Jordan

VISA REQUIERMENTS
Visa on arrival: EU passports get a visa on arrival which can be obtained at the airport. You can choose between a single entry visa that costs 40 JOD (€50/56$) or a multiple entry visa that costs 60 JOD (€75/85$). This should be paid in Jordanian Dinar or by credit card at the immigration desk, there is a money exchange office and ATM.
Captain Yeller will focus on EU passports since it’s my own personal experience, if you’re not a EU passport holder please inform yourself before leaving.

Amman, the capital of Jordan.

Jordan Pass. Discover more & pay less.
If you’re eligible for visa upon arrival, consider purchasing the Jordan Pass to save money and time during your trip to Jordan! The Pass offers entry to 36 tourism attractions including Petra, Jerash and Wadi Rum and waives the visa fee if you’re spending 3 or more consecutive nights in Jordan. The Jordan pass comes in three categories to suit all kinds of visits. The package you choose depends on the number of days you wish to spend exploring Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses a breathtaking landscape of pink-hued rock mountain carved into the rock more than 2,000 years ago.
Jordan Wanderer. 70 JOD (€88/99$)
– 1 day visit to Petra.
– Free entry to over 40 attractions in Jordan.
– Free downloadable digital brochures.
– Waiving of tourist entry visa fees if you purchase the Jordan Pass before arrival to Jordan and stay a minimum of three nights (4 days)
Jordan Explorer. 75 JOD (€95/106$)
– 2 day visit to Petra.
– Free entry to over 40 attractions in Jordan.
– Free downloadable digital brochures.
– Waiving of tourist entry visa fees if you purchase the Jordan Pass before arrival to Jordan and stay a minimum of three nights (4 days)
Jordan Expert. 80 JOD (€101/113$)
– 3 day visit to Petra.
– Free entry to over 40 attractions in Jordan.
– Free downloadable digital brochures.
– Waiving of tourist entry visa fees if you purchase the Jordan Pass before arrival to Jordan and stay a minimum of three nights (4 days)
For more information or to buy one visit: jordanpass.jo

The Jordan Pass will give you access to Petra.

ARRIVING BY PLANE
Queen Alia International Airport. (AMM)
Queen Alia International airport is located around 30 kilometers from Amman city center and takes around one hour to reach, there are a few different ways from the airport to the city center. This is a modern airport which offers lots of restaurants and shops.
Jordan Shuttle. The easiest way from Queen Alia International airport to Amman would be Jordan Shuttle. The shuttles are coordinated with Ryanair, Easyjet, Norwegian and Laudamotion flight arrivals, leaving one hour after landing with drop off/pick up at your accommodation to bring you on time to the airport for your departing flight. The one way cost is $10 and should be booked in advance on jordanshuttle.com
Airport Express Bus. If you want to travel on a budget this might be your better option. It departs every half hour from 06:30 AM until 6:00 PM and every hour from 6:00 PM until midnight and goes from the airport to Tabarbour bus station with several stops along the way. Cost of transport 2,5 JOD (€3/3,5$) and tickets can be bought in kiosks inside. There might be taxidrivers telling you the bus service isn’t working, ignore them.
Taxi. If you arrive during the night or don’t want to depends on shuttles or busses there is a taxi service with a fixed prices, so no danger for high prices or negotiation skills needed. The ride from the airport to your hotel in Amman city center costs 22 JOD (€28/31$). Prices are displayed on taxi boards at the airport.
Local bus. If you want to keep it really cheap, there are local buses connecting to airport and the city center but they are not very reliable and will wait to be full before they depart.

Arriving by plane in Jordan.

GETTING AROUND BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
By bus. Be patient! Local bus transport does not follow timetables but are a very cheap way of traveling. They will leave when they are full, try to relax and enjoy the experience. Interesting to know for local buses, men sit in the front, or as close to the front as possible, all spaces behind it are for women. I had to learn it the awkward way.
By taxi. Jordanian official taxi’s have yellow and green colors with Arabic writing and are metered. Prices are affordable but insist to put the meter on. On two occasions near bus stations in Amman, taxi drivers wouldn’t take me on a metered ride. On one occasion they filled the taxi with 3 other, unknown people to me between bus terminals. Near Petra taxi prices are negotiable.
By shared taxi. There are white taxi’s with a fixed route between point A and B, they leave when they are full. Communication might be more challenging though.
JETT (Jordan Travel & Tourism). A bus company with private bus terminals that works with timetables and will drive you around many tourists destinations all over Jordan. More expensive than local buses but easy and on scedule. Tickets should be booked in advance on jett.com.jo/en

GET A LOCAL SIM CARD WITH DATA
In order to get a local sim card you will need an unlocked phone and your passport. You will be able to choose from Orange, Zain or Umniah and have good coverage. At the Queen Alia International Airport are three phone kiosks next to each other on the main floor at Arrivals. If you arrive at night or for some reason didn’t get one at the airport you can go to the official shops in the cities. They are cheaper than random phone shops.
Orange:
Option 1: 5 GB data, unlimited local call&text, 10 min. international call&text. Valid for 30 days. Cost: 15 JOD (€19/21$)
Option 2: 30 GB data, unlimited local calls & sms, 30 min. international call&text. Valid for 90 days. Cost: 30 JOD (€38/42$)
Zain:
Option 1: 15 GB data, unlimited calls to Zain, 1000 min. local call&text, 50 min. international call&text. Valid for 30 days. Cost: 18,50 JOD (€24/26$)
Option 2: 20 GB data, unlimited calls to Zain, 1000 min. local call&text, 50 min. international call&text. Valid for 30 days. Cost: 23 JOD (€32/29$)
Umniah:
Option 1: 10 GB data + 4 GB Facebook, 15 min. local call, 15 min. international call&text. Valid for 10 days. Cost: 11 JOD (€14/16$) JOD (€24/26$)
Option 2: 18 GB data + 22 GB Facebook, unlimited local call, 2000 local text, 350 min. international call. Valid for 10 days. Cost: 16 JOD (€20/23$)