Jordan is certainly one of the more beautiful countries we have visited so far. This country in the Middle East has a lot to offer. You can find the world wonder Petra, but also staying in the desert of Wadi Rum in one of the tent camps or luxury hotels is bucket list material. In addition, a visit to the Dead Sea or the Jordanian Canyons is more than worth it. Although the biggest asset of this country is undoubtedly the hospitality of the people. In our opinion, Jordan is best explored with a rental car because it not only gives you more freedom, but it will also be much cheaper.
OUR STORIES IN JORDAN
USEFUL FACTS of JORDAN
BEST TRAVEL TIME
Although Jordan can be visited all year round, it is best to go in the period from April to May and from September to October. This is because you avoid the very warm summer and also the slightly colder wintertime. In addition, in winter there are also some canyons closed. The airline tickets are considerably cheaper in January and February.
Flying from Belgium or the Netherlands to Jordan does not have to be expensive. For example, you can already find tickets at Ryanair from 40 euros per person during low season. In high season you can usually double this price. Landing in Amman in Jordan is usually done after 5 hours of flying. From here you can rent a car and explore the whole country. Do you want to score a cheap ticket yourself? Then use these tips to work better with Skyscanner.
You can make an accommodation in Jordan as expensive as you want. You will already find hotel rooms or hostels for 10 euros per night, but you also choose a very expensive one. We find it beneficial to the experience to not only go to the cheap hotels in Jordan, but also sometimes take a more expensive hotel. The Ufo Bubble Luxury Hotel is a slightly more expensive hotel, but the spectacular experience is worth every dollar and is part of the total experience of this country.
TRANSPORT IN JORDAN
RENT A CAR
We believe that renting a car in Jordan is the best way to explore this country. Because renting a car not only gives you a lot of freedom, you can also achieve everything perfectly by car. Moreover, renting a car is not that expensive either. For example, we paid only 25 euros per day at Dollar Car Rental. And about 90 euros for gas for the entire country. Driving in Jordan is very easy, because the rules are completely the same as in Europe. Your normal driving license is also valid.
Do you not own a driving license or do you not really like driving yourself in Jordan? Then the bus is a cheap and good alternative. You only pay 1 JOD (1.2 euros) per hour on the bus. For example, for a ride from Amman to Petra 2 JOD and from Petra to Wadi Rum 5 JOD. Often you will have to take a taxi after a bus. Especially in Wadi Rum. There is also a private organisation that is mainly aimed at tourists where you can get to any tourist place by bus. But this is slightly more expensive. You can always visit the JETT website for the right prices.
Taxis in Jordan are not very expensive compared to some other countries, but of course remain quite expensive compared to renting a car or taking the bus. Most taxis therefore run per meter driven. Which is of course much cheaper than per minute. The official taxis in Amman are yellow and in Aqaba green and blue. Also pay attention! As a foreign woman you are not allowed to sit in the front seat next to the driver. This is considered rude. Uber is currently (2020) banned in Jordan, so you cannot use it.
WHAT TO DO IN JORDAN?
food in Jordan
In Jordan you can find excellent cuisine where the herbs play an important role. You can get both a meat dish and a vegetarian dish in this country. Which was a great surprise to us. This is not possible in every Arab country. Dishes that you should definitely try are Humus, Tabouleh and the bread that is freshly baked in an oven. And for the meat eaters there is of course Shawarma and Kebab which you can find on almost every menu. In some cases, camel meat kebab is offered. For food and drinks you pay on average between 15 to 30 euros per person per day. We ourselves have reduced this price by buying lunch ourselves in the local supermarket.
tips in Jordan
In most restaurants, the tip has already been added to the bill. Any additional taxes are also included in this. So keep in mind that there is often a total of about 25 percent added to the price on the menu. If the tip is not included in your account, you can charge a tip of 10 percent. This 10 percent also applies to taxis. In addition, it is also recommended to tip the hotel staff who help you with your suitcases or park your car.
Documents for Jordan
You need a visa for Jordan. This visa costs you 40 JOD (48 euros) and you can buy it upon arrival at the airport. You do need an international passport to get this visa. If you do not already have this, it is best to request this in time at the town or city hall of your place of residence. Your driving license from home is simply valid in Jordan. You do not have to prepare special documents for this.
A ticket you better buy in advance is the Jordan Pass. With this pass you not only get access to numerous attractions including Petra, but your visa is also included in this price. As a result, you no longer have to pay the 40 JOD for a visa. This ticket will always save you money because if you paid Petra and your visa separately, you already pay more. You have 3 different steps. One of 70 JOD which gives you one day access to Petra. One of 75 JOD which gives you two days access to Petra and then one of 80 JOD which gives you three days access to Petra. Pay attention! You must order this pass before you leave for Jordan. You can easily order it from the Jordan Pass website.
Internet in Jordan
Almost every hotel in Jordan has an excellent WiFi network and often even in places where you do not expect it. Even in our hotel in the Wadi Rum desert we had an excellent connection. Also at the airport and in some places in Petra you have a good working WiFi connection. If you want to be able to constantly use the internet, you can buy a local SIM card (1 JOD per GB) at the airport or rent a portable hotspot from the rented car. This will cost you about 10 euros per day for unlimited use. But we don’t think it’s really necessary.