Travel to Jordan

Flying to Jordan

The national airline is Royal Jordanian (RJ) (www.rj.com), but you’ll find wide availability of flights on multiple carriers into the Jordanian capital Amman from major cities across Europe, Asia and North America. No-frills flights on EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) link Amman with London Gatwick very cheaply, and Amman is also served by Gulf low-cost carriers such as Air Arabia (www.airarabia.com), FlyDubai (www.flydubai.com) and Jazeera Airways (www.jazeeraairways.com). Direct flights come nonstop into Amman from North American hubs such as New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal. Most flights come into Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). Some international flights serve Aqaba’s King Hussein airport (AQJ).

Flight times:

To Amman from London is 5 hours, from New York around 11 hours.

Departure tax:

None by air – the JD20 tax is included in your ticket price. By land or sea, non-Jordanians pay JD10.

Airport guides

Airport Code: AMM. Location: Amman Queen Alia International Airport is located 32km (20 miles) south of Amman. Money: Banks, bureaux de change and ATMs are available both air- and land-side in both terminals. Read more

Rail:

Travel by rail

There are no longer any scheduled passenger trains running in Jordan – the old Hejaz Railway line from Damascus has been permanently suspended.

Driving to Jordan

Jordan has road borders with Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and is also linked by car ferry to Egypt. The JETT bus company in Amman (www.jett.com.jo) runs scheduled buses to and from Cairo, Damascus, Baghdad, Riyadh, Jeddah, Madina, Makkah and other cities, along with local partners in each destination. The Trust bus company (tel: (06) 581 3427) runs buses between Amman and Nazareth in Israel, sometimes also serving Tel Aviv. To reach Amman from Jerusalem by public transport requires a complicated sequence of taxis and buses: you could pay extra for VIP service door-to-door through firms such as Amman2Jerusalem (tel: (079) 752 9949; www.amman2jerusalem.com).

Getting to Jordan by boat

By water:

Scheduled car ferries and high-speed catamarans run by AB Maritime (tel: (03) 209 2000; www.abmaritime.com.jo) cross between Nuweiba in Egypt and Jordan’s only port city, Aqaba. Timetables are notoriously fickle, and delays of many hours are common on this route.

Cruise ships:

Aqaba, on Jordan’s Red Sea coast, is on some cruise ship itineraries, with Seabourn (www.seabourn.com) ships regularly making a stop at the port. From here visitors can make excursions to Petra.

Edited by Jane Duru



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