Travel by taxi if you want to see the sights on a strict timeline or on your own. Take a bus if you have time to spare and an interest in meeting people.
You can hire a taxi for either short trips or long distance travel around the country. Indeed, taxi drivers will approach you about this. Like in most countries all over the world, you can almost expect taxi drivers to overcharge. It is customary for men to sit in the front seat, and unaccompanied women should sit in the back when they use a taxi.
There are not many buses within Jordan, but at least they ply the major routes, and the buses are cheaper than taxis. Jordan is a rather small country with express buses from Amman to the main tourist destinations like Kerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, or Aquaba. They’re reliable and they’re the best way to get around the country if you have the time. The mini buses don’t have fixed timetables, they leave once they are full. They are very easy to arrange, and they go almost everywhere throughout the country.
Petra is the main highlight of Jordan and the most famous tourist spot. There are many tours coming to and from Amman to Petra. Most are via Big Tour Buses, while some go in private tour vans and private tour cars. The drive from your Amman hotel to Petra takes 4 1/2 hours, including the obligatory 30-minute stop at one of the souvenir shop and refreshment areas of Al Karak, which is located halfway between Amman and Petra. The drive is smooth along the vast expanse of desert via the King’s Highway and then to Wadi Musa, which is the entrance to Petra.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Jordan transportation.