Driving to Petra
If you plan to visit Jordan and want to see destinations outside of Amman, it’s a good idea to hire a car at Amman airport when you arrive.
There are several car hire options at Amman airport. Avis and Europcar have offices in both terminals at Amman airport, while Hertz has an office a few kilometers from the airport (a Hertz representative will meet you when your flight arrives).
The cars have to be brought around to you from a remote lot, so the process takes 20 minutes or so from the time you get to the car hire desk in the arrivals hall of Amman airport.
As such, it’s a good idea to leave one person in your party to get your bags from baggage claim while another goes straight to the car hire desk to start the process.
If your flight lands late, the car hire offices in the airport may already be closed. If this is the case, you will see a sign in the window of the office telling you to call someone. That person will then come to help you, but it will take 20 – 30 minutes, so be patient.
When you return your rental car to Amman airport at the end of your holiday, you can pull up to the arrivals hall and park outside. Go inside and hand the keys to the person at the car hire desk, sign the requisite paperwork, and you’re done.