Full 4 Day Jordan Road Trip Itinerary
Day 1 - Arriving in Amman, Jordan
Getting a visa vs. the Jordan Pass
We highly recommend getting the Jordan Pass.
You can buy the pass online (here) before you go and it will be valid for 12 months. Prices start at 70 JD per person (with one visit to Petra) and that includes your visa into Jordan, one entry to Petra and entrance to other attractions such as museums, Wadi Rum, etc.
Most passports will be able to get a visa at the border (which costs 40 JD, ± 50 EUR) but if you're planning on visiting Petra (entrance for 1 will be 50 JD, ± 60 EUR) so already money saved by buying the Jordan pass.
Print it out or have it on your phone when you enter the country.
Getting yourself around Jordan
Public transport is available and okay in Jordan, however relying on public transport will mean you have to take set time buses, usually early morning (like 630 AM).
Tickets from city to city are around 7-12 JD p.p (about 10-15 EUR) depending on where you're going.
Since we were two people and were planning on traveling to the south of the country and then back to Amman we opted to rent a car and make it into a 4 day road trip in Jordan.
For 4 days, an economy 4 door car cost us ± 100 JD (120 EUR) plus 60 JD (70 EUR) in petrol, which we picked up from the airport.
For the same itinerary, having used public transport instead would have overall worked out only 10-20 JD cheaper, but the convenience of having a car means not having to drag around luggage, being on your own schedule and also having the opportunity to stop at shops and cafe's on the side of the road.
If you need to rent a car rentalcars.com is a great platform to book a rental after comparing prices from all major rental companies.
Driving in Jordan: Yes, it's different.
I'd separate driving into two categories: city and outside of the city.
Amman driving is the one to look out for, peak times here see 3 lane roads turn to 6 lanes and there are no rules. Main traffic times are about 8 AM-10AM and 2PM-6 or 7PM. Try to avoid these if possible. The amount of cars, beeping and proximity others will get to your vehicle can be stressful, but as long as you stay vigilant and stick to the speed limits you'll be fine!
And driving outside Amman, for example going from Amman to Petra is absolutely fine. Don't be discouraged to drive yourself and make your trip into a road trip in Jordan.
Use the MapsMe app for a free GPS system that doesn't require an internet connection.
Where to stay in Amman
If you're looking for a budget friendly option, we can recommend the Crystal Hotel in Amman, which is located in a quieter part of the city. A few local shops and restaurants to walk to, but you'll need to get a taxi into the city center. Price and quality: Rooms here are affordable (about 35 JD for a double room ± 40EUR) clean, have hot water and do nicely for an overnight stay. Breakfast is usually included & starts at 730 AM. If you want to hit the road even earlier, they will nicely pack a breakfast box to go.
For staying walking distance from the city centre:
Nomads hostel ±50 EUR /n for double room
Nu Fifty Two starting from ±65 EUR/n for double room w/great balcony
For a bit of luxury in the middle east:
W Amman Hotel starting from ±129 EUR/n for floor to ceiling windows & spectacular lounging by the pool
Fairmont Amman starting from ±174 EUR/n for the finest luxury and a rooftop pool