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Flights to Amman, Jordan

Amman, the capital and most populated city in Jordan, is also the political, economic and cultural centre of the country. The city is said to be the most westernised and liberal among Arab cities contributing to it being one of the region's major tourist destinations.

Amman currently has two airports servicing passengers in the area – the Queen Alia International Airport and the Amman Civil Airport. The Amman Civil Airport mainly serves passengers on VIP private and chartered flights. There are currently no major airlines that operate flights to this airport. Meanwhile, while there are no direct flights from Malaysia to the Queen Alia Airport, there are several airlines that operate flights on this route including Malaysia Airlines, Etihad Airways and British Airways.

  • Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) – The largest and main international airport in Amman, it is located in Zizya which is 30 kilometres south of the city. A taxi ride from the city centre to the airport would cost approximately JOD20 (MYR121) and take around 30 to 60 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Airport Express and local buses are also available from the airport terminal.
  • Amman Civil Airport (ADJ) – Also known as the Marka International Airport, it is located 5 kilometres from the city centre of Amman. It is located in the Marka District of the Greater Amman Municipality. A taxi ride from the Amman city centre to the airport would cost approximately JOD5 (MYR30) and take around 15 to 25 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

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Best Time to Visit Amman

While Jordan is a relatively small sized country, it has a climate that is widely varied. Despite this, Jordan and Amman specifically, is still a year-round destination. There is always something to see or do whichever season you find yourself in Amman.

The spring months of March to May is considered to be the best time to visit Amman as the temperatures during these months will be warm but not scorching. Wildflowers and foliage will be a wonder to see in the valleys and desert during these months. The autumn months of mid-September to mid-November is a good option for when to visit Amman as the rainy season will see the countryside blooming and temperatures dropping down to a more tolerable level.

The summer season from June through September will be the hottest months which can reach up to a scorching 40 to 45 degrees Celsius. Lastly, the winter months from December through February can be chillingly cold with the higher altitude cities dropping below 0 degrees Celsius. Amman during winter can be assailed with biting winds.

Things to do in Amman

Amman is a historical city that is fast moving into modernity. This unique state puts Amman as a destination with many things to see, do and experience that would entice any traveller.

Some of the more popular things to do in Amman include visiting the following landmarks:

  • Roman Theater – Located in the Hashemite Plaza at Al-Hashemi Street, this is one of Amman’s most famous landmark. It is a 2nd century Roman theatre dating back to the time when the city was called Philadelphia. This 6,000-seat restored Roman amphitheatre dominates the heart of downtown Amman and is home to cultural events as well as two museums. It is open daily from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon.
  • King Abdullah I Mosque – An iconic blue-domed mosque in the city of Amman, it was built and completed in 1989 as a memorial to King Hussein’s grandfather. It boasts of a beautiful octagonal prayer hall covered by a 35-metre in diameter blue dome and decorated with Quranic inscriptions. The mosque can accommodate 7,000 worshippers within the mosque and another 3,000 in the courtyard. It is also the only mosque in Amman that welcomes non-Muslim visitors.
  • Royal Automobile Museum – For something different to see while on holiday, visit this automobile museum located next to the Al Hussein Public Parks. The museum was established by King Abdullah in 2003 and showcases a rare collection of vehicles in Jordan from Hussein bin Ali's vintage cars to modern sports cars.

Amman is also an excellent base for those wanting to explore more of Jordan. There are great options for day trips from Amman. Highly recommended is a day at the Dead Sea combined with a visit to the baptism site of Jesus. Another option would be to head west of Amman to the hilly countryside visiting the Hellenistic palace of Qasr Al Abd after which you can drop by nearby caves of Iraq Al Amir located in the Ottoman capital of Salt.

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