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Layover In Jordan

| January 14, 2015

Stuck on a Jordan layover at Amman Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)? The airport is the hub for Royal Jordanian Airlines, and is located in Zizya area, which is roughly 20 miles (32km) south of Amman, the capital city of Jordan, which makes Amman an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. There’s also the spectacular ruins of Petra and the Dead Sea, for even longer layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Jordan layover, click here for useful tips.

layover Amman, Jordan stopoverIf you’re stuck in the airport during your Jordan layover, there’s plenty to do. The airport offers shopping – both duty free and regular – in Terminals 1 and 2, and restaurants and bars including World News Cafes, Pizza Hut, Popeyes, Cinnabon, Blue Fig and Starbucks.

Additional facilities include wireless internet system throughout the Amman Airport (Wi-Fi cards are available from the 4 World News cafes and public telephones), banking services and ATMs in both terminals, and a medical center open 24/7. There is unfortunately no luggage storage facilities available at the Jordan Amman airport.

Lounges are available in both terminals for all business, first class and frequent flyers. The lounges includes business services.

If you arrive at night, or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels near the airport, and in Amman. For a comprehensive list of hotels of varying price points, click here for hotels right by the airport, and click here for hotels in the capital city, Amman.

As for transportation from the airport, there are Airport Taxis and Express buses available, in addition to Rent-a-Car offices. Taxis are available 24/7 and prices are fixed. For booking please call: Tel. 962 6 (4451302). Buses travel from the airport to Abdali and depart roughly every half hour from 7am to 10pm, and every hour from 10pm to 7am. Ticket costs JD. 1.500 and an additional JD. 0.250 for each piece of luggage. There are also private transfers available from a number of travel companies that can pick you up from the airport and take you to a number of destinations, including this one.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do On An Amman Jordan Layover:

Amman Tours

If you have a limited time in Jordan to check out the sights, might want to take a tour of the city that will pack them all in a short time frame. There are many to choose from including private and day tours to Petra and other historic locations including the Dead Sea, bus and bike tours, food and cultural tours, outdoor activities, and more.


Located roughly 100 miles from the airport, Petra is only feasible for those on long layovers. But if you have the time, few sites are more spectacular! In Petra you’ll have the choice of walking the Siq, taking a horse or camel, or taking a buggy. One day entry per person is roughly 21 JD. For more info on Petra, click here.

Dead Sea

It’s approximately an hour or so drive from the Amman Airport to the Dead Sea (and a half hour from Amman). If you have the time, it’s worth a visit. The Dead Sea is the lowerst body of water on earth with a high percentage of minerals and natural salts that will keep you floating in the water. It is also known for its therapeutic qualities.

Mount Nebo

At over 2600 feet high, Mount Nebo is the presumed death and burial place of Moses. Located near Madaba, Jordan, in addition to the sanctuary, check out the Old Diaconicon Baptistery, the 5th 7th Century Basilica, and more.

Bethany Beyond The Jordan

Bethany Beyond The Jordan is located next to the Jordan River and although the excavation began in 1996, they have already uncovered more than 20 churches, caves and baptism pools.

None of these interest you? For tons more suggestions of things to do during your Jordan layover, click here!

Have a suggestion for a Jordan layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. LaToya Dixon says:

    I would like to know about airport safety in December 2016?

  2. Sam says:

    Hi, I would like to have some question…
    I’ll be flying to Qatar but I will be having a lay-over in Jordan for 3hrs, I just want to know if do I have to have jordan visa?

    Thank you so much!

  3. S Ahmed says:

    We have a few hours stop over in Amaan airport. I hear the food outlets will take US dollars. Is this correct or should I change some money to local currency before I go

  4. Mustafa says:

    i am flying to cairo by royal jordanian airways but i have stopover in amman for 23 hours do i will get accomodation in hotel by airways or i need to book for overnight stay in hotel and could i can visit amman city and other places without having visit visa