wadi Rum wilderness area must first check-in and pay an entrance fee: 5 JD per adult, at the Visitor Center. It’s also best to book your camp accommodations in the park ahead of time to avoid any issues. Whether you come by private transfer or taxi, your camp guides will take you the rest of the way into the desert in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

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Car Rental

While driving is certainly convenient, what paperwork you require to rent a car in Jordan is a bit confusing. According to the Jordanian tourism board and car rentals, visitors only need to be over 25 years old and have a driver’s license to rent a car. However, the International Driving Permit organization states that travelers must get an international driving permit. The journey from Amman to Wadi Rum only takes around 3,5 to 4 hours by car via the Desert Highway.


You’ll want to plan ahead if you decide to take public transport, especially if you have a limited amount of time. Amman has a variety of places to catch a JETT bus, but the downtown Abdali station is the main hub. The ticket for a tourist bus costs more than a public bus, but you’ll get comfy seats, air-conditioning, and, sometimes, snacks and wifi. JETT’s website has a list of schedules and pricing and you can also book your tickets in advance.

Private Transfer

The drive from Amman to Wadi Rum is beautiful, but it can take four to five hours depending on traffic. The roads are well-maintained, making a smooth ride for the most part.

You’ll find many companies in Jordan which offer reliable private transfer services to Wadi Rum and other locations. You can order your private transfer with Wonders T&T. Booking a three-seat transfer for a day starts around JD 138 (around 195 USD).

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