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Immerse yourself in ancient and natural wonders

With Jordan working its way up traveler's lists of top countires to visit in 2019, we suggest you consider indulging in your wanderlust for Arabia this year. From the lost city of Petra to the tranquility of the Dead Sea, Jordan combines history and culture to make for an authentic Middle Eastern experience.

Jordan fast facts

Jordan language

Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Jordan is Jordanian Arabic.

Jordan currency

Currency

Name: Dinar
Code: JOD
Symbol: ع.د (or JD)
JD10 is approx. $20

time zone in Jordan

Time Zone

The time zone in Jordan is Eastern European Time (EET) and therefore is 9 hours behind Australian Eastern Time (AET).

Highlights of Jordan

Petra
Petra
One of the New Seven Wonders and what a wonder it is! This ancient city is a world class sight for architecture, with temples, shrines and more literally carved into canyons. Take a hike up to the top of the treasury, or opt to see it by night for a spectacle of lights. Petra is approx. a four-hour drive from Amman or two hours from Wadi Rum by bus.
Amman
Amman
The capital of Jordan is a wonderfully modern city with various ancient ruins nestled within it. Visit the blue-domed King Abdullah Mosque, the Citadel for a wander through many Roman ruins and make a trip to the hustle and bustle of Al-Balad for an authentic taste of Jordan – the area is a vibrant mix of shops and cafes.
Wadi Rum jordan
Wadi Rum
Journey to the Valley of the Moon for adventure filled desert madness. Whether you opt for a hot air balloon ride, a 4x4 desert jeep excursion, or camel ride, you can end your day in a luxury Bedouin camp – enjoy an authentic feast, smoke shisha in the open desert air and warm up by the camp fire.
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The Dead Sea
Famous for its super salty water allowing for the ultimate floating abilities, there’s so much more to this salt lake. Full of healing properties from all the minerals and rich, black mud, your skin will be at its very best after a trip here.

When's the best time to visit Jordan?

March through to May is the best time to visit as the weather is mild. September to February is great for visiting the Dead Sea but be aware that trips to the desert might not be running as conditions will get frosty. June to August has extreme desert summers hit, so best to avoid this time of year unless you can handle the heat!
Flights to Jordan

Jordan travel costs

cost of beer in Jordan

Drinks

You can drink alcoholic beverages in Jordan, which are widely available in restaurants and in the bars in tourist areas. It doesn’t come cheap though, with a pint of beer costing around JD5 / $10. For your morning coffee, in a nice café, you can expect to pay around JD2.50 or alternatively a measly half a dinar from a street vendor.

cost of food in Jordan

Meals

For a snack of falafel, salad and bread or shawarma (middle eastern version of a doner kebab) you can pay as little as JD1! Or for a bit of a nicer meal in a restaurant, you can expect prices of around 10-15 dinars for a 2-course meal. Try local dishes such as zarb; a feast of BBQ meat that’s been cooked underground or mansaf; a mixture of fragrant rice, lamb and a goat's milk yoghurt that is turned into a gravy.

cost of travel in Jordan

Transport

Bus fares in Jordan are super cheap (around JD0.50 per 30 min journey) - but be sure to factor in ample wait time, as buses are not timetabled and will only leave once all seats are full!

Taxi

Taxis are fairly inexpensive in Jordan. In the capital of Amman, it will cost you approx JD3.50 per 5 miles. At night, meters aren’t always used so make sure to agree a price before getting in the taxi. Or you can opt to use uber in Amman.

hostels in Jordan

Hostels

Hostels are more like guest houses here in Jordan, with basic rooms and comfort levels. You can get a decent room in a 2* property for around 11.5 dinars / $23.

hotels in Jordan

Hotels

Feeling fancy? If you opt for a 5* hotel chain, you can expect lovely spacious rooms and you can expect to pay around JD63 / $124 per person per night

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Adventure Tours

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Explore Jordan | 8 days
UNESCO has called the ancient stone city of Petra one of the most precious cultural properties in the world. Experience it for yourself on this eight-day adventure through Jordan’s past and present. Float in the Dead Sea, explore incredible archaeological ruins, take an exciting 4x4 drive into the desert, and walk through the “Lost City” itself after a lecture by a local archaeologist. Live out your Indiana Jones fantasies while discovering the true story of this eternal place.
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Highlights of Jordan | 8 days
Explore ancient sights and lost cities, overnight in a Bedouin tent and dine amidst the dramatic desert scenery of Wadi Rum. Take in Petra's fascinating history and marvel at its thrilling beauty, and still have a chance to relax in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea.
Was $1,599 | Now from $1,359
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Jordan spice
Jordan Multisport | 8 days
Jordan is famed for its ancient past but its present is pretty darn compelling, too. The natural and man-made wonders of Petra and Wadi Rum have been drawing travellers here for ages, but the rough-hewn grandeur of Jordan has remained a secret known only to the boldest of thrill-seekers. Trek the rocky hills to isolated villages along the trails near Ajloun, hike down canyons towards the Dead Sea, and discover the Dana Biosphere Reserve. See for yourself why Jordan is a secret we just couldn’t keep to ourselves any longer.
Was $1,749 | Now from $1,399 
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Is it safe to travel to Jordan?

It’s best to take caution and travel with care across Jordan – be aware of any political demonstrations taking place in cities (quite common in Amman) and try to avoid these at all cost.

Getting around Jordan

While bus fares are pretty low in Jordan, they’re not as reliable as you might hope. Departure timetables are more about how packed the bus is, so if you’re traveling on a less-traveled route, you could be waiting a while for the bus to take off. Routes aren't the most thorough either – they're great at covering what’s necessary for the locals but perhaps not so great at covering routes for the independent backpacker. Try a hire car instead for the absolute freedom – the roads are decent and road signs have both Arabic and English writing on them for easy maneuvering. Alternatively, opt for an adventure tour for an easy way to get around.

Do you need a visa for Jordan?

Australians do need a visa for Jordan, but these can be issued upon arrival at Jordan airport – you can get a single-entry visa that’s valid for 1 month which cost around JD40.

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