With expensive flights, attractions and alcohol, visiting Jordan
This guide details the cost of accommodation, travel, food, drink and sightseeing in Jordan, enabling you to figure out how much spending money you need when visiting the country. We splashed out in certain areas, for example by choosing to stay at the Movenpick Resort in Petra, so you can definitely reduce the cost by staying at cheaper hotels and doing fewer tours.
Spending money for ten days in Jordan:
Saint John Hotel, Madaba: 24JD/£26 for one night
Arab Divers Dive Centre, Aqaba: 50JD/£55 for one night
Wadi Rum: 36JD/£39 for two nights. We booked our camp and tours together but this is the price they quoted on Booking.com just for the camping on our dates.
Movenpick Resort, Petra: 280JD/£307 for three nights
Mujib Chalets, Dead Sea: 188JD/£206 for two nights
Total: 578JD/£633 for two people
Car hire: 205JD/£224
This was booked through Reliable Rent a Car and included insurance and GPS. As it turned out the GPS didn’t work, so be sure to check this before you head off. We were fully refunded for the GPS, so I would still recommend using Reliable Rent a Car.
This was the total cost of petrol for the ten days, during which we drove from Queen Alia International Airport to Madaba, down to Aqaba via Wadi Rum and then back up to the airport via Wadi Mujib and Kerak.
Jordan Pass: 70JD-80JD/£76-£87
I strongly recommend that you purchase a Jordan Pass before leaving home. It includes the cost of your visa, which alone would be 40JD, and also the
Wadi Rum: 130JD/£142 per person, plus optional tips of 20JD/£22 per person
We booked our Wadi Rum accommodation and tours all in one through Wadi Rum Sky Tours and Camp. The 130JD included camping for two nights, a one day jeep tour, a hiking tour up Jebel Um Adami mountain and all food and water for two days.
I recommend booking your camp and tours together in order to get a better deal, and I suggest prioritising the campsite that you want to stay at when deciding who to book with because the camp locations/quality vary a fair deal whereas the tours across all companies are pretty much the same.
We also chose to tip our chef 10JD and our guide 30JD. These were both optional and we had to guess how much was suitable, so you could well pay less or more.
Wadi Mujib Siq Trail: 21JD/£23 per person
Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist, Madaba: 1JD/£1.10 per person
Snorkel gear hire at Arab Divers Dive Centre: 7JD/£7.6 per person
Berenice Beach Club in Aqaba: 10JD/£11 per person
Petra Treasury viewpoint: 20JD/£22 for two people. It is possible to haggle down further, we managed to agree on 15JD but in the end decided to pay the full 20JD. When you agree on a price, be sure that it includes the guide bringing you up and then back down again.
Petra by Night: 17JD/£18.50
Here with the exact cost of some of our meals and groceries. Breakfast was included with all of our accommodation and all meals were included during our two days in Wadi Rum.
Sky bar in Madaba: 50JD/£55 for one beef fajita, one chicken kebab, one halloumi, one beef samosa, two big beers and two small beers.
Hotel restaurant in Aqaba: 25JD/£27 for two lamb kebab and chips, two juices and one large water.
Lunch at Berenice Beach Club: 14JD/£15 for two chicken Caesar salad and one large water
Red Cave Restaurant in Petra: 30JD/£33 for two lamb mansaf and one large water
Movenpick lunchbox: 22JD/£24 for two.
Groceries: 9JD/£10 for pasta, tinned tomatoes, two cans of houmous, eight flat bread, two packs of labneh, three nut bars and a handful of peaches.
Groceries: 2JD/£2.20 for a packet of flat bread, one labneh and two packs of crisps
Groceries: 2JD/£2.20 for one cucumber, two tomatoes, one pepper, four bananas
Groceries: 3JD/£3.30 for a pack of cream cheese, six cartons of juice, honey and yoghurt
Despite 95% of the population
Water from a shop: Around 1JD/£1.10 for 1.5 litre
Beers from a liquor store in Madaba: 3JD/£3.30 for a large can, 2JD/£2.20 for a small can
Movenpick Petra: Glass of wine 9JD/£10. Sparkling wine 15JD/£16.50. Small Amstel can 6.35JD/£6.90. Amstel draft 8JD/£8.70. All plus 17% tax and tip.
Cave Bar, Petra: 18JD/£20 for two large beers