Minibus from Wadi Musa
There is a daily minibus at 06:30 from Wadi Musa. Hotel can make booking in advance. You better book as soon as you make a plan as this is not a large bus but a minibus. Seats are limited.
You will be picked up from the hotel you are staying. The fare is 5JD. Payment direct to the driver.
very special tours in wadi rum
There is a great tourguide in Wadi RUm, called Saleh Musa Sweilheen.
He organises great tours, very different then any other tour guide in Wadi Rum. He has a website too: www.wadirumtours.com. You can find al the info here for having a great time. On the about us you'll find Saleh mobile number as you need to prebook him.....
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You better ask for taxi to pick you up from Wadi Rum to the other destination because I met guys who waited for taxi at the visit center ... he said he waited for a long time so he wanted to share our taxi ... that's no problem ... but if you have no one to share? just in case.
Choose a Jeep Tour Carefully
This is part of the excerpts of my complaint letter to Jordan Direct Tour.
"...we had an extremely terrible experience while we took a tour (arranged by your company) to Wadi Rum on Dec 19, 2007. I completely understand that your company wants to cut costs by dealing with certain supplier. Furthermore, I appraise your effort on supporting the ecotourism project by giving The Jordanian Hashemite Fund For Human Development your business. But, you should also check the quality of the vehicle and the guide/driver. On the tour day, our jeep broke down completely. We were in the middle of the desert, no map, no cellular signal, and no assurance from Omar on where we were. Every time we asked him how long it takes to go the headquarter or the nearest camp, he always replied 1 km. But he had been replying that answer for more than 45 minutes. Every time we wanted to go back on where we were, he said 'no' and move forward. I was afraid that it would get dark soon. So my wife made a decision to trust Omar's word blindly. What could we do at that time? With the information that the nearest camp was around 1 km, my wife decided to walk. The feeling of not knowing where I was in the middle of nowhere was not scary. So we walked for a about 2 km in the desert until we saw some camps and few people from the distance. I was very surprised that after Omar put us through, he dared to ask for a tip. To sum up, we didn't not see the beauty of Wadi Rum as most tourists see. I was extremely disapointed at your choice of your supplier in Wadi Rum. This incident could've gone wrong easily if the choices that we made turned out to be wrong. You are jeopardizing our safety here and can ruin your company reputation..." (END)
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From Wadi Rum to Petra
The same bus returns to Petra afterwards at about 8.30am, usually arriving in Petra around 10.30 or 11.00. The fare is the same or about 3JD. You might be charged more if you have a large backpack.
If you have visited Wadi Rum with a Bedouin guide, he will almost always call the driver to make sure that he is coming, before bringing you to the village to put you on the bus. If you have wandered around alone, then ask at the Village Rest House about this.
If there is no bus, you will have to get yourself to the Desert Highway and wait for a bus from Aqaba to Petra - there are several during the morning. Most people would drive you there - but would charge 6JD which is the standard taxi fare for this distance
From Petra to Wadi Rum
There is a daily bus from Petra leaving at about 6.30am. The procedure there is that you ask your hotel to reserve you a place and the bus comes to pick you up. The fare is usually about 3JD but this is a tourist bus, and does not have the right to pick up fares along the way, so if there are fewer than 3 passengers the bus will not run.
Unfortunately there is no way to check ahead of time that this bus to Rum will run on any particular day. This depends, not only on the number of passengers coming from Petra, but on the number of people in Wadi Rum waiting to take the bus on its return trip. Often the driver only decides in the morning when he sees how many passengers he has in total. Sometimes he will go anyway, but will charge a bit extra.
If he decides not to go, you should take the early bus to Aqaba, leaving Petra at 6.20am or there is another one at 7.45am, get down at the Rum Intersection (tell the driver what you want) and try to hitch from there. If you have pre-reserved with a guide, ask one of the drivers to call him and he will probably come to pick you up. He may or may not charge you for this (it is 30 kilometers, or 20 miles. A taxi would charge about 6JD for this distance).
Rules for visiting Wadi Rum
The new Visitors' Centre is 6 kilometers from Rum Village in the desert . This entrance fee is fixed at 2JD at the moment.
You choose the tour that you would like to do and you go off with the guide waiting nearby. If you have the name of a particular guide you must send him a written reservation (email or fax) dated 48 hours before your arrival. This is because many hotels or operators in various parts of Jordan arrange "tours" with certain of the Bedouin, and take a large commission. This is ripping off.
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From Wadi Rum to Amman and elsewhere!
There is no direct transport from Wadi Rum to Amman. It is best to take the morning bus to Aqaba (except on Fridays) and from there you can easily find onward transport to Amman. The best solution is probably the long distance buses, either Trust or JETT, but there are also service taxis from the Aqaba bus station.
If you want to go to somewhere like Madaba, it is probably simplest to take the bus/service taxi to Amman and a normal taxi from there to Madaba. The taxi would cost around 8JD, but if you have luggage it helps a lot! The bus station at Madaba is a way out of town, so you would need a taxi there as well.
From Aqaba to Wadi Rum
Many people are disappointed to hear that there is no reliable public transport from Aqaba to Wadi Rum early in the morning. If you need to get there early, the only possibility is a taxi (fare is 15JD). You can also take a bus going north (any bus) and get down at the Rum Intersection and hitch from there. Most local drivers will ask for 5JD, which is the standard taxi charge for the distance of 30 kilometers.
The first possible bus is at 11am - and this is only when there is a second early bus from Rum to Aqaba. Otherwise most days the first bus is at 1pm, and the second at 3pm.
The bus at 1pm is usually crowded, so get there early! There is usually room on the 3pm one.
The fare is 1JD.
From Wadi Rum to Aqaba
A bus leaves Wadi Rum for Aqaba at 7.30am and if there is enough demand at 8.30am. Again you should consult your Bedouin guide about this. He will usually call the driver to warn him that you will be needing a place on the bus and will see that you are there in time for it.
The second bus will only run if there are a number of people who were unable to find places on the early bus.
Transportation To Wadi Rum
To get to Wadi Rum:
From AQABA take the bus at 8-8:30am for 1JD, the bus station is next to the Police Station and opposite Dream Hotel; taxi flat rate is 15JD. (This bus leaves Wadi Rum at 7:00am - but never leaves on time - then turns around at Aqaba).
If you missed your bus, take a bus to Ma'an, they run as late as 7:00pm for 1JD, get off at Wadi Rum Junction / Rashdiya.
From PETRA take the bus at 6:00am for 3JD, have your hotel call to pick you up, the bus station is at the fruit market next to a large mosque, it drives by the main circle near Al Arabia restaurant and Elgee hotel. Taxi flat rate is 25JD.
If you missed your bus, take a bus to Aqaba, for 3JD, get off at Wadi Rum Junction.
From AMMAN or MA'AN, take a southbound bus to Aqaba, get off at the Wadi Rum Junction / Rashdiya.
From the Wadi Rum Junction / Rashdiya, taxi flate rate is 5JD. Or, hitch a ride in to Rum Village and offer someone a few JD. Even better, make arrangements with your guide.
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Camels are not very much used by the Bedouins today but in Wadi Rum you can go on a camel trek. I had heard a lot before coming hear that it was a very nice experience but your body would be in a lot of pain after (but people I met in Wadi Rum said there were no problems). I skipped the camel this time but if I will make another trip to Wadi Rum I will definitely go on a camel trek.
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Driving in the desert
For driving in the desert in Wadi Rum a 4WD vehicle is a must.
Tourists who have rented a car to travel around Jordan in can park it on the parking space next to the rest house and continue in a rented jeep with guide. Or why not on a camel?
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Geting to Wadi Rum
If driving or taking a taxi, you first arrive to the visitor center, pay the fee of JD2, and choose out of three options. First, you can hire a jeep with a driver. There are designates routes, each of them takes several hours, costs from JD20 to JD60 (upo to five people), and you have to take the first driver in the queue. The second, if you want to do smth more advanced, like hiking or climbing with the guide, you need to have prearranged this, see this website. Then you phone your guide and he meets you somehow. The third option is what I did - if you do not have much time, you can just walk yourself. Drive 6km down to the village of Rum, park the car at the guesthouse, and start exploring Wadi Rum. Of course, in this case you must perfectly know what you are doing. I also had a GPS received and a mobile phone, even though I was never further than 1h30min walk from the resthouse.
The best way to explore Wadi Rum is to rent a car with a beduins driver. Those cars are very very old and the at the first seeing I asked to myself how they go!!! You can take them without problem and the drivers are very friendly. To explore the desert with these cars is really a great experience!!!!
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