Give yourself the freedom to explore this ancient Jordanian city the way you choose when you arrange a car hire in Aqaba. The ruins of Ayla, one of the first Islamic cities to be built outside the Arabian Peninsula, is a stone’s throw away from the centre of Aqaba. You can also visit the Aqaba Archaeological Museum for a further glimpse into the city’s fascinating past. A car hire also allows you to discover Aqaba’s surrounding areas. A day trip to the protected desert wilderness of Wadi Rum is an absolute must and the iconic lost city of Petra, one of the 7 new wonders of the world, is reachable in just under 2h by car.
The King Hussein International Airport is roughly 10 miles away from Aqaba and has a range of top car hire companies to choose from. You can find the likes of Sixt, Europcar and more in the main terminal building and be behind the wheel of your Aqaba car hire in a matter of minutes. Exit the airport directly onto Airport Street, which will take you into the centre of Aqaba in as little as 15min.
In general, traffic in Aqaba is heavy and a little unruly, yet drivers are laid back and friendly. The main roads in and around Aqaba are wide and well-maintained, and you will find signs in both Arabic and English. That being said, it is advisable to add a sat-nav to your car hire in Aqaba if you’re not familiar with driving in a foreign country. Be aware of the many speed bumps and roundabouts in the city, as well as children and animals walking into the road without warning. On more rural roads, watch out for potholes and sharp turns. Driving is on the right side of the road and police checks are common, so be sure to have the correct documents with you at all times.
Although there is a lot of traffic throughout the day in Aqaba, it is recommended to avoid the roads during the rush hour period of around 07:30-08:00 and 16:00-17:00. Main roads like Pr. Hasan Street and Al-Quds Street are liable to congestion. The desert motorways are generally free of traffic and provide a pleasurable and scenic driving experience. Of course, the weather in Aqaba is hot, so you should always ensure you carry water in your Aqaba car hire.
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FAQs about renting a car in Aqaba
Some car rental companies in Aqaba which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Avis, Thrifty and Budget
On average a hire car in Aqaba costs C$ 57 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Aqaba. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Aqaba is C$ 7.32 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 88 and C$ 117, depending on the car size.
Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Aqaba.
Car rental companies onsite at King Hussein Intl airport include Avis, Thrifty and Budget.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from King Hussein Intl airport to off-airport locations include Avis, Thrifty and Budget.
A Compact car rental in Aqaba costs C$ 49 per day, on average.
In Aqaba, cars are most frequently rented at Avis Holiday International Hotel (9 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Aqaba costs C$ 396 per week (C$ 57 per day).
On average a rental car in Aqaba costs C$ 1,699 per month (C$ 57 per day).
A regular saloon is well suited to the streets and roads of Aqaba. Outer roads can be long, winding and bumpy, so it’ll offer plenty of comfort. Alternatively, an SUV is ideal for those looking to venture off the beaten track and cruise across rough terrain. Whichever vehicle you choose, make sure it has air-conditioning.
The speed limit in the centre of Aqaba is normally 60km/h (around 38mph) unless stated otherwise. Less built-up areas on the outskirts of the city and its surrounding rural areas tend to have a limit of 80km/h (50mph). On motorways, a limit of 120km/h (75mph) usually applies. Speed cameras are common in the city, although it is well-signposted when they are coming up.
The average price of fuel in Aqaba is around 0.9 JOD, which works out at roughly the same in GBP (£0.9). Petrol stations such as Total and Manaseer are easy to come by in the city but are much less common in rural areas. You can fill up your tank prior to dropping off your Aqaba car hire at the Manaseer station directly opposite the airport.
Finding a spot to park your car in Aqaba is not as hard as you might think. On-street parking is often free and there are a number of free car parks ideally located in the centre of the city. The one at the end of Al-Khaleej, for example, is a great spot only 15min away from Movenpick Beach by foot.