Wadi Rum is located in Southern Jordan and only one and a half hours from one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Petra. Jordan’s capital, Amman, is easily reached by aircraft. There are daily flights from major international airports and it only takes 4 to 5 hours to fly from most European capitals to Amman. From Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, it is a short 3 to 4 hour drive to Wadi Rum.
1. FROM AMMAN TO WADI RUM
You can hire a taxi or rent a car in Amman and drive directly to Wadi Rum. The drive should take about 3.5 hours. A taxi from Amman typically costs about 100 JD.
It is possible to reach Wadi Rum by bus from Amman. You can take the JETT bus service from central Amman to Aqaba which takes about 4 hours. From Aqaba, you can hire a taxi to Wadi Rum which takes about 1 hour. A taxi from Aqaba typically costs approximately 20 JD.
2. FROM WADI MUSA (PETRA) TO WADI RUM
The easiest way to reach Wadi Rum from Petra is by taxi. Taxis wait outside of the Petra Visitor Center. A taxi usually takes 1.5 hours and costs 35 JD.
There is an early morning bus that leaves Petra at 6:30 AM every day except for Friday. It is possible to be picked up by the bus at your hotel if you ask us or at your reception desk in Wadi Musa. The bus takes about 1.5 hours and costs 7 JD. The bus stops at the Visitor Center where you must pay the entrance fees to Wadi Rum (5 JD pp) or show your Jordan Pass. The bus will then continue to the Wadi Rum Rest House where we meet our guests. The same bus leaves Wadi Rum going to Petra at 9:00 reaching Petra at 10:30.
3. FROM AQABA TO WADI RUM
It is possible to rent a car in Aqaba. There are also many taxis available that will take tourists from Aqaba to Wadi Rum. Taxis typically cost 25 JD and take 1 hour. Ask us in advance and we can send a taxi to bring you to Wadi Rum. From Aqaba South Beach to Wadi Rum a taxi will cost 25 JD. Prices are the same going in the opposite direction.
If you are entering Jordan at the Eilat border crossing, once you cross the border there will be a number of taxis waiting to take people to Wadi Rum. The government mandated price is 35 JD.
There is only one local bus that travels between Wadi Rum and Aqaba each day. The bus leaves Wadi Rum at 6:30 AM heading towards Aqaba, and departs Aqaba heading towards Wadi Rum at 1:00 PM. The bus departs Aqaba from the main bus station and costs 3 JD.
4. FROM NUWEIBA, EGYPT BY FERRY TO WADI RUM VIA AQABA
If you are coming from Egypt, you can take the ferry from Nuweiba (close to Dahab) to Aqaba in Jordan. See the above section regarding Aqaba to find out how to reach Wadi Rum. A taxi from the ferry terminal costs 25 JD.