Amman travel guide

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You're Going to Love Amman

Amman is the capital of Jordan and has a population of more than four million. This city of white stone sits on a steep hill and combines modern neighborhoods with ancient souks. It is a city of contrasts, with sophisticated terrace cafes, gleaming malls, and narrow, winding alleys.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Amman

1. Roman Ruins

The Roman Theater, Nymphaeum, and the Temple of Hercules are all outstanding examples of Roman-era construction.

2. Cultural Delights

The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts and the Jordan Museum have some of the best collections in the Middle East.

3. All the King's Cars

The Royal Automobile Museum in King Hussein Park houses the impressive car collection of the late monarch.

4. Watch the Sun Go Down

Climb to the Citadel and enjoy spectacular sunsets as the muezzin call echoes across the city.

5. The Nightlife

Amman has a hopping nightlife scene, perhaps only just behind Tel Aviv and Beirut in the Middle East. Modern West Amman is the place to head for clubs, bars, and cafes.

Where to Eat in Amman

Hashem in the downtown area is favored by the royal family and offers falafel, fuul, and humus dishes from JOD1.50. Levant in Jabal Amman serves gourmet Arabic dishes from JOD10.

When to visit Amman

Amman in December
Estimated hotel price
$62
1 night at 3-star hotel
Amman in December
Estimated hotel price
$62
1 night at 3-star hotel

Amman can get hot in summer and cold in winter. March through May is warm and benefits from lush vegetation and blooming wildflowers.

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How to Get to Amman

Plane

The city is served by Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), which has many international and regional connections. A taxi into the city center will cost around JOD20, and the bus is JOD3.25.

Car

Jordan is a compact country with a good road network. Route 65 runs north to south through the city and routes 10 and 30 connect Amman with east and west. Road signs are in both Arabic and Roman script.

Bus

Amman's two main bus stations are Tabarbour and JETT. Buses from the Israeli border arrive here, taking an hour and costing JOD7.5. A bus from Petra costs JOD9.5.

Airports near Amman

Airlines serving Amman

United Airlines
Good (69,507 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (47,691 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (28,415 reviews)
British Airways
Good (23,353 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (23,621 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Excellent (11,549 reviews)
Iberia
Good (6,168 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (25,053 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (4,861 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (15,780 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (18,753 reviews)
Finnair
Good (3,880 reviews)
JetBlue
Excellent (20,185 reviews)
LOT
Good (5,410 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (5,796 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (6,765 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Good (3,027 reviews)
Egypt Air
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Ethiopian Air
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Pegasus Airlines
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Where to stay in Amman

The Sydney Hotel on Sha'aban offers good basic accommodation in a central location. If you're looking for a luxury stay, the Four Seasons Amman is one the the city's best options.

Popular neighbourhoods in Amman

Al Balad - Al Balad is Amman's old town, with a maze of narrow streets and markets selling spice and clothing. It is also home to the Roman Theater and Citadel.

Abdali - this district has been developed into a modern center of restaurants, hotels, offices, and shops.

Sweifieh - Sweifieh is centered on Wakalat Street, a pedestrianized street with shops like Gap and Zara. The cobblestone street of Shari Al-Rainbow is also nearby, with lots of cafes and sheesha tea shops.

Where to stay in popular areas of Amman

Most booked hotels in Amman

The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
$240+
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How to Get Around Amman

Public Transportation

Amman has a good, safe bus network, with a single fare costing JOD0.35.

Taxi

Yellow taxis are plentiful, cheap, and reliable. The starting fare is JOD0.25 and you will then pay JOD0.6 per mile.

Car

Driving in Amman can be a little frantic, with lots of car horns sounding and a lack of lane markings. Car rental is available from Budget and Sixt, and prices start at JOD20 per day.

The Cost of Living in Amman

Shopping Streets

Abdali Boulevard is a modern street with lots of fashion shopping and Wakalat Street is a good pedestrian shopping street with international brand shops.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Amman costs JOD1.20 and a loaf of bread is JOD0.26.

Cheap meal
$10.99
A pair of jeans
$110.28
Single public transport ticket
$1.11
Cappuccino
$6.66