If you are flying Royal Jordanian (or not), you can get to the airport or from the airport which is about 30 minutes away for JD 3 one way. Buses leave every half hour from about 5 in the morning to 10 at night - every half hour from city terminal (Royal Jordanian office) near 7th circle to the airport. They drop you at the departure level (Level 1). You can take the bus from the arrival level every 15 min past the hour and 45 min past the half hour back to city terminal
For one day trip, Amman is pretty well located. During a weekend, I was willing to visit Jerash. One way of going there is to call a taxi. That’s what the concierge from the hotel suggested. Cost : 35JD + 7JD/hour. Another taxi driver proposed us the trip for 50JD…
Now there is another alternative, take the bus!! This is quite an experience, even not every local inhabitants have already done it ;-)
...but for 0.5 JD we arrived at Jerash without any problem!!
There are a few busses going to Amman from Baramke station every day. As I didn't want to wake up to early (for the bus) it suited me better just to show up at the station when I was ready and take a service taxi. They leave when they are full and probably you don't have to wait to long. I paid 500 SP.
The time to reach Amman depends on how long it takes at the border. For me it was quick but we had to wait for one passenger in two hours. Don't know why it took so long for him.
The service taxi stops at Abdali bus station in Amman.
Also three years later I took a service taxi the same way for 500 SP. This time we were only three people in the car (me, a girl who spoke English and her uncle) and it was quick at the border. It took about three hours between Damascus and Amman.
There are several buses every day for Damascus, leaving Abdali busstation in Amman. The journey takes about 4 hours + the time at the border.
Another way, just a little bit more expensive but probably quicker (as there are fewer persons to go through customs) is to take a servise taxi. Just go to Abdali busstation and wait until a car fills up. I paid 5,5 JD (in 2002)between Amman and Damascus. The service taxi will stop at Baramke busstation in Damascus.
TRUST and a similar express bus AFANA leave from Abdali station.
JETT bus station is about 5-10 minutes from Abdali. There are no stops or drop offs with express buses, so you CANNOT use it to get to Wadi Rum Junction.
PETRA, KARAK, MA'AN, WADI RUM
Mini buses South (Ma'an, Karak, Petra) are available at Wahadat Station downtown, a short taxi ride from the Amphitheatre in the opposite direction of Grand Husseini Mosque. Buses to Ma'an run late into the evening, if you missed your bus to Petra, catch one and from Amman to Ma'an, then take a taxi for 5JD from Ma'an to Petra.
To get to Wadi Rum take a mini bus to Aqaba or Ma'an (then another from Ma'an to Aqaba), get off at the Wadi Rum Junction, then take a taxi for a flat rate of 5JD to Rum Village or make arrangements to have your guide meet you.
Getting busses leaving Amman for other towns was one of the biggest frustrations I had. The travel guide (a very good guide in general, publsd – 2006) I used, was unfortunately inaccurate. It seems that most bus stations have changes location during the past year or so.
It is possible to get a public bus to Madaba, Petra, Salt, Jerash etc.
I took the bus from Petra to Amman, which was only 5 JD. To Madaba, Salt and Jerash from Amman, costs less than 1 JD.
I often saw JETT busses, but did not have the chance to use them – but, it does seem like a good option as they are air-conditioned and most probably more comfortable.
We found the bus services to be fine, both to and from Amman,
We used the Bus to get from Jerash to Amman thensouth to Karak, at the beginning of our trip.
Then again at the end to get the bus from Madaba to Amman.
I think the bus station in the photo is Zacara
Tabarbour bus station is the main station to get you out of Amman to head North, to visit cities like Irbid, Ajloun, Oum Qais, Salt, Fuhais etc ...
Buses are available all day long till mid-night, this is the cheapest way to get around the country & is mostly reliable (ecxept when the bus break down sometimes)
At Abdali Bus Station are AFANA express buses to Aqaba for 4.35JD, buses leave 7:30am, 11:30am, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm. The schedule from Aqaba to Amman is the same. Travel time is 4 hrs, no stops or drop offs.
The drop off in Aqaba is in front of Dream Hotel.
Coffee, tea, mineral water and sodas available on board, buses are modern with A/C.
Once outside Amman, a movie (Arabic) is played.
The landscape through the Kings Highway is beautiful!
From Abdali Bus Station in Amman, buses to Jerash and Madaba run every hour, the fare is 0.400JD.
Tip: To get to Mount Nebo, take the bus to Madaba. Mount Nebo is another 8km away, to get there take a service taxi (white car) for 1JD at the traffic round about near St. George's Church with its famous mosaic map on the floor.
The three main bus station in Amman are Abdali station for transport to the north and west; Wahadat station for the south; and Raghadan station for Amman and nearby towns.
Private buses can be booked from the JETT office. It is located about 500m northwest of the Abdali Bus Station. They go to Aqaba, Hammamat Mai'n, King Hussein Bridge, and Petra.
JETT buses cost:
Aqaba 4.2 JD
King Hussein Bridge 6.5 JD
Petra 6 JD
Minibuses from Abdali cost:
Aljun 500 fils
Jerash 350 fils
Madaba 270 fils
Minibuses from Wahadat cost:
Aqaba 3 JD
Karak 800 fils
Petra 1.5 JD
You have 2 options:
1- Use local transportation,
Amman - Petra: you can take the bus from Wehdat bus station (or sometimes called south station), it's 4 JDs
OR you can take the JETT bus to Petra leaves everyday at 6:30am arriving at Petra around 9:30 (8 Jds one way) leaves from Abdalli - Jett company.
Petra - Aqaba: you can take the local buses to Aqaba, last one leaves around 5pm ... but you need to check as times changes in summer (so just ask when you first set foot in Petra about the Aqaba buses times)
2- Rent a car: AVIS has offices in Amman & Aqaba (both at airports and inside the city), so you should have no problem leaving your car in Aqaba after your trip is over. Prices also changes depending on the season and how long you want it for but it will cost no less than 40 JDs/day
Consult their website www.avis.com
To get from Amman to anywhere else, you must go by bus.
There are 3 bus stations, so you must see which you need. In general, the North station serves anywhere North, the West serves the W..... you get the idea.
West station is just about walkable from Downtown (15 mins), the other 2 are a taxi ride away (approx 2-3JD).
Buses tend not to have a time, they leave when full, so be prepared to sit on the bus for up to 2 hours.
Buses tend to run more in the early mornning, and are often cancelled after noon.
I like to discover cities by walking and using public transport. In Amman both walking and buses are not a pleasurable experience. Amman pavements are obstructed by trees, building work, rubbish bins, etc... broken or lead to no-where and they are very very high literally more than 1/2 metre high. One needs to carry a ladder!!!
Although I was advised not to take the bus, I did. Taking the bus in Amman is a test of patience. Bus stops, if there are any, lack the sign, a map and even destination; There are no timetables. All writings on the buses are in Arabic. At major bus stations they do not operate on fixed schedules; they wait for the bus to fill up before moving. The driver would do his sales pitch on the footpath shouting out to everyone that the bus was about to leave. Buses are very shabby and usually have ripped seats because they are so old; and very noisy, not to mention the state of cleanliness which in this regard many taxis have the same problem.
Alas, the best way to get around Amman is by taxi. However beware the drivers will try and rip you off. Always insist on the meter being put back to .15 fils when you get in, do not believe if they tell you it's broken!
There are a few different bus stations in Amman, which can be used to get to other tourist cities. If you tell a taxi driver that you want to go to the bus station and which city you want to go to, he will know which station to go to. The buses are cheap, or from the station you can negotiate a price with the service taxis (easier to do if you have an arabic speaker with you, because jordanian drivers are con-artists). There are a couple of different bus companies running, and different ones go to different places. The main bus operator is Jett Bus, which can be more expensive than the others, but goes nearly everywhere. Jett bus does not have a website, but these are their most current phone numbers:
You can take JETT bus from Abdali Station to and from Damascus, Syria. The cost is JD5. This bus the bus that you can expect. The bus leaves 10am and 3pm daily and it takes about 4 hours for the whole journey, including the bording crossing. It is generally efficient. Remember there is JD5 for land departure tax where you need to pay before you get your departure immigration chop! There is an exchange counter inside the immigration building.