If you would like to cross the border from Israel to Jordan, the Allenby Crossing, also known as the King Hussein Bridge crossing, situated between Jerusalem and Jordan, can be a good option. This border crossing between Israel and Jordan is less frequently used by tourists, however it is an option to enter given it’s closer proximity from Jerusalem to Jordan.
How to get to the border and King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal
As this border crossing is closest to Jerusalem, you can take the public bus or a taxi. From the Old City (Damascus Gate side) a taxi is approximately a 30 KM drive. Egged Bus 961 will drop you almost at the border, ending at route 90 which is still approximately 2 km from the border, requiring either a taxi or walking.
Rental cars are not permitted to cross from Israel to Jordan. Those travelers who require parking can use a secure lot near the border, where the first 15 minutes are free followed by a small daily fee. First, two hours are 10 NIS, and each subsequent hour after is 2 NIS
Alternatives to crossing from Israel to Jordan at King Hussein Bridge
Instead of crossing from Israel to Jordan on your own, it can be much easier to join a group tour from Israel to Jordan where the logistics and transportation are already arranged as well as border assistance when crossing. Joining a group tour like the Petra and Wadi Rum 3 Day Tour can eliminate some of the stress and pre-planning involved when crossing from Israel into Jordan.
Wadi Rum’s stunning desert landscape is a feature of many longer two day tours to Jordan
Times to Cross from Israel to Jordan at Allenby Terminal
The King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal border crossing is open 7 days a week and is only closed on Yom Kippur and the first day of the Feast of the Sacrifice also known as Eid al-Adha. Sunday through Thursday, border crossing is open from 08:00-22:00. Friday and Saturday border is open from 08:00-13:30. Note that Jewish Holidays and the evening of Jewish Holidays the border is only open 08:00-13:30.
Note, this border tends to be busiest on Sunday mornings after the weekend.
Security Procedures at King Hussein Bridge border crossing between Israel and Jordan
Note that security is very tight at King Hussein Bridge, and when crossing from Israel to Jordan you may need to go through x-ray scanning, questioning and bag searches and passport control. Be prepared, these processes can take a long time and there may be long queues.
Passport/Visa Requirements to cross from Israel to Jordan
Always make sure you have six months of passport validity in order to enter Jordan from Israel, as well as a blank page which is required for the entry stamp.
The entry visa to Jordan is clearly stating that the crossing is through the Allenby Border Terminal. This must be arranged in advance and it is very important to note visa on arrival is not permitted but must be arranged beforehand in order to obtain entry.
Exit fees to cross the border from Israel to Jordan
Fees for departing passengers at King Hussein Bridge / Allenby Crossing are 175 NIS. Exit fees are updated every year on January 1 so always be sure to check as prices may fluctuate.
When crossing the border from Israel to Jordan, JOD and USD are accepted on the Jordanian side, while NIS and USD are accepted on the Israeli side. Bank machines are available but it is recommended to prepare cash in advance for border/visa fees.
Bathrooms and Food Services at King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal
Allenby Terminal border crossing offers a restaurant in the passenger hall. Travelers are also permitted to eat in the employee dining hall.
Getting around once you’ve crossed from Israel to Jordan
After you complete the border crossing procedure from Israel to Jordan, you can take a taxi from the border terminal to Amman. This usually takes about an hour (depending on traffic) and should cost approximately 25-35 JOD depending on where your hotel or destination is. Alternatively, bus options are available from the terminal to the Abdali Station located in Amman.