Jordan Travel Tips: Things to Known When Planning a Trip to Jordan
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If you are planning – or even only considering – a trip to Jordan, you might be wondering about many thing. Is it safe, where to go and what to see, how to get around and more. So if this is the case, I have compiled a list with travel tips for Jordan.
Jordan has become an extremely popular travel destination, but if you ask me, I can totally understand why. It is one of the best places to visit at the moment.
The people are amazing, the sights and attractions are stunning, the food is great, it feels safe, and there are many other great things about Jordan. So, here are my favorite travel tips for Jordan.
You will most likely need a visa and you will most likely need to pay for it. Even as a German/European as the visa is not free. Many nationalities can get it upon arrival and it is quite easy for most nationalities.
Single Entry visas valid for one month: 40 JOD (around $56).
If you go to Jordan, you will likely have to pay for a visa. It is $56 for a tourist visa upon arrival. However, I truly recommend getting a Jordan Pass if you are staying more than 4 days. You can buy it in person or online.
The cheapest version is around $100, and with it, you also gain entrance to Petra (which is quite expensive and is $70 for a day pass), entrance to Jerash, access to attractions in Amman, and entrance into many more museums.
It is worth it to buy the pass in advance. The only downside is that you have to think about how many days you want to stay in Petra because the price depends on whether you need a 1, 2, or 3-day pass to Petra.
Best time to visit
There are a few months that you should not visit Jordan unless you love the heat.
Typically, from March to May is very popular and the busy season. At this time, it is pleasantly warm and a little hottish, but bearable.
October and November are also pleasant. The summer months, though, are too hot. And winter months, like December and January, are too cold.
Some places, like Wadi Mujib, are closed during the winter. This is the shoulder season, and it is better than visiting in the summer.
Jordan is quite small, but to have the best experience, I don’t recommend staying in Amman and just doing day trips.
You need to move somehow though. You could get around by buses and public transportation – which works, but they don’t run very frequently and are sometimes inflexible.
While I love public transportation in general, my tip is either to use guided tours or taxis (discuss prices beforehand), use Uber (not available everywhere, but they are at the main attractions), or rent a car.
Jordan is probably one of the few Middle Eastern countries where I dare to drive.
There are not many cars here, so it is easy to drive. The roads are in good condition for the most part – and the views are, often, great. Petrol is cheap – you pay less than $1 per liter for Gasoline 90.
GPS sometimes tricked me because there is a lot of construction and new streets; however, I found it quite easy to drive outside of Amman.
Also, beware of the many speed bumps here.
How long to stay
I advise staying 7-14 days. With less than 7 days, e.g. 5 days, you would still be able to see many beautiful places but 7 days is actually the minimum I recommend.
The Middle East is an explosive region, but Jordan is a fairly safe country. Despite its proximity to Syria it never felt unsafe or problematic.
But also crime is quite low and as a foreigner you can feel quite safe if you avoid dodgy areas in the dark.
What to wear
Bring trainers and sports clothes because Jordan is a place where you are active. So, prepare for longer or shorter hikes during your visit. Do not forget a scarf/hat as it can be very sunny.
Since Jordan is an Islamic country, I recommend dressing moderately. There is no need to wear a scarf though about 90% of the local women I met did wear one.
Just don’t wear the shortest dress you own. However, you don’t have to cover up, and you will be fine wearing shorts and short sleeves. Just be aware of where you are going because it is a conservative country.
You can wear bikinis at the beach but in general, you will attract negative attention if you show too much skin.
Solo female travel
I visited Jordan by myself and I never felt insecure or scared. However, outside of Amman there are not many women out on the street at all. It is mostly men.
Even in the tourism sector, it is male dominated, with only a few females in the hotels. While I was aware of that the whole time, I did not feel uncomfortable. People are, even the few women you meet, extremely friendly and talkative.
Is solo female traveling to Jordan a good idea? Yes, it is! Check out my travel tips for solo female travelers.
The people in Jordan are very friendly and probably some of the nicest and most hospitable people in the world.
One of the things that you will hear often is “welcome.” Jordanians will always ask where you are from and then say, “Welcome, Germany!” (in my case). Compared to other Arabic people, they seem quieter and less pushy.
Arabic is the main language, but I found it easy to get around using English. Most people speak English (whether basis or good English), though not everyone, but at the end I did not have many problems to communicate.
Many signs (especially road signs) are in Arabic and English.
Costs / Money
The currency of Jordan is the dinar, but many places also accept euros and dollars. Credit cards are not accepted everywhere, and hotels in particular may charge 2-3% in credit card fees if you use one. So always have some cash on you. Dollars are widely accepted and also Euros were accepted in many places. However, I also recommend to exchange some money and have some Dinar on you.
Jordan is quite affordable compared to Western Europe or many cities in the US. However, it is not as cheap as many destinations in Southeast Asia e.g.
Hostel rooms start from around $10 and a room at the Dead Sea (in one of the luxury hotels) is about $200.
You can find great (but smallish) falafel sandwiches for less than $1 (to go) and if you sit down in one of the restaurants you might pay $5-15 and more for a dish. Of course, dining in a fancy restaurant is more expensive.
Amman, the Dead Sea and Petra are probably the most expensive tourist destinations.
Petrol is very cheap – and is less than $1 a liter for Gasoline 90. And thus, taxi and Uber rides are quite affordable (haggle with the taxi drivers BEFORE!). Uber cost less than $3 for several kilometres. Public transportation is also very cheap – from Amman to Jerash you have to pay less than $2.
However, the visa is pricey and so is the entrance to Petra. But since you most likely will have a Jordan Pass, you will not have to pay for most museums or other entrance fees.
You will find all kinds of accommodation – from basic bedouin camps to hostel rooms to mid-range accommodation and of course, you also have all kind of luxury hotels (especially around Amman the Dead Sea and Petra).
Petra, Amman and the Dead Sea are quite expensive but there are also hostels and cheaper hotels in Petra and Amman (not so much at the Dead Sea).
Tip: I loved my stays in bedouin camps – the experiences were amazing. However, as far as I can tell, the blankets do not have sheets. So, if you are a bit picky (as I am), I suggest taking a sleeping bag or so.
They have amazing food in Jordan. Even as a vegetarian or vegan, you will find a lot of options. The falafel, I thought, had even more rice than what I had while in Lebanon. They might eat a little more meat in Jordan, but in general, hummus, falafel, and salads are great here.
But I missed great fruits, and found myself a little disappointed in the fruit options available.
Smoking is allowed in many places and the people in Arabia generally smoke a lot.
This is also allowed and not forbidden. But it is not offered everywhere. Also, if you are in a very conservative area, it is probably best not to drink.
They use the C, D, F, G, and J plaques in Jordan. The standard frequency is 50 hz, and it is 230 volts.
One thing you will find in Jordan is bidets. These are water pipes that are used to clean your behind properly. Also, particularly in the smaller hotels, you will find the request to not throw toilet paper in the bin.
Jordan is one of the countries with the least amount of water per capita in the world, so be a responsible traveler and don’t misuse or overuse the water.
Some of Jordan’s main attractions are listed above – for more tips on things to do in Jordan just check out my post with fun things to do.
If you are looking for a Jordan itinerary, check out my post on how to spend 7 days in Jordan.