Does anyone know if you can cross directly from Aquaba Jordan (seaport in the south) to Egypt without having to go through Israel. Distance wise it looks very close across the sea.
I will answer my own question since I just was in Aquaba. There are actually at least 2 ports from which you can depart to Egypt from (Sinai Peninsula) – one closer to south beach and one in actual Aquaba. There are slow ferries and fast ferries and from what I could gather the time takes about 45 minutes to 2 hours to cross the Red Sea depending on which speed ferry you choose.
A minimum 1 night stay is required on the Egypt side of the Red Sea. The price is very expensive – somewhere between 90+ Jordanian Dinar for a ONE WAY ticket only. There is usually a morning and an afternoon crossing but schedules may vary depending on the season.
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