What is the going daily rate for private driver?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: May 5, 2013 6:00 AM Last Post By: theosophe
Apr 30, 2013 6:27 AM
What is the going daily rate for private driver?Hi,
What is the average daily rate for hiring a driver in Jordan? I don't want a tour guide. I only want a driver to get us from Point A to Point B. I will be in Jordan for 6 days and we know exactly what we want to see. My travelling companion is not keen on renting a car so, for the sake of the tight schedule, we are looking at options for a private driver.
1. I got quoted 475 JD for six days of driving, so that's 79 JD per day. Does this sound right or is this high? (This includes petrol, car, driver, but not tip). I am assuming it is acceptable to try to bargain with the driver over email if this price is high?
2. Anyone have any recommendations for private drivers?
3. Possible to arrange private taxi from Point A to Point B with our hotel and then have our hotel arrange the onward travel? Is this more hassle than just getting one private driver for the whole trip? More expensive?
Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thank you!
Apr 30, 2013 7:43 AM
1Does this include the driver's accommodation and meals? Are you covering large distances on all days, including in rural areas where buses run infrequently? If all answers are yes then I'd say you are not getting ripped off. You can always try to bargain for 10 or 15% less. By comparison, JD 475 is a decent monthly (!) salary for a skilled/semi-professional Jordanian.
Consider that renting a tiny car from the very cheapest operator costs about JD 20 per day, excluding petrol. The very cheapest bus ticket for a very long distance (say Amman to Aqaba) is perhaps JD 10 per person. A private taxi over a medium distance (approx. 1 hour of driving) is at least JD 15. Point-to-point taxis are an alternative option almost anywhere in Jordan, where nearly every second car seems to be a taxi. You can often hail one in the street. In places with no traffic any hotel will normally be able to phone a taxi driver (but you pay an "invisible" commission). Many neighbourhood taxis are willing to take on a long-distance fare if the price is right.
May 1, 2013 3:11 AM
2Also many of the rental firms have cars with drivers for rent and you can get an idea of the going rate from them. Check Avis, Hertz, National, eurocar, Monte Carlo websites for rates.
Taxi drivers earn very little: one driver I know pays JD22/day in rental for the taxi(most drivers cannot afford to own their own taxis so they rent from fleet 'landlords'), plus the fuel he uses, and told me that he usually comes home with less than JD10/day profit.
May 2, 2013 8:51 AM
3I'll spend 5 to 6 days in Jordan and I'm also evaluating renting a car in order to save precious time by avoiding waiting hours and unnecesary stops. I'll land at Amman airport at 11 am and I was thinking on leaving that night to Petra and spend the night there, as well as the next 2 days. I will be back to Amman from Petra to see Jerash, Karak and Madaba in 2 or 3 days. Then I'll head to Israel for another 6 days.
So my question would be... is it safe to drive in Jordan? Driving from Amman to Petra should be easy since it's only a long single road but I'm afraid of robery against tourists or maybe corrupt police officers who ask for a bribe. Any comment is highly appreciated!
May 2, 2013 12:35 PM
May 3, 2013 8:53 AM
5Driving in Jordan is as safe as anywhere else. The traffic in central Amman can be a bit hairy at times, but that's all you've got to worry about. Driving standards, signage and road conditions are pretty good throughout the rest of the country.
The only thing to watch out for is checkpoints. Once you get near the Dead Sea and Israeli border, you will encounter checkpoints manned by the army. They're absolutely nothing to be afraid of; just make sure you stop at them. The soldiers might ask to see your passport; equally, they might want to chat to you for 15 minutes and offer you a cup of tea because they are bored. Or they might just wave you straight through.
Crime against tourists in Jordan is extremely rare - you'd be more likely to come to grief in Europe or the US.
Corruption does exist in Jordan, but unless you're a Jordanian, you're highly unlikely to experience it. I've never once heard of a Jordanian policeman or soldier asking a foreigner for a bribe. Like Brian said, I've never found Jordanian police to be anything other than friendly and helpful.
Make sure to travel along the King's Highway at least once - it's awesome. The Desert Highway is the quickest way to get from north to south, but it's not very pretty.
May 5, 2013 6:00 AM
Planning to book some transports with a private driver. He gives me following prices :
Ajloun, Jerash and Mount Nebo : 50 JD
Madaba to Dana (we'll visit Umm rasas, Wadi Mujib view, Kerak) : 70 JD
pick up from Wadi Rum early in the morning to the airport : 85 JD
It seems to be a good price. What do you think about ?
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