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I heard that Amman as a city is not so touristic/spectacular. So when arriving at the Queen Alia International Airport, what are good, realistic alternative traveling routes? One possible problem is that we arrive just before midnight, and don't want to stay at the airport. Are there any options of getting away?

One reason for this is the pricing of the transportation from the airport to Amman. If Amman is not worth visiting, we would rather skip it, and skip the costs.

Sleeping in a bus is no problem though.

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Are you visiting Jordan, or are connecting overnight? What's the context of the question? If you have enough time - go to Petra. –  littleadv Aug 27 '12 at 18:55
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so you're asking for ANYWHERE outside Amman?? In Jordan only? What interests do you have - beach, desert, culture, history etc. –  Mark Mayo Aug 27 '12 at 19:45
    
I'm visiting Jordan, and I have no particular conditions other than not to go to Amman. Initially because of the extra costs, and lack of interesting things. –  Joris Aug 29 '12 at 13:45
    
I think a good answer would be the place that is the shortest distance with more to offer than Amman. There could be a couple of contenders but probably not a dreaded "list". –  hippietrail Aug 30 '12 at 7:40
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<rant>Let me plug an English.SE question of mine (-:</rant> –  hippietrail Aug 30 '12 at 7:48

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I'm not sure what you have read about transportation costs from Queen Alia airport to Amman. It is quite far from the city so, yes, taxis can be expensive. However, there is an Airport Express bus that runs 24/7 (although I believe the frequency is reduced at night) which goes to one of Amman city's many bus stations. It doesn't cost more than a couple of JOD as far as I remember.

Unfortunately, you're also unlikely to find any buses onwards to other cities at those hours. The earliest public buses on long distance routes are usually at 5-6am and even then, bus schedules are more of a "when it's full" basis rather than strictly fixed times. There are buses from operators such as JETT that are stick to better schedule, but their offices won't be open at such odd hours.

There's Madaba, half-way between Queen Alia airport and Amman that also has bus connections to other cities. However, Amman is very much the main hub for all transport and going to Madaba would mean being more restricted with your options.

I totally get what you say Amman doesn't have too many places of interest to see; I felt the same way about the city too. I would still recommend at least one day in the city though to just soak in the atmosphere. Stay near the Roman Amphitheatre (which itself I found quite underwhelming), and walk around in the markets nearby. There are some excellent eateries to grab cheap bites. If you have time, hike to the Citadel. These are the two things I'd recommend to do in Amman if you're pressed for time. Spending some time in the city just to relax rather than see any sites, and then figure out where you want to go from them there onwards.

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excellent. We have enough time, but your advice sounds good. Jordan is the first stop of our worldtrip, so on second thoughts relaxing sounds great. –  Joris Aug 29 '12 at 13:44
    
taxis are ridiculously cheap in Jordan. –  vartec Sep 10 '12 at 13:16
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@vartec: Not to the airport they are not, especially if you're a tourist. –  Ankur Banerjee Sep 10 '12 at 19:49
    
@Ankur: that depends on bargaining skills ;-) –  vartec Sep 11 '12 at 8:54

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