How to get to Jordan

By plane, boat and road

A country that is strongly committed to tourism must have different options for the arrival of travelers. And that is what happens with Jordan, which has direct connections from territories located on different continents, especially Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. On this page we tell you how to get to Jordan through the different means of transport so that you can properly plan your arrival and your return home.

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How to get to Jordan by plane

Without a doubt, the best way to travel to Jordan from another country is by plane. There are two international airports that can serve as gateways:

  • Queen Alia International Airport, Amman
  • King Hussein International Airport, Aqaba

In addition, you can take into account that there are domestic flights between both airports, which is another alternative to reach one or another city from another foreign country.

Below we show the international destinations that have direct routes with these airports, but it is important to remember that the availability of these routes may vary over time, either for diplomatic reasons or for health emergencies, such as the coronavirus. Therefore, we recommend you check before if the route you intend to take is operational at the time of your trip.

Amman Airport

Queen Alia International Airport in Amman

It is the largest airport in the country and centralizes virtually all international flights. Therefore, if you are shuffling how to get to Jordan By plane, this should be the first option. They come from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. This is a list of international destinations that have direct air routes to or from this airport:

  • Europe: Berlin, Frankfurt, Memmingen, Munich (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Brussels (Belgium), Copenhagen (Denmark), Barcelona, Madrid (Spain), Paris (France), Tbilisi, Batumi (Georgia), Athens, Thessaloniki (Greece), Budapest (Hungary), Bologna, Milan, Rome (Italy), Vilnius (Lithuania), Valletta (Malta), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Warsaw, Krakow (Poland), London (United Kingdom), Prague (Czech Republic), Bucharest (Romania), Moscow (Russia), Zurich, Geneva (Switzerland), Ankara, Antalya, Dalaman, Izmir, Istanbul, Trabzon (Turkey), Kiev (Ukraine), Larnaca, Paphos (Cyprus)
  • North America: Montreal (Canada), Chicago, Detroit, New York, Washington DC (United States)
  • Asia: Dammam, Medina, Riyadh, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Manama (Bahrain), Guangzhou (China), Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Jakarta (Indonesia), Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Najaf, Suleimania (Iraq), Tel Aviv (Israel), Kuwait (Kuwait), Beirut (Lebanon), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Muscat (Oman), Doha (Qatar), Damascus (Syria), Bangkok (Thailand), Aden, Sana’a (Yemen)
  • Africa: Algiers (Algeria), Alexandria, Assiut, Cairo, Sharm El-Sheikh, Sohag (Egypt), Benina, Tripoli (Libya), Casablanca (Morocco), Khartoum (Sudan), Tunisia (Tunisia)

King Hussein Aqaba International Airport

This second airport has much less passenger traffic than the capital, Amman, but it can also be a solution in certain situations. For example, for travelers who are doing a combined circuit with Egypt, but also in the case of organizing an exclusive package, how to get to Jordan by charter flight, because small aircraft from different countries land here, especially in high season.

This is a list of destinations directly connected to Aqaba airport, either through regular routes or seasonal or charter:

  • Africa: Cairo, Assiut (Egypt)
  • Europe: Berlin (Germany), Geneva (Switzerland), London (UK), Milan (Italy), Moscow (Russia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Istanbul (Turkey)

How to get to Jordan by boat

Traveling to Jordan by ferry is another possible option, and also one of the most common for those who make a combined circuit that includes other countries in the area, such as Egypt. In this case, everything passes through the only port of passengers (and goods) in the country: that of Aqaba, in the gulf of the same name, nestled on the coast of the Red Sea.

These are the two regular lines starting or ending at the port of Aqaba, which connect this city with Egypt, specifically with the south of the Sinai Peninsula:

  • Nuweiba (Egypt) – Aqaba
  • Taba (Egypt – Aqaba
Jordan Border

How to get to Jordan by car

How to get to Jordan By road it is not the fastest or most comfortable option for travelers from other continents, nor is it the most common. But it is an option carried out by many travelers who combine their visit to Jordan with that of other surrounding countries, especially Israel.

Border crossings from Israel

These are the existing border crossings with Israel, which are the most common road access to Jordan.

  • Wadi Araba (Yitzhak Rabin): is the southernmost located, connecting the cities of Aqaba and Eliat
  • King Hussein Bridge (Allenby Bridge), to connect the cities of Amman and Jericho in the West Bank
  • Sheikh Hussein Bridge (Jordan River), is the northernmost bridge connecting Irbid and the Northern District of Israel

Border crossings from Saudi Arabia

You can also cross the border with Saudi Arabia through three crossings, although it is a less common option, among other reasons because of Saudi Arabia’s obstacles to providing visas. In any case, these border crossings are:

  • Durra, south of Aqaba, which connects this city with the Saudi Red Sea coast
  • Al-Mudawwara, also in the south, in the middle of the desert, to arrive from cities like Medina or Tabuk
  • Al-Omari, in the east of the country

Other overland border crossings

Special mention deserves the Jaber border crossing, on the border between Jordan and Syria: it is the one used on the (once) popular Damascus-Amman route, but because of the civil war in the neighboring country and for security reasons, this crossing may be closed. In any case, until the normalization of the situation in Syria arrives, it is not highly recommended to use this route of entry to Jordan by road.

In the same way, the border crossing with Iraq (Al Karamah), is not usually used as a tourist entry route to the country, so we do not consider it as a viable option at present.

How to get to Jordan by bus

If you are firmly considering how to get to Jordan By road, the bus can be another option. The reference company in this regard is JETT (Jordan Express Tourist Transportation) which usually connects Jordan with two other neighboring countries:

  • Egypt: several departures from/to Cairo
  • Saudi Arabia: direct routes to Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam

However, these routes may be modified or even cancelled for different reasons, as happened during the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, we recommend you consult this travel possibility in advance.

How to get to Jordan by train

There is no real option to reach Jordan by train from other countries. The railway network in the country is virtually non-existent: it has only one network, connecting Amman with Damascus, the capital of Syria. But due to the civil conflict and the instability of the neighboring country, this line only operates up to the border.

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