King's Highway
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY959 contributions
Sep 2022
What a lovely highway to drive on but only during the day time. Ensure you minimize driving at night as it is very challenging (the last bit down into the Dead Sea was done at night, and wow the difficulty).

Ensure you know how to move the rental car into low gear and up/down shift between first and second gear. The scenic spots are phenomenal and ensure you allot a full day, sunrise to sunset, if you plan to do it all in one day.
Written 7 October 2022
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Frank T
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Feb 2020 • Couples
We drove from Madaba over the mountains and down to the Dead Sea. We shirtly picked up The Kings Highway which scrolls through the countryside. Watch the speed ramps. Some of them are signed and others are not. We came across 2 police checkpoints en route to Wadi Musa and again when we were returning via Shobak. There are a few fuel stations on the road. The one near Shobak was ultra modern while another one near Karak was not. People we encountered along the way were very friendly and at the last fuel station the attendant boiled us a wicked pot of Turkish coffee which you could eat with a fork. The police who stopped us wanted to know where we were from. When we said Ireland they were surprised. Some parts of the road have deep potholes which are hard to see but you'll know all about it when you hit one at speed.
Other road users are liable to pull off some daring feats. Be prepared to be overtaken on any side on bends and straights. Most of the culprits are Bedouins driving Japanese 4x4s. As you head south from Dead Sea you will see camps on the right hand side occupied by Palestinian Bedouin refugees who get blamed for all the plastic rubbish on the road side.
You may get lucky and see a line of camels strolling by.
If you want to see the real Jordan and are not in a hurry this is the real deal. If not ; check out the Desert Highway which is another story 😁
Written 21 February 2020
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Tatiana T
Constanta, Romania28 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I recommend to stop
And eat here the best services, food high quality, very clean and very good price.
Written 10 January 2020
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moloneythreasa
London, UK108 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
I went on the King's Road on the way to Amman. I visited Shobak Castle. It is in Jorden not too far from Petra. It is very interesting Castle. In the middle of nowhere. The next city is Karak. Huge big Castle ruins very high up. Worth a visit. Peaceful and tranquil
Written 22 November 2019
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Sean G
Cardiff, UK17 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Some fantastic views if you don’t mind the constant change in speed limits, hidden police speed cameras, speed bumps and towns with very busy traffic caused by people double parking and stopping in the main road to talk to friends on the pavement.
Written 27 May 2019
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abuaql
Irbid, Jordan8 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Amazing visit with outstanding scenery. Especially the places chosen by service providers to mount a small place for tea break. I advise all to take it at least once, especially between Madaba & Karak, it till Petra... I love it.
Written 19 May 2019
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Travelhappy19
Worcester, UK29 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is the info I wanted before we visited in late March, for a 7 day self-drive holiday, flying in/out of Aqaba. I wanted to drive the best bits of the Kings Highway.
Driving Aqaba-Dead Sea-Wadi Musa (Petra)-Wadi Rum (desert)-Aqaba.
The roads are tarmac, lots of speed bumps so take your time, not always signposted brilliantly - suggest you download your satnav map.
Aqaba-Dead Sea. The Jodan Valley Highway is little mentioned but surprisingly good for our first drive. A few checkpoints that you are waved through, no petrol stations, little traffic, driving along the sandy flat with the huge mountain range on yr right. Who knew Jordan was so mountainous! I read that Kerak going north was a good trip on Kings Highway. We left the J.V. Highway (65) & took the (50) to Kerak, turned left onto Desert Highway & drove thro' Mujib Dam which was a big disappointment - no great thrill at all. At Libb we turned left & drove down to the Panoramic Dead Sea Complex where, after 5.5 hrs of continual driving, I was VERY glad for a decent loo stop. It costs to enter but the loos are grand, as is the view from sea level (lovely for a lunch or dinner on the terrace in warm weather). The drive down to the Panoramic Complex from Libb was good. We weren't impressed with the Kings Highway so far, just the drive from it, down to the Dead Sea.
Overnight stay at Movenpick Hotel, Dead Sea. Lovely attractive hotel on tiers down to the sea. Floated in sea.
Dead Sea-Wadi Musa. We travelled down the Jordan Valley Highway, stopping at the side of the sea (just south of Wadi Mujib Adventure Centre) to see the salt crystals at the waters edge. We turned left signposted At-Tafilah (60) - that was a brilliant road, really recommend it - would be fantastic going downhill - lots of twists & turns. We then turned right onto Kings Highway. We were so high, we drove in thick fog with a sprinkling of snow/chunks of ice at the side of the road. Unfortunately we were sticking like glue to the back of a local bus in thick fog, so we couldn't see the scenery. It was 1 degree!
Stayed 2 nights at Petra Sella Hotel on Kings Highway. Stayed for location - gorgeous sunset view over Wadi Musa. Taxi to Petra 4JD - one complete day in Petra was fine - next day a few hours at Little Petra (enjoyed the drive & location).
Wadi Musa-Wadi Rum along Kings Highway. Great view as you leave Wadi Musa, looking down over Petra. Had a nice lunch at Petra Marriott Hotel with brilliant views, where we bought a lovely bottle of wine (reasonably priced) at the bar for our stay at Wadi Rum. Loved this trip on the Kings Highway to Wadi Rum, watching the mountains change shape.
Wadi Rum - Stayed overnight at Memories Aicha Luxury Camp in a suite, with star gazing walking trip (photos they take of you with the stars are amazing). You can drink your own alcohol here, they'll bring you glasses (they just serve soft drinks). Very attractive, memorable stay.
Desert Highway to Aqaba, where we spent an afternoon at Berenice Beach Club (pools, changing rooms, towels, beach, only so-so snorkeling).
2 nights Intercontinental Hotel. Nightly singer/fab belly-dancer, good food, great room, pool with bridges. We drove to South Beach (past the port) to snorkel from the beach amongst the fish on the reef - it was great, particularly as it was now 28 degrees! Had an unexpectedly fabulous fish lunch at Darna Diving Hotel (more like a hostel).
Had a flat tyre but a local man, non English speaking, insisted upon changing it for us & then drove on his way! It was very common to hear, particularly in Wadi Musa, "Where are you from?" ..... "Welcome to Jordan" ...... "Would you like a taxi?". The country felt very friendly, however, I wouldn't walk about at night alone - I didn't see local women doing it.
This was an amazing holiday. We are so pleased we went as it was on my bucket list & it didn't disappoint. I hope I have helped you decide to go.
Our hotels had carparks (Petra Sella Hotel had limited parking outside but was fine). Kerak was one big traffic jam to drive through. I understand Amman isn't a place to drive - park at a shopping mall & taxi in. If you are a confident driver, it is great to have your own car in Jordan
Written 7 May 2019
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Jana
Berlin, Germany201 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
I had a couple of hours to kill on my way to the airport and decided to go this route instead of the faster Desert highway from Petra. I really enjoyed the drive, took plenty of pictures. The road is good quality (better than Desert highway) and the scenery is very good. It's not spectacular, but very enjoyable. However, the trip took me longer than expected even though I didn't stop at castles etc. I needed almost 6 hours and Google showed only 4 hours Petra to airport. Desert highway was about three hours. I was alone, single female driver and all was easy.
Written 27 March 2019
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ionics
13 contributions
Jan 2019
Although it's recommended for the scenery, there are only two areas to cross through the spices-colored mountains and not enough time to see both on daylight because of the busy traffic in between. After the impressive Mujib Dam crossing there comes town after town after town, the road goes right through the center of each and the center was usually very busy, even stuck. Speed bumps are not a pain, but directions are not always signaled or obvious and we lost the way a few times (we didn't have any GPS). After At Tafilah, where we suppose to "immerse" in the stunning landscape, the daylight was gone. For the return from Petra we took the road through Wadi Araba and it felt way better to drive through mountains, by the desert and by the Dead Sea in a matter of hours and truly a great landscape.
Written 23 January 2019
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UmmMerlin
London, UK126 contributions
Oct 2018
Had read plenty of reviews and anticipated a spectular drive.

Left north Amman at 6am, travelling in our basic rental Hyundai. Started the climb up until we reached the stunning Wadi al Mujib where we stopped at the viewpoint. Carried on, passing through a checkpoint when we reached the dam and continued up - our car had no power so it struggled with the incline which, for me, as a nervous passenger on steep, curvy mountain roads, was a little disconcerting.

We had been using our reliable app, 'Here', to guide us but somewhere along the way we were directed along what seemed never-ending road (and I use the word 'road' very loosely - some parts just rough ground, or with huge potholes in the tarmac), which led us over the mountain plains, with nothing and no-one for miles. If we had broken down due to a puncture or overheated, you could forget it! Miles to walk to a main road in any direction, not to mention no mobile signal. Both myself and my husband were very anxious. Eventually, however, we did come to a main road and carried on the King's Highway going through village after village But nothing really outstanding any further along this road. Yes, it has more scenery than the desert highway but to be totally honest, if you just want to get from A to B then use the desert highway, not this road. Or, just travel as far as Wadi al Mujib and turn back. We carried on all the way to Petra, arriving at 12.10pm - over 6 hours long with just 10-15 mins break for the whole journey, and both very tired. Personally, I wouldn't recommend anyone bothers with the whole length of this road.
Written 2 November 2018
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