Getting Around

How to Get From Petra to Wadi Rum: A Complete Guide

From the mysteries to uncover in the Rose City to the towering red rocks of the Jordanian desert, there is so much to see in southern Jordan – if you’re visiting this country and region, you simply have to explore!

As you plan your Jordan itinerary, you might have questions about how to get from one part of the country to another. I’ve been working on a series of guides on getting around, and this one is here to help you figure out the basics of travel from Petra to Wadi Rum.

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If you’re curious about how far it is between them, your travel options, and what I consider the best way to travel from Petra to Wadi Rum (or vice versa), read on. This quick guide will give you all the info you need to finalize this part of your Jordan itinerary.

How Far is it from Petra to Wadi Rum?

Petra and Wadi Rum are two of Jordan’s most famous attractions, and luckily, they’re not too far apart. The distance between Wadi Rum and Petra is approximately 68 miles (about 110km). The journey is gorgeous – it traverses beautiful desert landscapes – and takes about 2 hours by car, making it an easy day trip or a stop on a longer Jordan itinerary.

How to Travel Between Wadi Rum & Petra

There are several options for traveling between Petra and Wadi Rum, each catering to different budgets, preferences, and time constraints:

Wadi Rum Tours from Petra

If you prefer more structured activities and enjoy a bit of guidance, organized tours are a good option. These tours often include transportation from Petra to Wadi Rum, a variety of desert activities like jeep tours, camel rides, and even overnight stays in Bedouin camps.

If you’re sold on booking a tour, I have a guide covering different Wadi Rum tours from Petra to help you choose the best one for you.  

Petra to Wadi Rum Bus Options

If you’ve read other of my blog posts, you’ll know that Jordan’s public bus system isn’t the best one. So, I’ll focus on JETT buses, a Jordanian travel-focused travel company.

This bus service is an affordable option for budget travelers. The JETT bus to Wadi Rum from Petra leaves every day at 11:30am from the front of the Visitors Centre. (Be sure to check the schedule in advance as services may vary when you’re planning to ride.)

The buses are actually very comfortable – fully equipped with air conditioning and bathrooms on board! The journey time is longer as the bus may have stops along the way. Tickets cost 15 JOD; book them in advance to ensure you get a seat.

Petra to Wadi Rum Taxi Options

A more convenient but costlier option is taking a taxi. Taxis can be hailed from the city of Wadi Musa (just outside the Petra Archeology Park). The ride takes about 2 hours and you’ll have to haggle – an art Jordanians know quite well. There shouldn’t be any inconvenience though. Just make sure you agree on the fare in advance to avoid any surprises.

Car Rental for Visiting Wadi Rum

Driving is the best way to get around Jordan and I have this whole article devoted to the ins and outs of renting a car and driving in Jordan. However, here’s a summary of what you can expect should you choose this alternative to travel from Petra to Wadi Rum. 

While renting a car is highly convenient, there are no rental agencies available in Petra. This means you’ll have to go to a bigger city – your best option is Aqaba. Luckily, both cities are connected and not that far apart. On average, renting a car with air conditioning and insurance costs around 25-30JD (35-40 USD) per day.

If you decide to go this route (pun intended!) be sure to check my guide on how to travel from Petra to Aqaba and then how to travel from Aqaba to Wadi Rum – that’s really what you need to make this work.

Private Driver from Petra to Wadi Rum

Hiring a private driver is a bit of a luxury – it’s the most expensive option by far, but it’s also very convenient if you’re looking for more comfort. This option allows you to enjoy the ride without the stress of navigating, and drivers often share insights into the local culture and landmarks. You can hire a private driver yourself or ask the reception at your hotel to book one for you..

The Best Way from Petra to Wadi Rum

Deciding the best way to travel to Wadi Rum from Petra depends on your personal preferences, budget, and the type of experience you’re looking for. If you’re on a budget, buses are the most economical choice, while a private car or taxi offers more convenience and flexibility. If you’re looking to enhance your experience with local knowledge and adventure, opting for an organized tour might be the way to go.

Personally, I’ve always booked either a private driver or a guided tour when I’m traveling in Jordan, so that’s how I have traveled between Petra and Wadi Rum in the past.

No matter the option you choose, traveling from Petra to Wadi Rum is sure to be a memorable part of your Jordanian adventure. Just make sure that your planning lets you enjoy these two spectacular sites to the fullest. 

Have any other questions about how to travel from Petra to Wadi Rum or returning? Let me know in the comments below!

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I fell in love with Jordan after my first visit in 2016; now I love returning to explore more – and writing guides to help you do the same.

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