Car Rental in Amman
Jordan’s capital is an ancient city with thousands of years of heritage just waiting to be explored. In recent decades the city has undergone a modern transformation which has turned it into one of the region’s most popular travel destinations offering much more than just ruins and museums with its vibrant nightclubs and world-class cuisine. Given the lack of reliable public transport in Amman, having your own rental car is a far better way to explore the city.
Where to rent a car in Amman
There are several car rental agencies at Queen Alia International Airport for travelers who have just landed, while there are also plenty of options located in the city itself if you want to get settled in first. Some of the leading international companies available in Amman include Sixt, Thrifty, Avis and Hertz, while there are also numerous local providers to choose from. You can rely on a taxi to travel into the city from the airport or catch a public bus to save on money.
Driving in Amman
Driving around in Amman might seem daunting to begin with if you don’t have much experience driving in busy cities, but after a while you will get used to the rules of the road. Most of the roads in the city are signposted in both Arabic and English, but not all roads will come with signs and markings so it can be confusing. To get around this, it is best to get hold of a reliable satnav system which will also be very handy if you plan on getting out and exploring some of the sites outside of the city.
Parking in Amman
There are several parking lots located in and around central areas of Amman which will usually have capacity, so you shouldn’t experience any major problems finding parking spots. However, you may end up some distance away from the purpose of your visit in the sweltering heat so an additional taxi ride may be necessary. In Downtown Amman it is also possible to park up on the side of the streets from 10.00-13.00 and from 18.00-07.00 outside of the peak hours – don’t disobey these times or you will end up with a hefty fine.
Where to go around Amman
Many of Amman’s most popular tourism attractions like the Jabal al-Qal’a Citadel and the Jordan Museum are located centrally so you won’t have any problem reaching them. If you plan on visiting perhaps Jordan’s most famous attraction, the ancient ruins of Petra, then it is quite a long journey away at over a 3 hour drive south via Route 15. Alternatively, you can access the Dead Sea from Amman in around 90 minutes by car and take a dip in these famous waters. Queen Alia International Airport is the main airport in Jordan situated around 30 km from the city center and will take just over 30 minutes to reach by car.
* This information is correct as of December 2018