Driving in Jordan

Goats Crossing the Road

Due to the distances between major sights in Jordan, many visitors choose to hire a car at Amman airport and drive around to places like Madaba, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, and the Dead Sea.

Driving in Jordan is relatively straightforward. You drive on the right hand side of the road in Jordan, and almost all rental cars in Jordan are manual transmission (stick shift).

See the other pages below for more information on driving in Jordan.

Roads in Jordan

Petrol Stations in Jordan

Driving Distances in Jordan

Amman Airport Guide

Amman Airport

Amman’s major international airport is called Queen Alia International Airport. The airport was named after King Hussein’s third wife, Alia.

The Amman airport is made up of two terminals, called Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Flights are divided between terminals by airline, and the terminals are separated by a small parking lot.

When you arrive at Amman airport, you will purchase a visa, go through passport control, collect your baggage, and exit into the arrivals hall.

The arrivals halls in both terminals look identical. Both have a World News Cafe, a number of banks where you can change money, ATMs (Societe Generale de Banque – Jordaine being the most recognizable Western name), and a few small shops.

There are Avis and Europcar car hire desks in both terminals, as well as airport taxi desks and information booths. Only terminal 2 has a desk for Amman airport buses, though.

If you are in need of a mobile phone in Jordan or a SIM card for your phone at Amman airport, you can choose from Zain, Orange, and Umniah, all of which have offices in both terminals of Amman airport.

When you depart from Amman airport, you can check in for your flight, pass through security and customs, and enjoy duty free shopping and several cafes (including a Starbucks).

NB: Amman airport is undergoing a massive building project to enlarge the airport. The new terminal building is set to open in 2011, so things will change a lot in the next few years.

Taxi from Amman Airport to Madaba


Taking a taxi from Amman airport to Madaba is pretty straightforward. If you plan to go to Madaba after your flight to Amman arrives, it’s easy to take a taxi from Amman airport to Madaba.

Amman airport taxis are beige sedans and you can find them right outside of the arrivals areas of both terminals 1 and 2.

Airport taxis in Amman are regulated and have fixed prices for destinations like Madaba. It costs 19.50 dinars to take an airport taxi from Amman airport to Madaba.

The drive from Amman airport to Madaba is relatively short, and the whole distance is covered on good, paved roads.

You can also visit the taxi booth inside the arrivals halls in terminals 1 and 2.

The prices to Madaba and other destinations in Jordan are posted just outside.