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Aqaba, Muhafazat al `Aqabah, Jordan

How much does it cost to travel to Aqaba?

You should plan to spend around $126 (JOD90) per day on your vacation in Aqaba. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $42 (JOD30) on meals
  • $24 (JOD17) on local transportation
  • $117 (JOD83) on hotels

A one week trip to Aqaba for two people costs, on average, $1,771 (JOD1,256). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Aqaba cost?

A one week trip to Aqaba usually costs around $885 (JOD628) for one person and $1,771 (JOD1,256) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Aqaba on average costs around $1,771 (JOD1,256) for one person and $3,542 (JOD2,512) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Aqaba will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Aqaba on average costs around $3,795 (JOD2,691) for one person and $7,590 (JOD5,382) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Aqaba has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Aqaba expensive to visit?

Prices in Aqaba are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Middle East, Aqaba is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Petra or Eilat.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Aqaba Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Aqaba?

The average Aqaba trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Aqaba travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) JOD83 ($117)
Local Transportation 1 JOD17 ($24)
Food 2 JOD30 ($42)
Entertainment 1 JOD38 ($54)
Tips and Handouts 1 JOD0 - 0 ($0 - 1)
Alcohol 2 JOD3 - 10 ($5 - 14)
Accommodation Budget in Aqaba
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Aqaba is $59 (JOD42). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Aqaba is $117 (JOD83). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Aqaba

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Aqaba based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $72. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Aqaba
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Aqaba is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $24 (JOD17) per person, per day, on local transportation in Aqaba.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Aqaba
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Aqaba can vary, the average cost of food in Aqaba is $42 (JOD30) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Aqaba should cost around $17 (JOD12) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Aqaba is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Aqaba
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  • Entertainment and activities in Aqaba typically cost an average of $54 (JOD38) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Aqaba
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Aqaba is $0.44 (JOD0.31) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Aqaba is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Aqaba
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $9.07 (JOD6.43) on alcoholic beverages in Aqaba per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Last Updated: Jan 8, 2023
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Aqaba is a port city in Jordan, in fact, it is the only port city in the country. This city is located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, which is in the southern part of Jordan. The city is still being developed; many of its facilities and infrastructures are being improved. The population of Aqaba is about 190,000 and the city has been key in developing Jordan's economy via trade and tourism.
Aqaba is an ancient city, with many historic buildings and landmarks. The Aqaba Fort is an example of this; the fort was built in the early 1500's for the purpose of housing pilgrims on their way to Mecca. Another historic site is the city of Ayla, which was the first city founded outside of the Arabian Peninsula. The ruins are part of present-day Aqaba, located northwest of the city center near the Movenpick Resort.

The Aqaba Archaeological Museum is worth seeing. It is located very close to the Aqaba Fort. The museum exhibits ancient artifacts dating back to the 7th century AD. Recently, the "Lady of Aqaba", a Bronze Age artifact, was discovered in Tall Hujayrat Al-Ghuzlan. This artifact dates back to 4000 BC, which confirms that Aqaba is one of the oldest settlements in this region. This artifact is housed at the museum where there is much more information on its discovery.

The Aqaba Heritage Museum is another historic sight. It depicts many different items portraying the heritage of Aqaba as well as life-size replicas of traditional life in the city. You will also find historic images from the start of the last century up until present day. The admission to this museum is free.

The world's oldest Christian church is located in Aqaba. It was a purpose-built church that was discovered in 1998 and was considered to be built in the third century. Make sure to check it out while visiting Aqaba.
Aqaba is Jordan's only port city. Strategically, it is a crossroad between Asia, Europe, and Africa and it directly borders Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. Eilat is another port town nearby, which is in southern Israel.

As a whole, Jordan is split up into twelve administrative divisions, called Governorates. Aqaba Governorate is divided into three smaller divisions called Nahias. These Nahias are then split into neighborhoods and villages.

The main attraction in Aqaba is scuba diving. There are tons of companies offering PADI courses, or expeditions for dive masters. Aqaba's Anchor Diving Centre, Ahlan Aqaba Scuba Diving Center, and Red Sea Dive Center are great places to start. The reefs in Aqaba are known as some of the best in the entire world.

There are many luxury hotels in Aqaba, which all offer snorkel and scuba activities. There are also great beaches in the area where you can spend the day relaxing.
Food and Dining
A common dish on the coastal cities in this region is Sayadeyah, which combines rice, fish and spices. Kishnah is another one that incorporates fish, tomatoes and onions. A popular dessert consists of dates dipped in ghee (a type of butter). The Red Sea Grill has many of these traditional options and is located on King Hussein Street. There is a great Italian restaurant in town as well, called Casalingo on South Beach Road.

King Hussein International Airport is located about twenty minutes from Aqaba. You can also take a ferry to Aqaba from the surrounding ports in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel. Passing through Israel can be tricky at time due to border arrangements. When entering Jordan through Aqaba, there are no visa fees since it is considered part of the free trade zone. If you are coming from Amman, a northern city in Jordan, there are frequent buses that are very affordable. It is a long journey though, as there are many security points along the way where each passenger needs to show identification.

Once in the city, taxis are an affordable and easy option. The taxis in Aqaba are green and blue and shouldn't cost more than two JD within the city. If you are going outside of the city, it should cost about five JD. Keep in mind that if you ask your hotel to call you a taxi, the prices will be almost double because they receive a cut of the profit. It may be easier to just flag one down yourself. There are minibuses that run between the city center and residential neighborhoods. The bus station is located on King Talal Street, in front of the police station.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.