Transportation in Amman: Taxi
Taxi is the best way (and almost only) to get around Amman on your own and it’s very inexpensive, and fast compared to big tourist coaches because taxis tend to move faster in city traffic jams. For recommended taxi tips, follow these words of advice for transportation in Amman.
The Taxi System
There are two kinds of taxis. The yellow ones are a la carte route. You catch one, and you go where you want. The lighted word TAXI is at the top of the car. The white ones have already fixed routes, which are expressed in Arabic signals, and you share them with others who want to take the same route. This is quite inexpensive too.
One important thing: almost everybody in Jordan speaks English, at least basic English. Taxi drivers are not an exception, and they can understand you and speak basic words. But, mind to tell your destination in the Arabic name, otherwise, they won’t have a clue of where you want to go. Finally, try to avoid those taxis waiting at hotel entrances, as they will often try to charge you more. Instead, walk a couple of minutes away from the hotel and you’ll be able to find one almost everywhere.
Taxi Fare and Other Guidelines
To go almost anywhere in Amman, a taxi fare is approximately 1 Jordanian Dinar or JD. From Abdali Bus Station to downtown, the fare is 0.5 JD. The Taxi Driver is required by law to put the meter on. Taxis in Amman do not accept credit card payment, it must be in cash, and there is no receipt. Women should sit in the back seat – always – even if the driver suggests you sit in the front. Don’t be shy about this, since Jordanians respect assertive women.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about transportation in Amman.