AmmanArabic: عمان ʻammān) is the capital and largest city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (population c. 2.1 million). Amman forms a great base for exploring the country and does, despite popular belief, hold a few items of interest to the traveler. The city is generally well-appointed for the traveller, reasonably well-organized, and the people are very friendly.
Although not seen as much when in the air over Amman, the city holds many surprises for the visitor. Anything can be found in Amman if one asks. Visit Amman's Roman Amphitheatre or stay in a luxurious hotel. Shopping malls are abundant in Jordan. With new construction in Abdali, in a few years the high-end traveller could eat in the most high-end restaurant, stay in a five star hotel or shop in massive malls, all a few metres from one another. Much less is being done to cater to the budget traveller, although urban beautification in the city centre (old town) is cleaning it up and making it more pedestrian-friendly.
Amman is experiencing a massive (some would say: reckless) change from a quiet sleepy village to a bustling metropolis, some of whose neighbourhoods seem hell-bent on wanting to imitate Dubai. Amman's roads have a reputation of being very steep and narrow in some of the underdeveloped parts of the city but now the city has state of the art highways and paved avenues. The steep terrain and heavy traffic remains challenging for pedestrians and for the rare cyclist. New resorts and hotels dot the city and there are many things for the traveller to see and do. Use Amman as a staging point for travels to nearby cities and settlements in Jordan.
Its history, however, goes back many millennia. The settlement mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath Ammon was the capital of the Ammonites, which later fell to the Assyrians. It was dominated briefly by the Nabataeans before it became a great Roman trade center and was renamed Philadelphia. After the Islamic conquests, Amman became part of the Islamic Empire, until the Ottomans were forced out by the Allies, with the help of the Hashemites, who formed a monarchy that continues to rule until the present.
Today, West Amman is a lively, modern city. The eastern part of the city, where the majority of Amman's residents live, is predominantly the residential area of the working class and is much older than the west. While possessing few sites, Amman makes a comfortable base from which to explore the northwestern parts of the country.
Amman is a very diverse city. Palestinian, Iraqi, Circassian, Armenian,and many other ethnic groups reside in Amman. Amman never stops growing.
Despite the common assertion that most Jordanians understand English, that knowledge is quite limited. Charmingly, the most commonly known English phrase seems to be "Welcome to Jordan". The only non-Arabic language used in signposting is English, and you will find "Tourist Police" near the major monuments. It never hurts to know a few useful phrases and come prepared with a translation book, or to have the names and addresses of places you are going written in Arabic for use with a taxi driver.
Remember if you're travelling during the holy month of Ramadan, it is almost impossible to buy food from sunrise to sundown even for tourists. Big shopping malls like City Mall don't let food stores like McDonald's, Sunset and Starbucks sell food during these hours.
By planeMost travellers to Amman (and to Jordan) will arrive via
See the Jordan article for comprehensive and complete visa details.
Money exchange is available before passport control along with a single ATM (which doesn't take MasterCard); more ATMs are available after customs. This ATM might charge you an additional fee to your regular bank fees (up to 7 JD), so if you have to pay the 40 JD visa fee, you may want to exchange for it before you arrive. If you have bought the Jordan Pass (70-80 JD) online before arrival, the 40 JD are waived. For the Jordan Pass, you need to stay at least 3 consecutive nights in the country.
At the immigration line you will pay for the visa at the first counter, and then pass through to the second counter to receive the stamp. There is a sign informing you that payment is accepted by credit card, but some travellers report that this sign is inaccurate and you will be sent away to obtain cash.
Early arrivalIf you have an early arrival flight and don't want to pay a full-day hotel for just 4 or 5 hr staying there, you can wait in the baggage claim hall at the airport. There are some 50 seats or so available - not too comfortable but acceptable.
TaxiTaxi transportation from the airport to Amman should cost around 20 JD. Airport taxi fares are fixed. The fare is only fixed from airport to city: the taxi driver might try to secure a ride from you from the city back to the airport, often with a massive inflated price. It is not hard to get a ride from city to airport for 20 JD. If the driver is trying to charge more, make your stand and say no.
Uber and Careem operate in the city, and while the fare is usually around 15 JD, rides have to be caught upstairs at the departures level.
BusThe Airport Express bus runs around the clock every 30-60 minutes between 06:30 and 00:00, and costs 3.30 JD. As of February 2019 there are also buses leaving at 01:00, 03:00, and 05:00 (as well as 02:00 and 04:00 if there is enough demand for them). This is contrary to info posted online. It leaves from a marked bus stop outside Terminal 2 only. The trip from the airport to Tabarbour bus station in Amman, with a stop at the 7th Circle (after 20-30 min), usually takes from 45 minutes to an hour. The route is: QAIA - 7th Circle - Six Circle - Fifth Circle - Fourth Circle - Housing Bank Complex - North Bus Station.
From the 7th Circle the bus will turn east and go another several of 100 m towards the center (probably until the 4th Circle) - get off when it turns north again. It is then possible to catch a taxi (1-1.5 JD) from the bus stop to your hotel but beware of taxis drivers trying to rip off the newly arrived traveler. Or just walk the last 1-2 km.
For additional information: http://sariyahexpress.com/en/content/airport-express
Post officeThere is only one post office and no postbox in the airport, in arrivals hall of Terminal 1 near the Lost and Found office. If closed, you can put your letters and postcards under the curtain.
By busThe Abdali bus station is now closed; however, as of October 2018, JETT ("Jordan Express Tourist Transport", a bus operator) still has its office () in the Abdali area, on King Hussein street, and many JETT buses leave and arrive directly outside the office.
The new bus station is called and is in the northern fringes of Amman. Most of the buses to the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge and the various cities ('Ajloun, Jerash, Irbid) in Northern Jordan arrive here, as do the buses from Madaba (1.20 JD, 1 hr, Oct 2018).
Coming from the south (Kerak, airport, etc.), non-tourist buses will go through the and even a little further into town from there.
From the bus station/stop, you can take a taxi to the city center. As a guide, it never costs more than 2 JD on the meter from the bus station to most places in town, so either go by the meter, or pay a maximum of 2 JD. From Tabarbour to downtown, take Serviis (a sedan car that works like a bus) #6 to the , which is next to the Colosseum. There are 2 Raghadan stations in Amman, the one near the Roman Theater (which is relevant to most tourists) is Raghadan Al Seyaha, make sure you tell the taxi driver this otherwise you will wind up at the wrong Raghadan station and will have to catch another serviis back! In the late afternoon, when everyone is trying to get into the city, it can be difficult to get a taxi to the city, especially along the busy highway downtown.
Tourist buses will stop at the South Bus Station. Also, there are numerous buses pulling into the city of Amman operated by JETT (Jordan Express Tourist Transport) which operates from the JETT office in Abdali. The JETT bus from the Palestinian border bridge costs 7.5 JD and takes about 1 hour. JETT also runs several buses per week from Jeddah and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Baghdad (Iraq).
Bus services from Damascus are cancelled indefinitely due to the ongoing Syrian civil war.
By trainScheduled services within Jordan and to Damascus have been suspended by Hedjaz Jordan Railway, and they are unlikely to resume. Train excursions run occasionally, as do local services to Zarqa. Neither operate more often than once per week, if at all. Amman's tiny, charming railway station (Mahatta) with its museum is worth a look even if you do not (or cannot) take a train.
By taxiA taxi from the Palestinian border crossing bridge can cost 25 JD and takes one hour, depending on which of the three border crossing points you use.
Yellow and grey taxis are readily available and can be easily found anywhere in Amman. Hail them in the street as Jordanians do. Taxis for Amman will have a green logo on the driver and passenger doors. The grey ones have an advertisement on top of the car. Resist hailing cabs with another color logo; these cabs are based in other cities and it is illegal for them to pick up fares in Amman. White taxis are shared, and the driver can pick up other fares along the way, which can lead to confusion.
Taxis in Amman are required by law to use meters and most drivers will reset the meter as soon as a fare is picked up. Most trips within Amman should be under 2 JD, and even a ride from one end of town to the other should not cost more than 5 JD. Taxis are not required to use meters after midnight and drivers often expect double the normal fare for late night trips.
Beware of drivers offering to give you a short ride "for free" as a "Welcome to Jordan", especially if you're walking between the Citadel and the Roman Theater; they will then offer to wait for you to take you to your next stop, and will use the "free" ride as an excuse not to start the meter. They will then charge you exorbitantly when you arrive at your next stop. Also, be wary of the private cars posing as taxis around the bus stands and stations. They will offer their services asking you to pay as much as you want but later on insist on pocketing more money from you. In case you get one, insist paying the standard price which should not be more than 2 JD, anything more is a rip-off.
The base rate for the taxi meter is 250 fils, however, some taxis may use old meters which charge 150 fils, it is legitimate for the driver to ask you for 10 extra piasters (100 fils) on top of the quoted meter fare. Make sure though that you note the initial fare as soon as the driver turns the meter on in order not to have the driver ask you for "the 10 piasters" when he has a new meter. Drivers are not normally tipped, instead the fare is simply rounded up to the nearest 5 or 10 piasters. Many drivers do not carry much change, so exact change should be given when possible.
If a driver is pretending he has no change, it is likely that he just wants to keep it, so that you'll have to pay more. If you mind this, ask the driver to find a nearby shop and get change or get the change yourself from a shop or (if you don't mind being rude) look into their money box to find the change yourself.
The going, negotiated rate for a taxi from Amman to the airport is 20 JD or more, although some drivers can be talked down to 15 JD or even 10 JD (which would be close to the metered rate). All taxis are allowed to take passengers to the airport; only special Airport Taxis may take passengers from the airport into town.
If you are visiting the Citadel, call it al'Aqal. The driver may try to convince you that the Roman theater is nicer so that he can drop you off there at the bottom of the hill. It's best to be dropped off at the Citadel and walk down the hill to the Roman theater.
Uber and Careem operate in Amman. Until May 2018, they were illegal, but ride-hailing companies are now being licensed. In any case, it is still good etiquette to sit in the front seat, to make it less obvious that the driver is transporting a fare rather than just, say, a friend.
By car rentalThere are several car rental companies located in Jordan some will even give you a driver for free if you book a car rental with them. Some of these are Hertz, Sixt Rental Cars, and National.
By busBig, municipal buses serve many parts of Amman. They are used by low-income workers, working-class youth and foreign workers, but are perfectly safe. As of January 2011, the fare was 380 fils. Pay the exact fare (or overpay); bus drivers have no change! You can also load a bus fare cash card with a few JD and swipe the card past a reader as you enter the bus, but places to buy and recharge the card are rare. Most buses are numbered; some display their destination in Arabic only. Bus no. 26 conveniently travels between the old town (Balad) and the 7th Circle along Zahran Street. No. 27 goes from the old town towards the posh Abdoun neighbourhood. No. 43 passes near Shmeisani (as does no. 46) and continues along Mecca Street towards Mecca Mall. Many bus stops are marked by bus shelters, but buses also drop passengers at unmarked spots wherever it is safe to stop. Private minibuses shadow the municipal buses. They do not display route numbers, but a conductor usually shouts out their destination.
By bicycleBike tours are a good way to see the local scenery and meet local cyclists. There are a couple of bicycling tour firms in Amman.
phone: +962 797253641 (Montaser), +962 797601625 (Baraa)It was founded in 1982 and developed into an active group in August 2007 by a former Jordanian National Team cyclist. They provide fun active weekend cycling and hiking trips, supporting all levels of fitness all around Jordan.
phone: +962 785552525Offers tours and weekly trips to the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea.
Although the capital of a diverse kingdom, Amman is not what one would call "packed" with things to see, making it a great gateway to explorations further afield. Even so, the city does hold a few items of historical and cultural interest (allow maximum 2 days to see them).
In the city
Amman CitadelA national historic site at the center of downtown Amman. Its history represents significant civilizations that stretched across continents and prospered for centuries, as one empire gave rise to the next. Settlement at the Citadel extends over 7,000 years.
Jordan Archaeological MuseumThe museum hosts a small but interesting collection of antiquities from all over Jordan. Fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls which used to be housed here are now being transferred to the new National Museum of Jordan (see below).
Temple of HeraklesRoman period remains.
Umayyad PalaceIn the northern portion of the Citadel, it offers a great view of Amman.
Byzantine ChurchDating to the 5th-6th centuries.
Roman TheaterBuilt during the reign of Antonius Pius, 138-161AD, this impressive theater could seat up to 6,000 people. Next to it are a folklore museum and a popular culture museum which the entrance fee also covers. Next to it is the Odeon theater, a smaller theater built at the same time. There are two small museums (Folklore and Popular Traditions) to the right and left as you enter.
Roman NymphaeumA partly-preserved Roman fountain.
Ammonite WatchtowerA circular watchtower built by the Ammonite kingdom some time between 500-1000 BC.
Rainbow StreetNear the 1st Circle in Jabal Amman, this is an interesting area to walk around and explore, it is named after the old Rainbow Cinema which is now out of use, but the area has experienced a revival with many of the old houses being restored and put into use, in the area there are some cafes and bars including Books@cafe and Wild Jordan, both with great views, a Caribbean restaurant, an Indian restaurant, a sushi joint, and an ice cream shop. There is a hammam, and the Royal Film Commission which sometimes holds outdoor screenings on its patio and some interesting small shops. Across the street from the British Council on Rainbow St., there is the refreshing Turtle Green Tea Bar where everything is in English and you can borrow a laptop to access the internet while enjoying your snack.
Darat al FununThe 'small house of the arts' in Jabal el Weibdeh, overlooking the heart of Amman, is housed in three adjacent villas from the 1920s (and the remains of a sixth-century Byzantine church built over a Roman Temple), it has a permanent collection and also holds changing exhibitions. In the same area there are other small art galleries and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts.
Abu Darwish Mosque
King Abdullah I MosqueImpressive new mosque, with a church opposite. Together, they give an interesting view.
Al Bishara Greek Orthodox Church
Mosque of the people of the Cave
Royal Automobile MuseumA collection of cars, from the 100-year-old royal dynasty vehicles, to modern sports cars, to the Rover from the movie The Martian.
Around the city
Wadi al-SeerA region to the west of Amman, it is a small valley leading down towards the Dead Sea. Nearby is the al-Bassa Springs, the source of the valley's river. Above the spring is the al-Deir monastery. It's a 20-minute climb up to the monastery.
Iraq Al-Amir15 km from Wadi al-Seer, the , close to , are southwest of Amman and are great for a day tour.
Day trips can be done to the Desert Castles Amra, Kharaneh and Azraq in the east, about 30-50 km from Amman around the nearby city of Azraq.
- See the sunset from the view point near the Citadel. But pay also your attention to the time of the muezzin call. If you listen to it from the view point, where the whole city lies before you, you get the unforgettable acoustic impression.
- Due to accelerated growth the past several decades, the styles of living differs considerably as one travels from east to west throughout Amman. Visitors desiring a more exotic and traditional experience should explore "Old Amman", the central downtown, or , which features many souqs, shops, and street vendors. Also known as the Souq with traditional sights and smells of the spice market, and shop for authentic souvenirs. Take a walk through the narrow alleyways and corners and negotiate (haggle) the price with friendly vendors. A maze of streets with everything from a fruit market to spices, souvenirs, clothes, hardware. Drink a cool glass of Sugar Cane juice, watch the talented young men make artistic sand designs inside the glass bottles, go and smoke a shisha (hubbly bubbly) in any of the numerous street cafes. Enjoy some tasty falafel in the famous Hashem cafe, enjoy a mansaf dish at Jerusalem restaurant or a nice slice of tasty Kanafe from Habibeh sweets. Busy crowded streets with the real taste of Jordan.
- Abdali, a section of downtown Amman, is being transformed into a modern center for tourists and natives. The plan includes a broad pedestrian boulevard where visitors can shop, eat, or do numerous other activities. New office buildings and residential hi-rises have been built, and more are on the way. The massive, modern Abdali Mall draws Amman's young and monied.
- The cultural scene in Amman has seen some increased activities, notably cultural centers and clubs such as Makan House, Al Balad Theater, the Amman Filmmakers Cooperative, Remall, and Zara gallery. Around the 1st of September the Jordan Short Film Festival takes place.
phone: +962 6 412 1704address: 15, Amman 00962The biggest water park in Jordan (80,000 m²), opened in 2004.
LearnThere are many universities one can study in. Irbid, Madaba, and Aqaba also hold many educational institutes for foreigners. Jordan's universities are world-renowned and respected for their hospitality and methods of instruction.
Amman has numerous antique dealers littered throughout the city. Those in the western parts of the city will most likely be served by those with a competent grasp of the English language, but you run the risk of the items being a bit overpriced.
- a keffiyeh, the traditional checkered headpiece of Jordanian men
- an antique brass tea/coffee pot, distinctly Middle Eastern with its artistic etching and curved spout
- olive wood carvings of various objects or figures can be purchase nearly everywhere
- hand-crafted Jordanian daggers
- hand-made Bedouin-style embroidered clothing
Also Rainbow Street is populated with small antique stores, clothing, restaurants, sheesha tea shops and the well-known Falafel al-Quds, reputedly the "best" falafel in the Middle East (some Saudis even financed the opening of one in Saudi Arabia). Further down the street you will find a small park that overlooks the city. Further still on a side street, during the warmer months, is a side-walk flea market. At the end of this street and down some stairs you will find Wild Jordan.
Arabic food generally consists of several general basic groups. Meat dishes will generally consist of lamb or chicken; beef is more rare and pork is never offered. Shwarma, which is cooked lamb meat with a special sauce rolled in piece of flat bread, is a local favorite. Rice and flat bread are typical sides to any meal. Jordan's specialty, mansaf, is a delicious lamb and rice meal, typically eaten with your hands. Arabs serve plenty of cucumbers and tomatoes, many times accompanied by a white yoghurt sauce. Another favorite is chick pea-based foods such as falafel, hummus, and fuul.
One of Amman's most famous local foods restaurant is Hashem in the downtown. This restaurant is one of the favourites of the Royal family and you will see a lot of photographs of the Royal family of Jordan dining in this literal hole-in-the-wall. See the listing below.
In an alley off King Faisal St. is Habibah, which serves traditional east Mediterranean sweets such as baklava, but is most famous for serving a traditional dessert known as knafeh nabelseyyeh in reference to its origin from the Palestinian city of Nablus. 800 fils for a "half quarter kilo", which is enough for one person (Oct 2018). The original store is easy to spot with the long queue spilling onto the street: if you're just there for the food rather than the vibe, try the new extension that opened 100 m further up on King Hussein St.
Do not forget the good surprises coming from the countless shawarma outlets and other very cheap places.
Shawermat ReemThe allegedly best shawarma in Amman is found in this street-side kiosk. It is very famous and there are even lines at 02:00. It is very cheap.
Lebnani snackThis is a great place to eat Middle Eastern sandwiches, delicious ice cream and cocktails.
La Maison VerteAn impressive French restaurant, with excellent food and excellent ambience. A must go to place. Moderate to pricey, but it's worth it; the atmosphere alone is worth it, it's quite fancy yet very cozy. Their house specialities include "Entrecote", various steaks and a variety of sea food.
Levantphone: +962 6 46 28 948A very comfortable restaurant with excellent service, excellent English and excellent food. They serve "gourmet" Arabic food, which means fresh local ingredients in surprising and delicious combinations. For more information you can view their website.
Cantaloupephone: +962 7777 333 33address: 10 Rainbow Street, 1 Juqa StreetA fairly trendy restaurant and cocktail bar with terrace impressively overlooking the city. Salads and fish are good, steaks are excellent. Regional and local wines are remarkably good. Service is excellent and unobtrusive. A little loud as the evening progresses.
phone: +962 6 4652399address: 40 Taha Hussein, St JabalA real classical of Amman's Lebanese-oriented restaurant. Quite pricey but worth it, especially if you're in the terrace on a warm evening. For local wine, try their "Gerasa" red wine. Reservation highly advised. Great place, but beware of waiters who deliver unordered food to your table. Don't accept anything you don't order.
NoodasiaNothing to do with Arabic food, as the menu handles the whole map of Asia, from Thailand to China, through Japan (good sushis) and Indonesia. Nice place, excellent service and good food for the money, but no alcohol served.
- Books@Cafe - a beautiful old house turned into the then-first bookstore/internet/cafe. Opened in 2000 and a hot spot ever since. This cafe is on Rainbow street overlooking all of the old city (Balad) and has two wonderful terraces with the best views in Amman. Boasting a very funky interior in contrast with the classical exterior, this café offers lite fare, water pipes (argheeleh), wine, beer and the best pizza in Amman. Free wireless network and three Internet terminals. A must see.
Grappaphone: +962 463 8212Restaurant and lounge bar with great steaks and good wine.
HashemDuring meal times, the place is swarming with locals and tourists. Wash this classic Arab meal down with a glass of mint tea.
AmeerThe falafel sandwiches are cheap and delicious, 30 piasters. Ask for "shuta" (pronounced, shut-a, with the "a" as in "about", shuta means hot sauce) if you like it spicy. The falafel sandwiches come with French fries in them, tomatoes, parsley, onion, and some hummus. You can also ask for a "batata" sandwich (French fry sandwich).
Jafra Restaurant & Cafephone: +962 6 4622551-2A quaint Lebanese restaurant that also offers pizza and shisha.
Kan ZamanImpressive medieval castle on a hilltop turned into a beautiful restaurant. The place is worth the visit. The food is pretty basic but ok. Ask for their local "Kan Zaman" red wine. Hopefully, the prices are not proportional to the size of the hall.
Those who crave gourmet coffee have a number of choices along Rainbow St. off of First Circle in Jabal Amman with other shops sprinkled throughout the city.
Alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, liquor), can be purchased in liquor stores across the city. Most are distinguishable by an advertisement for Amstel or some like beverage outside. There are also bars up and down Rainbow St. in Jabal Amman and throughout Abdoun. Drinking age is 18 but some bars and cafes might card you and admit 21+ customers only.
Jordan's national beer is aptly called Petra Beer, and there are many liquor shops and kiosks around Amman where you can find it. There are two types: 'black' and 'red', which have 8% and 10% alcohol percentage respectively. The red is usually slightly more expensive than the black, but you should expect to pay 2-2.5 JD for a can at a shop. You will often find that bars prefer Amstel and other international brands and do not have Petra beer available.
For night clubs and bars visit the cosmopolitan West Amman where many Western and American franchises operate here. The nightlife in Amman is not as vibrant as other Middle Eastern cities like Beirut or Tel Aviv, however, there are a few clubs and bars in Amman.
Picadelli PubFriendly place that serves alcohol, food, and complimentary snacks
La CalleThis multi-level bar is known for its half-price happy hour specials.
Jafra CaféA great spot right in the heart of the downtown area. It has an old, rustic feel to it with more young locals than tourists. They have a great selection of nargileh (water pipe) and the entire menu is reasonably priced. Expect to pay about 10 JD for dinner, including an appetizer, kebab, fresh juice and nargileh. Live music starts at 21:00 most night. There is another one near Paris circle in Jebel Al Webdeh.
Maestro BarJazz and pub. There have been complaints about their entry policy.
The main places people who live in Amman spend time during the evenings are hookah shops.
Al-Mawardiphone: +962 6 5532010address: 15, Siqilya St.Coffee shop with traditional hookah, a wide selection of coffee and beverages. Offers Backgammon boards but no card games.
Cliff HostelAn option for low budget travellers. In the winter it can get very chilly, make sure that you ask for more blankets. Sometimes they heat your room if you ask for that.
phone: +962 64651 443address: 6 King Ghazi StreetGood backpacker option, has common area with satellite TV & movies, organises tours & very friendly English speaking staff.
Jordan Tower Hotelphone: +962-6-4614161Shared trips at reasonable rates to all tourist sites. Dorm rooms male & female - 2-, 3- & 4-bed rooms some with ensuite bathroom and air conditioning and satellite TV. Friendly English-speaking staff. Cheap light snacks and airport pick ups.
Sun Rise HotelOne-star hotel with good location near Abdali station. Safe area, near Capitol Police Center. TV, free internet, free WiFi and air cond or fan in the room; rooms are very basic, those in the back are colder.
Sydney Hotelphone: +962 6 4641122Nice people, clean and safe.
Normas Hotelphone: +962 6 465 1 465Super friendly and helpful, clean and safe.
Zidian HotelWi-Fi, hot shower, great view from the rooms on the back side.
Palace Hotelphone: +962 6 4624326address: King Faisal St, Downtown
Abbasi Palace Hotelphone: +962 6 4611686address: Saqf Al Sail at Quraysh stClean and well-run. Good staff, knowledgeable and helpful. Price includes breakfast. Free Wi-Fi and internet. Free tea.
Amman Castle HotelSeems to be more catered to males and locals
phone: +962 6 5100 400address: Queen Rania Al Abdullah StreetStandard hotel with reasonable facilities. Wi-Fi in reception (3 JD/hour). Indoor swimming pool, restaurant (but no bar). You can easily take a taxi down the road to the Regency Palace if you want a bar. Taxi cost is less than 1 JD. Hot water can be a problem.
Beirut Internationaladdress: King Hussein StreetGood location, nice big rooms, including middle eastern breakfast.
phone: +962 6 5663706address: Ibn Hayyan StreetIn the progressive district of Shmeisani, next to the Royal Cultural Centre and the Amman Stock Market. Friendly hotel in an attractive setting.
phone: +962 6 5692672address: Al Kindi StreetNice suites hotel in a prestigious area opposite to the Four Seasons and Sheraton, comfortable for short and long stays, mainly one and two bedroom suites, some studios
phone: +962 6 5667790address: Abdulhameed Sharaf StreetFriendly hotel in nice and very quiet neighbourhood
New Park Hoteladdress: King Hussein StrTwo-star hotel offering rooms with en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV, air-con, and central heating.
Bristol HotelVery good hotel if you can put up with the ever present smell of cigarette smoke (even in the non-smoking rooms). Wireless internet works well.
phone: +962 6 550-5555address: 5th Circle, Al-Kindi StreetA wonderful luxury hotel.
phone: +962 6 465 1234address: Hussein Bin Ali Street, Jabal AmmanA favourite of the expat set for its laid back ambiance, terrace views and quality restaurants.
phone: +962-6-4641361address: Islamic College StAnother hotel popular with foreign professionals.
phone: +962 6 5200 200address: Abdul Hameed Shouman StreetAll the luxury of a 5-star with interesting modern art features in the designer building.
phone: +962 6 5607 607
phone: +962 6 569 6511
Regency Palace Hotelphone: +962 6 5607000address: Queen Alia StreetPopular 4-star hotel. Some areas need updating, but rooms are comfortable. There is a very good breakfast buffet. Internet access is available in the rooms.
phone: +962 6 460-3000address: 3rd Circle, Zahran Street
phone: +962 6 593 4111Another five-star.
Stay safeCompared with other capital cities, Amman is a very safe place to visit. Jordanian police and the military maintain a tight grip on law and order. Personal safety is high in Amman - it is safe to walk anywhere in the city at any time of day or night. Serious crime is extremely rare. In 2005, some major hotels were targeted by bombers (connected with the conflict in Iraq). Security measures at all major hotels were increased as a result.
EmbassiesMany details can also be found here: https://www.embassypages.com/jordan
- phone: +962 6 580-7000address: Embassy of the Commonwealth of Australia. Visitors address: 3 Yousef Abu Shahhout, Deir Ghbar
- phone: +962 6 465 57 30address: Jabal Amman, 4th Circle (near Prime Ministry), Saad Juma Street 17
- phone: +962 64607000address: Al-Ameerah Basma Street, North Abdoun
- phone: +962 64604630address: 40 Rue Al Mutanabbi, Jabal Amman
- phone: +962 6 593-0351, +962 6 593-0367, +962 6 593-1379, +962 79 553 4261 (emergency mobile)address: Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Visitors address: Benghasi 25, Jabal Amman
Greecephone: +962 6 592 2724, +962 6 592 2725, +962 777 230 260 (Emergencies)address: 7, Suleiman Youssef Sukkar Str.
- phone: +962 6 592-5614address: A Magyar Köztársaság ammani nagykövetsége. Visitors address: Abdoun, Jaqoub Ammari Str. 13.
- phone: +962 6 5926908, +962 6 5926798, +962 7791 50407address: 13 Ali Seedo Al-Kurdi Street, Sweifieh Amman
- phone: +962 6 463-8185address: Ambasciata della Repubblica Italiana. Visitors address: Jabal Al-Weibdeh, Hafiz Ibrahim 5
- phone: +962 6 5902200address: Abu Bakr Siraj Al-Din Street 3
- phone: +9626 464 1158, +9626 464 2532address: (22) Zahran St. 3rd Circle, Jabal
Turkeyphone: +962 6 464 1251
- phone: +962 6 5909200address: Abdoun
- phone: +962 6 5906000address: Abdoun, Al-Umawyeen St
The Trababour Bus Station serves all destinations to the north and to the western border. To get there from downtown, take Serviis (a sedan car that works like a bus) #6 from Raghadan Tourist Service Station (Raghadan Al Seyaha) which is located right next to the Colosseum. The Trababour Bus Station is the last stop on the Serviis' route.
Many budget hotels like Palace or Farah organize day tours for about 16-18 JD which seems a sensible price, but they do not include entrance fees which could be important. These tours are open to people who don't sleep at the hotel. Classical tours are Jerash, Ajlun, Um Qais, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Baptism site, Dead Sea, and Castles.
- Madaba — Just 45 min away and known as the 'City of Mosaics' for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of Palestine and the Nile delta at St. George Church. 0.75 JD by bus from the 7th circle.
- Jerash (and Ajlun (Ajloun) Castle) — An ancient Roman City. Besides Petra and Wadi Rum, the most famous site in Jordan. 1 h, 0.75 JD from Trababour Bus Station. Get off right before the Hippodrome, 1 km before the bus station, and enter down the side road through the museum. A private taxi from Amman can be hired for 8-10 JD one-way. Expect to pay as much as 40 JD for a return trip and taxi driver staying on site while you look around. Ajlun Castle is only a short side trip from Jerash, either by bus from the junction south of the Hippodrome or by Taxi.
- Umm Qais — A town north, close to the ruins of the ancient Gadara. Best reached by (rental) car or taxi.
- Dead Sea — Mt. Nebo (1 JD) and Jesus' Baptism Site (Al-Maghtas) on the Jordan River are essentially on the way, so consider them as well if you have your own car or taxi. The Dead Sea Amman City Resort is about 20 JD with free showers and swimming pools, but no lockers, towels or mud. Taxi services for travel to the Dead Sea can be purchased for the day 20 JD if you hail a cab from downtown, down town hotels charge 35 JD for the same service. There are a handful of bus lines that also run from Amman on a daily basis. Bus from Mujaharin bus station to Rame costs 1 JD. A taxi from Rame to Amman Tourist Beach 4 JD or less. JETT offers a daily shuttle from Amman (7th circle) to the Dead Sea and back for 7 JD oneway.
- Petra — The most famous site in Jordan. JETT buses, both ordinary and all-inclusive guided tour, connect via the fast (but boring) Desert Highway. It leaves at 6:30 from the JETT bus office at Abdali and in 3.5 hr you'll get to the bus station not even 5 minutes from the entrance of Petra. At 17:00 the JETT bus takes off again to go back to Amman. The price is 8-10 JD one way. Time tables of the JETT Bus: http://www.jett.com.jo/SubPage.aspx?PageId=230 Also, from the South Bus Station Petra can be reached by tourist buses: they tend to leave when they are full, from 08:30 onwards (3½ hr, 4-5 JD). Another option, go via Ma'an (7 JD) into Wadi Musa (0.5 JD) (town of Petra). Furthermore, for 75 JD or less (depending on how much you haggle) you may be able to get a private taxi from Amman to Petra and back, including the driver waiting around for 6 hr.
- King Hussein Bridge (Allenby Bridge) and border — The border crossing from Jordan to West Bank is King Hussein Bridge (called Allenby Bridge in Israel, but using this name in Amman is likely to cause perplexion or even hostility). The JETT bus to the border costs 11 JD (as of October 2018), departs once daily around 06:30 from the JETT office at Abdali, and takes about 1 hr. A taxi to the border crossing bridge can cost 25 JD and takes one hour, depending on which of the three border crossing points you use. Though the KH/Allenby Bridge crosses from Jordan to the West Bank, the checkpoint on the western side is operated by Israel, and plan your travel documents accordingly. Also bear in mind that the border can be closed with relatively little warning, especially if the security situation in the West Bank escalates. Once at the border crossing, you must switch to another bus (operated by JETT, 7.5 JD on its own, plus extra for luggage; or included if you have bought the 11 JD ticket from Amman) to cross over the bridge, pass through the checkpoint, then take a bus or shared taxi to travel onwards on the Israeli side. Exiting the Israeli border building, transport to Israeli destinations is more or less outside the entrance, and for Palestinian destinations turn right and go to the red buses. Expect travel from Amman to the old city of Jerusalem to take at least 3 hr.
- Syria — There were two operators (on of them called Challenge) each providing two daily services to Damascus (Sumariya-Terminal) from Amman for SYP500 (SYP50 student discount). The tour took at least 4 to 5 hr, depending on border formalities. However, considering the current situation in Syria, it is not recommended you head into this direction.