Getting to Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum is a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan. It features dramatic sandstone mountains like the many-domed Jebel Um Ishrin, and natural arches such as Burdah Rock Bridge. Many prehistoric inscriptions and carvings line rocky caverns and steep chasms, such as Khazali Canyon. The natural watering hole of Lawrence’s Spring is named after British soldier Lawrence of Arabia.
Wadi Rum Village is located in the southern part of Jordan. It can be reached easily by driving down the Desert Haighway from Amman (takes about 3.5 hours). Aqaba is only about 45 minutes away by car.
From Aqaba to Wadi Rum
Public minibus: Public minibuses run daily between Aqaba and Wadi Rum but, since their main purpose is to shuttle teachers from Aqaba to the school in Rum village and to serve the locals, the schedule is accomodating them rather than the tourists.
So all the departure time here are approximate and to be confirmed. If you can, walk up to the bus station in Aqaba the day before you want to travel and ask the drivers. Especially if you plan to travel on a Friday.
The buses leave from near the Aqaba Police station at 6.30h, 13.00h and 15.00h - or when they are full - and return from Wadi Rum cca. one hour later.
Bus ticket costs JD 5 one way.
Taxi from Aqaba to Wadi Rum
The usual fare for a taxi ride between Aqaba and Wadi Rum is about: JD 25 one way fare.
Bus between Petra and Wadi Rum:
The bus leaves from Wadi Musa bus station at 6.00h in the morning and picks up tourists from hotels in Wadi Musa village - It's adviced that you ask your hotel to reserve a seat for you the day before. The capacity of the bus is some 27 passengers.
After arriving to Wadi Rum Visitor's Center the bus will pick up new passangers, then will continue to the Rest House in Rum village and then departs for Petra at around 8.30h.
The bus fare is JD 7 one way but you might be charged some extra if there are only a few passangers on the bus, otherwise the ride would not be economical for the driver.
Taxi from Petra to Wadi Rum
A taxi ride between Petra and Wadi Rum Visitor Center costs JD 40 one way.