How far is Wadi Rum from Aqaba?
Nestled less than an hour away from Aqaba lies Wadi Rum; the gateway to the Jordanian desert. For those who wish to leave the city life behind and escape into the wilderness, this desert destination is the place for you.
At Rashidiyah, a clearly signposted turnoff leads to Wadi Rum Village (41 km north of Aqaba). Continue on this paved road to Wadi Rum Village, passing the Visitor Center along the way. All visitors to Wadi Rum Protected Area must check-in at the Visitor Center and pay the entrance fee of 5 JD per adult. You are now in Wadi Rum after passing through the gate; continue driving for another 7 kilometers to Wadi Rum Village.
With over hundred car rental companies in Jordan, visitors will never be short of options. There are a number of car rental companies at Queen Alia International Airport and visitors should expect to pay around 25-30JD (35-40 USD) per day for a new model with air conditioning and insurance. The journey from Aqaba to Wadi Rum only takes around 50 minutes to one hour by car via the Desert Highway.
The local buses run from Aqaba to Wadi Rum few times a day. When using the local Jordanian buses it is useful to know that there is not a strict timetable. Instead, bus drivers wait until the minibus is full before departing which can take a while. In order to get a rough estimate of departure times, it is best to ask the drivers in Aqaba the day before. The buses leave from the station located next to Aqaba Police Station and a one-way journey costs just 3 JD (4.25 USD). Tickets cannot be booked in advance.
As it only takes around 1 hour to get from Aqaba to Wadi Rum, there are many ways that visitors can reach the desert. Though the cheapest option is a local bus, this may prove challenging for those on a tight timeframe due to the fact that the buses get full and waiting times can be long. Tour excursions are usually the best option for those seeking unique experiences.
A private transfer from Aqaba to Wadi Rum costs from $ 75 one-way per vehicle. It is also possible to arrange a return transfer where by the driver will wait for visitors in Wadi Rum and take them back to Aqaba in the afternoon.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us. Please also call us or email us before visiting to make sure that you will be served with our best services.