Amman to Jerusalem : Everything to Know About Crossing the Border from Jordan to Israel

By on August 20, 2018 in ISRAEL, JORDAN, Middle East, Off the Beaten Track with 24 Comments

Amman to Jerusalem

Did you know there’s a way you can cross from Jordan to Israel and back without getting your passport stamped by either country?

Did you know there’s a way you can get from Amman to Jerusalem in just a few hours?

Well if the answer to either of these questions is “no”, or “yes, but how?”, then this is the article for you!

Because not only does this advice stop you paying twice for a Jordanian visa, or having to buy a multi-entry visa in the first place, it also allows you to visit Jerusalem and still have access to visit the full spectrum of Middle Eastern countries subsequently.

So listen in people, I’ve got the full lowdown on this magical border crossing from Amman to Jerusalem right here…


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Getting to the Border from Amman

Jordan, Amman, Umbrella Street

So the first thing you need to know is that the only border where you can cross from Amman to Jerusalem and back on your single entry Jordan visa is the King Hussein / Allenby Bridge border crossing.

This is the closest border to the capital Amman and getting there on public transport is quite simple.

If you’re staying somewhere in central downtown Amman, like the excellent Jordan Towers, then a taxi to the Jett Bus Station in the north of the city will set you back just 2 JD (Jordanian Dinar).

Set off early to get to the Jett Bus Station for 6am, because the bus leaves at 6:30am sharp (as I found out) and there will be a big queue for tickets (as I found out!)

Alternatively, be organised and buy your ticket the day before!

You should also get some NIS (New Israeli Shekels) the day before your arrival too, which are easy to obtain from any of the foreign exchange offices in Amman – they offer much better rates than at the border.

The Jett Bus will take 1 hour to reach the King Hussein Border.

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Navigating the King Hussein Border

Jordan, Transport, Jett Buss

Once you arrive at the border, head into the departure section and hand your passport in with a 10 JD exit tax.

Then take a seat. Wait until your name is called.

When it is, head out of immigration and proceed to the Jett Shuttle Bus. Your passport will then be handed back to you on the bus with your exit stamp on a separate piece of paper.

You’ll then drive to the Allenby Bridge border –  a ride you shouldn’t have to pay for after buying your Jett Bus ticket in Amman (show your ticket as proof if required).

Expect a traffic queue as you approach the Israeli side due to rigorous security checks.

 

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Navigating the Allenby Bridge Border

Israel, Bethlehem, Cityscape

Get out of the shuttle bus and head into the Israeli immigration building.

Even though you’re technically in the West Bank here, Israel control the border crossing.

Put your bags through the scanner and queue up to see an official who you’ll give you a yellow sticker for the outside of your passport.

Put your bag through another scanner, but don’t send your passport off with it, as you’ll need to show it and the yellow sticker to another official before walking through a scanner yourself.

Then proceed to passport control.

After a series of questions, you should get an entry sticker – although you may have to fill in extra forms or see a security official at this point to get into the country.

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Getting to Jerusalem from the Border

Israel, Jerusalem, Temple Mount

Exit the Allenby Bridge immigration building and turn right, walking past a number of coaches.

Walk round the corner to find the shared taxis (minivans) that are heading direct to Jerusalem.

Costing 42 NIS (New Israeli Shekels) + 5 NIS per bag, you’ll reach Jerusalem from here in under an hour.

You should arrive near the Damascus Gate of the Old City and from there you can  hop on the Light Rail.

Single Light Rail tickets costs 5.90 NIS and can be bought using card or cash at the machines on the platform.

Otherwise, grab a taxi to take you to Jerusalem’s New City where your accommodation is likely to be.

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Returning to Amman from Jerusalem

Jordan, Amman, Cityscape

To return to Amman from Jerusalem, head to Damascus Gate and from there walk to the shared taxi station (minivan depot).

Pay 42 NIS to get to the Allenby Bridge (you can change any spare NIS for JD you may have here too, but don’t forget the Israeli exit fee.)

Drive to the Allenby Bridge border.

Pay the Israel exit fee of 180 NIS and get your exit card.

Depart the Allenby Bridge immigration and get the Jett Bus from outside it to the King Hussein border point for 7 JD + luggage fee.

Enter the Jordan Immigration building and enjoy the chaos!

Clear immigration (without getting an entry stamp) and take a collective minibus back to Amman for 4 JD.

***If you’re within the first 1 month of your Jordan visa you will be able re-enter on the same single entry visa, so try to time your visit from Amman to Jerusalem to coincide with this.***

 

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Beware of the Holidays!

Israel, Jerusalem, Doors

It’s also worth finding out if any of the days you intend to cross the King Hussein / Allenby Bridge border are either Islamic or Jewish holidays.

If they are, then expect borders to shut early, be super busy or even be closed entirely.

It’s also worth noting that this border closes at lunchtime on Friday and Saturdays to coincide with Holy Days regardless, so make sure you cross early in the morning if you’re transiting on either of these days.

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Returning to Amman from Tel Aviv

Israel, Tel Aviv, Beach

If you heading to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem, then you’ll be pleased to know you can also get back to Amman from Tel Aviv in just a few hours too.

First get the Egged Bus from Tel Aviv Central Bus Station to Jerusalem, which will cost you 16 NIS.

Arrive at Jerusalem’s Central Station and catch the Light Rail from outside there to Damascus Gate (5.90 NIS, tickets can be bought using card or cash at the machines on the platform).

Then follow the instruction above…

 

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So that’s my complete guide when it comes to crossing the border from Amman to Jerusalem.

Have you made this crossing recently?

Do let us all know if they’ve been any developments…

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  1. Magali Carusotti says:

    Hi, thanks for such detailed info! We’re in Amman now and were planning on driving to Petra tomorrow but there’s flash floods preventing us from doing so. Therefore we’re researching Jerusalem as our wonderful consolation prize. We’re Americans, do you think it’s safe for us to do this road trip through Palestine? Thanks!

    • Steph says:

      Hi Magali, wonderful to hear from some fellow Middle Eastern adventurers! Can’t believe the road to Petra is flooded though – wow! I found Jerusalem safe as a visitor and I don’t see why being from the States would put you more at risk than being British per say. That said, I used public transport and didn’t attempt to make the crossing in a hired vehicle. I honestly don’t know how this security situation would pan out. Sorry I can’t help more, but without direct experience, it would be unwise for me to offer an opinion. Look forward to hearing how you get on.
      Best Steph

    • Rita says:

      Hi, I know this reply is a bit late for you, but we (2 American women) just returned from a road trip through Palestine via Amman. We drove from Amman in a private car to Bethlehem. We stayed at the must-see Walled Off Hotel and hired a guide to escort us on a day trip to Jerusalem. Our guide met us at the hotel, we walked through a checkpoint (20 minutes at 10 am) and from there took a public bus to Damascus gate. We returned the same way that night. After our guide left, my girfriend and I walked to dinner and felt completely safe. The next day we drove to Ramallah and then back to Amman. We felt completely safe the entire time and had the most amazing experience. I highly recommend it!

      • Steph says:

        Thanks Rita, this is great to know. It sounds like a fab trip and appreciate you leaving the comments for other travellers who can afford private drivers. Wishing you happy travels – I would definitely like to check out this hotel one day 🙂

  2. Dolène says:

    Hello
    Thanks so much for this article ! We are a French couple. From Amman we would like to go 2days to Jerusalem. I read in your article that for the single entry visa it’s mandatory to enter by Hussein bridge. It means that is not possible to go from Jerusalem to Petra (by Eliat in Israel) ? If i understood well.
    Thanks so much

    • Steph says:

      Hi Dolene, that is correct. When I last checked, the only crossing point where you could re-enter Jordan on the single entry visa was the Hussein Bridge. As such, you’re right to think this won’t be possible down at the Eliat crossing. Safe travels 🙂

  3. Sage says:

    Hello,
    I have noticed that you said there would be no record of visiting Jerusalem if returning to Amman. That is correct, but if you cross from Jerusalem into Amman, you will receive an entry stamp stating you entered Jordan from the Israel side. With that stamp, some other Arab countries will not allow you entry.

    • Steph says:

      Hi Sage, when I crossed back through the King Hussien bridge crossing I received no entry stamp from Jordan and returned back to Amman on my single entry visa. There was no record of me having been in Israel. That was my personal experience. Thanks Steph

  4. Thank you. I crossed to Jerusalem to Amman using your post as guide. I didn’t have any problem. Thank you.

    • Steph says:

      Leopoldo that is amazing to hear and thank you so much for writing back to let me know. Enjoy the rest of your time in this amazing part of the world 🙂

      • Anita says:

        hi Steph we are a group of Hindu like to visit in the same process holding a Indian Passport. is it possible for us. indian need prior visa for israel
        in general.

        • Steph says:

          Hi Anita, sorry but I have no idea when it comes to Indian passports and would hate to advise you wrongly. You’re best to seek advice on the ground, from other Indian travel bloggers or via your consulate. Good luck 🙂

  5. Boby says:

    Thanks for the brief info. Is it possible to not return to Amman? In this case I am thinking to exit Israel from Tel Aviv’s airport to Europe for example? Can I ask Jordan exit stamp at the Hussein Bridge? Then what will happen when I check in at the Israelian passport control? Do they still give only sticker? And what will happen when I hand my passport at the exit gate of Immigration at the airport? I don’t want Israelian visa/stamp in my passport.
    Thank you.

    • Steph says:

      Hi Boby, these are great questions, but sadly I don’t the answer as this isn’t the route I took and I would hate to advise you the wrong thing. Perhaps it might be better to cross at one of the other border points into Israel from Jordan – at any of the other crossings, I believe you will get an exit stamp from Jordan and I’m wondering if this might fair you better? Not sure. There’s no golden rule, but in general Israel doesn’t give stamps, just the stickers, which you need to keep hold of until you exit, obviously! Good luck 🙂

  6. Pamela Ann Schembri says:

    thanks for the detailed info. we will be in amman for two weeks in the easter holidays. guess since it is a jewish public holiday we won’t be able to go to israel from jordan 🙁

    • Steph says:

      Hi Pamela, delighted to post was able to help you. Not entirely sure about the Israeli public holiday during the time of your visit – you’d be best to try and google the effect it may have on borders and / or enquire more on the ground in Amman, I found the guys at Jordan Towers particularly helpful in this regard. Best of luck and happy travels 🙂

  7. Mhel R says:

    Am a Filipino currently working in KSA and our group here is planning for a trip to Jordan for 5 nights and will embark a side trip to Jerusalem for one night and be back to Amman and return to KSA the following day. My Question is can we enter Jerusalem as per your guide and tips or do we need to multiple visa to return back to Amman and head back to Riyadh. Thanks.

    • Steph says:

      Hi there, thanks so much for your question, but as I’m not Filipino or an immigration expert, I sadly don’t know the answer to your question. I would love to be able to help further, but would hate to send you the wrong info. You really are best to seek embassy advice. Many thanks and good luck, Steph 🙂

  8. Jaime Luis Castillo says:

    Hi, we will arrive at Amman airport,buy the Jordan pass and then we will stay one night there, the next day we want to plan to go to Jerusalem for 1 day 1/2. Do you know what is the total price to go to Jerusalem and back to Amman? the cheapest way.
    Do you know if there are jett bus in the afternoon (+/- 16h00) to go from Jerusalem to Amman?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Steph says:

      Hi Jaime – all the prices I am aware of are contained within this post. I’m not sure about an afternoon bus, to the border because you need to give yourself enough time to cross the border etc before it closes. I’d honestly advise getting a morning bus if you can to allow ample time. 1.5 days is a very short amount of time for Jerusalem – I’m not sure how much you’ll be able to take in – it’s a rich place on so many levels.

  9. Ken Steil says:

    I see from your post to go to the Jett Bus station for a 6:30 am bus to Amman. Does the Jett Buss station have a name? Or is there only one Jett Bus Station in Amman. I am not sure where to ask the taxi driver in Amman to go to get the correct bus. Also, the Jett bus returns to Amman from Jerusalem at 18:oo but how can that be since the border closes on Saturday at 1:30 or 3:30. Not sure the correct time it closes but definitely before 18:00.

    • Steph says:

      Hi Ken, thanks for your questions. I believe there is only one Jett Bus station, just north of downtown Amman, but why not check with your hotel to be 100% sure and get them to liaise with a taxi driver if needs be. The other alternative is to locate it on Google Maps to verify. Jett Buses don’t go from Jerusalem to Amman, they leave from the Jordanian side of the border – King Hussein Bridge – and travel to Amman from there. You would be best to check in their Amman office (or with your hotel) regarding the latest bus times and border openings, especially when it comes to Fri / Sat because, as you point out, the border does shut earlier on these days.

  10. Katey says:

    Is there any financial advantage to fly directly into Tel-Aviv and then fly out of Amman or is it better to fly in and out of Amman? What is the difference in fees? Would prefer to only have to cross the border once if it’s reasonable to do so?

    • Steph says:

      Hi Katey, thanks for the question, but it’s really hard for me to discuss flight prices in general without knowing where you’re flying from or when among a whole heap of other factors.

      What I can tell you is that far more budget airlines operate to Tel Aviv than Amman, which is an indicator, but not a definitive when it comes to cheap flights.

      Also return flights to the same destination tend to be cheaper than 2 one-ways / or multi city flights, which is essentially what you’re doing if you fly into Tel Aviv and out of Amman or visa versa.

      I would hazard a guess that flying into and out of Tel Aviv is your cheapest option, flights-wise, but you have to factor in the price of travel Israel in general here, which is higher than Jordan, and also how the visa requirements work this way round.

      I only crossed from Amman to Israel and back, not the other way, so I can’t speak for what restrictions/procedures might apply if you try to do this in reverse. You can certainly cross the border once – and although you may pay more for flights, you’ll save money and time when it comes to on the ground travel costs this way.

      Hope that helps

      Thanks
      Steph

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