From Central Israel to Jordan, Prices, Passports etc.
There are a couple of different border crossing from Israel into Jordan. But for this article, I will be focusing on the Jordan River/Bet She’an crossing. For info on the other border’s click here.
There is an exit fee of about 105 nis from Israel.
There are two ways to get from Central Israel to Jordan:
- There are buses 3-4 times a week from Nazareth (Israel) direct to Amman (Jordan) with Abraham Tours, the bus leaves at 8:00 am and costs 80 nis each way (72 nis with coupon code: fauziguest). Note: There are return buses to Nazareth as well.
- There are numerous busses leaving from various cities in the center of Israel to bet she’an. In bet she’an you can take a taxi to the border. Once you pass the Israeli side of the border you can take a shuttle or walk to the Jordanian side. on the Jordanian side, you can take a taxi (1.5 Jordanian Dinar) to the nearby city. Here you can hire an Uber for about 22-25 JD to Amman or rent a car for the duration of the trip.
As noted above, there’s 105 NIS exit fee.
Many countries can get a visa on arrival (check here ) the cost for visa on arrival is 10JD if you stay for a least 3 nights in Jordan. If you plan on staying less than 3 nights in Jordan it will cost you 40 JD.
The JordanPass is a tourist card sold by the Jordanian ministry of tourism which costs ~70 JD. This pass gives you access to Petra and 30-40 other tourist attractions, it also includes the visa fee (only if you stay for more than 3 nights).
amman -> petra -> wadi rum -> aqaba -> wadi rum -> wadi mujib -> Amman -> Israel
we started in Amman the capital of Jordan, there are many hostels and hotels here. I recommend for the budget travelers to stay at the cliff hotel, the hostel/hotel costs about 12JD for a private room or 5-10JD for a dorm.
On the first day in Amman you can walk around the city and check out some of the markets in the center. You can also do a little day trip to Jerash which is around 1 hour away from the city by car.
One of the common attractions in the city is the Roman amphitheater, which costs 2JD to go into (free with JordanPass). there’s not much to see in the amphitheater, a better option is to go eat/drink on the roof of the Pizza Roma Cafe across the street ( with a beautiful view of the amphitheater ).
at night there’s a nice street you should check out which has some bars and restaurants, the street is called Al-Rainbow. Here there is a nice terrace bar/restaurant called La Calle which usually has various happy hours (till 20:00 it’s usually 50% off drinks or 25% till 1:00).
On the second day I went to Petra, Petra is a must see in Jordan (and one of the 7 wonders). The easiest way to get here is with a rented car. There are also many tours that go daily to Petra (cliff hotel can arrange them). There is also a bus company called JETT that does a round trip daily. The entrance to Petra is 90JD if you are staying less than 1 night in Jordan or 50JD if you stay at least one night in Jordan. The JordanPass has entrance to Petra included.
Petra is quite a large historical site and it is recommended to spend at least 2 hours here (4-6 hours if you plan on doing any of the hikes/trails). Warning! The horse rides in Petra are NOT free even if they promise you they are free and included in your ticket, they will demand money after the ride. The horses here are extremely abused.
After Petra, you can start making your way down to Wadi Rum, here you can do some glamping in amazing Beduin camps. The beduins here are some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet and the food they prepare is absolutely amazing. We recommend staying at The Zwaidh Camp but all the camps are similar. Prices are around 7-15 JD a night per person.
One of the most amazing things to see in Jordan is the stars in the Wadi Rum desert. Ask the bediuns at your camp where the best place to see the stars is. Bring some warm clothes as it can get quite cold at night.
On the third day, you can make a day trip to Aqaba. In Aqaba you can find some amazing diving/snorkeling. Dives cost 15 – 35 JD (depending on your negotiation skills and the number of dives you are planning to do). One the most amazing dives in Aqaba is to a shipwreck off the cost (Advanced License is a must). The visibility of the water in Aqaba is amazing and the colors are stunning! For those who want to snorkel, you can rent snorkel gear from most dive shops for around 5JD per day.
The seafood in Aqaba is very good, one of the recommended places to eat is the ALIBABA restaurant. The restaurant has decent prices and good service.
After a day in Aqaba you can head back to the wadi rum camps for the night (or stay in Aqaba).
On the fourth day, you can do a jeep tour through the desert, the beduins at your camp can arrange it for you. Usually it’s around 30-35 JD per jeep (2-8 people per jeep) . The tour lasts about 2 hours and takes you to all the highlights in the desert.
From Wadi Rum you can make your way towards Wadi Mujib for some water hikes, the siq trail is the recommended trail for most avid hikers (2-3 hour hike). The trail is usually open from April until November. Check out all the details for Wadi Rum here.
After Wadi Mujib, you will most likely be quite tired and can start making your way back to Amman to rest.
On the last day of the trip, you can do a small morning trip to Jerash if you haven’t gone on the first day or Spend some time buying souvenirs or anything else in the markets.
The way back to Israel is similar to the way there. You can take an Uber to the Jordan River border crossing for about 20-25 JD and from the border take a taxi to the other side (1.5 JD). or take the Abraham Tours bus back.
There is an exit fee from Jordan of about 10-15 JD.
Safety in Jordan
Overall, Jordan is a safe country. But there are some things to keep in mind before heading over. Most women get harassed and stared at a constant basis, this is especially the case in Amman. Though you will meet many solo female backpackers in Jordan it might be best to find a group to travel with if you are a solo female traveller.
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