|Most popular in||July||High demand for flights, 24% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||February||Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop|
|Average price||$742||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||$498||From New York to Amman|
$723 - $1473
53.6 - 86 °F
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The closest many might get to Jordan is via Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, but for travelers seeking peace in the Middle East, a flight to Jordan is usually the first step. This nation has seen its share of turmoil since the War on Iraq began, mainly because of its location in the Middle East, and this has prevented many tourists from visiting. However, on the whole Jordan is a peaceful country and when the fighting subsides it will rely on tourism to revive its economy.
It’s best to put all preconceived notions aside before boarding your flight to Jordan. In some parts of the country there is a lack of certain natural resources, but Jordan is also one of the most welcoming countries in the world. If the arts appeal to you, a trip to Jordan will be worth your while. Since the 1980s, Jordan has emerged as a leader in music, literature and arts and in 2002, Jordan’s city of Amman was chosen by UNESCO as the Arab Cultural Capital.
It’s important to note that travelers booking cheap flights to Jordan and Middle East trips should exercise caution. Jordan may be friendly territory on the whole, but its Israel and Iraq borders are trouble areas for tourists. Stay informed and keep up on security and travel alerts.
Few airlines fly to Jordan from the United States. The fastest nonstop flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, takes around 10h 40m, while the shortest one-stop flight time from John F. Kennedy International Airport to King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba, is roughly 18h 55m. The shortest one-stop flight time from Los Angeles International Airport to Queen Alia Airport is roughly 17h 40m, and flights from Los Angeles International Airport with two stopovers to King Hussein International Airport take approximately 22h 55m. Some flights to King Hussein Airport can have a duration as long as 37h, depending on the airline’s schedule, number of stopovers, and stopover length.
Direct, non-stop flights are offered by only one Airline from the United States to Jordan. That airline is Royal Jordanian. American Airlines, Delta, Austria Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways Turkish Airlines, Air France and Egypt Air all offer flights to Jordan. The biggest airlines are Royal Jordanian, American Airlines, and Emirates. You can get flights out of Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York City, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington. As another option, if you’re flying to Aqaba’s King Hussein Airport, you’ll find no direct flights from the United States. There are flights available with one or two stopovers from Turkish Airlines and Royal Jordanian to King Hussein International Airport from New York and Chicago.
The cheapest way to travel around Jordan is via bus. You have three options to choose from. The local bus in Amman has an efficient network but the schedules are not posted and the local bus stations are chaotic. The minibus is the most popular public transportation but they only leave when the bus is full so it can be anywhere from five minutes to an hour’s wait. The tourist bus provides quick and reliable service and has a schedule. You can also rent a bike to explore around the city but bring a bike repair kit with you because spare parts are scarce. In Aqaba, you have green, air-conditioned taxis everywhere. They are not metered so the fees are negotiable. Some drivers can treat the road like a racetrack so hold on tight.
While in Amman, explore the historic ruins, stop and have amazing falafel and hummus, take a stroll down Rainbow Street, or visit Al-Balad for some eclectic shops. They are all closed on Friday so plan to go Saturday-Thursday. If you are in to touring ruins, check out Petra, an ancient Roman theatre and a citadel full of history.
A valid passport and a visa are required in order to enter the country. Jordan extends visas to U.S. citizens for a fee at most international ports of entry and at international land border crossings at the time of arrival.
Most of Jordan is desert and has very little rainfall.
Spring and fall are the most pleasant times to visit with clear, sunny days and moderate temperatures.
July and August are the hottest and driest months of the year, especially in Amman, the Jordan Valley, and in the desert areas. However, with temperatures reaching over 97F, it’s also a great time to find cheap flights to Jordan.The winter months from November to April can be very cold, particularly in Amman, with snow, rain and wind. But there is little rainfall in the desert regions and in Aqaba, which makes a pleasant wintertime resort.
There is only one route available for domestic Jordan flights, which is between Amman and Aqaba.
Renting a car is probably the easiest way to travel – though make sure you fill up with gas before leaving the big towns as stations are few and far between. Anyone with a valid driving license for their own country – which they must have held for at least a year – is allowed to hire a car. Driving is on the right. All signs are in both Arabic and English. Brown signs mark spots of tourist interest.
Buses are available for routes between the main tourist destinations. It is probably worth paying a bit more to travel in one of the air-conditioned buses, aimed at tourists.