Taxi fares to and from Wadi Rum
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
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).
the Jeep tour
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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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Feet, Hoofs & Wheels
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? (~_~)
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Road To Rum
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!"
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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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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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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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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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