Costs & budget in Jordan: This is what you can expect

A trip through Jordan is unforgettable. This hospitable country in the Middle East has so much beauty to offer, and it’s almost certain that you will have an amazing time here. Are you curious about the costs for a trip through Jordan? In this article, we will share everything about the different expenses with many price examples. This way, you can get a good idea of what costs to expect.

In Jordan, they use the Jordanian Dinar (JD) as currency. For convenience, we have converted everything to dollars in this article.

Costs for Food and Drinks in Jordan

The costs for food and drinks in Jordan depend on the restaurants you choose during your trip. In a good restaurant that has received positive reviews on TripAdvisor, a main course typically costs around $13. However, you can also find cheaper options in Jordan. For example, in Amman, you can have a falafel sandwich at a street stall for $1. A 1.5-liter bottle of water costs $0.50 in the store, and a cola in a restaurant costs $1.20. Sometimes, you might rely on the food in your hotel, such as when staying at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum or at a camp in Dana. Here, you often pay around $13 for dinner, which is usually a very good buffet. If you stay in a city like Wadi Musa near Petra or in Aqaba, you will have many more options and can find inexpensive restaurants where you can eat for a few dollars.

Transportation Costs in Jordan

There are different ways to travel around Jordan. Traveling by public transportation is the cheapest way (about $1 per hour of travel), but it requires some patience. There are no fixed departure and arrival times because buses often leave only when they are full. In addition, there is sometimes only one bus per day from one destination to another. Not very ideal, which is why almost everyone in Jordan travels with a rental car. You can rent a car in Jordan starting from $46 per day, including full insurance. The prices naturally depend on the type of car and the rental period. We spent approximately $134 on gasoline for a 12-day trip. Interested in renting a car in Jordan? Check out our tips for renting a car in Jordan as well.

Costs for Activities and Entrance Fees

Entrance fees and activities can be quite expensive in Jordan. For example, the entrance fee for Petra is approximately $71 for one day. Access to Wadi Rum is $7 and a visit to Jerash costs $14. Fortunately, you can purchase the Jordan Pass, which grants you access to around 40 attractions in Jordan. If you visit Petra, the Jordan Pass pays for itself because it also covers the cost of your visa. The prices for activities vary greatly. A full-day desert jeep tour will cost you around $67, but you can also go for a beautiful hike that doesn’t cost anything.

Costs for Accommodations in Jordan

Hotels in Jordan come in all shapes and sizes. Basic double rooms start at around $19 per night. If you want a good room in a highly-rated hotel, the price quickly rises to around $45 to $67 per night. There are also many tent camps in Jordan, and they are more appealing than they may sound. For example, in Wadi Rum, you can stay in a Bedouin camp in the most beautiful desert locations starting from $13 per night. If you prefer a scenic location with breakfast included, prices range from $39 to $49. We have compiled a list of our favorite hotels in Jordan, and this article will give you a good idea of the approximate costs of good hotels in Jordan.

Our Expenses in Jordan

Secretly, we spent quite a lot of money during our most recent trip to Jordan. In total, we spent $1,472 per person on a 12-day trip, excluding airfare. This amounts to a daily budget of $123 per person. This includes higher expenses such as a rental car ($560), two nights at a resort by the Dead Sea ($616), the Wadi Ghuweir Trail ($224), a private tour of Wadi Rum ($168), and some smaller expenses. We always stayed in good hotels and dined at nicer restaurants. A trip through Jordan can certainly be much cheaper if you stay at more affordable hotels and search for restaurants with better prices. So don’t be discouraged by our expenses if you have a smaller budget!