How much does it cost to travel in Jordan?

Travelling in Jordan is very affordable, and as a major tourism economy caters to all budgets.

The most notable area of difficulty is for budget travellers as the intercity public transport network is limited. However intercity shared taxis are relatively affordable with the exception of journeys from north to south.

Price Guide (in Amman)

Bottle of Water       –       JOD0.5

Coffee JOD          –           JOD0.50

Beer in restaurant    –    JOD5

Falafel sandwich     –      JOD0.50

Taxi ride            –            

Double Room        –         JOD40-60 (Dorm beds from JOD10)

Restaurant Dinner    –    JOD12

Shared taxi to Aqaba –  JOD12

1 day car rental     –       JOD20

1 litre petrol       –           JOD0.50

Amazing Wadi Rum desert with blue skies

Itinerary

4 day/3 night intensive itinerary

Day 1 Amman – Half day trip to Jerash. Afternoon exploring downtown Amman including; Roman Amphitheatre, Nymposeum, Citadel and bazaars. After dinner enjoy Kunefe at Habibas.

Day 2 Petra via Dead Sea – After breakfast at Hashems in downtown Amman, travel south via Madaba and the Dead Sea. If travelling between April and October enjoy Wadi Mujib before continuing to Petra for the night

Day 3 Petra – Start early to beat the crowds, be at the entrance gate at 06:00 for opening and enjoy the long walk through the Siq without tourist crowds (very different experience to later in the day). See the Treasury and Monastery, along with the Roman Grand Temple and Colonnaded main street. If you have the energy visit the other major tombs overlooking the Roman sites and ascend to one of the viewpoints overlooking the site. Leave in the afternoon to reach Wadi Rum for sunset.

Day 4 Wadi Rum – Wake up in the tranquil desert with the Bedouin, enjoy a half day 4×4 desert tour %link% before your return Journey to Amman.

The average couple can expect to spend JOD750 plus flights

2 x Jordan Pass: JOD140

4 nights accommodation: JOD200

4 days meals: JOD120

Rental car and fuel: JOD120

2 person Wadi Rum tour: JOD70

Dead Sea Resort: JOD25 each

Wadi Mujib Entry: JOD25 each

7 day intensive itinerary

Day 1 Settle in to Amman

Day 2 Jerash and Desert Castles

Day 3 Wadi Rum via Kerak

Day 4 Wadi Rum

Day 5 Petra

Day 6 Petra

Day 7 Dead Sea and Madaba

The average couple can expect to spend JOD1100 plus flights

2 x Jordan Pass: JOD140

7 nights accommodation: JOD350

7 days meals: JOD210

Rental car and fuel: JOD200

2 person Wadi Rum tour: JOD100

Dead Sea Resort: JOD25 each

Wadi Mujib Entry: JOD25 each

For people who prefer a more relaxing schedule and to settle in to the places they visit try the 4 day itinerary over a week.

Other locations to consider:

Dana Biosphere

Aqaba – Red Sea

Communal Bedouin tent in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Breakdown of costs and where you can save

Flights: Jordan is increasingly well connected to Europe. Particularly during winter months when budget airlines re-route their excess capacity of aircraft to Amman and Aqaba. During summer months flights can be found for JOD100. Throughout winter prices are as low as JOD20.

Visa and Jordan Pass: Most visitors to Jordan will need to pay JOD40 for a visa. The main ways to minimise this cost is either by arriving in Aqaba, which is exempt, or buying the Jordan Pass prior to arrival.

Food: There are a number of unique local dishes for visitors to experience during their visit to Jordan. Expect to pay around JOD12 for a simple restaurant meal, and it is worth trying genuine local foodie favourites. Falafel sandwiches and local restaurants away from the tourist hubs can significantly reduce this cost.

Shopping: There are large bazaars downtown with most visitors purchasing beauty products, spices and scarfs. Prices are significantly lower than in Europe.

Transport: Uber and Careem are most reliable options within the city, cheap to get around and avoid hassle of negotiating fares. Public transport is limited in Jordan, often the most economic and efficient approach is to rent a car. Buses between many locations run only once a day, however taxis are relatively affordable. If you are on an intensive itinerary, a car will provide more flexibility an ensure you keep your schedule. You will be able to reach more sites and will pay less than with taxis. If you are on a more relaxed schedule and plan to get to know each destination better, then a rental car may not be advisable. Given intercity taxis are relatively affordable, the unused days of the rental car would be surpassed and the frequent buses between Amman and Aqaba could be used for the only long journey on your itinerary.

Amman: Downtown Amman will be the most expensive stop on your itinerary. But it is important to stay downtown to enjoy the buzz of the city as well as the best food and local bazaars. The majority of tourist attractions are also located in the downtown area. If you have the Jordan Pass %link% you will save on entry. Dali is a hip, popular bar to interact with locals.

Petra: Entry covered in Jordan Pass, limited dining options inside site, so pack your own lunch.

Wadi Rum: Details on all costs for your stay. Most sites and Protected Area inaccessible without 4×4, therefore tour is required. Alternative is to walk yourself. Although there are many notable sites in Wadi Rum the main attraction is the landscapes.

Aqaba: Tax free zone so alcohol, cigarettes and some consumer goods are cheaper than the rest of the country.

Dead Sea: You will need to shower after swimming in the dead sea. As such most visitors pay the resort fees for access to the best entry points, use the prepared mud ponds and shower with towels provided. For those who want to save there is an access point used by locals (GPS) where you can scramble down to the water. It is not as picturesque as the resort locations and requires some effort to descend and ascend. However there is a natural hot spring intersecting with a river by the road. Unfortunately tourists leave a lot of rubbish but there is a shallow pool where the hot and cold water mix which is perfect to rinse off. You can move closer to either of the sources to adjust the temperature. Make sure to wear flip flops or sandals as the salt forming on the rocks is very sharp.