Crossing King Hussein Bridge on a Saturday
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jun 3, 2013 1:00 PM Last Post By: eezypeezy
May 14, 2013 11:31 AM
Crossing King Hussein Bridge on a SaturdayI was wondering how hard it is to cross the Jordan-Israel border on Saturday. I've heard the border closes early and there can be long delays. My flight arrives around 10 am at Queen Alia. Will I have enough time to get a visa at the airport, get a taxi to the border, and cross before the border closes in the same day (on a Saturday)?
Edited by: eezypeezy
May 14, 2013 10:36 PM
1Assuming your flight is not delayed by two hours, then yes it’s feasible. The Queen Alia International Airport has a fixed fare taxi office; the distance to the border is slightly less than 50 km.
As you know the border closes on Friday and Saturday at 15:00 (in the summer time). The time consuming bit maybe waiting for the JETT border shuttle bus that drives you over the Allenby Bridge.
You pay the Jordanian Departure Tax 10 JD, plus 4 JD bus fare and 1.5 JD for each bag in the shuttle bus luggage hold, (your passport is returned to you on the shuttle bus). On the Israeli side, pick up your bags after security, there is a money changer, and there are minivan taxis to shuttle you to up to Jerusalem's Damascus Gate for 38 NIS plus bag fees.
Edited by: sandyfoot
May 14, 2013 11:39 PM
May 15, 2013 6:09 AM
May 16, 2013 2:04 AM
I did that same trip on 27/April/2013 and the rules are:
- The border closes at 15:00 but in the Israeli side!!
- The last bus on the border departures at 11:00 AM, so in real life the border closes at 11:00 AM!!!
- Long lines, almost 2, 3 hours, thats why last bus departures at 11:00AM...those guys are in the line till 2, 3 PM.
In my case i miss the last bus (i arrive at 11:15) and then i went on the last VIP service van...
There are a VIP service till 11:30 but you must pay 100€...
Taxi from Amman takes almost 30 min or more, so I think its impossible with a 10AM arrival for border crossing.
Sorry, but the Shabatt rules are crazy!!
May 16, 2013 11:20 PM
5HMG thanks for quoting your personal experience
On many occasions i have seen people turned back at the border dcrossing at KHB thioug they arrive at Jordan side of borders by 8 am.that was when there is special occasions of big numbers of people want to border cross.
It is wise to always do check with your hotel or taxi about time the border is opened..
May 18, 2013 3:13 AM
6I travelled on a Saturday. It was horrific. The biggest problem, apart from inside the terminal as luggage took around an hour and a half to be returned, was that the buses to Jerusalem seemingly stop running early on. I finally got on one, but it was with a lot of pushing and shoving. Try and travel the following day if possible.
May 30, 2013 11:02 AM
7Just wanted to give an update on my experience for anyone trying to cross Allenby Bridge on a Saturday. We were able to reach the border around 11:15 from Amman airport (our flight arrived at 9:55). There were no lines on the Jordanian side of the border and we were able to get on the bus without difficulty or waiting. The bus left around 11:25. I'm not sure if this was the last bus or if this is normal or just a fluke. Of course the Israeli side was more difficult, but took around 2 hours to get through. No problems getting a sherut from the border.
My advice is to try to travel on a day other than Friday or Saturday or to get to the border earlier. However, it you're feeling lucky, you might go for it with the plan of getting a VIP van (extra $100 per person) if there are no buses.
May 30, 2013 9:57 PM
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