Car Hire in Aqaba
If you're planning a trip to Jordan, you'll be able to rent a car in Aqaba from brand names that include Dollar, Hertz, Europcar on Al Qudess Street and Avis on Al Saada Street. Some of these are available at or near the Aqaba International Airport (AQJ). You'll be able to choose car rentals in Aqaba that include vehicles from compact hatchbacks to roomy sedans.
Car Hire at Aqaba Airport
Aqaba Airport is also known as King Hussein International Airport. It is located 5.6 miles north of Aqaba, about a 20-minute drive by car. Due to the distance, it is best to rent a car at Aqaba Airport if you are flying in on one of the twice-daily flights. Royal Jordanian operates two flights between Amman and Aqaba daily: One is in the morning, and the other takes place later in the evening. These are the only domestic commercial flights available in Jordan. The flight lasts about an hour. One of your car rental options at the airport is Avis. Your Avis car rental from Aqaba Airport can be picked up Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Driving in Aqaba
Due to its designation as a special economic zone, development in Aqaba has been dramatic in recent years. You can expect to see a lot of new or improved infrastructure and facilities. But this also means that road maps rapidly become out of date. It is not uncommon to see incorrect information on road maps if you drive in the city. If you hire a car in Aqaba, allow extra time for getting good directions when making travel plans.
Parking in Aqaba
If you choose to go with car rental in Aqaba, you'll need to plan to pay for parking. In many parking areas around Aqaba, it helps to pay attention in order to avoid paying too much. If possible, look for areas that offer daily rates. Try to avoid parking in the hourly parking areas, even if they have daily rates. The daily rates for hourly parking areas are typically substantially higher than the rates for actual daily parking areas.
Where to Go and What to See in Aqaba
Some of the popular local attractions include architecturally or historically significant mosques and churches, such as The Purpose Church. Other popular sites are Tal Magass, Hujayrat Al-Ghuzlan, and the house of Al Sharif Hussien Bin Ali.
If you hire a car in Aqaba, you can readily go to other major attractions outside the city as well. Wadi Rum is only about 37 miles away. It takes about 45 minutes to drive there from Aqaba. Petra is about 81 miles from Aqaba. If you go directly there, it is about two hours away from Aqaba. However, it is less than 1.5 hours from Wadi Rum, so pairing the two together makes a nice day trip. The Dead Sea is about 186 miles or a 3-hour drive away. This may be one of the best reasons for arranging car hire in Aqaba.