Show To Get 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 accommodating 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, 11.00h, 13.00h and 15.00h – or when they are full – and return from Wadi Rum one hour later. Bus ticket costs 3 JD one way.
The usual price for a taxi ride between Aqaba and Wadi Rum Visitor Center is 25 JD one way.
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 the hotels in Wadi Musa – but you have to ask your hotel to arrange it for you the day before or you can also call the driver at 079 5235257 to book your place. The capacity of the bus is 27 people. After arriving to the Wadi Rum Visitor Center it picks up new passengers here and also goes to the Rest House in Rum village and then departs for Petra at around 8.30h. The bus fare is 7 JD one way but you might be charged some extra if there are only a few passengers on the bus, otherwise the ride would not be economical for the driver.
A taxi ride between Petra and Wadi Rum Visitor Center costs 35 JD one way.
There is no direct bus to Wadi Rum from Amman. Public transport is only available from Aqaba and Petra.
Upon arrival at the Visitor Center please call Salem Hammad Al-Zalabeih of Wadi Rum Lawrence Camp (+962 7 7600 5902). Salem can either give you directions by phone or come to pick you up.
The entrance fee to the Wadi Rum protected area is 5 JD.
There are no banks or Automatic Telling Machines (ATMs) in Wadi Rum. That is why we are only able to accept cash payments in Jordan Dinars (JD). JD (1 euro = 0.90 JD) Exchange rate varies daily!
What To Bring
- Water – because you will really enjoy it in the desert
- Good trekking shoes – because blisters can spoil your trip a lot
- Hat & Sunglasses – because the sun is most likely to be intense
- Sunscreen – because you don’t want to be as red as the desert
- Jacket – because there is a big temperature difference between day and night in the desert
- Scarf – because the winds might be taking sand with them
- Chopsticks – because the heat will dry your lips
- Torch – because during night you might want to find the camp bathroom
- Toilet paper – because you might find it
- Cash – because there are no ATMs in the desert
- Snacks & Lunch – because dinner and breakfast are provided
- Camera – because the views you will see will make you want to see them many times again
Although not expected, tipping is much appreciated. Also, Bedouin culture is far more conservative than the place you are coming from so revealing clothes such as shorts or tank tops can be considered disrespectful. If you are allergic to any foods or if you are a vegetarian, please let us know a day ahead of time.