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Getting Around in Jordan

By Air

Royal Wings ( operates regular flights from Amman to Aqaba. It is also possible to hire executive jets and helicopters.

By Rail

There is no longer a public railway service.

By Road

Main roads are good, but desert tracks should be avoided unless a high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle is used. It is important to make sure that the vehicle is in good repair if traveling on minor roads or tracks. Take plenty of water and follow local advice carefully.

Traffic drives on the right. Speed limits are 60kph (38mph) in cities, 80kph (50mph) on country roads and 120kph (75mph) on motorways. There are frequent passport controls along the Red Sea and travellers are advised to have their papers ready.


Services are efficient and cheap. Alpha, JETT and Trust International Transport operate modern, air-conditioned fleets. All smaller towns are connected by 20-seat minibuses. These leave when full and on some routes operate infrequently. The Dead Sea is one destination that is difficult to get to without private transport, as there are no JETT or public buses operating there.

The Abdali transport station near downtown Amman served as a bus/taxi hub to locations throughout Jordan, but many of it's services (especially microbus and service taxi) have been located to the Northern bus station (also called Tarbarboor, or Tareq).


All taxis operate a meter and can be hired for the day. Share-taxi service to all towns on fixed routes is also available and can be hired for private use. Share-taxis to Petra should be booked in advance owing to demand. Tips of around 10% are appreciated.

Car Rental

Major international car rental companies and a number of local companies operate services in the main towns, including Amman and Aqaba; car hire is also available from hotels and travel agents. Drivers are available for the day. Car rental in Jordan is fairly expensive in comparison to Europe and the United States.

Documentation: National driving licences are accepted if they have been issued at least one year before travel. However, an International Driving Permit is recommended. Visitors are not allowed to drive a vehicle with normal Jordanian plates unless they have a Jordanian driving licence.

Note: When using routes which go near the Israeli border (and even when sailing or swimming in the Red Sea without a guide), you should always have all papers in order and within reach.

Urban Transportation

There are conventional buses and extensive fixed-route 'servis' (share-taxis, most seating up to seven) in Amman. The 'servis' are licensed, with a standard fare scale, but there are no fixed pick-up or set-down points. Vehicles often fill up at central or outer terminal points and then run non-stop.





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