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3 ways to go travel fast and cheap to Wadi Rum

taxi and cars at the wadi rum visitor center
Public transport connecting Wadi Rum to other places is limited as most local people use cars. And many travelers prefer pre-arranged transfers or a rental car. For our independent traveling guests, we want to go over the three ways to travel fast and cheap to Wadi Rum.

#1 Cheap: Travel by public bus

The buses in Jordan are modern and reliable. Traveling by bus, in most cases, is the cheapest option. The downside is that local buses only leave when filled up. So, you should not be in a hurry or traveling on a tight schedule. JETT bus is an exception. They service some of the main places in Jordan and have scheduled departures.

There is a regular public bus service between Amman and Aqaba and vice versa that runs multiple times a day. These buses pass by the Al-Rushdiyye junction. Ask the bus driver upfront to drop you off at the intersection. From the junction, you can take a taxi or hitchhike to Rum village. Most local Bedouin passing by the intersection are happy to offer you a (free) ride to Rum village. Please be reminded that JETT bus does not allow passengers to leave to the bus before reaching its final destination Aqaba.

Between Wadi Musa/Petra and Wadi Rum and vice versa runs a special bus service. It operates daily in the morning if there is enough demand. There is also a direct bus from Aqaba to Wadi Rum and vice versa. It runs once a day, except on Fridays, when there is no service. The bus schedule does not fit with most tour starts and ends. Therefore most travelers choose to book a taxi transfer.

#2 Fast and comfortable: Travel by taxi

If you prefer to travel fast, it might be a good idea to consider traveling by taxi. Jordan has many taxis with reliable drivers, and services are outstanding and swift. Keep in mind that a regular taxi can take up to 4 persons with average luggage. If you need or prefer a minivan, that is an option too.

Aqaba is about one hour away from Wadi Rum. If you want to go to Wadi Musa/Petra you need around two hours. And Amman takes about four hours.

One way prices vary from 25 JD for Aqaba to 40 JD for Petra and 110 JD for Amman. Most tour companies offer their guests the service of arranging transfers without any surcharge. So, no need to find a driver yourself.

#3 Ultimate freedom: Travel by rental car

A rental car gives you the maximum freedom. Go travel where you want, when you want. In Jordan, it is common for travelers to use rental cars. Most of our roads are in good condition, and many signs are in both Arabic and Western writing. Further driving around Jordan is relatively easy. You only might want to avoid driving is busy Amman.

A saloon car is all you need unless you want to drive off the road. Then, of course, a four-wheel drive is required. Keep in  mind that you can reach Rum village, and therefore our office, via a sealed road. In Rum village, you can safely park your car on the parking lot next to the Rest House. During our desert adventures, we always use our jeeps.

Reliable and Monte Carlo are Jordan’s most prominent rental company. Most big global rental companies are present in Jordan too. Compared to other countries, rental prices are average to slightly above average. The prices vary from anywhere between 25 JD per day for a small car to 100 JD for a four-wheel drive.

Visit our Getting there and away page in our faq section for more useful travel information and prices for traveling from and to Wadi Rum. If you wish transfer assistance, you can let us know when filling out our booking form.

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