Thanks to ever-increasing international flights into Aqaba’s international airport in the south of Jordan, there is more and more demand for information about getting around in Jordan for those who arrive into Aqaba. Getting from Aqaba to the Dead Sea is not too complicated, as there really are limited options on how to do it.
If you are reading this post, you are probably wondering how to get from Aqaba from the Dead Sea, he lowest point on Earth. It is north of Aqaba and is located on Jordan’s Western border with Israel.
The Dead Sea offers more Jordan beach options and offers more than a salty dip attraction for curious tourists. The air has a higher oxygen concentration in this area and its mineral-rich properties bring people from all over the world who are suffering from various types of skin diseases and rheumatism.
How to Get from Aqaba to the Dead Sea
Bus from Aqaba to the Dead Sea
JETT Bus does not offer direct service to the Dead Sea. It actually only offers really limited options to the Dead Sea at all, and that is only from Amman. If you want to go to the Dead Sea on a coach bus, you will need to go from Aqaba to Amman (there are several busses daily) and then take a daily tour which goes Amman – Dead Sea – Amman.
You can also take the JETT bus to Amman and then take a local bus from Mujaharin station as far as it goes towards the Dead Sea and then taxi the rest of the way.
Aqaba to Dead Sea Day Tour
An Aqaba Dead Sea day tour is another way to get to the Dead Sea from Aqaba where someone else does all the planning and you can sit back and relax and enjoy your day. Day tours from Aqaba to the Dead Sea are done by a few different operators.
Here are two options
Get Your Guide: One Day from Aqaba to Dead Sea and Wadi Mujib
This tour will take you to Wadi Mujib and then to the Dead Sea. It includes a buffet lunch as well as access to a 5* hotel pools and their private beach.
This private tour is popular for cruise ship passengers and the pickup and drop off are right at the port. You will visit the Dead Sea in an air-conditioned vehicle and return to the port before the ship departs.
If you are based in Aqaba and want to check out the best day trips from Aqaba.
Aqaba to Dead Sea Taxi
There are a couple of ways to take a taxi from Aqaba to the Dead Sea. This depends on whether you are looking for a one-way fare or if you want to return to Aqaba at the end of the day. A taxi from Aqaba to the Dead Sea one way will be about USD100, which if you are in a group, can be an economical option.
Rental Car from Aqaba to Dead Sea
It is quite easy to rent a car in Aqaba and drive to the Dead Sea for the day. It takes just over 3 hours along the Kings Highway to reach the Dead Sea resorts and day-use areas. Most of the private beaches are in hotels that offer day passes. There are also private beach clubs. You do NOT have to pay to visit the Dead Sea, but the public beach does nto offer any changing or showering facilities, just a parking lot. Most visitors opt for a daypass at a beach club or hotel.
Consider getting a local Jordan Sim Card so you have GPS and can stay connected, especially if you are planning on driving around Jordan.
Best Way to Get from Aqaba to the Dead Sea
The best way to get from Aqaba to the Dead Sea depends on your travel style, and your itinerary. If you are on a shoestring budget and have plenty of time, the bus will be your best bet. Sharing a taxi or a rental car is also an option.
If you are a couple or a family then a rental car or taxi is going to be your best bet. If you are driving yourself, you can leave Aqaba when you like and overnight in the Dead Sea. If you are not comfortable driving, then a one way or round trip taxi or one of the tours listed above are an option.
Where to Stay at the Dead Sea
I always suggest the Dead Sea Spa as a first choice. It is affordable, clean, has beach access and decent swimming pools. For those with a bigger budget the Marriott, Movenpick and Kempinski are right beside it.
For lower-end budgets, your hotel will not be on the beach and you will have to take a shuttle. That is why I always suggest trying to fit the Dead Sea Spa Hotel into your budget.
I have a post all about the best Dead Sea Hotels. I highly suggest you check it out for your stay on the Dead Sea.
More Jordan Resources
You will want to read these Dead Sea tips before your trip so you are fully prepared for your experience. Need to visit from Amman? Check out my post on getting to the Dead Sea from Amman. If you are looking for more day trip ideas from Aqaba check out day trips from Aqaba. If you are looking for more information on getting around in Jordan, check out how to get from Aqaba to Amman.
Lindsay fell in love with Jordan when she first visited in 2016. She now goes back every year to explore more of this special place. Lindsay is also the owner of Amman Food Tours, a social enterprise that is women-owned and hires local female guides. This project provides meaningful employment for women in Amman.