The best way to get to Wadi Rum?
Depends where you are coming from and what time of day you want to arrive.
Wadi Rum 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 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 price for a taxi ride between Aqaba and Wadi Rum Visitor Center is JD 25 one way.
From Petra to Wadi Rum
Bus service between Petra and Wadi Rum
The bus that takes tourists to Wadi Rum leaves from Wadi Musa bus station at 6.00h in the morning and picks up tourists from thae hotels in Wadi Musa - but you have to ask your hotel to arrange it for you the day before .The capacity of the bus is 27 people.
After arriving to the Wadi Rum Visitor Center it picks up new passangers here and also goes 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.
When arriving to Wadi Rum, first you will reach the Visitor Centre where you have to buy entrance ticket (JD5 p/p). I always wait my guests in the Guest House (Rest House) located at the beginning of the village. Please park you car and go to the Reception desk to buy the tickets and then continue down the road for about 7 km in your car. Once you reach the village you will see the car park on your right, it is safe and free of charge. Next to the car park is the Guest House, I will be waiting for you here.