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AMMAN FAQ`S

How do I get from the airport to my hotel?

The main airport servicing the city of Amman is the Queen Alia International Airport located around 19 miles south of the city center. If you have not booked a private transfer with us, you have a few options for transportation to get from the airport to your hotel, including taxis, buses and rental cars.

What types of transportation can I find at the airport?

Taxis are available at the airport, fares to the city are fixed and the cost of a journey is around JOD20. The taxi ranks are located outside the terminal and prices are displayed at the ranks, you will receive a piece of paper from a taxi controller with the price of your journey.

The Airport Express bus runs between the airport and the Tabarbour Bus Station (North Bus Station) from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm departing every 30 minutes and from 6:00 pm until midnight every hour. The bus stops are located outside the terminal and the journey costs approximately JOD3.25. The bus makes stops at 1st and 7th Circle and northwards towards the city center.

There are several international rental car companies available at the airport including Avis and Hertz. The rental car desks can be found inside the terminal.

How do I get from the bus station to my hotel?

The two main bus stations in Amman are the Tabarbour Bus Station (North Bus Station) and Wihdat (South Bus Station) where travelers will find taxis to transport them to their final destinations.

How do I get around the city using public transportation?

Taxis are readily available in Amman, you can find them just about anywhere. Hail a cab from the street, find one outside major attractions and transport stations or call and order one by phone. There are yellow, grey and white (shared) taxis operating in the city, yellow taxis have a green logo on the driver`s side and passenger doors and grey taxis have an advertisement on the top of the vehicle. Fares are usually metered and relatively cheap with journeys starting at JOD0.30 and go up JOD0.4 every 0.62 miles. A 40% rate increase will occur from 10:00 pm until 7:00 am.

Careem is a service that is available in Amman where you can order a taxi through the app on your Smartphone. The service operates just like UBER which is also available in Amman. Simply download the apps on your Smartphone and enter the required information.

The major bus company operating in the city of Amman is JETT bus (Jordan Express Tourist Transport). The JETT bus station is located close to the King Abdullah Mosque. Buses do operate routes around the city; however, it is almost easier and cheaper to use a taxi for getting around. Buses are a more popular option for traveling to other cities, fares are relatively low with short journeys starting around JOD0.50 and going up for longer journeys. Timetables and more information can be found at www.jett.com.jo

Should I rent a car in Amman?

There is really no need for a car if you are strictly staying in Amman, taxis, buses, and walking is the best options for getting around while staying within the city. If you decide to rent a car to travel to outlying cities there are rental car companies offered at the airport and other locations in the city. Driving within the city can be a challenge with many streets not having lane markings and most signage is shown in Arabic, drivers can be very aggressive. Parking can be near impossible on the narrow pedestrian-only streets in the city center.

Is Amman a walking city?

Amman is a great city to walk around and see the ancient sights of the city built on seven hills (today there are more than 20). Visit `Al Balad` the oldest neighborhood in the city, filled with interesting sights and a great spice market. Walk around Jabal Amman decorated with quaint coffee shops and beautiful surroundings. Most of the city is built on hills and connected by steep flights of stairs which can be quite strenuous; you can always get a taxi to the highest point and make your way down on foot. Rainbow Street is a famous vibrant street in the city adorned with a colorful canopy of umbrellas where restaurants and shops can be found.

Is Amman a dangerous city, is there anything I should be aware of?

Amman is a very safe city to visit, it is relatively safe to walk anywhere in the city at any time of day or night. Use the necessary street smarts when exploring and be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for pickpockets in busy tourist areas especially in crowded markets.

What are some popular areas for shopping?

Amman has some good shopping options where visitors can visit the malls or stroll through the street shops and markets for the perfect souvenir. The city has several craft centers offering unique handmade items such as mosaics and antiques, check out the Darat Mosaic and Ceramic showroom on Nicolas Ghanmah Street. The colorful Rainbow Street stretches down from the 1st Circle, the quaint cobblestone streets are decorated with antique shops, clothing stores, restaurants, cafes and tea shops. Some of the large malls in the city include the Mecca Mall, City Mall, Al-Baraka Mall, Avenue Mall and much more. For markets be sure to visit Abdali Market which is a large open-air attraction open on Thursday evenings until Friday afternoon filled with hundreds of stalls selling clothing, souvenirs and fresh food.

Some interesting finds in Amman might include antique tea/coffee pots, a keffiyeh which is traditional checkered headpiece of Jordanian men, olive wood carvings and the Dead Sea products.

What is the weather like?

The capital city of Amman sits on the mountains near the Mediterranean climate zone with hot and breezy summers and cold winters with the occasional snowfall. Some of the best months to visit the city are during the spring from March to May and during autumn in October and November when the days are warm and the nights are refreshing and cool. July and August are the hottest months and heat waves occur during the summertime

What is the currency? Can I pay/tip in US dollars?

The currency in Amman is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD or JD) the Jordanian Dinar is divided into 1000 fils, it is also referred to as `leerah`. US Dollars are not accepted. You must exchange your dollars for Jordanian Dinar before or upon arrival. ATMs and banks exchange currency and are available in the city. Credit cards are widely accepted, but it is recommended to carry some cash with you at all times to pay for transportation, snacks, and purchases in outdoor markets.

For information on tipping please see our Guide to Tipping in Jordan

Is there a certain dress code when visiting mosques?

When visiting religious sites in Amman it is advised to dress conservatively. For the most part in Amman, everyone is pretty westernized as far as clothing is concerned. Due to Amman`s location in the Middle East woman tend to cover wrists, ankles and halfway to the neck. Feet are considered dirty and shoes should always be removed before entering mosques or houses and never point your feet towards others.

What are some events held in Amman?

Amman is the destination of many events and festivals including the Al-Balad Music Festival, the New Think Festival, the Amman Marathon and the second part of the Jerash Festival. The Jerash Festival is one of the biggest cultural celebrations in the country with art, music, dance, food, and literature. The Amman Summer Festival is normally held at the Al Hussein Park, a 10 day festival with four locations inside the park with live stage performances such as entertainment, theatre, art, and plays.

What is the food like?

The Arabic cuisine consists of a few basic groups which include meat dishes featuring lamb, chicken or beef, never pork. A popular local tasty dish is `Shwarma` which is cooked lamb in a special sauce that is rolled in a piece of flatbread. Other favorites are falafel, hummus and ful, cucumbers and tomatoes and the zingy tzatziki sauce.

Hashem restaurant is a local treasure. Located in the heart of Amman where lunch and dinner are offered. The restaurant is popular with the Royal Family with their photographs on the wall. The city not only offers local family run Arabic restaurants but also offers Western-style eateries, Asian fusion, French bistros and Italian restaurants.

The city is filled with coffee shops and street cart vendors selling delicious fresh hot Turkish coffee and pastries. Be sure to try some `knafeh` which is a cheese pastry and syrup dish served smooth or crunchy.

What is the nightlife like?

Nightlife in Amman is vibrant and eclectic with a busy downtown area where travelers will find many happening bars, restaurants and hookah shops or shisha lounges. The Balad area is the old heart of the city with narrow alleyways and a maze of streets, have plenty to offer those looking for a good night on the town. The colorful Rainbow Street is lined with cafes and bars, live music can be enjoyed in a great authentic atmosphere. The Roman Theatre in downtown offers many live concerts during the summertime in the amazing historic open-air theatre.

Do I need a visa to enter Jordan?

An entry visa is required to enter Jordan and can be purchased at the airport, if not already obtained before traveling. The price of a visa is around JOD40 and payable in Jordanian dinars only, you can pay at the immigration line at the first counter and then pass through to obtain your stamp at the second counter in the customs area.

I don`t speak Arabic will there be many people who speak English?

The official language spoken in Amman is Arabic. English is spoken and understood by most individuals in the service industry, however, if you travel to the areas of Upper Egypt you will most likely encounter individuals that do not speak or understand English. We suggest you get a good English/Arabic Guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, please, thank you and numbers 1-10.

What should I do if I need medical assistance or need to go to the hospital?

In case of emergency, dial 193 for an ambulance, 191 or 192 for the police.

Hospitals:

Jordan Hospital tel. 962-6-560-8080

The Specialty Hospital tel. 962-6-500-1111