Getting from Amman to the Dead Sea is not too complicated, as there really are limited options on how to do it. Whether you are planning on going to the Dead Sea from Amman as a day trip or as part of a one way itienrary through Jordan, it is relatively easy to visit. The distance from Amman to the Dead Sea distance is only about 45 minutes by car, but there are no reliable and frequent public transit options, which really limits your options when you are planning your trip.
So why is the Dead Sea so popular? It offers more than ticking off a bucketlist and taking a salty dip as a curious tourist. The air has a higher oxygen concentration in this area and its mineral-rich properties bring people from all over the world who are suffering from various types of skin diseases and rheumatism. There are several places to take a dip into the salty water, from hotel beaches, to private beach clubs, to public beach access.
How to Get from Amman to the Dead Sea
Amman to Dead Sea by Rental Car
My suggested method for visiting the Dead Sea from Amman is to rent a car and drive yourself there. A rental car in Jordan is about 25-30JD per day (depending on the car size etc) and once you are out of downtown Amman, it is highway driving from the 7th Circle in Amman to the Dead Sea. There are various checkpoints on the way, and as a visitor, I have never had more than a quick glance at my Canadian passport (and my kids in the back) and been waved through to continue. I personally suggest that if you have time, to actually spend a night at one of the many Dead Sea Hotels so you can enjoy a dip, then enjoy the amenities of the resort as well before returning to Amman or continuing on your Jordan self drive itinerary!
But if you only have time for an Amman to Dead Sea day trip, it is only about 45 minutes by car and you can easily visit for a few hours and then drive back to Amman the same day! It is also the perfect way to start or end an entire itinerary in Jordan.
Get more info on renting a car in Jordan.
Amman to Dead Sea Taxi
It is possible to hire a taxi to take you for an Amman to Dead Sea day trip. You can also take a one way fare, but it would probably be easier to negotiate to hire the driver for the day and then you have a ride back to Amman after you have finished visiting the Dead Sea. They might even be able to stop at a few souvenir shops outside of the hotel strip where you can purchase Dead Sea mud, as well as a lot of other souvenirs from Jordan.
It is very difficult to get a taxi out of the Dead Sea area unless arranged in advance, so I highly suggest you negotiate a round trip fare if you choose this route. Prices can vary but expect about JD75 for a day rate.
Similar to a taxi, you can hire a driver for the day to take you to the Dead Sea. I have been stopped on the street and offered cards from drivers, but your hotel can help you find something suitable most likely. Similar to taxi’s expect about JD75 for a day rate.
Here is an example of a private driver you can book online.
Amman to Dead Sea Day Tours
If you are not comfortable renting a car to drive to the Dead Sea, this would be the second option I would suggest. You can prebook a day tour from Amman to the Dead Sea and you will probably get more bang for your buck if you do a Madaba, Mount Nebo, Dead Sea tour.
Check out Tour Options:
Madaba, Nebo and Dead Sea Private Tour: This tour gives you entrance to Dead Sea Beach, as well as a visit to Mount Nebo and Madaba in a private air-conditioned vehicle.
Amman and Dead Sea Tour: This tour offers a driving tour through Amman including a visit to the Amman Citadel and the markets. The tour then makes its way to the Dead Sea. It does not include entrance fees however so expect to pay entrance fees to the Amman Citadel and a private beach at the Dead Sea.
Madaba and Dead Sea Tour: This one includes a visit to Madaba and Saint George’s Church, as well as Mount Nebo, the baptism site and the Dead Sea. It does not include any entrance fees.
Visiting the Dead Sea as a stop on an Organized Tour
I love tours. I am not afraid to say it. All I have to do is choose a destination and let someone figure out all of the logistics for me! If you are like me and like this kind of travel, then a visit to the Dead Sea is likely on your itinerary! You will not have to worry about the logistics of getting there as your tour will likely include a day pass in one of the resorts where you can enjoy the amenities of the resort (like the pools etc) after you have experienced the Dead Sea!
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Amman to Dead Sea Bus
It is often hard to rememeber than Jordan is still an emerging market for tourism. While it seems like a no brainer that there would be busses around the country, moving tourists by bus has not developed much. Recently JETT has made mention of a dailly bus from Amman to the Dead Sea. However I have not seen recent options to book this online. You can inquire at JETT when you are in Jordan.
There is Amman to Dead Sea local mini-bus service for those wanting a local option or are on a backpacker budget. While I personally find this a bit of a hassle, you can take a bus from Mujaharin Station in downtown Amman to Rame and then taxi to wherever you wish to go at the Dead Sea. It is best to know a few words of Arabic if you plan on using local transportation in Jordan as each time I have hopped on one, the driver has not spoken any English! This is your cheapest option for a bus from Amman to the Dead Sea.
Where to Stay at the Dead Sea
Each of these hotels are located on the Dead Sea and have frontage at the beach. Many other hotels offer shuttles to the beach. If you want to be able to walk from your hotel room to float at the Dead Sea, choose one of these hotels! Many also offer day rates to use the pools and the beach. It is impossible to book online but you can call the hotels in advance to ask about the day rate. If you want my suggestion, spend a night at the Dead Sea Spa. By the time you pay for beach access for the day, you could book a room for the night for just a few extra dollars.
Dead Sea Spa is the most economical choice for a nice hotel on the beach.
Movenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea offer luxurious infinity pools and modern rooms.
Marriott Dead Sea is one of the most expensive places to stay, but the property is stunning.
Hilton Dead Sea Resort and Spa is popular for loyal Hilton members.
Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Resort and Spa often offers rates that are close to that of Dead Sea Spa but you get that little bit of extra 5* service. It offers a luxurious feel and modern rooms. It also caters to families.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is also one of the most beautiful properties on the Dead Sea.
Ramada Resort Dead Sea is an economical option at the Dead Sea, but it is not located on the beach. It is a nice hotel, rated as a 4 star.
Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea is one of the most economical options to stay at the Dead Sea.
Read more details on each of these hotels and more on my post about the Best Dead Sea Hotels
You will want to read these Dead Sea tips before your trip so you are fully prepared for your experience.
Lindsay fell in love with Jordan when she first visited in 2016. She now goes back every year to explore more of this special place. Lindsay is also the owner of Amman Food Tours, a social enterprise that is women-owned and hires local female guides. This project provides meaningful employment for women in Amman.