Driving Time Wadi Rum to Petra

Q: I am wondering what the driving time is from Wadi Rum to Petra, in a rented car, and if it is safe to drive in the night?

Also, do you have to have 4-wheel drive to go to the various Bedouin camps in Wadi Rum?

A:
It takes around 1-1.5 hours to drive from Rum village to Petra.
It is not particularly dangerous to drive at night but it is wise to drive carefully and avoid speeding, especially when you drive off the Desert Highway towards Petra. The road is going through the mountains and might not be lit so well in the night.

Yes, you need a 4-wheel drive to approach the Bedouin camps in the desert.

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