Many cities around the world offer a tourist pass that provides free or discounted entry to attractions. Sometimes public transport is also included. Jordan tourism offers a pass that covers many of the main attractions in the whole country. It can often be complicated working out whether these passes are a good deal or not. Often it depends on which of the components are used. So is Jordan Pass worth it? Does it stack up?
What is the Jordan Pass?
The Jordan Pass is a combined tourist pass that once purchased gives free entry into many Jordan attractions. There are three options available, and they are based on the number of days to be spent at Petra. The Jordan Pass is valid for fourteen days after it is used at the first attraction. Importantly, if you are staying in Jordan longer than three nights, the Jordan Pass will also cover the cost of your single entry Jordan tourist visa. The Jordan Pass is not transferrable as the name on it must match your passport for the visa process. We were occasionally asked for other ID to match the pass when entering other included attractions too.
What are the Jordan Pass Attractions?
There are more than 35 things to do in Jordan that are covered by the Jordan Pass. Some of the most popular Jordanian tourist sites are:
- Wadi Rum
- Amman Citadel
- Ajloun Castle
- Umm Qays
- Karak Castle
- Umm Ar-Rasas
- Jordan Archeological Museum
- Roman Theatre Amman
- and more
Where to buy the Jordan Pass?
The Jordan Pass can be purchased online from the website. It is important to remember to buy and print your pass before you get to Jordan if you plan to use it for your tourist visa on arrival. The Jordan Pass is well known at the immigration counter at Queen Alia International Airport and we simply showed them the printed pass. The process was smooth and quick. (Note: there are some restrictions if you are entering elsewhere, make sure you read the FAQs on the Jordan Pass website to be aware of them)
How Much Does the Jordan Pass Cost?
The three options are priced as per below:
- Wanderer (1 day at Petra) – 70JD ($130AUD/$99USD)
- Explorer (2 days at Petra) – 75JD ($140AUD/$106USD)
- Expert (3 days at Petra) – 80JD ($150AUD/$113USD)
How Much can I Save?
The big question! Really the savings depend on how many of the attractions you decide to go to. The Jordan Pass is so competitively priced that it is possible to be ahead after using it just for the tourist visa and Petra entrance fees. This was the case for me, so it was a no-brainer. The Petra price makes up most of the Jordan Pass. For 1/2/3 day Petra entry it is 50/55/60JD. Add in my Jordan visa on arrival cost of 40JD and I am already saving. Some countries have different visa costs and requirements and of course visa information is always subject to change. Please ensure you check for the latest information with the Jordan embassy before your trip.
Here is a breakdown of my costs and savings during my time in Jordan to give you an idea.
|Visa (for Australian)||40JD|
|Petra 2-day visit||55JD|
|Total Savings using Jordan Explorer Pass (75JD)||43JD|
So even though I only visited a few of the 35 Jordan Pass included attractions, I saved 43JD ($80AUD/$61USD). Add in a few more attractions and the savings continue to grow.
So is the Jordan Pass Worth It?
Yes! I believe there would be very few people who would not be able to get their money’s worth out of the Jordan Pass. Many people will be able to save much more than I did! The Jordan Pass is honestly the best value tourist pass I have come across.
Now that you know you want a Jordan Pass, here is some information on Petra to help you to decide how many days you would like to visit for. Here is my post all about my whole Jordan visit, and here is one for the perfect two-week Jordan itinerary.
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Josie is a forty-something budget traveller. She only discovered travel in her late thirties, but since then has travelled extensively including taking an adult gap year. She is now based in Australia and loves sharing all she has learned about travelling on a budget but with the comforts a Gen Xer requires.