Economy (Nissan Micra or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Jordan.
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Outside of urban areas, where traffic can be heavy, driving in Jordan is usually considered straightforward: highways like the King’s Highway are well-maintained, wide, and usually straight, with signs in English and Arabic. Things to watch out for include potholes, roadside landmines in remote areas, sandstorms, roaming animals, and military checkpoints. For the checkpoints, it is helpful to have your passport or identification papers on hand.
To rent a car in Jordan, drivers need to be at least 21 years of age and must have held their license for a minimum of one year before the rental date. Some agencies like Avis or Europcar have certain vehicles than can only be rented by drivers 23 and up. Although most major agencies are willing to accept a domestic license printed in the Roman alphabet, official requirements state that an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) should be carried when driving a rental car. In case of police checks, it is advised to have an IDP on hand.
Petrol prices in Jordan are relatively low and stable compared to Europe; expect to pay between 0.75 JOD (1 USD) and 1.15 JOD (1.60 USD) per liter, or between 3.78 USD and 6.05 USD per gallon, depending on which type of fuel is required. Petrol stations are common in urban areas but may be few and far between in remote areas; before leaving a city, it is highly recommended to fill the tank.
Speed limits in Jordan tend to be 60 km/h (37 mph) in residential areas, 80 km/h (49 mph) in less developed areas, and 120 km/h (74 mph) on the highway. Speed bumps are common both in cities and on the highway. Be wary of these, because they are rarely marked. Many rental vehicles come with a built-in speed tracker that will beep if you exceed 120 km/h (74 mph).
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