Jerash is skipped by many visitors to Jordan but it is well worth a visit. It lies just an hour North of Amman by car and offers visitors a glimpse into an anceint Roman city, better preserved that anywhere else in the world (except Rome itself).
There are a few ways to get from Amman to Jerash. If you have a rental car, it is a no-brainer. Hop into the car and you are there in an hour. If you do not have a car, there are local busses, tours and taxi’s that will take you.
How to Get from Amman to Jerash
Amman to Jerash by Rental Car
My suggested method for visiting Jerash 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 throughout most of the country.
More info on renting a car in Jordan.
Amman to Jerash by Bus
There is a bus from the Northern Bus Station in Amman to Jerash. Expect to pay about JD1 for a one way fare. Busses typically sit at the bus station until they are full. There is no official Amman to Jerash bus timetable. It is also possible to pick up a bus going to Jerash from the road, but these busses seem to work in mysterious ways. No one ever knows where to stand or when they are coming, unless they are a local. I would suggest a cheap taxi to the Northern Bus Station.
Amman to Jerash Tour
If you are looking for a great day trip from Amman, look no further than a tour from Amman to Jerash. Typicallly this is part of a multi day tour of Jordan, but you can arrange a day trip like the links below for private drivers.
This Tour from Viator and this Tour from Get Your Guide do not include a guide but has a driver that will pick you up from your hotel, then stops in Jerash, Ajloun and a visit Ajloun Castle, and Umm Qais. It is perfect for those who do not want to drive.
Amman to Jerash by Taxi
It is possible to take a taxi to Jerash from Amman. It would typically be a flat rate negotiated with the driver. Expect it to be about USD50 one way.
Jerash Travel Tips
The cost to visit Jerash is JD12 but it is included in the Jordan Pass if you have purchased one.