Many cities around the world offer a tourist pass that provides free or discounted entry to attractions. Sometimes public transport is also included. Jordan 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 how does the Jordan Pass stack up? Is it worth it?
What is the Jordan Pass?
The Jordan Pass is a combined tourist pass that once puchased gives free entry into attractions all over Jordan. 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 ocassionally asked for other ID to match the pass when entering attractions.
What are the Jordan Pass Attractions?
There are more than 35 attractions in Jordan that are covered by the Jordan Pass. Some of the most popular attractions 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 here. 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.
How Much Does it 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. 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 days it is 50/55/60JD. Addd in my visa 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 lastest information with the Jordan embassy before your trip.
Here is a breakdown of my costs and savings 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 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.
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