One of the biggest mistakes we made on our very first trip to Jordan was not fully understanding how the Jordan pass worked. To help you plan your perfect family trip to Jordan, we will break down for you what the Jordan Pass is, what’s included, and when it will be the best purchase for travelling to Jordan.
What is the Jordan Pass?
Combining entry visa and entry to over 40 attractions in Jordan, it is an ‘all in one pass’ for tourists.
There are three categories of the Jordan Pass, all essentially the same except for the number of times you can visit Petra:
- Jordan Wanderer 70 JOD – 1 day at Petra
- Jordan Explorer 75 JOD – 2 consecutive days Petra
- Jordan Expert 80 JOD– 3 consecutive days petra
All require you to be in the country for 3 nights/4 days.
Pricing is correct as at January 2024
What Attractions are Included in the Jordan Pass
The list of over 40 attractions includes:
- Wadi Rum
- Madaba Archaeological Park
- Amman Citadel
- Roman Theatre Amman
- Ajloun Castle
- Karak Castle
- Shobak Castle
- Aqaba Castle
- Umm Qays
- Qasr Al-Azraq
- Quseir Amra
- Umm Ar-Rasa
- Umm Qays Museum
- Umm al-Jimmal
- Al Hummaimah
- Museum of Popular Traditions
- Jordan Archaeological Museum
- Aqaba Museum
- Madaba Archaeological Museum
- Museum of the Lowest Place on Earth
- As-Salt Museum
- St Wlijah’s Hill
- Dar Al-Saraya Museum
- Karak Museum
- Iraq Al-Amir
- Qasr Al-Kharranah
- Qasr Al-Mushatta
- Qasr Hammam Al-Sarh
- Church of the Apostles
- Burnt Palace Madaba
When you purchase your Jordan pass online in advance of your travels, you’ll also get a digital download brochure so you can learn more about each of these places and plan out your stops.
You can only visit each site once (unless you have a multi-day pass for Petra).
When is it Best to Buy a Jordan Pass
If you plan to visit Petra and stay 3 nights minimum in Jordan, this is an immediate no-brainer.
If you buy Petra entry tickets (required for all members of your family over 12 – ID’s will be checked) at the gate, you will pay:
- 1 Day 50 JOD
- 2 Days 55 JOD
- 3 days 60 JOD
An eVisa for Jordan or Visa on arrival costs 40 JOD for everyone in your travelling party (yes, even babies!)
When Might I be Better Getting Only a Jordan Visa
For families with younger children and only seeing a limited number of paid attractions included on the pass, think carefully about whether you will get the full value out of a Jordan pass.
Under 12’s DO need a Visa but DO NOT need to pay entry at key attractions such as Petra.
You can apply for your Jordan Visa Online in advance or on arrival (but be prepared there can be queues, especially over popular holiday times and religious celebrations). So you may want to get your adults a Jordan Pass then just pay the kids Visa.
Another scenario where you would not need a Jordan pass is if you are a passport holder (not just a resident) or an Arabic country. Arabic nationalities are allowed to pay Jordanian resident rates for Petra, making entry just 1 JOD.
Visiting on a day trip from Israel or Egypt?
Many tour operators offer day trip packages to Petra from locations in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt and Israel. Do check what your tour provides as day trip tickets are exceedingly more expensive and will not be included for the Jordan Pass as you need a minimum of 3 days.
If you are only entering Jordan for 1 day to visit Petra, note that you get charged 90 JOD. If you visit Petra on the day you arrive in the country, you will also be charged 90 JOD, and need to retrun to the ticketing counter the following day as evidence you stayed in the country to redeem your 40 JOD back.
How Do I Buy Jordan Pass?
You can now get both electronic visas and Jordan Pass on the same Ministry of Interior website for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
You can also go to the official jordanpass.jo website
Note that the Jordan Pass itself is not a Visa, it just waives your visa fee for stays greatere than 3 nights.
Further Jordan Reading
Before you go, don’t miss these Jordan travel planning tools and resources:
- Jordan with Kids – fact guide & overview for planning a Jordan family vacation
- What do people wear in Jordan? – Not an ultra-conservative Muslim country, but some modesty is still required; get the balance right between dressing for weather extremes and religion
- Classic 5-day Jordan road trip itinerary – for those travellers short on time but wanting to see the highlights
- Tips for self-driving in Jordan
- Understand how much extra you should budget for tipping in Jordan
- Visiting Siq Al Barid (Little Petra) – make time in your itinerary for this stunning nearby landmark, perfect for littler legs!
- Visiting Petra from Amman on a Day Trip – top recommended tours and the pros and cons of visiting Petra from the capital in a single day
- Best Dead Sea Resorts with Kids – a run through all the Jordanian Dead Sea Resorts and which have the best family facilities
- Best time to visit Jordan – talking you through the seasons and weather at popular destinations
- UNESCO sites of the Middle East – learn more about the region’s fascinating world heritage sites
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