How to see Jordan on a budget

Although Jordan is not considered a budget destination, it is possible to save money if you are willing to make some adjustments to your itinerary.

Accommodation, guided tours, entrance fees and restaurants can be added quickly, but our suggestions will help you plan the best ways to experience Jordan for less.

Buy Jordan Pass

If you plan to stay in Jordan for at least three nights and you are eligible for a visa on arrival, purchase the Jordan Pass. For the cost of entry to Petra, the Jordan Pass includes your visa, plus Petra’s entry fee (for one, two or three days, depending on which passport you choose) and fees at approximately 40 locations across the country.

Get deals in the winter

Winters in Jordan are short, but they are also cold and wet, so the crowds are thinning out and prices tend to fall from late November to February. You save money on hotels and tours, but you have to be flexible with your itinerary and your expectations – wind, rain and snow can cause cancellations.

If you are visiting Jordan in the winter, pack proper clothes for cold weather, especially if you plan to hike or spend the night in Bedouin tents in Wadi Rum. Avoid visiting Jordan in January, if possible, as it is usually the rainiest and coldest month of the year. There are two bright spots to warm up in the winter: the weather is often still pleasant, both in Aqaba and on the Dead Sea.

Make your travel budget go a little further with insider tips from our weekly newsletter that is delivered to your inbox.

Although the capital is considered an expensive city, Amman has lots of free things to do © Jennifer Hayes / Getty Images

Skip the foreign chain hotels

Accommodation in Jordan can be expensive. If you’re on a budget, hostels like Nomads Hotel, with locations in Amman and Wadi Musa, and Carob Hostel offer affordable, no-frills options. Staying in a hostel also puts you in touch with other budget-conscious people – hostel staff and travelers – who can provide tips, help arrange cheaper tours and share experiences and expenses (for food and transportation, for example if you team up). up and travel together).

Ask your hostel or hotel about shuttle or taxi services. Some offer airport transfers, while others offer transportation to popular places such as Petra, and many can arrange taxis and tours that may not be advertised. Booking locally owned boutique hotels is another way to save on hotel costs. Prices are usually lower than chain hotels, and sometimes you can negotiate the price if you book in person.

Welcome destination: Amman, Jordan

Enjoy Amman for free

A high entrance fee is not required to have a good time in Amman. Free activities include taking a tour of the Pasha Hotel, visiting a mosque, watching people on Rainbow Street or Al Balad and working out with Running Amman. Although the capital is considered an expensive city, there are plenty of free things to do in Amman.

Buy alcohol at the airport or take a dry trip

Alcohol in Jordan is expensive and in line with prices in cities like Los Angeles. Visitors can buy a liter of alcohol in duty-free shops (either at the airport on arrival or within 14 days of arrival at the duty-free shop on Al Abdali Boulevard). If you really want to save money, skip alcohol altogether and embrace a dry (no alcohol) vacation.

People shopping at a fruit and vegetable market in Amman, Jordan
If you want to save money on food in Jordan, pack a reusable cooler bag and refill snacks and produce © mathess / Getty Images

Eat on the go rather than in a restaurant

Jordan has an abundance of fruit and vegetable markets, convenience stores and grocery stores, so if you want to save money on food, pack a reusable cooler bag. Top up with snacks and ingredients, or grab some fresh falafel and hummus for a few dinars, and plan to eat on the go, or picnic in a park or along a hiking trail.

All imported food will probably cost more, so avoid the familiar food you can find at home. Do not forget to take some Medjool dates, which are grown in Jordan, travel well and contain a lot of antioxidants and nutrients.

If you fancy a homemade meal, you can have a multi-course feast at Galsoum’s Kitchen, a local home in Umm Qais, for JD15 (US $ 21) per person. It’s cheaper – and no doubt tastier – than a multi-course dinner at a restaurant, and you have the added experience of meeting a local family.

Hiking with a nature conservation group

Private guided tours can be costly, but frugal travelers do not have to miss the fun. EcoHikers, a Jordanian-run environmental organization with the motto “let’s clean while we hike”, offers affordable guided group hikes to places around the country (check its Facebook and Instagram for information on upcoming hikes).

The starting point is Amman, and transport, equipment for participating in path remediation and a guide are included. The locals and visitors join these walks, so the opportunity to spend time doing something good together and learning about the country, culture and each other is invaluable.

People in Al-Khazneh (The Treasury) in Petra, seen at the end of a sandy path through cliffs
You do not need an exclusive tour to get to Petra © Kanuman / Shutterstock

Take a bus to Petra

Travel to Petra by JETT bus and save the money you would spend on a private driver and guide. Routes for the air-conditioned buses include Amman to Petra, Amman to Aqaba and Aqaba to Wadi Rum.

The bus company also offers daily trips to popular places through its tourism program. The schedule is available online, but this may change, so call in advance or visit the JETT office in person to book your ticket.

Choose the cheap Dead Sea experience

Rates for Dead Sea resorts range from about $ 100 to $ 400 per night. For an experience of the Dead Sea without the higher price tag, book a day pass instead of an overnight stay. Plan a day trip from Amman or Madaba – where you can find more affordable hotels and hostels – or make it a stop on your drive from Amman to Petra, Wadi Rum or Aqaba.

Day pass rates vary and are subject to change, so call hotels to look for the best day pass offer for your budget. Dead Sea Spa Hotel has one of the lowest rates at around JD20 ($ 28) per person, and Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea will drive you around JD35 ($ 50) per person.

If you travel alone, these day pass rates can save money, but if you are traveling with someone, the price per person is added up, and you may want to consider booking a cheaper hotel (eg Ramada Resort by Wyndham Dead Sea, which costs about $ 100 per person). night) and stay over. Weekend rates tend to be higher, so planning your stay for a weekday can also save you money.

Another budget option is Amman Beach. Admission is JD20 ($ 28) per person, and towel rental is JD5 ($ 7) per person. The facilities are basic and sometimes not very clean, and you can find a lot of rubbish on the beach. It is usually crowded on weekends (Friday and Saturday), but offers access to the Dead Sea and a pool.

Make your own souvenirs

Book a craft activity and get two things for the price of one: a fun experience to take on the itinerary and a souvenir to take home, for yourself or as a gift. Sign up for a basket weaving lesson or a stone-carving experience in Umm Qais, a mosaic session in Amman, or Aqabawi craft workshops or a Bedouyat pottery course in Aqaba.

Do not try to do everything

Jordan has so much to do that you may be overwhelmed when trying to plan the perfect itinerary on a budget. Accommodation, entrance fees, guided tours and transport between cities can be costly. If you want to save money, you need to trim your wish list. Focus on two or three of your needs and get the most out of these experiences, instead of trying to do everything.

Daily expenses in Jordan

  • Hostel room: 20-45 USD
  • Single room for two: $ 35- $ 50
  • Self-catering apartment (including Airbnb): USD 40 + per night
  • Coffee: less than 1 USD
  • Sandwich: 1-10 USD
  • Dinner for two: 25 USD

Leave a Reply