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? Do the numbers 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. It 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 ID to match the pass when we were 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, including four UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites. Some of the most popular Jordanian tourist sites worth visiting 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 dedicated website. It is important to remember to buy and print your pass before you arrive in Jordan if you plan to use it for your tourist visa on arrival. The Jordan Pass is well known at the immigration counter of Queen Alia International Airport. We simply showed them the printed pass and they immediately knew what it was and how to use it. The process was smooth and quick. (Note: there are some restrictions if you are entering the country in locations other than Queen Alia International Airport, make sure you read the FAQs on the website to be aware of them)
How Much Does the Jordan Pass Cost?
The three different options for the pass 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 that can be made depend on how many of the attractions you decide to go to. The pass is so competitively priced that it is possible to be ahead after using it just for your tourist visa and Petra entrance fees. This was the case for me, so it was a no-brainer when I was considering buying the card. The cost of a ticket for Petra makes up most of the cost of the Jordan Pass. For 1/2/3 day Petra entry it is 50/55/60JD. Add in the visa on arrival cost of 40JD (my cost as an Australian) and I was already saving. Depending on which country you are from, you may 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 of what your savings could be like.
|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. I truely believe that many people will even be able to save much more than I did! The only time that this pass could perhaps not make sense is if you cannot use it to cover your visa on arrival, and you are only staying for a short amount of time. This pass is honestly the best value tourist pass I have come across and not only do I recommend it, I think you would be crazy not to get it!
For more information on where to visit in Jordan, how to get around, suggestions on places to eat and places to stay, click here to read my suggested itinerary for the perfect two weeks in Jordan. Also included are suggestions for transfers, day tours and even some ideas for longer tours if you prefer to take a tour instead of travelling independently.
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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.