Visitors to the Middle East are often looking for information on how to travel from Jordan to Egypt. If you are one of these travellers, you are in the right place. This post will give you everything you need to know about travelling on the Jordan to Egypt ferry.
While air travel in and out of countries is usually organized and quite easy (as well as similar from country to country), traveling by ferry can be more chaotic but also more hurry up and wait. There are several queues and several times you present your passport, as well as have your luggage scanned. Pack your patience when traveling by boat from Jordan to Egypt.
Ferry from Jordan to Egypt
Travelling from Jordan to Egypt by Ferry is quite easy, but not always painless. But that does not mean impossible. In fact, these ferries take tourists from Jordan to Egypt or Egypt to Jordan across the gulf of Aqaba, on a daily basis. Certain vessels also move cargo, vehicles and Jordanians or Egyptians who might be traveling for work or a vacation themselves.
Here are a few things you will need to know about taking a ferry from Jordan to Egypt (or the other way around):
- There are two main ports in Egypt on the Red Sea, Nuweiba and Taba in Egypt and Aqaba in Jordan. That is the first thing you need to know. If you are in Sharm el Sheikh (one of the prettiest places in Egypt), you will need to travel to Nuweiba by car. It takes about 2 hours.
- There are not a lot of ferry companies to choose from, AB Maritime is the company that manages the ferries that run from Jordan to Egypt and back.
- Israeli Passports stamps (or cards or declarations of visiting Israel) are not a problem for visiting Egypt from Jordan.
- Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry into Egypt.
How to Travel from Jordan to Egypt
AB Maritime is the company that runs the vessels across the Gulf of Aqaba between the two countries. You can read their most recent timetables.
Aqaba / Nuweiba
Nuweiba to Aqaba runs daily at 1pm (arrival 4pm)
Aqaba to Nuweiba runs daily at 11pm (arrival 1am)
*** these are subject to change and my ferry was over an hour late
Aqaba / Taba
Taba to Aqaba runs Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday leaves at 1:30pm (arrives 2:30pm)
Aqaba to Taba runs Tuesday, Thursday, Friday leaves at 10:00am (arrives 11:00am)
*** these are subject to change DAILY and my ferry into Taba was on time but our return ferry left 3 hours after the scheduled time (but the agents had informed us of the time the night before)
I have a complete post on the crossing from Aqaba to Taba.
Prices of the Egypt / Jordan Ferries
Ferry price for one way from Nuweiba – Aqaba or Aqaba – Nuweiba is USD75
Round Trip price Aqaba – Nuweiba – Aqaba is USD100
Ferries to Taba are sold as round trip only
Aqaba – Taba – Aqaba USD90
Taba – Aqaba – Taba USD90
These prices do not include Jordan Exit tax (mentioned in next section)
When leaving Jordan in Aqaba by ferry, you will need to go through exit customs and pay JD10 departure tax. Your luggage will be scanned (customs is usually looking for illegal exports such as antiquities).
On arrival into Taba port, you will have your luggage scanned (again) as well as a metal detector (a VERY sensitive one, take off all jewelry, belts etc) before the customs agent. There is only one booth and one queue for the whole boat. If you are visiting in the hot months, ensure you have something to cover your head and some water, as it can be upwards of an hour before your passport is stamped and you can leave the port.
What you need to know about Egyptian Visas When Arriving from Jordan By Ferry
On Arrival into Egypt, you will be given a free visa, but it has conditions. It is ONLY valid for the Sinai region (Taba / Nuweiba / Sharm el Sheikh / Dahab etc). You can see the differences in the photos below.
Buying Tickets in Aqaba
AB Maritime has an office in Aqaba. You can purchase tickets from them. They are also receptive to email and phone calls (and Whats App)
Buying Tickets in Nuweiba
The AB Maritime office is located outside the port and tickets can be bought the day of departure. You must arrive well in advance. (minimum of 3 hours)