1. Is it Safe to Visit Jordan?
Yes, Jordan is a very safe country to visit. It is a peaceful land surrounding by war zone countries. Jordan is a middle east country, but no oil production. Tourism is the main economy sector. Local people are very friendly to tourists. Jordan is a strong ally of the United States. The only areas in Jordan that the travelers should avoid are the borders with Syria and Iraq. Please note all major attractions in Jordan are far away from the country’s borders.
2. Entry Visa to Jordan
Landing visa is 40 JD (regardless the age of the tourists) and it can be purchased from Jordan custom at the time of entry. Please note Jordan Custom accepts an international credit). I strongly recommend tourists to purchase Jordan Pass (Tip: Must Purchase Item) because it includes the admission ticket to Petra, most other attractions in Jordan and as well as Jordan entry visa. The charge of Jordan Pass is based the number of days visiting Petra (1 day for 50 JD, 2 days for 55 JD and 3 days for 60 JD). Here is link for Jordan Pass purchase website: https://www.jordanpass.jo/ Some tourists did not know this deal until they visited Petra. They will have to pay admission for Petra and other attractions again on top of previously paid entry visa fee to Jordan.
3. Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Jordan is during the spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). At these times of year. the temperatures are cool enough to enjoy exploring Jordan’s iconic sites. The coldest months of the year are December and January, where the temperatures 5 - 10 °C. I traveled to Jordan in February 2019. The temperature varied crossed the Country (Amman: 12 °C, Dead Sea: 21°C, Petra: 14°C, Wadi Rum: 15°C and Aqaba: 27 °C).
4. Travel Budget
Travel expense in Jordan is high amongst developing countries. However, it is still cheaper than most developed countries. The local currency is Jordanian Dinar is very strong (1 JD = 1.25 EURO =1.4 USD = 2 CAD). I recommend tourists to have minimum 60 JD per day for daily travel expenses.
The flight fare is very expensive from North America, usually around $1400 CAD/$1000 USD). From China and other Eastern Asian countries to Jordan is expensive as well ($750 USD) with transfer in Hong Kong. The good news for North America and European tourists is the European budget airlines easyJet and Ryan Air started their route services from multiple European cities to Amman and Aqaba in 2018. The one-way flight fare is as low as 10 Euros for 5 hours from Southern or Eastern Europe. I took advantage of this deal and did double dipping trip to visit both Europe and Jordan in 2019. I paid 43 Euros from Bologna, Italy to Amman and returned flight only paid 11 Euros from Aqaba to Berlin, Germany.
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Hotels are not expensive in Amman (Approximately 33 – 50 JD for a 2.5 star hotel). Hotels are expensive in Petra which double the price than anywhere else in Jordan.
7. Credit Card vs. Foreign Currencies
Credit cards are not well-accepted in Jordan, except the only two international airports. Please prepared cash from your home country or find local currency exchange places in Jordan.
8. Transportation Within Jordan
Jordan has no train services. No Uber service in Jordan (limited illegal vehicles running this service and Jordan police will ask you to walk back to the airport terminal when it is caught). Long distance bus, local mini-bus, car rental or hire private taxi drivers are the popular way to travel in Jordan. Jett is the main coach bus service provider in Jordan. You may travel from Amman city center to Aqaba or Petra with the local transporter Jett bus which provides very reliable services: https://www.jett.com.jo/en Bus ticket can be purchased online to pay with an international credit card. If you hire a taxi or private driver, you may negotiate the price with the driver. The charge really depends your negotiation skills and distance traveled. The daily price (including gas, mileage, driver’s time and other cost) varies from 60 JD to 110 JD depends on the car conditions. I managed to find a reliable taxi driver prior to my Jordan trip so I can see more attractions in Jordan during my 8 day trip. You may also find local taxi drivers when you are in Jordan. Many drivers will approach you for offers. Make sure to ask questions and confirm what is included and how much per day. Your hotels have designated drivers which usually charge very high price.
The following common routes for tourists to consider:
1) Amman Airport to Amman City Center: Airport Shuttle 3.5 JD (2019)
2) Within Amman City: tourist taxi 2 – 3 JD. Local people about 1 JD.
3) Amman City Center to Petra: Jett Bus 7.7 JD (as of 2020), only one departure at 6:30 am per day, so manage your schedule.
4). Amman City Center to Aqaba: Jett Bus 9.8 JD (as of 2020)
5). Amman to Jerash: local mini-bus 1 JD. Not easy to find the departure location. Ask hotel or Airbnb to write Arabic on the paper to show the taxi drivers.
6). Petra to Wadi Rum: local mini-bus 7 JD (no negotiation, the mini-bus is usually packed with tourists). Ask your hotel or Airbnb to call the mini-bus for free pick up the day before your travel.
7). Wadi Rum to Aqaba: local mini-bus for 5 JD for tourists. Local people only pay 3 JD. Australian tourists and I negotiated with the bus driver and we finally paid 4 JD per person. A taxi driver offered us 20 JD per car for all of us, but we have four adults and one child, so we refused the offer.
8) Amman to Dead Sea: Jett Bus for 10 JD. Kids under 2 years old free. Some taxi drivers are willing to take 20 JD for one-way trip. Booking taxi via hotels is expensive.
9) Amman to Madaba: mini-bus for 1.2 JD (2019)
9. Length of Visit in Jordan
A minimum of 7 days would be needed to see most major attractions for Jordan trip and save 1 - 2 days for Petra. I planned two day for Petra just in case it rains or sand storm occurs. One full day would be adequate to see the whole site of Petra. Please note: Jordan Pass Holders are required to stay for minimum 3 nights in Jordan.
Trip Highlights (2019)
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