The capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s Aqaba Governorate is the only port in the realm, and it is very accessible indeed. Getting to Aqaba should not be a difficulty for anyone in or near the country, whether they choose to travel over land, by the seas, or by plane.
The city is located at the approximate coordinates of 29.5167°N 35°E. This city has long been a trade port of the Levant, and it is therefore very easy to access for those wondering about getting to Aqaba by sea. This route is generally advised for those coming from the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt. There are a lot of ships moving setting out from ports in that area and heading to Aqaba, including some regular ferries and cargo boats.
Nowadays, though, it is far more common for travellers headed to the city to take routes other than the seagoing ones. Getting to Aqaba by air may well be the most popular option now, for instance, as is the case with many other cities too. This is not a surprise: air travel is fast and, despite the fears some harbour over it, is actually a very safe way to commute, with relatively low percentages of accidents occurring. Air travel to Aqaba in particular is easy because the city is less than a half-hour away by car from a major airport in the country, the King Hussein International Airport. This airport caters to well over 90,000 passengers per year, and there are flights to the capital of Jordan (Amman) daily.
The city is very well connected to the capital and other major cities of the country. Two of the largest highways in the kingdom start here: the Desert Highway and the King’s Highway. If you are thinking of getting to Aqaba by land from Amman or vice versa, you can in fact just travel by car via the Desert Highway. This should take only about 4 hours, all circumstances being equal. If you are coming from outside of the country, there should be little difficulty there as well. This place is bordered by several international crossings. For example, if you are coming from Saudi Arabia, the Durra Border Crossing is the place you should go to when travelling on land. Those coming from Israel typically go via the Wadi Araba crossing to/from Eilat. In fact, a traveller can even take a taxi from Eilat and head over to Aqaba that way.
It is worthwhile to remember, as some final notes, that getting to Aqaba overland can present some issues on occasion, especially for those coming from Israel and passing through the Yitzhak Rabin crossing. This crossing actually closes at certain times and days-you have to call ahead and check with the travel bureau or agent to find out if it is open during your intended travel date and time-and the taxis you find across the border are most likely going to charge double the regular price to take you to the bus terminal or Aqaba proper.