I’ve recently returned from an epic trip around both Israel and Jordan which involved stunning national parks, floating in the Dead Sea, visiting Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day (What an experience! – see my blog about it here) and just an all-around awesome experience in general.
Whilst I was in Israel, a local suggested that I should purchase a Jordan pass, as it would make my trip to Jordan cheaper and a lot easier. Well, it turns out that this guy was an absolute genius! If you’re reading this then you may or may not know what the Jordan pass is, but this post aims to enlighten those who don’t know and help make the decision of purchasing a Jordan pass to those who may have some concerns.
So let’s do this…
What is the Jordan Pass?
The Jordan pass is effectively a money saving and a time-saving ticket to seeing most of the best sights that Jordan has to offer. Once you purchase the ticket, it will give you entry to some of Jordan’s most famous attractions such as Wadi-Rum, the infamous Petra, the Roman ruins of Jerash and many more. It’s essentially all your touristy ‘must do’s’ covered for just one price. However, that’s not the best part. If your trip is similar to mine was and you’re planning on crossing the border between Israel and Jordan. Then the Jordan pass will impress you even more. It not only covers entrance fees to tourist sites, but it also waives the cost of a visa. How good is that?
How much does it cost?
This is probably the bit you’re all waiting for… So basically, there are three different options you can choose from when purchasing your Jordan pass. The website calls them the Jordan Wanderer, Jordan Explorer and the Jordan Expert. However, the names are quite deceiving though, as the only real difference between the passes are the number of days you are allowed in Petra. For those of you who really want to dig deep and explore Petra to the max, then the latter option is clearly for you. However, I do have a post on a recommended itinerary for Petra here if you’re unsure of how much time you need. The prices for the pass are 70JD for the Wanderer, 75JD for the explorer and 80 JD for the expert.
Now, when you break this down it’s an absolute saver…
The entrance fee for a one-day entry to Petra alone is 50 JD, Wadi Rum is 5 JD, Jerash 10 JD and the cost of a visa if you’re travelling from Israel is around 40 JD. So if you work that out, that’s a pretty big chunk you’re saving, and that’s not even scratching the surface of the number of attractions that are included with the pass.
Are there any downfalls?
I know exactly what you must be thinking, surely this pass has to have some negatives, it sounds way too good to be true. Well, yeah I suppose it has a couple, but for me they were minor, and its benefits definitely outweigh the negatives. One issue with the pass is that you have to spend 3 or more nights in Jordan otherwise you’ll still have to pay visa fees during your exit from Jordan. Now for those of you who are planning a quick sprint to Petra and then aim to get the next taxi or bus back to Jerusalem you’re gonna have some issues. You had might as well not purchase the Jordan pass, and pay for your border crossings and petra separately as it’ll probably work out cheaper. Unfortunately, the Jordan pass has some T’s and C’s which mean you’ll have to stay over three nights to waive the visa fees.
Another issue that seems to be quite common is a website issue when purchasing a pass. I’ve heard so many people complain about the payment process being a hassle. Quite a few people have had issues with paying for multiple passes as a result of the website lagging a little. Perhaps they should think about sacking their website designer?
On the other hand, I’ve heard that surprisingly if you have any problems there’s nearly always somebody on the other end of their helpline to help you out if you do come across some issues. So in short, terrible website but decent customer service. Oh and just to let you know, I had no problems whatever ordering two passes for myself and a friend.
Thanks for the read guys! I hoped you enjoyed this post and I hope that it gives you a helping hand in deciding whether it’s worth purchasing the Jordan pass (It definitely is). Let me know what you think about the Jordan pass, leave some comments and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.