Wadi Rum and Aqaba are about 47 miles (75 km) apart. The best way to travel between the two destinations is by car with a private driver, and the drive will take a little over an hour. Most of the ride is down the Desert Highway until you turn onto Aqaba Highway, which takes you directly into the heart of downtown Wadi Rum.
If you're interested in going by taxi, finding one in Wadi Rum Village shouldn't be a problem. The guides at your camp accommodations can help you reserve a taxi in advance if you're on a tight timeline.
If you want to rely on the cheaper option of public transport, there are daily buses that run directly to Aqaba. Keep in mind, this is a popular route, so they can quickly become crowded with both tourists and locals.
By Private Transfer
Duration: 1-2 hours
Getting to Aqaba by private transfer is quick, easy, and convenient. The ride is a short one, about an hour, and mostly down modern, high-speed freeways.
There isn't a whole lot to see on the way, but once you reach the port city, there's plenty to do. During a trip to Aqaba, you can find swimming and snorkeling excursions along with museums and mosques. In addition to the city's world-class hotels and restaurants, you can also find the Aqaba Fortress, Al-Ghandour Beach, and the ruins of Ayla.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Taxi is the next best way to get to Aqaba from Wadi Rum. Sharing a taxi is common as most drivers don't want to make this trip unless the car is full, but this means you can often negotiate a cheaper rate. If you think you want to do some sight-seeing around Aqaba, most taxi drivers can also be hired to take you around town for the day.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Taking a minibus from Wadi Rum will be the cheapest option, but you'll need plenty of time and flexibility. Buses run to Aqaba daily, but the schedule can be vague. If you're traveling on a weekend, inquire about Friday service as most public transport doesn't run on that day.
Space can be an issue with these buses, so if you're carrying a lot of luggage you may be better off in a taxi. The bus route will take you through downtown and usually stops near the Aqaba police station. From there, you'll have plenty of other transportation options for exploring the city on your own or moving onto your next destination.