How to Travel From Egypt To Jordan
One of the major doubts I had during my trip, was on how was I suppose to enter Jordan.
Jordan seems close to Egypt, and they’re both on the usual Middle East route but they don’t actually have any land borders. So people usually have difficulty getting to and from both countries.
There wasn’t much information online so I had to ask on a few forums, but the most helpful information I got was from the locals I met. So here’s is how you can travel from egypt to jordan.
Option 1: Fly
By far the easiest and safest option. There are daily direct flights from Cairo or Sharm El Sheik to Amman, so if you’re on a tight schedule or want a safe bet, go for this option.
I’ve had the best results searching flights with Skyscanner or directly with the airline.
Note: If you happen to be flying with the Egyptian low-cost airline Nile Air, don’t worry if you can’t check-in online. Their website says its possible, but the web app simply doesn’t work.
If you’re leaving from terminal 1 in Cairo Airport, you have to go to the Nile Air’s desk to do their “weird” check-in. And be careful with Egyptian Security Guards
Option 2: Take a Ferry
The only border that Jordan shares with Egypt is a maritime border in the Aqaba Gulf (Red Sea).
The only way I heard a tourist could get into Jordan this way, was to catch a ferry from Nuweiba to Aqaba operated by AB maritime.
For this, you have to head to the Sinai Peninsula, all go all the way up to Nuweiba.
Be advised that I heard from many different sources that the ferry’s schedule is very unstable and often gets delayed for hours or sometimes even one day.
So if you don’t have any spare days or a flexible travel schedule, I advise you against this option.
It is possible to obtain a visa on arrival.
If you take this option I definitely recommend you to climb Mount Sinai and spend a few days in Dahab on your way to Nuweiba.
Option 3: Go through Israel
This is maybe the most complicated one, but if you don’t like flying or riding boats, it’s your only option.
It requires you to find a way to drive up to Taba and cross the border there to Eilat (Israel).
And from there, cross the Arava border crossing into Jordan.
These borders are pretty relaxed for a Middle Eastern Country because they’re mostly tourist crossings (unlike the northern Jordan-Israeli border).
Just make sure you have the proper documents.
After making it to Jordan, you’ll be close to the Wadi Rum Desert. If you have the time make sure you don’t miss before you go to Petra.
I definitely recommend you to get the Jordan Pass, it includes the visa and entries for the main popular attractions.
I ended up flying from Sharm El Sheik to Amman for about 100€ because I couldn’t afford to lose any time. This way I started visiting Jordan from the north and went all the way down to Aqaba.
I only found out later this was a great choice because the Aqaba Crossing was a lot easier to cross compared to the King Hussein Border in the North. This was due to all the Palestinian refugees that use that border, while the Aqaba border is only meant for tourists.