A Backpackers Guide to doing Jordan on a Budget
Jordan Travel Guide
The opportunity to visit Petra was too tempting to resist, so when I saw a cheap flight deal from Europe to Jordan I immediately booked it. As is the case with most of my travels, I sort of winged it and learned along the way how to navigate in Jordan. Hopefully this guide will help you with planning you time in the country to make the most of all this beautiful place has to offer.
Jordan Tourism Visa
A tourist visa is required for most western countries to enter Jordan. Visas can be purchased on arrival for 40 JOD by cash or credit card. The Visa fee is waived for Jordan Pass Holders
Pro Tip: Sign up for the Jordan Pass before arriving in the country for discounts.
How to Get to Jordan
There are three ways people seem to travel to or from Jordan:
Fly to Queen Alia Airport in Amman
Cross the land border from Jerusalem
Fly to Eilat Airport (Israel) with RyanAir from anywhere in Europe
I elected for Option 1 for a few reasons, primarily being that was where the flight deal I saw was, but also to avoid any potential complications with the Israel/Jordan border. I met plenty of other travelers who had navigated the border without problems, just make sure not to get an Israeli stamp. I only learned about Option 3 from talking to other backpackers. Flights on RyanAir to Eliat ranged from 10-25 euros when I looked on Skyscanners about a month into the future.
How to Get around Jordan
Here are a few options for traveling within Jordan:
JETT Bus Service
Rent a Car
Shared-Taxi / Mini-Buses
1) JETT Bus is the official bus service provider for Jordan with routes that connect all the major tourist destinations. I emailed my accommodation ahead of time with my details and they were able to call and reserve a space for me ahead of time. They always recommend to reserve a spot at least a day in advance.
2) Renting a car is the most flexible and fastest option, though not the cheapest.
3) Shared-Taxis and Mini-buses can be arranged from most places for cheap. Just ask your accommodation for help.
Pro Tip: Friday is the day of rest making travel difficult. Try to avoid traveling on Fridays.
The scene for the filming of the Martian, Wadi Rum is a vast desert with towering rock formations & sand dunes. By camel or 4x4, you will enjoy exploring this wild landscape.
Budget for Wadi Rum:
JETT Bus to Aqaba - ~8 JOD
Taxi to Wadi Rum - 30 JOD (buses available except Fridays)
Entry Fee - 5 JOD (included in Jordan Pass)
Best Budget Accommodation in Wadi Rum: Arabian Nights Bedouin Camp
Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 nights
Can't Miss Things to do in Wadi Rum:
Afternoon Jeep Ride in Wadi Rum Protected Area (Just book through Camp)
Standing on the Wadi Rum Rock Bridge
Sunset over the Desert
Star Gazing from your Bedouin Campsite (or better yet, sleep under the stars)
Easily the most recognizable place in Jordan, Petra is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. The ruins of the ancient Nabataeans civilizations city is the most popular attraction in Jordan.
Budget for Petra:
50 JOD Entry Fee + 5 JOD for each additional day (included in Jordan Pass)
Shared-Bus from Wadi Rum - 10 JOD
Shared-Bus to Amman - 11
Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 nights
Best Budget Accommodation in Wadi Musa (Petra): Rafiki Hostel
Can't Miss Things to do in Wadi Musa (Petra):
Arriving early (at 6 am) to have the Siq and Treasury to yourself
Hiking to one of two overlooks of the Treasury (Look for details in my other post)
Petra by Night (17 JOD additional)
Arabic Coffee in front of the Monastery
As always, let me know if you have any questions about planning a trip to Jordan! I am always happy to help