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From the bus station – outside the town, at the bottom of the hill by the junction of the King’s Highway – several daily buses go direct to Amman’s South Bus Station (JD2, around two hours) via the Desert Hwy. Minibuses also run about every hour along the King’s Highway from Karak to Tafila (JD1.500, one hour), the best place for connections to Qadsiyya (for Dana Biosphere Reserve) and Shobak. To Wadi Musa (for Petra), take a minibus to Ma’an (JD2.500, two hours), which leaves around 1pm daily, and change there. Alternatively, leapfrog on minibuses to Tafila, Shobak and Wadi Musa.

Buses to Aqaba (JD5, three hours) travel in the mornings via the Dead Sea Hwy about four times a day. In the afternoon it’s better to take the Amman bus to Qatrana on the Desert Hwy and change to a southbound bus to Aqaba.

Car & Motorcycle

If you're driving, the highly scenic Rte 50 leads from Karak down to the Dead Sea.


From Amman it’s possible to charter a taxi to Karak via the Desert Hwy for about JD50 one way. From Amman via the King’s Highway, with a stop at Madaba and Wadi Mujib, it costs at least JD80.

From Karak, taxi fares are around JD50 to Amman or Madaba, JD45 to Dana and JD65 to Petra. There's a taxi stand near the vegetable market.