Is it a good idea for tourists to ride in the public buses in Amman?
The buses in Amman literally cover the whole city. These buses are cheap (fare is less than 1 JD), it can be difficult to know where each bus route will take you and the buses are sometimes very crowded. Therefore, it is recommended to use other transportation means, like taxis or the metro when in Amman.
How much should I tip?
The amount depends on the situation. In a restaurant, it is good to give 10% tip directly to the waiter even when there is service added to the bill. The service tax does not go to the waiter. For a small favor, like carrying luggage or for room service.
Tipping scales will be as follows:
• Guide: around 5USD per person per day
• Driver: around 4USD per person per day
• Horse boy in Petra: USD 4 per person
• Jeep tour in Rum around USD 10-15 per each jeep (each jeep accommodates 6 pax).
Is it a common practice to give tips in Jordan?
People work in tourism sector depend on tips as a major part of their income. Therefore, tipping is considered customary in Jordan
What different types of hotels are there in hotels in Jordan?
Accommodations for travelers in Jordan fall across a broad range—everything from world class luxury to simple hostel accommodations are available. The nicest hotels compare well with luxury hotels anywhere, coming from international hotel chains like Movenpick and Four Seasons, A step down from these is a variety of local hotels that ranges from luxurious to simple. For more information, check Joran hotels in the front page of our website
What is the check-in and check-out time in the hotels in Jordan?
The same as many hotels all around the globe, the check-in time in most hotels in Jordan is around midday, 12 to 2 PM. If you arrive in the hotel late at night or in the early morning, you may have to pay for an extra night to get to your room immediately without having to wait until the normal check-in time.
Can I take photographs of the people, streets, etc. in Jordan?
Jordanians are well known all over the world for their tolerance and hospitality; however, it is always polite to ask permission before taking a photograph of people, especially women, and stores or products. Photography is non-permitted around army bases, airports, dams, and bridges. In most places where photography is prohibited there will be signs to notify you.
Can I take pictures while visiting the monuments in Jordan?
Photography is allowed in the touristic sites and museums in Jordan
What are the opening hours for shops and different stores in Jordan?
Most of the shops in Jordan open from around 09 AM and stay open until 10 PM; however, many shops, cafes, and restaurants especially in major cities like Amman and Aqaba stay open much later and some facilities and shops are open 24 hours a day in touristic areas and inside the hotels. During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, opening hours may change significantly with shops closed during the middle of the day and staying open much later.
What are the opening hours for Sites in Jordan?
Most of the historical sites, and museums in Jordan open from 8 AM until 1 hours before sun set.
How do I know my online order is complete?
Once you have completed your order you will receive a booking number as confirmation that your package is booked.
Can I book tour packages online from this site?
Yes, you can easily book any of our listed tours direct from our site. Go to our fromt page and chose from our Guaranteed departures or our selection of private tours
What about Internet in Jordan?
Internet is widely used throughout the country which can be seen through the hundreds of internet café’s dotted around all major towns and cities. All hotels have internet access in business centers, rooms, lobby area. Many have access in rooms either by cable or Wi-Fi. Hotels of lower categories will usually have internet access as well but should be inquired about prior to arrival.
What about Alcohol in Jordan?
Though Jordan is a Muslim country, alcohol is readily available at hotels, restaurants, bars and liquor stores. Drinking in vehicles and public areas is prohibited. During Ramadan, alcohol is only served at hotels and touristic restaurants.
Is tap water safe in Jordan?
Tap water is clean for showering, washing your hands, brushing teeth and using it for other hygienic purposes, but not recommended for drinking, rather drink bottled water instead
What kind of food do i expect in Jordan?
Arabic food is considered one of the healthiest in the world. Though similar to other Mediterranean cuisine, the diversity is sure to intrigue the most experienced of pallets.
Sahtein – Arabic for Bon Appetit
Jordan is well known for its delicious cuisine with recipes that have been worked to perfection over the centuries for every food taste and preference. With a variety of local soups, salads, entrees, meats, Arabic main courses and deserts; the traveler will not have a problem finding a gourmet meal to remember.
The traditional food in Jordan is the “Mansaf” (lamb with rice and yogurt-Jameed), “Msakhen” (grilled chicken with Iranian Bread), “Kabseh” (chicken with rice), and “Makloubeh” (chicken or beef with eggplant or cauliflower and rice).
No meal is perfect without that last sweet treat; in the Levant that is the tradition as well. With a wide selection of sweets ranging from Knafa, Baklawe, Ma’moul, Ka’ek, Layali Lubnan, Halawe al Jubun and much more.
What is the best time to visit Jordan?
All the tourism attractions in Jordan are open 12 months a year, but if you visit Jordan during the winter time (December, January & February you should expect a weather between 5-20 Celsius. And if your visiting during the Summer time (July, August) you should expect a weather temperature between 30-40 Celsius.
Is there any special advice for women travelers while visiting Jordan?
There are many touristic areas in Jordan where special concerns are not necessary; however, in less touristic places, relatively modest dress is recommended. Women should avoid very short and tight clothing; keep their shoulders and knees covered. For instance, wearing shorts is not very common among Jordanians. Dressing with relative modesty is a way of respecting the local culture.
what shall i wear while touring in Jordan?
Though Jordan is a Muslim country, its friendly population is very diverse resulting in a mix of tolerated religions and ethnicities. It is advisable not to wear anything too revealing when exploring the down town areas of Amman or other cities. Normal pants and t-shirts can be worn throughout the country. On hot days, shorts and other loose clothing is advisable at touristic sites such as Petra and Wadi Rum. Winters can get cold especially at night. For this reason sweaters and long pants are advisable during the day and jackets at night.
Will I be able to exchange dollars, Euros, or other currencies in Jordan?
There are a large number of banks and exchange offices that can change cash and travelers’ checks in Jordan. Moreover, many touristic shops, restaurants, and bars will actually accept dollars or Euros at rates that are relatively close to the official ones. Makes sure you know the current exchange rate of dollars or Euros to Jordanian dinar.
Can i use credit card in Jordan?
Credit cards are widely accepted in Jordan at hotels, restaurants and shops, including American Express, Visa, Diners Club, and MasterCard. Please note that many smaller shops still prefer cash payment in the Jordanian currency, and it’s essential for shopping in the local souks.
What is Jordan currency?
The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, symbol JD, There are 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 JD notes. The dinar is divided into 100 piasters (pronounced “pee-asters”) of 1000 fils (“fills”). The fils is the unit most commonly used and you will usually see prices written as 4,750 (which is 4 JD and 750 fils).
Currency can be exchanged at major banks, exchange booths and at most hotels. Street money-changers are best avoided. Exchange rates are set daily by the Jordanian Central Bank.
What are the official days off?
Friday and Saturday are the official weekend days, but all tourist sites and many businesses are open.
Is Jordan safe Country?
The first thing you will notice when you arrive to Jordan is that the people are very warm and welcoming to tourists. You will be pleasantly surprised by the sense of security you will find in Jordan, it is one of the safest places to travel in the world. Jordan has a very low crime rate.
Walking: Jordan is safe and friendly place to travel, and it is enjoyable to stroll through the old souks of Amman and the other major cities. The people are unfailingly helpful and it is generally safe to walk around at any time of the day or night. It is, of course, sensible to take obvious precautions: look after your belongings and keep valuables in the hotel safe. Lost property should be reported to the police. If you lose your passport, you should contact your embassy.
If I forced to cancel my trip, will I receive a refund?
Jordan & Beyond Tours refund policy is detailed in our Terms and Conditions. The amount refunded depends on how far in advance we are notified about the cancellation.
What is time belt in Jordan?
October – March: GMT + 2; April – September: GMT + 3
What are the Average temperatures in Jordan (Centigrade / Fahrenheit)?
Amman: January 7(45) / April 16(61) / July 25(76)
Petra: January 7(45) / April 16(61) / July 25(76)
Aqaba: January 16(61) / April 24(75) / July 31(88)
How is weather in Jordan?
Jordan’s weather is as diverse as its history! Categorized as Mediterranean, the country enjoys all four seasons with little to no humidity. Winter can see snow in the forests especially in northern areas of the country, while spring heralds rarely-seen wild flowers in the desert to the east and south.
What about Electricity in Jordan?
Jordan’s electricity supply is 220 volts/50 cycles AC. Sockets are generally of the two-pronged
European variety, while a variety of other sockets and plugs—especially the 13 amp square three-pinned
plug—are in use. To be safe, bring a multi-purpose adapter. American equipment requires both an adaptor
and a transformer. Most varieties of adaptors and transformers are readily available in electrical shops
throughout Jordan. Electrical current in Jordan is reliable and uninterrupted
What is Highest point in Jordan?
Jebel Rum (Mount Rum), 1,734 meters (5689 feet)
Whats is Lowest point in Jordan?
Dead Sea (the lowest point on Earth), -408 meters (- 1338.6 feet)
What are Geographic co-ordinates of Jordan?
29–33 N, 35-39 E
What are the languages used in Jordan?
The official language is Arabic. Almost 80% of the country speaks English. French, German, Italian
and Spanish are also spoken, but to a lesser extent
Do Jordanians speak languages other than Arabic?
English is studied in school all over Jordan. This is why most Jordanians almost speak English. Some Jordanians speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German.
Are there any health issues that I should worry about in Jordan?
There are no general health issues to worry about for traveling to Jordan aside from the normal issues that one faces traveling to a new place. Jordan is a center for medical tourism in the region and has a very well regarded health care system that is centered around Amman.
How can i get visa to Jordan?
Please refer to our main page for a full details about visas under Visa List.
General, restricted nationalities must apply for visas in advance unless they are 5 pax and above since J&B can pre-arranged visas, please contact us for more information. While non restricted nationalities can obtain visas upon arrival at Amman Airport, Sheikh Hussein Border on Free basis through Jordan tour operators otherwise visa charge is USD 60.00 per person. Arava Border and King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) requires advance visa through Jordan embassies abroad.
What is the difference between a Double and a Twin room?
A double room has one double bed. A twin room has two beds.
Do’s & Don’ts in Jordan
- Do shake hands when meeting people conservative veiled women may not reach out.
- When finished with your cup of Arabic coffee, shake your cup from side to side in order to let your host know that you do not wish to drink more. If more coffee is desired, then simply hold your cup out to the person carrying the coffeepot.
- Do accept when Arabic coffee is offered to you by your host, as coffee is an important cultural symbol of hospitality, simultaneously extended and accepted as an act of reciprocated goodwill.
- Do tip waiters approximately 10% gratuity in addition to the bill (unless a service charge is included in the total bill).
- Do haggle with merchants when shopping.
- Do dress conservatively when exploring public areas of Jordan.
- Do be aware that Arabs tend to stand a fraction of the distance closer when conversing than people do in the West.
- Do stand up when greeting others.
- Do round your taxi fare up to the nearest tenth when paying your driver.
- Do feel free to consume alcoholic beverages, but not in outside public areas.
- Use your hands: Table manners are carefree in Jordan. Eating food with your hands is a common custom, and also indicates that you are enjoying the food on offer. Mansaf, Jordan’s famous traditional dish, for example, is usually eaten with your hands.
- Photography permissions: Jordan is undoubtedly one of the most photogenic regions in the world. The locals are often happy to pose for your photographs as well. But before attempting to take any pictures of them, always ask for permission first, especially when women are present.
- Always pack a scarf: Aside from dress codes, a scarf can come in handy for totally different reasons. On a hot day, it might be a good idea to cover your head to avoid getting heat stroke – this is especially the case when visiting a desert tourist site like Wadi Rum or Petra. Female visitors might need a scarf when visiting a religious site, like the spectacular King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque.
- Don’t interrupt, or pass in front of, a Muslim who may be praying in a public place.
- Don’t openly consume food, beverages, or cigarettes in public places during the holy month of Ramadan.
- Don’t dress provocatively when walking outdoors.
- Don’t panic if an acquaintance “pecks” you on the cheeks when greeting you, as Arabs have traditionally kissed each other on both cheeks as a warm gesture of welcome and affection.
- Don’t feel uncomfortable if your host insists on “overfeeding” you during a meal, as Arabs traditionally view food as an important symbol of hospitality, generosity, and goodwill – the more the better!
- Don’t feel that you are required to tip your taxi driver, as tipping in such a scenario is not necessary, but is certainly appreciated.
- Never say no to food: Jordanians are very generous and hospitable people. They take their guests’ comfort very seriously, and go to great lengths to make them feel at home. It is also a known fact that they enjoy sharing their meals with everyone. Always smile and accept the food offering, as repeatedly telling them you’re full will likely offend them.
- Israel is a sensitive subject: Jordan is home to both Jordanians and Palestinians, and the subject of Israel is a very sensitive matter. As a traveler, you might have differing opinions regarding this topic, but it is advised never to open up or participate in discussions relating to it.
- Avoid the rush hour: Traffic jams reach their peak between 2 pm–5 pm. It is almost impossible to find a taxi at that time, and if you do, the taxi driver will often be hesitant to take you anywhere in order to avoid the traffic. Always plan your movements through the city in advance, or choose to walk to closer destinations on foot during those times.
- Don’t drink water from just anywhere: Tap water is not drinkable in Jordan. Unlike in Western countries, tap water in Jordan is only used to wash things. Nonetheless, you can get drinkable water delivered to your doorstep at any time of day, or you can bottles in corner shops or big stores.
- Vegetarians, be alert: Vegetarianism is widely accepted and catered to in Jordanian culture. However, those who don’t eat meat will still be left with very limited choices when it comes to traditional cuisine. Almost all Jordanian dishescontain animal products in one way or another. So be prepared – say, if invited to lunch – to stare down at a table full of meat dishes, and be aware that it is very disrespectful to show disgust for food in Jordan.