Car Rental in Aqaba
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Why rent a car in Aqaba?
Aqaba is a great travel destination. For decades, travelers from all over the world have been venturing to this Jordanian resort city on the Red Sea to enjoy its amazing beaches and some of the best diving on the planet. Like other places in Jordan, Aqaba also has a lot of interesting historical sites - and with a rental car, it’s easy to travel to spectacular places like Wadi Rum, Petra, or even the nation’s capital, Amman.
One-Way Car Rentals in Aqaba
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Aqaba and drop off in another city include:
- From Aqaba to Amman - 203 offers from US$ 45.80 per day
Top ways to enter Aqaba
- Aqaba Airport: Also known as King Hussein International Airport, it is served by nine different airlines, including low-cost carriers like Ryanair and easyJet (although some only operate during the summer months). The airport provides connections with Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Turkey, and a number of other destinations. Located just 10 km (6 miles) north of Aqaba city center, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes.
- Amman Queen Alia Airport: Serving Jordan’s capital, the largest airport in the country (and one of the busiest in the whole region) handled 8.4 million travelers in 2018. A hub for Royal Jordanian and served by around 25 other airlines, it provides flights to and from destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, North America, and Southeast Asia. Located 305 km (189 miles) north of Aqaba, the airport can be reached in just under four hours.
- Eilat Airport: Located just over the border and with many flights by low-cost airlines, flying to Eilat can be a tempting way to travel to Aqaba. While Eilat is indeed only about 16 km (10 miles) west of Aqaba, it is important to keep in mind that you cannot cross the border in a rental car. You can, however, go to the Israeli side by taxi, cross it, take another taxi to Aqaba and pick up a rental car at Aqaba Airport, the International Hotel, or the Radisson Blu Hotel. Check to see if you need a visa to enter either Israel or Jordan as each country has its own unique visa policy.
- By sea: There is a ferry service between Taba and Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt and Aqaba. Unfortunately, it is not permitted to bring a rental car on the ship. It’s also a good idea to check the ferry schedule in advance. If you plan to travel to or from Egypt, make sure to check to see if you need a visa to enter. It’s important to also find out the latest security situation in Egypt.
- Important: While it is possible to enter Jordan from three of its neighboring countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories, it is currently not possible to enter Jordan with a car rented in a neighboring country. Neither is it allowed to rent a car in Jordan and then to travel to a neighboring country.
- All non-essential travel to Jordan’s two other neighbors, Iraq and Syria, is strongly advised against by most foreign ministries and international organizations due to the ongoing conflicts in these two countries.
Useful city facts
- Although located on the coast, Aqaba has a desert climate. Summers can be scorching hot while winters are short and warm. The average high temperature is 33°C (92°F) in July and August, the warmest months, and 15°C (59°F) in January, the coolest. There is practically no precipitation in Aqaba year-round, with rainfall only occurring very rarely from December to March.
- Inhabited for more than 6,000 years, Aqaba has been the home of many different cultures and peoples. The first port in the area, called Elath, was built by the Edomite Civilization around 1500 BC and was later mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Other ancient rulers of Aqaba were the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Romans. After the rise of Islam, the city was ruled by different Muslim dynasties like the Abbasids, Fatimids, and Ottomans. Different Bedouin tribes have also lived in the surrounding desert since antiquity and continue to do so to this day.
Top destinations and activities
- Aqaba Fortress. Built by the Crusaders not long after they invaded the region, Aqaba Fortress is more than 800 years old. Over the centuries, it was destroyed a number of times and later rebuilt by its Muslim rulers, giving it an ecclectic appearance. One of the most photographed buildings in southern Jordan, it definitely deserves a visit. The fortress has been renovated a number of times over the last decade, so check the latest situation before your trip.
- Aqaba Church. About 1,700 years old, it is considered the oldest purpose-built church in the world. Not long after the church’s completion, the last great persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire (in which Aqaba was then located) began. Historians assume that the church wasn’t destroyed because of its great distance from the center of the empire. It suffered over the following centuries and only ruins of the old three-aisled basilica now remain, but it is nonetheless a fascinating place to visit.
- Aqaba Archaeological Museum. One of the most impressive museums in all of the country, it celebrated its 30th birthday in 2019. The museum houses many artifacts of and exhibits about the different cultures and civilizations that have inhabited Aqaba over centuries with a special focus on those that lived in the Aqaba region. Every couple of years, a renovation takes place in the museum, so check the opening times before your visit.
Traffic and parking tips
- In Jordan, vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road.
- You need to have an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) to drive in Jordan as a foreigner. Not having one can lead to large fines.
- Most road signs in Aqaba are written in both English and Arabic. However, different English spellings might be used for the same street and location names in different places.
- Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 120 km/h (75 mph) on motorways, 80 km/h (50 mph) on country roads, and 60 km/h (38 mph) or less in populated and built-up areas.
- Most of the main roads in Jordan are in good shape and are well-maintained. Rural roads can have widely varying quality, even within the same general area.
- Always have a working GPS system when driving in the desert in Jordan. Set out your route in advance and make sure you will always have a chance to get fuel before running out of it. Always have extra water in the vehicle as temperatures in the desert can reach extremes.
- When driving at night, especially in the countryside, take extra caution as some vehicles might be driving without the lights on or might be stopping on the side of the road without the lights on. Also, watch out for pedestrians on the road as some areas have no pavements.
- It is only allowed to use a mobile phone while driving if you use a hands-free system.
- Unlike in Europe or North America, Jordanian drivers use their horns a lot. Do not let this upset you - rather than a sign of road rage, it is simply a different way of communication between drivers.
- Drunk driving is prohibited in Jordan. The law has been enforced more strictly during the last few years, and breaking it can lead to large fines or even imprisonment and deportation.
- Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
- When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
Although there have been some suggestions to create them in the future, there are no toll roads in Jordan as of November 2019.
Ideas for a day-trip
- Beaches. Although home to amazing architecture, Aqaba is first and foremost a beach destination. There are plenty of places for enjoying the city’s beautiful Red Sea coast, including the hip Middle Beach which is located right in the city center and a number of private beaches that can be accessed for a fee. Some beautiful spots can also be accessed by driving along the coast. Aqaba is also a world-famous diving destination, and although it is usually quite pricey, diving in Aqaba is nonetheless an amazing experience. Most of the best spots, diving shops, and schools are located just south of the city.
- Wadi Rum. Also known as the Valley of the Moon, this spectacular desert is one of the most impressive places in the Middle East. There are many cliffs, rock pillars, and sand dunes that you can explore, as well as little villages and ancient temples. The number one attraction, though, is simply taking in the otherworldly scenery. Wadi Rum is just 70 km (43 miles) east of Aqaba and can be reached in about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Note: Although Wadi Rum can be reached with a rental car, to truly experience what this amazing place has to offer, you need to rent a 4x4 vehicle. If you’re not renting one in Aqaba, you can drop off your rental car at the Wadi Rum’s Visitor Center and pick up a 4x4 there (although it’s preferable to reserve one in advance). If you plan to drive further into the desert, it’s a good idea to hire a local guide. A working, up-to-date GPS system is also a must.
- Petra. The number one destination for many travelers coming to Jordan, Petra is a stunning ancient city carved into rock. Although the city was partially ruined by an earthquake in the 7th century, the fact that some of the areas have not been renovated only adds to the experience. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petra has also been called one of the new seven wonders of the world. Located 125 km (77 miles) north of Aqaba, Petra can be reached in just under two hours.
Most popular rental types and cars
The most popular rental car in Aqaba is the Kia Cerato, although many travelers also go for the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Chevrolet Cruze. The most popular rental car types are standard, compact, and intermediate.
- Ajloun Forest Reserve. Mostly made up of desert, Jordan is not usually thought of as a destination of beautiful woodlands. The Ajloun Forest Reserve, located in the northwest of the country, is an exception. A protected area, it has a number of hiking trails and is home to many unique floral species as well as wildlife such as the striped hyena, golden jackal, and roe deer. Located 370 km (233 miles) north of Aqaba, the reserve can be reached in five hours.
- Amman. Huge, loud, and sprawling, Jordan’s capital can at first seem a hectic place, but there are many reasons why travelers keep returning to this Middle Eastern metropolis. Its attractions include the stunning Amman Citadel, old Roman theater and nymphaeum, Umayyad palace, and some seriously amazing Jordanian restaurants. Located 325 km (202 miles) north of Aqaba, Amman can be reached in four hours. Nearby Madaba, known as the City of Mosaics, is also well worth a visit.
- Eilat. Located just a stone’s throw from Aqaba, this tranquil Israeli city is, like Aqaba, a great place for diving, kitesurfing, snorkeling, or simply enjoying the sea and sun. But it also has a set of its own unique attractions, like the Eilat Coral Beach Nature Reserve, the Underwater Observatory, the Dolphin Reef preserve, and the nearby Red Canyon. Do keep in mind that you cannot cross the border between Jordan and Israel in a rental car. Many travelers go to the border by taxi, cross it on foot, take another taxi to the center of Eilat and pick up a rental car there. As of November 2019, there is no exit tax to be paid when leaving Jordan, but it used to be in place before and might be reintroduced again in the future.
Car Rental Prices in Aqaba
- Large cars - from $39 per day
- Medium cars - from $30 per day
- People Carriers/Vans - from $151 per day
- Premium cars - from $203 per day
- Small cars - from $23 per day
- SUVs - from $84 per day
How can I save money on my rental car?
Land a great rental car in Aqaba by following these simple tips:
- Compare the rates of different rental car providers
- Book your rental car well in advance
- Plan your route before you go
- Know your fuel and mileage requirements
- Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Aqaba is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 59% cheaper than the yearly average and an unbelievable 90% cheaper than renting a vehicle in July.
Top Cities near Aqaba
Amman Car Rentals from $14.47 per day283.4 km / 176.1 miles away
Top 16 Locations near Aqaba
Aqaba Airport Car Rentals from $16.28 per day8.9 km / 5.6 miles away
Amman International Airport Queen Alia Car Rentals from $14.47 per day261.4 km / 162.4 miles away
Amman Crown Plaza Hotel Car Rentals from $14.47 per day282.7 km / 175.7 miles away
Amman The Sanrock Hotel Car Rentals from $14.47 per day282.8 km / 175.7 miles away
Amman Hotel Sheraton Car Rentals from $15.35 per day282.8 km / 175.7 miles away
Amman The House Boutique Suites Car Rentals from $14.47 per day282.9 km / 175.8 miles away
Amman Al Waleed Rum Hotels Car Rentals from $27.21 per day282.9 km / 175.8 miles away
Amman Hotel Intercontinental Car Rentals from $14.47 per day283.0 km / 175.8 miles away
Amman Mena Tyche Hotel Car Rentals from $14.47 per day283.4 km / 176.1 miles away
Amman Rotana Hotel Car Rentals from $21.77 per day283.9 km / 176.4 miles away
Amman Abdali Boulevard Car Rentals from $21.77 per day284.0 km / 176.4 miles away
Amman Grand Millennium Hotel Car Rentals from $14.47 per day284.0 km / 176.5 miles away
Amman Le Meridien Hotel Car Rentals from $27.21 per day284.6 km / 176.8 miles away
Amman Mevenpick Hotel Car Rentals from $14.47 per day285.1 km / 177.1 miles away
Amman Ibis Hotel Car Rentals from $14.47 per day285.5 km / 177.4 miles away
Amman Civil Airport Car Rentals from $15.35 per day287.4 km / 178.6 miles away
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|SIXT||Hyundai EON||4||Small cars|
|Avis||Chevrolet Spark||5||2||Small cars|
|Avis||Kia Picanto||3||1||Small cars|
|Avis||Kia Cerato||3||1||Medium cars|
|Avis||Nissan Sunny||4||1||Small cars|
|GreenMotion||Renault Lodgy||5||1||People Carriers/Vans|
|Avis||Mitsubishi Lancer||4||2||Large cars|
|SIXT||Kia Picanto||5||1||Small cars|