There is no better way to enjoy your trip to Jordan then touring by car. Renting a car can be expensive, but if you can split the costs, it’s a great way of seeing a lot of Jordan quickly and easily. There’s nowhere in the country to rent a motorbike.
There are many rental agencies in Amman, a few in Aqaba and one or two at Terminal 2 in the Queen Alia airport. Any car rental agency in a small town, or even a city like Irbid, is usually just an office with one guy, one desk, one telephone and one car for hire. Avoid these small agencies unless a local friend can do the negotiating and driving.
It’s best to stick with the big international companies, or some of the larger local agencies. Expect to pay from JD15 to JD25 (Jordanian Dinar) per day for the smallest, cheapest sedan in Aqaba or Amman – plus insurance and petrol. This usually includes free unlimited kilometers – undoubtedly a better deal than accepting a cheaper set rate with a charge per kilometer. Discounts of about 5% are available for weekly rentals, anything longer than one week should come with a discount.
Cars can be booked, collected and paid for in Amman or Aqaba and dropped off in the other city, but the rental companies charge up to JD35 for this service. Companies’ need a credit card for a deposit, but payment can be also made with cash; most of the major credit cards accepted. To ensure that you don’t break down in the middle of nowhere, you should always rent a car less than three years old – most reputable companies won’t offer anything else. Most rental cars have air-conditioning which is a godsend in summer and vital along dusty tracks.
Cars with automatic transmission are more expensive, but any one not used to driving on the right hand side of the road should consider renting an automatic rather than a manual. Always carry a decent road map – these are provided by rental agencies. Child- restraining seats are available for an extra fee. Moreover hired cars can not be taken outside Jordan and most of the agencies only rent to drivers over 21 years old but some stipulate that drivers must be at least 26 years.