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Jordan - Getting there & away, getting around

Jordan - Getting there & away

Amman has an international airport, with flights from Beirut, Cairo, Damascus and further afield. The departure tax is JD10 from the airport. Buses travel between Amman and Damascus (about seven hours), Baghdad (14 hours), Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh (about 24 hours). There are indirect buses to Jerusalem, and direct buses from Aqaba to Eilat. You can also catch service taxis from Jordan to Syria and Iraq, or a train from Amman to Damascus (Monday only). The departure tax is JD5 (free to the West Bank). A ferry/bus service runs from Aqaba to Cairo, or you can get a fast boat between Aqaba and Nuweiba in Sinai. The departure tax is JD5.

Getting around Jordan

The only domestic air route is between Amman and Aqaba. JETT bus company runs from Amman to Aqaba, the King Hussein Bridge, Petra and Hammamat Ma'in. Private buses run from Amman to Irbid and Aqaba. Minibuses travel between the smaller towns on an irregular service - usually they leave when they're full. Service taxis cover much the same routes. They're more expensive than minibuses, but a lot faster.

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