We collect you from your location in Jerusalem, and transfer you across the border to your choice of destination in Petra.
Pick-up at your preferred location in Jerusalem.
Arrival at the Israeli Terminal of Allenby / King Hussein Bridge. Enter the Terminal when it opens at 8am, and pay the exit tax.
Board the first standard Border Service Shuttle Bus of the day to cross the no man’s land between the terminals.
After exiting the bus at the Jordanian terminal, complete security checks, immigration and customs.
Meet your Jordanian driver outside the terminal, and depart to Petra.
Drop-off at your choice of destination in Wadi Musa/ Petra.
Please note, this is only an example and times can vary according to various factors (e.g. how busy the border crossing is, security procedures, etc.).
Using VIP Service
The VIP Service is a provision run by the staff at the border to enable faster crossings. The service includes “VIP” waiting rooms, assistance with immigration, security and luggage, plus a private van shuttle between the terminals. For more information see ‘Crossing Options’ below.
Via Allenby/King Hussein Crossing
It is possible to take a different border crossing than Allenby/ King Hussein Bridge. For example if you do not prearrange your visa to Jordan, we recommend the Jordan River/ Sheikh Hussein Crossing in the North. Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of changing your route below under ‘Border Crossing Options’.
Car (up to 3 passengers): $450 total
Van (up to 6 passengers): $600 total
Note: If you want to cross through Sheikh Hussein/ Jordan River Border Crossing in the north, we can arrange that for you. However, the additional distance and time result in a higher price – $550 for a car, $700 for a van.
(For more information see “Border Crossing Options”.)
Allenby/King Hussein or Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein Border Crossing?
There are 2 border crossing points that are easily accessible from Jerusalem:
1. The Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Crossing, near the Dead Sea (approx. between Amman and Jerusalem).
2. The Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein Crossing in the north (approx. between Beit She’an and Irbid, about 2 hours from Jerusalem or Amman).
IMPORTANT: Since the closest border crossing to Jerusalem is the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge, this would be the preferred option. You are, however, only allowed to enter Jordan at this crossing point if you already have your visa to Jordan. Visa can either be issued by a Jordanian embassy (i.e. in Tel Aviv, Ramallah, or your home country). Another possibility is, that you have already entered Jordan and left via the Allenby Bridge, and you are still within the date of your original 30 day tourist visa. In this case you are able to re-enter Jordan without obtaining a new visa. Without a previously arranged visa, you have to enter Jordan at the northern Jordan River crossing point, where the Jordan authorities do issue visas at the border.
Standard Shuttle Bus or VIP Service?
The Jordanian and Israeli terminals are approximately 5km apart at Allenby, and 1km at the Jordan River crossing. There are two ways to get from one to the other – the shuttle bus or the VIP van.
Shuttle Bus: The shuttle bus costs 7 JD pp ($10), plus 1.50 JD ($1,50) per each luggage checked in the bus hold at Allenby/King Hussein Crossing; 1,6 JD pp ($2,5) at Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein Crossing. The first shuttle bus from the Jordanian terminal leaves around 8:30am, from the Israeli Terminal around 9.00am. After that the shuttle leaves every 1-2 hours. There is no regular schedule.
VIP Service: The VIP Service is a provision run by the staff at the borders to enable faster crossing. The service includes “VIP” waiting rooms, assistance with immigration, security and luggage; plus a private van shuttle between the terminals. Usually clients go to the front of any queues. The VIP service can save lots of frustration, speed up the crossing considerably (especially when the border is busy) and allow it to be done more comfortably. Crossing from Jerusalem to Jordan, using the VIP service means you normally get through the border in 1 hour (without, it can be up to 4 hours on a busy day). Please note, the VIP service doesn’t mean you get less checks, and you still may have to wait if the authorities want to ask you any questions. Please let us know if you would like to use the service, as this affects the timing of the onward transportation.
The VIP service is paid for directly at the border. The cost is $115 pp, per journey at Allenby/King Hussein Crossing, and as follows at Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein Crossing:
1 person ($71 USD)
2 people ($54 USD per person)
3 people ($48 USD per person)
4 people ($45 USD per person)
5 people ($43 per person)
6 people ($42 per person) at Sheikh Hussein Crossing.
Generally, our recommendation is:
Use the shuttle bus if you feel the VIP service cost is too high.
If you want to spend some money to save time and hassle, then take the VIP Service (especially recommended at Allenby/King Hussein Bridge when returning from Amman to Jerusalem in the morning).
If money is not a worry at all then take the VIP service both ways: from Jerusalem to Jordan and from Jordan back to Jerusalem.
Besides the transport costs, there are other fees that you have to expect when crossing the borders:
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…general travel advice for Jordan.