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Jordan travel guide

With Jordan working its way up traveler's wanderlists, we suggest you consider indulging 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)

time zone in Jordan

Time Zone

The time zone in Jordan is Eastern European Time (EET) and therefore is 7 hours ahead of New York, Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Highlights of Jordan

A view of a portion of the entrance to Al-Khazneh in Petra

Petra

One of the New Wonders of the World, 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.
A hill covered in houses in 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.
A canyon in 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.
The shores of the dead sea with palm trees and a red mountain in the background

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.
two camels standing in front of a wall in Petra
Jordan

Adventure Tours

Kerak Castle in al-Karak Jordan

Explore Jordan | 8 day

Experience Petra, the ancient stone city and one of the most precious cultural properties in the world for yourself on this eight-day adventure through Jordan’s past and present. Float in the Dead Sea, explore incredible archaeological ruins and take an exciting 4x4 drive into the desert.
Al-Khazneh at night with a bunch of lit candles illuminating it

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.
Various spices in metal bowls

Israel & Jordan on a Shoestring | 8 days

Explore the winding alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City, see Petra's stunning tombs and monasteries carved into rock walls, learn about Bedouin culture during an overnight stay in the desert, and hit the beach in Tel Aviv.

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?

British nationals 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.