Transfer: Jerusalem – Petra

Take the stress out of crossing the border!

Typical schedule

We collect you from your location in Jerusalem, and transfer you across the border to your choice of destination in Petra. 

6:30 am

Pick up in Jerusalem.

8:15 am

Arrive at the Israeli terminal of the Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein crossing and pay exit tax.

8:45 am

Use the standard Border Service Shuttle Bus which crosses between the terminals.

9:00 am

Arrive at the Jordanian terminal and complete security checks, immigration and customs.

9:40 am

Take a short (1 minute) taxi ride from the terminal compound to a rest house outside the border.

9:45 am

Meet your driver at the rest house and depart to Petra.

3:00 pm

Arrive at 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. Usually clients go to the front of any queues. The VIP service can save lots of frustration and speeds up the crossing considerably (especially when the border is busy) and allows it to be done more comfortably. Crossing 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 may still have to wait if the authorities want to ask you any questions. For more information see below…

Via Allenby/King Hussein Crossing

 

If you have your Jordan Visa pre-approved, you can enter Jordan at the Allenby/King Hussein Crossing. The travelling time is quicker, around 45 minutes from Jerusalem to Allenby, then about 1 hour to cross the border (using VIP Service), and about 3 1/2 hours to Petra – total journey time around 5-6 hours. Please note, however, that Allenby/King Hussein is usually more busy than the other border crossing; without the VIP service it is therefore possible that you spend a decent amount of time waiting.

Car (up to 4 passengers): $550 total
Van (up to 7 passengers): $700 total

 

(Note: if you already have your Jordan Visa pre-arranged, you can travel via the Allenby/King Hussein Crossing, which is closer and quicker. In that case prices will be $400 for a car, and $550 for a van).

Prices Include

 

  • Private air-conditioned transport from your location in Jerusalem to the Jordan Valley/Sheikh Hussein Border Crossing.
  • Private transport from the border crossing to Petra.

Prices Exclude

 

  • Exit taxes.
  • Transport between the border terminals.
  • Visas.

 

(For more information see “Border Crossing Options”.)

  • You will have two different driver/vehicle on each side of the border, due to restrictions on vehicles crossing.
  • Luggage must fit in the vehicle. Make allowance for the amount of luggage you have.
  • Rates are available for pick up or drop off at various points in Jordan or Israel & Palestine. If you’d like to choose a route that differs from the ones offered above, please contact us about a custom transfer.

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. This 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. Without your Jordan Visa, you have to enter at the northern Jordan River crossing point, where the Jordan authorities do issue visas at the border.

We assume that you don’t have a visa to Jordan pre-arranged, and therefore plan the transfer by default via the northern Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein Crossing. However, if you do have your Jordan visa in advance, let us know! It will save you time and money.

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.

Other Fees

 

Besides the transport costs, there are other fees that you have to expect when crossing the borders:

 

  • Exit taxes…
    …from Palestine/Israel: NIS 179 pp ($50) at Allenby/King Hussein Crossing; NIS 105 pp ($30) at Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein Crossing.
    …from Jordan: 10 JD pp ($15) at all land borders.
  • Visa to Jordan: usually 40 JD pp ($60) (different conditions apply for groups).

Click here for…
…general travel advice for Jordan.