Petra, Jordan

How to travel Jordan CHEAPLY With Kids

If you’re looking to go travelling in Jordan and wondering how much it’ll cost, read on for some of our costs when we spent nine days in Jordan as a family of four. We travelled budget most of the time and Jordan was incredibly easy to navigate on our budget – although we did spend more than we anticipated. Read on for loads of ideas on how to travel Jordan cheaply.



How to book flights to Jordan

We flew out of London via Vilnius (Lithuania) and onwards to Amman, Jordan. Four of us flew to Jordan for £135 in total.

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Iraq Al Amir

Purchase the Jordan Pass before you go

Two of our children are under 12 so we only needed to purchase two Jordan passes.

If you don’t  purchase the Jordan Pass you will be liable for the 40JD per person, visa fee as you enter the country. You will need to print your Jordan Passes to show everywhere as proof.  Here is what is included in your Jordan Pass.

You have three options Jordan Wanderer, Explorer and Expert and only difference is the amount of times you wish to be admitted to Petra.

  • Jordan Wanderer = 1 admittance to Petra – 70JD
  • Jordan Explorer = 2 admittances to Petra –  75JD
  • Jordan Expert = 3 admittances to Petra – 80JD

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Rental Car Costs

I always rent through the same agency as they give me multiple options and big discounts on subsequent bookings.  As I’d never driven in Jordan before I decided to purchase additional insurance. As it turned out I didn’t need it and the quality of driving was ok (outside Amman).

Car Hire Charge – £149.67

Full Insurance – £60.65

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We used one and a half tanks of petrol which cost roughly 40 JD.  One tank of petrol cost £25.74.


Driving in the Wadi Majib

5 ideas on where to stay in Jordan

Prices are based on four people sharing.

  1. Nomads Hotel Hostel, Amman <- £148.38 for 3 nights. Breakfast was an additional 3JD each. 
  2. Holiday Inn, Dead Sea <- £202. This was our largest expense of the trip but we were able to book half board which meant an all you can eat evening meal and buffet breakfast were provided.
  3. Al Nawatef Camp, Dana National Reserve <- 40JD including meals 
  4. Bedouin Cave, Little Petra <- £93.17 including meals
  5. Um Sabatah Camp, Wadi Rum <- 2 nights for 50JD including meals

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The Dead Sea

Meals out in Amman

3 budget-friendly places to eat in Amman

  • 1) Hashem Restaurant (9JD total)
  • 2) Art Hotel Café (10JD total)
  • 3) Shams El Balad (25JD total)
  • 4) Aima Ice Cream (5JD for 6 balls) <- The kids and Rich ate sorbet as this was the only vegan option.


Al Nawatef Camp, Dana National Reserve

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Other places we ate

Pizza on the way to  Jerash – 25JD

Nuts in Amman – 15JD

Bread + fruit – 3JD

Coffee – by the roadside is roughly 1JD


Herbs & Spices in Amman

Activities that cost us money


Inside the Children's Museum, Amman

Ferry to Egypt

Tickets cost 52JD and anybody over the age of two years must buy one. The ticket price does not include your Departure Fee of 10JD. Taxi to the port was also 10JD.

Read about how we caught the ferry from Aqaba to Nuweiba in Egypt.


Catching the ferry to Egypt

Total Expenditure

Our total expenditure was £1,747.42. This equates to roughly £436 per person.  If we were slow travelling that would be our monthly expenditure so it is more than we’d usually spend but we also did a lot and we contributed mostly towards local communities.


Wadi Rum

How to make this cheaper?

  1. Book cheaper accommodation.
  2. Avoid the Dead Sea.
  3. Buy a hiking guide book and do the hikes yourself. Many guide books have GPS locations making it easier.
  4. Don’t pay for any additional costs such as the cookery class.
  5. Eat street food.



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