Getting Around Jordan

Jordan is a compact country, approximately the same size as Portugal or the US state of Maine. Its highway network is well developed, making Jordan's top attractions straightforward to reach. Most travelers opt to hire a private driver, although rental cars and tourist buses are available as well. 

Most of Jordan's top sites are in the western part of the country, including Amman, the Dead Sea, Petra, and the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum. The distance from Jerash (just north of Amman), to Aqaba (just South of Wadi Rum) is 230 miles (370 km) and can be covered in about 5 hours, although most travelers take multiple overnight stops on this route to experience the country.
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Map of How to Get from Petra to Aqaba
How to Get from Petra to Aqaba

The ideal way to travel the 78 miles (125 km) between Petra and Aqaba is by car. The fastest route, via Kings Highway and Desert Highway, takes two hours. It's possible to rent... read more

The Treasury in Petra, Jordan
Map of How to Get from Madaba to Petra
How to Get from Madaba to Petra

Petra is approximately 134 miles (215 km) from the northern city of Madaba and most easily traveled by way of the Desert Highway. At its quickest, the ride takes three hours. If... read more

Wadi Rum
Map of How to Get from Petra to Wadi Rum
How to Get from Petra to Wadi Rum

To travel the 65 miles (104 km) between Petra and Wadi Rum, private transfer is the most popular option. The drive south to Wadi Rum is a mix of the scenic but windy Kings... read more

View of Aqaba Bay in Jordan
Map of How to Get from Amman to Aqaba
How to Get from Amman to Aqaba

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... read more

Sandstone pillars in Petra, Jordan
Map of How to Get from Amman to Petra
How to Get from Amman to Petra

The ancient city of Petra is approximately 143 miles (230 km) from Amman, Jordan's capital. Heading south, you'll take the Desert Highway to reach Wadi Musa, the gateway town to... read more

The relaxing coast of Aqaba, Jordan
Map of How to Get from Wadi Rum to Aqaba
How to Get from Wadi Rum to Aqaba

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... read more