Facts of Jordan
Below you can get practical information when traveling to Jordan.
- Language: Arabic
- Capital: Amman
- Population: 8, 1 mill.
- Religion: Sunni Islam
- Currency: Dinar
- Surface: 97,740 km2
The time difference between Sweden and Jordan varies depending on whether Sweden has summer or winter time:
Summer time: + 2 hours
Winter time: + 1 hour
Transport in Jordan
The buses in Jordan are of a high standard and have air conditioning.
A main course with accessories costs around SEK 120. When it comes to pocket money, we know from experience that you need about 250-300 kronor per day. Such a sum can cover drinks and various other necessities.
On our travels, you come into contact with everyday life in Jordan, including conditions that may not appeal to you, or that you are not used to. Take for example the system of tips. In many countries, tips are a more organized phenomenon than we Swedes are used to, and you are expected to leave some tips to local guides and drivers during the trip. We enter an amount in our travel program so that you can count on this when you make up your travel budget at home. The price of the trip does not include the cost of tips as you decide how much you want to give during the trip. The tip system is part of the culture you visit and something you should therefore follow and respect.
In restaurants and cafés, it is customary to tip about 10% of the entire bill.
Currency and credit cards
Jordan’s currency is called the Jordanian Dinar (JOD).
It can be difficult to switch from home, so we recommend that you bring USD or EUR as your currency. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are very common and can be used in most large hotels and in some stores. MasterCard and Visa can be used to withdraw cash in most major cities.
Just like Sweden, Jordan has 220 volts. There may be different sockets, so we recommend that you bring an adapter set.
Telephone and internet
Jordan’s international country code is + 962. It’s expensive to call home, so feel free to check with your mobile operator regarding coverage and rates for calls from Jordan.
In the capital Amman there are some internet cafes, but not in the smaller towns. Most major hotels in Jordan offer paid internet services.
Drinking water and hygiene
Hotels and larger restaurants are of a modern / western standard. Out in the city and in the country, you can count on going to so-called pedal toilets, and that there is a lack of toilet paper. The standard of public toilets or in the countryside can thus be relatively primitive. Bring your own toilet paper, wet wipes and perhaps hand sanitizer (available at Swedish pharmacies, for example), so you will not be as dependent on access to water.
You should not drink tap water, but instead buy bottled drinking water.
Customs and traditions
Jordan has a relatively relaxed relationship with how to dress. In mosques and other holy places, people should show respect, even through their clothing. We recommend that your clothes cover your knees and shoulders. Visit thenailmythology.com for the best of Jordan.
Shorts are not common in Amman, but are fully accepted by tourists in Aqaba.
Smoking is prohibited during all flights and bus transport. You are not allowed to smoke indoors in public places unless there are special smoking rooms.