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==Jordan to Egypt==
 
==Jordan to Egypt==
===Aqaba - Nuweiba===
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===Aqaba (Aqaba Port) - Nuweiba===
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''(Note: consider Aqaba-Taba instead: the crossing is shorter and it is a "tourist only" footpassenger service so no need to wait for vehicles to load and unload'')
  
The company <listing name="ABMaritime" url="http://www.abmaritime.com.jo/english.html"></listing> runs boats between [[Aqaba]] and [[Nuweiba]] every day except Saturday. There are two classes of boats - a slow ferry and a fast ferry. By all accounts from other travellers attempting this crossing, the fast ferry is worth the extra USD$10. The fast ferry is supposed to run twice daily and costs USD$70.
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The company <listing name="ABMaritime" url="http://www.abmaritime.com.jo"></listing> runs boats between [[Aqaba]] and [[Nuweiba]] every day except Saturday. There are two classes of boats - a slow ferry and a fast ferry. By all accounts from other travellers attempting this crossing, the fast ferry is worth the extra USD$10. The fast ferry is supposed to run twice daily and costs USD$70.
  
 
Tickets MUST be bought at the ABMaritime office in Aqaba town and cannot be bought at the Port of Aqaba which is located 10 km south of the city.
 
Tickets MUST be bought at the ABMaritime office in Aqaba town and cannot be bought at the Port of Aqaba which is located 10 km south of the city.
  
Once at the port, you must pay your departure tax on the ground floor of the white building (8 JD), but note that there are NO ATMs at the port, so make sure you have cash. There is a currency exchange upstairs. Once the departure tax has been paid, go upstairs and get your passport stamped by immigration officials.
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Once at the port, you must pay your departure tax on the ground floor of the white building (10 JD), but note that there are NO ATMs at the port, so make sure you have cash. There is a currency exchange upstairs. Once the departure tax has been paid, go upstairs and get your passport stamped by immigration officials.
  
 
Buses will take you to the ferry, and once on board you will notice everyone lining up at a window inside the vessel. Once the queue has shrunk, head to the window and talk to the Egyptian border official. If you are only staying in the Sinai peninsula of Egypt, or already have an Egyptian visa you will just get your passport stamped and returned. If you need an Egyptian visa your passport will be collected for pickup at the port.
 
Buses will take you to the ferry, and once on board you will notice everyone lining up at a window inside the vessel. Once the queue has shrunk, head to the window and talk to the Egyptian border official. If you are only staying in the Sinai peninsula of Egypt, or already have an Egyptian visa you will just get your passport stamped and returned. If you need an Egyptian visa your passport will be collected for pickup at the port.
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As of October 2012, '''Meenagate Touristic Marine Line''' [http://www.meenagate.com] no longer run a passenger only ferry services between [[Aqaba]] and [[Nuweiba]]. Their replacement service sails from the marina in [[Taba]] to Aqaba.
 
As of October 2012, '''Meenagate Touristic Marine Line''' [http://www.meenagate.com] no longer run a passenger only ferry services between [[Aqaba]] and [[Nuweiba]]. Their replacement service sails from the marina in [[Taba]] to Aqaba.
  
===Aqaba - Taba===
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===Aqaba (Tala Bay Marina) - Taba===
Taba is a better port for tourists than Nuweiba (the crossing is shorter, so cheaper and less likely to be cancelled due to bad weather). The crossing takes about 45 minutes. There are two ferries - [http://www.sindbadjo.com Sindbad] (email Aqaba@sindbadjo.com)  and [http://www.your-guide-to-aqaba-jordan.com/aqaba-ferry-to-egypt.html Babel] (email info@meenagate.com). (Note: this information is correct as of Jan 2013. Prices include all port fees and tax ''except'' Jordan departure tax which is 10 JOD. See below for how to pay this tax!)
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Taba is a better port for tourists than Nuweiba (it is a "tourist only" service, no vehicles, and the crossing is shorter, so less likely to be cancelled due to bad weather). The crossing takes about 45 minutes. There are two ferries - [http://www.sindbadjo.com Sindbad] (email Aqaba@sindbadjo.com)  and [http://www.your-guide-to-aqaba-jordan.com/aqaba-ferry-to-egypt.html Babel] (email info@meenagate.com). (Note: this information is correct as of Jan 2013. Prices include all port fees and tax ''except'' Jordan departure tax which is 10 JOD. See below for how to pay this tax!)
  
 
* The Sindbad boats sails daily from Taba - Aqaba at 7am Egyptian time every morning and returns at 8:30pm Jordanian time. There are extra weekend trips sailing Friday from Aqaba at 1:30pm Jordan and returning 2:30pm Egyptian, and Sunday 12:30pm Jordanian and returning 1:30pm Egyptian. Prices are  adults  ( over 12 years old ) US$100, children (12 years – 6 years ) US$70, children (6years – 2years ) US$60, infants below 2years are free of charge.  
 
* The Sindbad boats sails daily from Taba - Aqaba at 7am Egyptian time every morning and returns at 8:30pm Jordanian time. There are extra weekend trips sailing Friday from Aqaba at 1:30pm Jordan and returning 2:30pm Egyptian, and Sunday 12:30pm Jordanian and returning 1:30pm Egyptian. Prices are  adults  ( over 12 years old ) US$100, children (12 years – 6 years ) US$70, children (6years – 2years ) US$60, infants below 2years are free of charge.  
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* '''NOTES:''' At this moment it is only possible to book a round ticket, due to authority rules. A ticket is valid for 7 days. To book tickets you will need to email a copy of the personal details page of the passport of each traveller, deadline is the day before sailing for a morning departure, or the morning before if sailing in the evening.
 
* '''NOTES:''' At this moment it is only possible to book a round ticket, due to authority rules. A ticket is valid for 7 days. To book tickets you will need to email a copy of the personal details page of the passport of each traveller, deadline is the day before sailing for a morning departure, or the morning before if sailing in the evening.
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* Tala Bay is a nice purpose built resort with a beach, golf course, hotels, coffee shops, ATM, bars and restaurants etc. If you want to immediately travel elsewhere, exit the marina via the main gates and look for a taxi: taxi drivers know the ferry arrival time and wait for any potential passengers, but be quick - as soon as they see there are no more customers they will leave the area. If you do order a taxi in advance, make sure they know to pickup from ''Tala Bay Marina'', otherwise they are likely to go to the wrong place as they assume you will arrive at the large commercial port in Aqaba.
  
 
==Egypt to Jordan==
 
==Egypt to Jordan==

Revision as of 13:07, 13 February 2013

This article is an itinerary.

This page aims to provide an overview of all the ferry services in the Red Sea between Middle Eastern countries.

Contents

Understand

Many tourists want to travel between Jordan and Egypt with both offering a huge amount for tourists to see. These countries also act as gateways to other countries in the region. Many travellers want to avoid travelling through Israel due to the difficulties of the border crossing and possible problems crossing into other countries later.

Prepare

Check with the relevant authorities to make sure that you are able to get the required visas either beforehand or on arrival.

Jordan to Egypt

Aqaba (Aqaba Port) - Nuweiba

(Note: consider Aqaba-Taba instead: the crossing is shorter and it is a "tourist only" footpassenger service so no need to wait for vehicles to load and unload)

The company ABMaritime, [1]. runs boats between Aqaba and Nuweiba every day except Saturday. There are two classes of boats - a slow ferry and a fast ferry. By all accounts from other travellers attempting this crossing, the fast ferry is worth the extra USD$10. The fast ferry is supposed to run twice daily and costs USD$70.

Tickets MUST be bought at the ABMaritime office in Aqaba town and cannot be bought at the Port of Aqaba which is located 10 km south of the city.

Once at the port, you must pay your departure tax on the ground floor of the white building (10 JD), but note that there are NO ATMs at the port, so make sure you have cash. There is a currency exchange upstairs. Once the departure tax has been paid, go upstairs and get your passport stamped by immigration officials.

Buses will take you to the ferry, and once on board you will notice everyone lining up at a window inside the vessel. Once the queue has shrunk, head to the window and talk to the Egyptian border official. If you are only staying in the Sinai peninsula of Egypt, or already have an Egyptian visa you will just get your passport stamped and returned. If you need an Egyptian visa your passport will be collected for pickup at the port.

Note that although the ferry is quoted as taking one hour, it takes an additional hour at either end to load/unload the ferry. Once you arrive in Nuweiba you will be on the boat for a while longer.

Once in Egypt, if your passport was collected you must buy a visa sticker from either of the banks where the bus drops you and then find the two story brick building to collect your passport. The Egyptian visa costs USD$15 at the port.

As of October 2012, Meenagate Touristic Marine Line [2] no longer run a passenger only ferry services between Aqaba and Nuweiba. Their replacement service sails from the marina in Taba to Aqaba.

Aqaba (Tala Bay Marina) - Taba

Taba is a better port for tourists than Nuweiba (it is a "tourist only" service, no vehicles, and the crossing is shorter, so less likely to be cancelled due to bad weather). The crossing takes about 45 minutes. There are two ferries - Sindbad (email Aqaba@sindbadjo.com) and Babel (email info@meenagate.com). (Note: this information is correct as of Jan 2013. Prices include all port fees and tax except Jordan departure tax which is 10 JOD. See below for how to pay this tax!)

  • The Sindbad boats sails daily from Taba - Aqaba at 7am Egyptian time every morning and returns at 8:30pm Jordanian time. There are extra weekend trips sailing Friday from Aqaba at 1:30pm Jordan and returning 2:30pm Egyptian, and Sunday 12:30pm Jordanian and returning 1:30pm Egyptian. Prices are adults ( over 12 years old ) US$100, children (12 years – 6 years ) US$70, children (6years – 2years ) US$60, infants below 2years are free of charge.
  • The Babel boat sails daily from Taba - Aqaba: clients need to be at Taba marina at 5:00 am (Egyptian time), boat departs 6:00 am (Egyptian time), arrives Aqaba Royal Yacht Club 7:45 am (Jordan Time is +1hr). From Aqaba to Taba: clients need to be at Aqaba Royal Yacht Club at 6:45 pm (Jordan time), boat departure time at 7:30pm (Jordan time). Prices are US$100 per adult, US$70 children under 12, US$60 children under 6, free for infants under 2 years old.
  • IMPORTANT: Aqaba-Taba Jordan departure tax You need to pay your own Jordan departure tax because you are not travelling with a tour operator! To do this: Find the representative of Sindbad at the marina/boat, pay him 10 JOD for the exit form, queue with everyone else outside the marina immigration/emigration office, and hand the official your exit form and passport. (You can not pay or get the forms in the office - you *must* get them from the Sindbad official). If you do not do this, you will not be able to get an exit stamp in your passport, and will be refused boarding of the boat. If you can't find the official (he might be on the boat), ask in the office and they will call him on his cell phone.
  • IMPORTANT: Taba-Aqaba Jordan visa The boats from Taba to Aqaba are mainly used by tour operators doing daily trips from Sharm el-Sheikh to Petra. If you take this boat, you will likely be the only person who isn't travelling with a tour operator. This means that when you arrive at Aqaba you have to get you own visa stamp in your passport, but the staff are likely to be unaware of this! On arrival at the marina, queue up with everyone to get your passport stamped with an entry stamp. Tell them that you need a visa stamp. If you have only a single stamp that says "Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan" it is not enough, you also need the stamp with "Visa No:" on it. Do not leave the port without it!
  • NOTES: At this moment it is only possible to book a round ticket, due to authority rules. A ticket is valid for 7 days. To book tickets you will need to email a copy of the personal details page of the passport of each traveller, deadline is the day before sailing for a morning departure, or the morning before if sailing in the evening.
  • Tala Bay is a nice purpose built resort with a beach, golf course, hotels, coffee shops, ATM, bars and restaurants etc. If you want to immediately travel elsewhere, exit the marina via the main gates and look for a taxi: taxi drivers know the ferry arrival time and wait for any potential passengers, but be quick - as soon as they see there are no more customers they will leave the area. If you do order a taxi in advance, make sure they know to pickup from Tala Bay Marina, otherwise they are likely to go to the wrong place as they assume you will arrive at the large commercial port in Aqaba.

Egypt to Jordan

Nuweiba - Aqaba

The company ABMaritime, [3]. runs boats between Nuweiba and Aqaba every day except Saturday. There are two classes of boats - a slow ferry and a fast ferry. By all accounts from other travellers attempting this crossing, the fast ferry is worth the extra USD$10. The fast ferry is supposed to run twice daily and costs USD$70. You must pay in USD when buying a ticket as other currency is not accepted.

The ticket office at Nuweiba port is south of the port complex. As you look at the port, it is to the right on the other side of the first cross intersection. There are separate lines for Egyptians and foreigners and because of the paper work involved to transport vehicles on the boat the lines are long. Allow 90 minutes to get your ticket. You will need to pay the fare in USD and also a 50 Egyptian Pound departure tax at the same time.

Inside the port, follow the other people into the immigration room to get your passport checked and wait in the large 'waiting room' shed. Note that the ferries can be very unreliable in regards to schedule so keep asking the officials what time the vessel will depart. It is not uncommon for a ferry scheduled for 12pm to be delayed until 6pm. There is limited food options here no make sure you bring some snacks and lunch with you. There are some well priced cafes outside the port, and a good selection of food once on the fast ferry.

If possible, avoid putting your bags in the cages that are lined up before the ferry. It is preferable to leave your bags inside the hold of the boat instead. At the other end they throw the bags out of the cages on the ground so make sure there is nothing fragile in them.

Buses will take you to the ferry, and once on board you will notice everyone lining up at a window inside the vessel. Once the queue has shrunk, head to the window and talk to the Jordanian border official. If you have a non-Arabic passport the official will probably take your passport for collection once inside Aqaba port. Once you walk into the white building, it is down a passage way on the right past the currency exchangers.

Note that although the ferry is quoted as taking one hour, it takes and additional hour at either end to load/unload the ferry. Once you arrive in Nuweiba you will be on the boat for a while longer.

As of October 2012, Meenagate Touristic Marine Line [4] no longer run a passenger only ferry services between Aqaba and Nuweiba. Their replacement service sails from the marina in Taba to Aqaba.

Taba - Aqaba

Taba is a better port for tourists than Nuweiba (the crossing is shorter, so cheaper and less likely to be cancelled due to bad weather). There are two ferries - Sindbad (email Aqaba@sindbadjo.com) and Babel (email info@meenagate.com). See above (Aqaba - Taba) for sailing times and other details.

Stay safe

Make sure you are watching your belongings at all times. There are a few hundred people waiting to catch the same ferry as you.

Also, women (and men) should be mindful of dressing appropriately for the local population. The ferries and ports are frequented most by Arabs.

More Information

There are plenty of blog posts out there about the ferry crossings between Egypt and Jordan. Just be mindful of the date some of these were written to avoid misinformation.


Get out

From Aqaba catch a taxi into town (refuse to pay more than 10 JD) and either spend a day or two exploring and relaxing in the Jordanian seaside resort, or head to the bus station and see what else Jordan has to offer.

From Nuweiba head directly to the East Delta bus station. Buses regularly leave from here to Cairo, Dahab and Sharm el-Sheikh. Additionally there is a minibus service connecting Nuweiba to St. Catherine. Bedouin Bus [5] runs twice weekly bus services and has a bus stop at the port, opposite the East Delta bus terminal.



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