Whether exploring the ancient sites of Amman or bathing in the Dead Sea, wherever you visit in Jordan you will find affordable public transport options. Though it can be slow, public transport in Jordan is highly accessible and easy to use. For travelers who prefer to experience their trip like a local then these options are a great choice.
Once you have arrived in Jordan, do as the locals do and travel by buses. When it comes to timings, Jordan is a fairly relaxed country and the buses here do not follow timetables. Instead, a bus will depart the station once it is full so passengers must be prepared to wait. In busier cities buses usually fill up quite fast.
The roads in Jordan are very good and bus journeys are fairly quick with a trip between Amman and Aqaba taking just under four hours. As these bus systems are built for local people, expect affordable local prices. A half hour journey will only cost around 1 USD.
A Jordanian taxi can be recognized by its yellow and green shades and Arabic writing. Taxis are very affordable and drivers will usually be happy to take visitors on both short and long journeys.
There are no trains operating in Jordan except for the occasional train excursion on the Hejaz Railway which is organized by international tour companies. This train rarely operates and is a highly luxury form of public transport.
In order to save time, an internal flight is the best way to get from A to B. In Jordan all internal flights are operated by Royal Jordanian from Queen Alia International Airport, located 30 km away from the city of Amman. The only internal route is between Amman and Aqaba which takes just half an hour, costs around 56JD (80USD) and offers wonderful views of the desert below.
Public Transport in Jordan
Public transport in Jordan is easy to use and provides a more authentic way to travel. Although the buses in Jordan do not follow timetable schedules, they are a very reliable form of public transport and a great way to see the local area. With such low prices, traveling by bus is the best option for backpackers and those on a tight budget whereas taxis and planes offer a more stylish way to get around. An alternative to public transport is joining one of the many tours offered to explore Jordan, for example this Highlights of Jordan 3 day tour.