The distance from Amman to Aqaba is 207 miles (333 km) and most easily covered by plane. Tickets are relatively affordable and it's a very short flight. Both airports are busy and centrally-located so finding transportation to and from the terminals won't be an issue.
If time is not of the essence, consider traveling by car to see more of what Jordan has to offer. The quickest route runs four hours or you can select from one of these scenic recommendations. Many of the big name car rental companies operate out of Amman or you can hire your own driver and local guide. The latter is ideal for local insight as you tour the places you see along the way.
Another option would be to book a tourist bus. They are more expensive than public buses but the extra amenities will ensure a relaxing ride. They also run on fairly fixed schedules and only take reserved passengers so you’ll be able to organize your travel plans with relative ease.
By Private Transfer or Rental Car
Duration: 4-5 hours
Traveling by car is the way to go if you're interested in seeing the countryside and taking in other sights. The Desert Highway is most direct and will take about four hours. You’ll be traveling the length of Jordan so there are numerous ways to wind down south while incorporating stops at the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, or Petra. Booking a driver or guide is a great way to get a deeper look into the history and culture of the attractions.
Between Amman and the Dead Sea, it's possible to make a detour to Madaba, where the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Land dates back to the 6th century BC. From there, it’s a 15-minute drive to Mount Nebo, where you can get the same views of the "Promised Land" that Moses did. Another great detour is Ma’in Hot Springs for a soak (and possibly an overnight stay) in the relaxing mineral waters.
Duration: 1 hour
If you fly, you'll leave out of Amman's Queen Alia International Airport and arrive at King Hussein International Airport. Though it's the most expensive option, it's fast and convenient and you'll be at the coast in under an hour. The airlines run multiple flights a day, seven days a week. From the airport, you can easily catch a taxi or bus to get into the city and start exploring.
Duration: 4-5 hours
Jordan Express Tourist Transportation, or JETT, operates a bus with a direct route between the two cities. Their website is user-friendly and the best way to get information and book tickets in advance. These tourist buses are not as cheap as a public minibus but most come with air-conditioning, comfortable seats, and wifi which you may want for this long of a ride. You'll pick up your bus in Amman at the Abdali station and be dropped off at Aqaba’s bus station downtown.