AB Maritime (www.abmaritime.com.jo) runs two public ferries from Nuweiba to Aqaba. The so-called ‘fast-ferry’ service leaves Nuweiba from Sunday to Friday at (supposedly) 1pm and takes roughly 2½ hours, assuming normal sea conditions. One-way tickets cost US$100. Heading back to Nuweiba, fast ferries depart from Aqaba at 11pm.
The regular ferry, commonly called the 'slow-ferry', leaves Nuweiba at (again, supposedly) noon daily and arrives in Aqaba on average about four hours later. One-way tickets cost US$90.
We cannot stress enough how much more comfortable the 'fast-ferry' service is than its sister regular service.
A word of caution: the Nuweiba–Aqaba ferry service (both 'fast' and 'slow' ferries) is renowned for interminable delays. A small sampling of horror stories we have received from travellers includes a monumental 20-hour delay because of heavy thunderstorms and rough seas, as well as a truly epic three-day delay because of severe power outages. While the majority of travellers experience a delay of around two or three hours (a sailing time of 3pm or 4pm is typical), it's best to leave some flexibility in onward Jordanian travel schedules in case of mishaps.
Tickets can be paid in either US dollars or Egyptian pounds. Egyptian departure tax (LE50) is paid at the time of purchase. Tickets can only be purchased on the day of departure, at the ferry ticket office in a small building near the port. Travellers must be at the port two hours before sailing to buy tickets and get through the shambolic departure formalities in the terminal building. Note that during the hajj, boats are booked weeks before departure. For travel during this period – the only exception to the rule – it’s necessary to buy tickets as far in advance as possible.
The East Delta bus from Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab can drop passengers directly in front of Nuweiba port. Make sure to ask the driver. To find the ticket office, turn right at the port car park and walk one block to the end of the port wall. The ticket office is the sand-coloured building on the left.
Most nationalities are entitled to receive a free Jordanian visa upon arrival in Aqaba. Passports are handed to the immigration officials once onboard the ferry and collected again once arrived at the immigration building in Aqaba.
Travellers who are definitely returning to Egypt within eight days and have an Egypt multiple-entry stamp in their passports can take the tourist ferry to Aqaba (Jordan) from Taba, which they'll have to book through a tour company beforehand; most of the Dahab tour agencies can help out. It's infinitely more organised and more comfortable than the public ferries from Nuweiba.
From the bus station, East Delta Travel Co has buses to Sharm El Sheikh (LE50, three to four hours) via Dahab (LE30, 1½ hours) at 7.30am and 4.30pm. Buses to Taba (LE25, one hour) leave at 9am, noon, and 3pm. The 9am and 3pm Taba services carry on to Cairo but because of security issues, foreign travellers are not allowed to travel on the Taba–Cairo road. Anyone attempting to travel to Cairo this way will be made to get off the bus at either Taba bus station or Taba police checkpoint.
If you're arriving in Nuweiba from Dahab, the East Delta bus stops first directly opposite Nuweiba port, then at the bus station, and afterwards on the highway, at the nearest entrance to the Tarabin beach area.
Taxi & Servees
Taxis and a few servees (service taxis) hang out by the port. Unless you get there when the ferry has arrived from Aqaba, you’ll have to wait a long time for a servees to fill up.
A taxi to Dahab costs about LE200 and roughly LE100 to the further beach camps on the Nuweiba–Taba road.