Wadi Rum to Petra = 25JD
Wadi Rum to central Aqaba = 15JD
Wadi Rum to Aqaba port, Aqaba airport or the Saudi or Israeli borders = 20JD
Amman airport to Wadi Rum = 60JD
Wadi Rum to the Desert Highway = 5JD
The fares in the other direction should be the same.
Posted by Lulu
There are several ways to discover the desert: Jeep, pick-up or even camel.
We have to decide at the entrance of the site, in the visitors' center (a nice tourist trap as well, see the related tip).
We chosed the 4h tour with a Jeep, indeed some kind of vehicle that could have done the war!
This is pretty convenient to have a good feeling of the desert in quite a short amount of time...
The price is fixed and for this tour, it was 32JD per vehicle.
My different must-see tips are describing the tour and the different halts in a chronological order.
You can either take the minibus from Wadi Rum to Petra ot to Aqaba. Alternatively, you need to travel around 10 km from the visitors centre to the main highway where you can catch any minibus to the north or to Aqaba. From here to Aqaba, it costs JD1. From Petra to Wadi Rum, it costs JD2.
As terribly uncomfortable as it is, riding a camel is really quite an experience. We chose to go with the camel option for our venture out into the desert for just that reason, plus it was cheaper than a jeep.
Bring lots of water and wear a hat, and if you're a smoker, just for fun buy a pack of camels and smoke a camel on a camel. Just don't chuck your butts in the desert please.
Tip: To lessen the pain you'll no doubt be feeling in your posterior after about an hour or two, wrap your leg around the camels neck and tilt yourself at about a 45 degree angle. That is, if the camel is facing strait, you are facing 45 degrees to the left or right.
Apart from when we were taken by truck to the Bedouin tent in the night (read my Rum Intro Page!) We walked everywhere we went during our 2 days in Wadi Rum.
A book by Tony Howard called "Treks & Climbs in the Mountains of Wadi Rum & Petra" is recommended if you want to do some serious walking & climbing.
You are able to organise Jeep trips and also Camel Tours through the Desert for a few day all the way down to Aqaba, I think it takes 3 days by Camal.
Actually I think camels probably have feet too, Do they? (~_~)
We were so jammy to be offered a lift back all the way to Amman, by the restaurant manager, who actually lived in Amman and worked away from home in Wadi Rum.
It turned out in to a very eventful following24 hours....................Anyway I diverse
Photo is of the Road to Wadi Rum, taken not far from the Junction with the romantically named "Desert Highway!"
To see the sheer wastness of Wadi Rum you will need 4X4 to take you around. And good pair of hiking boots!!Bottle of water and good camera, with atleast spare bateries.
One of the most exciting way to explore Wadi Rum is by camel. It's a great experience and in this way is possible to live this fantastic place in a different way.
From Aqaba we got the bus to the Desert Highway junction with Wadi Rum, From there we were lucky enough to get a hitch all the way to Wadi Rum itself