Jordan Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years- The Middle East being an obvious area where this is the case. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving In Jordan
Jordanian drivers can also be aggressive and cars drive very close together at high speed on the highways. Jordanian roads can be treacherous during the rainy season, which runs from December to March. City driving in Amman is also more hazardous in the summer months of June to September when Jordan experiences an influx of visitors from other countries and around the Muslim holidays when many Jordanian expatriates return to Jordan for family visits.
The Desert Highway outside Aqaba, a popular tourist destination, is particularly dangerous because it is narrow, winding, steep, and crowded with trucks. If possible, this area should be avoided at night. When driving in both urban and rural areas, motorists should beware of both unmarked speed bumps and livestock, including camels, sheep, and goats. Collisions between livestock and cars are common in Jordan. You should be especially careful when driving in areas with large numbers of pedestrians. In Jordanian law a driver is always guilty if they hit a pedestrian. If you are involved in such an incident, you could face imprisonment and be liable for the payment of hospital bills and other compensation. An unusual element of driving abroad in Jordan is that families sometimes picnic in the central reservations of main roads around Amman. You should exercise caution when driving past these impromptu picnic spots.
Police routinely pull over reckless drivers as well as those believed to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Roads in mountain areas, including Petra and the surrounding area, can become blocked and cars can become trapped by occasional heavy snow falls in winter.

Jordan Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Avis,  Budget, Thrifty, have branches here.Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as or Expedia

This is a local company –

This company arrange self drive tours with a pre arranged itinerary.

Jordan Self Drive Rules-
Jordanian law doesn’t allow self drive to be taken out of Jordan even when rented in Aqaba, which is annoying as there aren’t many places you can drive through three countries in half an hour!

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