Amman to Dead Sea: How to Travel

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Sharing borders with Jordan to the east, and Israel and the West Bank to the west, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth. Known for its hypersaline mineral-enriched waters, it is a popular tourist trap among travel-weary visitors, who come here to relax and rejuvenate. The best and the fastest route to the Dead Sea is from Amman, Jordan’s capital located just 55 km away. Starting your trip to the Dead Sea from Amman will also allow you to tick off some of the best highlights in Jordan. Besides, Amman is also a great starting point for budget-conscious travelers. However, for anyone who wants more action, joining an exhilarating Amman to Dead Sea tour is another way to get there.

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Ways to Get There

If you are wondering how to get to the Dead Sea from Amman, there are two main ways: by bus or by car. While either mode of transport should get you to the Dead Sea within two hours tops, here are the most fun way to get there:

By bus

Passenger buses parked at Jordan's bus stand.
If you want to interact with the locals and are on a tight budget, taking the bus from Amman to the Dead Sea is your best option.

Traveling from Amman to the Dead Sea by bus is your best option if you want to interact with the locals and are on a tight budget. There are only two types of buses. If comfort is your priority, a JETT bus from Amman to the Dead Sea is your best option. It has comfortable seating and is air-conditioned. There are only two JETT buses that go daily. One sets off to the Dead Sea through the third circle at 8:30 am and the other at the seventh circle at 9:00 am. The trip will cost you approximately 17 USD. If you are traveling on a budget, you can travel in a minibus, which will only cost you 1.50 USD.

Pro tips:

  • Since there are only two JETT buses from Amman to the Dead Sea, book your tickets in advance via the website.
  • If you travel solo and want an immersive experience, choosing the minibus allows you to intermingle with the locals.
  • For those who opt for a mini-bus, note that Jordan station rarely operates on time. So, be prepared for unexpected delays. On top of that, mini-buses can also be crowded and uncomfortable.
  • It is always great to know a few essential sentences in Arabic since not all drivers will know English.

By car

A car heading towards Dead Sea.
Experience the beauty of Jordan as you head from Amman to the stunning Dead Sea by car.

Traveling from Amman to the Dead Sea by car is an excellent option if you are with a group of friends and want complete control of your trip. You get to decide which route you want to take, and if it is your first time traveling, a driver from an excellent taxi service could give you the most fantastic tips and recommendations to shop, visit and eat. However, traveling by car could be quite expensive, requiring you to spend more than 100 USD. But this can still be budget-friendly if a group of people can pool in.

Pro tips:

  • Rates vary according to the cab service and the route you take to the Dead Sea. Comparing rates from multiple cab services is the best way of finding the best price.
  • While cars offer the flexibility to travel long distances, make sure to specify in advance whether you are traveling with children or require some special arrangements.
  • If you are going solo, splitting the cost of a cab with other passengers can be worthwhile. Uber in particular, is becoming popular in Amman these days, so keep that possibility in mind before you depart.
  • You can alternatively rent and drive the car, although this method is comparatively more expensive.
  • If you choose to rent a car, note that you must be at least 25 years old and confirm your identity through your passport, although you do not require an international driving license.

Dead Sea Tours

Sometimes, planning a trip from Amman to Dead Sea can be nerve-wracking. You will not only need to think through your travel itinerary but also organize transportation and accommodation. If you wish to avoid the hassles of planning a trip, you can book all-inclusive tours to the Dead Sea from Amman. Here are two Dead Sea tour packages worth checking out:

  • Take up a three-day short tour starting and ending in Amman, Jordan. Drive to Petra, camp in Wadi Rum, spend a couple of relaxing hours by the Dead Sea, and make the most of the limited days in hand.
  • From the lost city of Petra, the colonnaded streets of Jerash and Mount Nebo, to the lunar landscapes of Wadi Rum, wrap a week-long tour through Jordan with a relaxing day by the Dead Sea.

There are many ways to get to Dead Sea, be it by bus, car, or by joining an organized tour. If you are on a trip to Jordan, make time to see the Dead Sea, one of the biggest attractions of the country.

If you are looking to explore more, there are other destinations in Jordan with abundant opportunities to venture out. You can check out the guide on things to do in Jordan to find out activities that best suit you. For a seasonal overview of the country, you can read our guide on the best time to visit Jordan. Browse through our collection of packaged tours to Jordan or contact our travel experts for customized trips to Jordan.

Published by Astha Joshi, updated on January 6, 2023

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