Aqaba, Jordan’s only costal city, is a major trading center situated on the Gulf of Aqaba. The city’s population is around 70,000. The strategically important city has a Mediterranean climate. Winter months are cool and rainy and the temperatures during the summer go up very high. Scuba diving and watersports are quite advanced in Aqaba. You can easily visit the Red Sea on a yacht or boat tour. Major tourist areas of the city include the Aqaba Fortress, Aqaba Archaeological Museum, and the Ayla Archaeological site.
The Aqaba Water Festival, Aqaba Traditional Arts Festival and the Jerash Festival held in the city are festivals that organize important touristic events. Aqaba features many fine dining restaurants that offer traditional Jordanian cuisine. Among the most important traditional dishes are mansaf (lamb served with yogurt and rice), the country’s national dish, and malfuf (rice and meat in cabbage leaves). In addition, the cafes located throughout the city offer various dishes from international cuisine. Since it is a coastal city Aqaba has a marina where you can enjoy an elegant dinner.
The city has many shopping centers that offer both local products as well as world-famous brands. It is easy to reach Aqaba from the King Hussein International Airport.
From King Hussein International Airport you can easily reach Aqaba city center by taxi. Airport shuttle services also take passengers to different points of the city.
If you want to make your whole journey more comfortable, you can also evaluate the car rental option. Some accommodation centers in Aqaba also offer airport shuttle service to their guests.
You can see the taxis at the airport exit. It takes about 20 minutes to reach Aqaba city center by taxi. The average fare is 15 Jordanian dinars. Taxis may or may not have taximeters. For this reason, it is recommended that you talk to the driver beforehand about the fare.
There are shuttle services operated by a private company at the airport. You can reach not only the city center but also the different points of the Aqaba city with these services. You can find shuttle routes and timetables at the airport's information center.
If you need a more comfortable means of transportation, you can also rent a car at the airport. With the car you rent, you can reach the city center in just 15 minutes. Moreover, it is enough to follow a fairly simple and straight route through the airport route.
Some hotels in Aqaba offer airport shuttle service for their customers. Hotel shuttles are usually a little more costly than taxis, but they provide you an extremely comfortable journey to your accommodation. You should remember that you must make an appointment with your hotel in advance in order to use this service.Last Updated: March 15, 2018