KEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 29 Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4256 times:
I'll be leaving for Saudi Arabia for work in few days time, based in Jeddah. I'm planning to visit the region once my work is over in 2 months time and Jordan is high on my agenda (in particular Petra + scuba in Aqaba).
I've been checking the fare for JED-AMM flights and they're not cheap! I'm wondering if it makes a good alternative to fly to Tabuk in northern Saudi, then make the overland journey to Aqaba? Return flights JED-Tabuk is SAR 550 return, versus 2-3 times that much if flying direct to AMM. Looking at the map Tabuk is "only" 100km from the Jordanian border, thru the sites that i found on Google it is mentioned that shared taxi is a popular way to get to Jordan.
To those who knows the region well, is my plan too adventurous? Any information regarding Tabuk-Jordan border crossings to Aqaba and its practicalities is greatly appreciated.
HiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 805 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4230 times:
Tabuk - Ma'an (closest town to Petra) by car is definitely doable. But I've never heard of shared taxis in Saudi (that's something you see in Egypt). You're better off renting a car from Tabuk airport (I know it is a small airport but it should have one, otherwise pick one up from the town centre). The car will cost you about 80 riyals a day, so you will save money, but it will take you quite a bit longer to get there.
BTW, the diving within Saudi is better than in Jordan. Aqaba is a long way to go when there's great diving around Jeddah!