How to Get from Amman to Wadi Rum (New 2024 Bus Info!)

As you plan your itinerary in Jordan, there are a few logistical challenges you want to work out before you start locking in hotel and camp bookings. Your driving route is one of them. This post will give you everything you need to know about traveling from Amman to Wadi Rum, what your options are, how much it costs, and what to do once you get there.

Wadi Rum is in the south of Jordan and Amman is in the northern part of the county. While Jordan has modern highways, it still takes about 4 hours whether you are in Amman, at Amman airport or near the Dead Sea. Keep that in mind when you are planning.

JETT has recently started a new bus route from Amman to Wadi Rum without having to go to Aqaba first! This is great news and saves quite a bit of time! If you want to book this route before you get to Jordan, book it here.

Wadi Rum - Summer


How Far is it from Amman to Wadi Rum?

The distance from Amman to Wadi Rum is approximately 330 kilometers or 205 miles. It takes around 4 hours by car to travel from Amman to Wadi Rum depending on highway traffic. With this in mind, you can still visit Wadi Rum even on a 3-day itinerary. Its otherworldly landscape is not to be missed!

How to Get from Amman to Wadi Rum

How to Get From Amman to Wadi Rum

Amman to Wadi Rum By Car

There are only a few options to get from Amman to Wadi Rum, which makes it easy and difficult. The easiest way is to rent a car and drive yourself the 4-hour journey from Amman to Wadi Rum. But what makes this difficult for some travelers is the cost. There are over one hundred international and local car rentals in Amman. On average, you can expect to pay around JD 25-30 (35-40 USD) per day for a new model with air conditioning and insurance. Check a website like this that gives you multiple rental company cars and prices.

With that being said, the lack of public infrastructure means that having a car is the most effective way to get around Jordan. Get more info on renting a car in Jordan.

Driving in Jordan near Petra.
Typical rental car in Jordan

Amman to Wadi Rum by Bus

There is now a direct JETT bus that will take you to to the Wadi Rum Visitors Center. This gives access to Wadi Rum Village or Al Disseh Village. This is a new route that avoids having to go to Aqaba. You can book this route here

If you are interested in public transit, here is more information on how to book the JETT bus online before you arrive to Jordan.

Amman to Wadi Rum by Taxi

If you hire a taxi or private vehicle to take you from Amman to Wadi Rum, expect to pay about JD110 per vehicle. There are plenty of private drivers who you can book online for a one way transfer. This is convenient, but not cost-effective.

Amman to Wadi Rum Tour

You can book a private transfer or a tour to Wadi Rum from Amman. Most of these tours will also have Petra included and are designed for those who have really limited time but want to see Petra and Wadi Rum. 

Check out the following:

Viator Tours offers this one .

Get Your Guide Tours offers this one .

The Best Way to Get from Amman to Wadi Rum

So this is going to depend on the type of traveler you are. Everyone has their own preference. Solo travelers and those on a shoestring budget will find it cheapest to take public transport with JETT’s daily service or unscheduled minibusses. Those who want to drive in Jordan will be happy to rent a car. It is hard for me to judge the kind of traveler that you are.

If you are like me and want a road trip, I have an entire itinerary mapped ou for you in my Jordan itinerary guide. It takes all of the guesswork out of the trip.

Overwhelmed with Planning a trip to Jordan?

Want to skip all of the planning and access my detailed Jordan Itinerary and Guide? I have been to Jordan several times and after being asked again and again for suggestions, not only did I build this website but I created an interactive PDF guide to help you plan the best trip to Jordan! It includes an interactive map, multiple itineraries for up to 10 days and as little as three days and plenty of practical information about renting a car and driving in Jordan. Get the guide by clicking the button below. 

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More information on Wadi Rum

Wondering what is the Best Time to Visit Wadi Rum or what to expect weatherwise?

How about the Best Bedouin Camps in Jordan’s Desert and our top pics for glamping in Wadi Rum.

All of these posts will help you plan your visit to Jordan’s desert!

Getting Around Jordan Resources

If you are working on a self-drive itinerary or plan to see the country independently, there is a guide on getting around in Jordan. For more posts on how to get from A to B you can check out Aqaba to Wadi Rum Aqaba to Petra, Amman to Petra ,  Aqaba to the Dead Sea or Amman to the Dead Sea