Horrible Ferry Ride from Aqaba to Nuweiba

by Marja
(the Netherlands)

I took the slow ferry from Aqaba to Nuweiba on 17/4/2012.

It was supposed to leave at 02.00 AM, you had to be there at 12.00h.

At 01.00h my taxidriver wanted to bring me to the ship, but the port authority guard told me to wait 10 minutes, then I could go to the ship.

I waited and waited, saw many passengers sitting outside with all there luggage, long dresses and scarfs around their heads. The wind was blowing and it became colder and colder.

After 1 hour I asked the port authority man when we could go and he said the boat leaves at 3.00h, or...maybe at 4.00h. I was shocked. Then he told me to sit in his little cabin at the entrance and he offered me some tea. At least there it was warm.

Then he joined me and asked me if I was married. A question nearly every man had already asked me. He told me he had 3 wifes and he did "it" every day 2 times. Therefore he needed 3 wifes, number 1 was not so eager to do it every night, but nr.2 and 3 were okay. Interesting conversation.

Then came the police, they told me to go out of the cabin and join the passengers waiting. It became 3 o'clock, 4 o'clock, nothing moved. The passengers were all looking tv, American wrestling. Nobody seemed to be worried about when the ferry would leave.

Then suddenly 4.30h they all started to run to the entrance. The friendly guard came to me and told me to sit in a car. I did and that car brought me to the entrance.

"Go on the boat", the driver said. And so I was the first footpassenger on the boat. I took a nice chair in the first class. All the other men (there were only men,I was the only woman and the only foreigner) were directed to the second class.

I fell asleep immediately, but the boat was not leaving yet. It left only at 6 o'clock. This was really the slow ferry....
Yet after leaving it took only 3 hours to reach Nuweiba.

After arrival I thought to leave the ship immediately, but that was not real. We had to wait another 2 hours for the police to check the passports. I had to use the bathroom, and when I finally found the women bathroom I had to walk through a layer of dirt, water and urine to find awfull dirty toilets, maybe not cleaned in two weeks, no paper, no soap, no water to wash my hands....

And that all for a horrible price of 65 $...........

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Jun 10, 2012
Your experience is common
by: Anonymous

Any of the Arab Bridge Vessels (at least the two commonly used between Aqaba and Nuweiba) will present the same situation just about everytime, at it will almost mirror your experience.

As for the tourist line, it's a much better option, as long as you don't travel on Sunday. At least at the moment (June 2012) The Babel (smaller, newer, tourist boat) doesn't run on Sundays, and you'll pay your ticket through Meena Gate, but you'll end up on the same boat, walking through the same urine filled bathrooms.

Apr 20, 2012
Best way between Jordan & Egypt
by: Rod

I travel regularly between Jordan and Egypt around 4 times per year...everytime I ever decide to get the ferry either way (this includes all ferries slow fast or tourist I regret that decision..I always travel overland via Israel and Taba...

Door to door Journey time is about 4 hrs to Dahab (3hrs to Nuweiba)This costs no more than the ferry and if you have appointments or itinaries you can always be on time and not at the vageries of the ferries and the Arab Bridge company...safety can also be an issue on the ferries...as no regulations in force as per Europe etc. one old one caught fire last year and then sunk! Luckily only one fatality who couldnt swim...I had a friend on board who texted me the entire incident...he eventually arrived in Egypt after two days!

Apr 20, 2012
Thanks for sharing
by: Eszter (admin)

Thank you, Marja, for sharing your story!

Now it's probably too late, but next time try to get a seat on the new tourist ferry between Aqaba and Nuweiba:


Slightly more expensive but a lot more convenient and you get first class service.

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