Taking a ferry from Aqaba to Nuweiba is definitely the best option to travel between Jordan and Egypt so that you can avoid the long overland process through Israel. Current information online is out of date and we didn’t find much of it helpful. We were quite sceptical and didn’t know what to expect but were pleasantly surprised by the entire journey. Here’s everything you need to know about taking a ferry from Jordan to Egypt.
- Where to buy ferry tickets in Jordan
- Where does the ferry leave from?
- Getting from Amman to Aqaba ferry port
- At the ferry terminal
- Onboard the ferry from Aqaba to Nuweiba
- Arriving in Nuweiba
- Cost breakdown from Amman to Nuweiba
- Is the ferry or crossing overland better?
Where to buy ferry tickets in JordanFerry tickets can only be purchased in person in Amman or in Aqaba at the port. If you are in Amman, the AB Maritime office is near 7th Circle around the corner from the Jett Bus Station. The updated timetable and latest prices can be found on the AB Maritime website.
Where does the ferry leave from?The ferry from leaves from Aqaba and arrives in Nuweiba. To get to the port, we took a Jett bus from Amman to Aqaba and then a taxi from the bus stop to the port. There is also another ferry from Aqaba to Taba but tickets for this ferry are return tickets ONLY so if you’re travelling one way, your only (and cheapest) option is to go to Nuweiba.
Getting from Amman to Aqaba ferry portTo get to Aqaba from Amman, we took a Jett bus which leaves from several locations throughout Amman every few hours.
- Bus times from Abdali (Central): Midnight, 7 am, 9 pm, 11 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm
- Bus times from 7th Circle (West Amman): 8 am, 12:30 pm, 3 pm, 5:30 pm and 7 pm
- Bus times from Tabarbour (North Amman): 7:30 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 2:30 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm
- Bus times from Al-wehdat (South East Amman): 12:30 am, 8:30 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 3:30 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm
At the ferry terminalUpon arrival at the terminal, you will go through security where your bags will be scanned. After this, you will need to pay a departure tax of 10 JOD and keep the receipt for getting stamped out of Jordan. If you have overstayed your visa, you will need to pay (in cash) 1.50 JOD per day of overstay. After getting stamped out, you will then wait until boarding.
Onboard the ferry from Aqaba to NuweibaOnce you have boarded the ferry, you will need to bring your passport to the counter in the middle of the ferry where it will stay for the duration of the journey. Your passport is safe here, don’t stress. Onboard, there is a little shop selling meals and drinks. Smoking is only permitted on the deck upstairs. The ferry is air-conditioned and has comfortable leather seats.
Arriving in NuweibaOur ferry departed Aqaba at 12:30 am and arrived in Egypt at 2 am (note that Egypt is 1 hour behind Jordan) so the ferry took a total of 2.5 hours. Once the ferry has arrived, an escort will take your passports and escort you into the arrival terminal at Nuweiba. Here, you will go through immigration. If you are planning on staying in the Sinai Peninsula only, let the escort know that you only need the Sinai stamp (free). If you are planning on travelling any further that Sharm El Sheikh (eg to Hurghada, Cairo, Luxor etc) or need to stay in Sinai for longer than 15 days, ask for the Egypt visa. You will need to pay $25 USD (cash) for the Egypt visa. By the time we were done at immigration, it was around 2:30 am. Rather than take a taxi onwards, we decided to sleep in the terminal until the first bus at 6 am. We told our escort this and he came to wake us up at around 5:30 am and walked with us to the bus station. Talk about service!
Cost breakdown from Amman to NuweibaOn the Jordanian side
- Bus from Amman to Aqaba: 8.60 JOD
- Taxi from bus station to ferry terminal: 2.50 JOD
- Departure tax: 10 JOD
- Ferry to Nuweiba: 53 JOD