Jerusalem to Amman (and back)
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Dec 21, 2012 12:21 AM Last Post By: kotagiri_tea_pl...
Dec 5, 2012 8:09 PM
I am a 19 year old American and I'll be traveling with a friend of mine, also an American guy, in Israel and the West Bank in a few weeks. We would like to take two days or so to check out Amman.
My question is whether you think it is advisable to go via the Allenby Bridge or through the Beit Shean crossing. I'm not worried about the Israeli stamp in the passport, and I know that the Bet Shean crossing is generally much quicker, albeit much less direct. In that case, would it be best to go via Bet Shean?
Additionally, our plan would be to leave early on a weekday morning (probably a tuesday or wednesday), stay one night in Amman, and return to Jerusalem the following evening. Does this seem like a reasonable amount of time to see Amman itself? My main goal is to see the city and practice my Arabic a little.
I've done research, I just really want to know what you'd recommend for the border crossing. Any other insights would be great.
Thanks so much!
Dec 5, 2012 10:17 PM
1Welcome to Jordan
It is much better and closer(time saving) to cross border at KHB.but you need a visa in advance.Get one in the states before you leave you be OK.
When you get to amman go to the Tourist Office at the entrance to Roman Theatre and get a map for downtown amman that shows all tourists attractions and eateries in the area
Dec 5, 2012 11:14 PM
2Just to clarify what #1 wrote:
You need the Jordanian visa in advance only if you cross via the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge. Visas are issued at the Beit She'an crossing, so no visa in advance is needed if you use this crossing.
I hope you at least see Madaba, Jerash and/or Mt. Nebo if going to Amman. I have never heard of a tourist going to Amman only. I presume Petra is not feasible this trip.
Dec 6, 2012 9:17 AM
3Thanks for the replies, marcopoloo and a1! I knew about the visa situation, so I suppose I can get one here in the USA before I go. Petra, unfortunately is not feasible for this trip given the time constraints. But if you think I will be able to go to Madaba and Jerash and Mt. Nebo, I'll gladly look into how I can go about accomplishing that.
Thanks so much!
Dec 6, 2012 11:28 AM
Dec 6, 2012 12:21 PM
5Thanks a1 for summon me to forum
msblast. indeed you can visit Nebo and Madaba at same time cos they are close to each other.They sites are half hour drive west of Amman.
I personally if I have a choice I would go for Jerash it is the no 2 site to visit in Jordan after Petra.It is 45 minutes drive north of Amman
I you want to cover both sites you would need a whole day.this dsnt leave you much time to enjoy Amman
Dec 6, 2012 2:56 PM
6Again, thank you both for your replies. I think I'm going to spend three days in Jordan instead of two, since it will give me more time. I'll enter at Beit Shean because I'm not sure I'll have time to get a visa in advance and I don't really want to risk not having my passport in time for my departure next weekend.
It seems like Jerash is pretty much on the way from the Beit Shean crossing to Amman, so I will go to Jerash as soon as I arrive in Jordan. Then I'll spend the afternoon in Amman, and I'll go to Madaba and Mt. Nebo the next morning. On my last day I'll spend the morning in Amman before returning to Israel. Does this sound feasible?
Dec 6, 2012 3:55 PM
Dec 6, 2012 4:21 PM
8Also, is it possible to enter Jordan at Beit Shean but leave Jordan at the Allenby Bridge crossing?
Dec 6, 2012 4:32 PM
With the exception of the visa issue when entering Jordan over the Bridge, there are no restrictions or requirements as to where you enter or leave. Just be aware of the opening times and allow ample time crossing the Bridge as it may take several hours or more due to Bridge congestion and security issues. I'd recommend arriving at the Bridge early in the morning.
Dec 7, 2012 2:27 AM
10Allenby is the logical route between Jerusalem and Amman, but you'll need to secure a visa in advance. They usually do it on the same day - go to the Jordanian emnassy in Tel Aviv or to the Jordanian consulate in Ramallah.
Honestly, crossing the border is a hassle, you never know whether it will take one hour or six. Amman is not that interesting, it's not worth the trip. If you want to practice your Arabic, simply spend time in one of the cities in Palestine.
Dec 7, 2012 8:20 AM
11The Allenby Bridge crossing is one of the easier international borders, and Amman is a safe fascinating city to be enjoyed.
Dec 7, 2012 8:21 AM
Dec 11, 2012 3:14 AM
13Amman is one of the more boring cities in the region. Expatriates living there often escape to Beirut or Jerusalem/Tel Aviv for the week-end because there's little to do. It is not worth spending hours waiting to cross the border if you're just going to spend two days in Amman. If I were you I'd try to take a few more days and go to Petra of Jordan is your dream.
Dec 11, 2012 8:03 PM
14catw with over 4000 posts on this forum. your views can be taken seriously by readers.Amman can not be compared to Jerusalem or the sea side city of Beirut.It is not a fair comparison.
,You seem to have a stigma about Amman.It must have been a long time since you last visited it.I like to assure you the picture has changed dramaticaly especially in the downtown, and Jebal Amman.
Next time you are in Amman you be my guest I will show you the new Amman this might change your views of this great one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East.
.I loved it I made it my home for retirement after living in Australia for most of my life.
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