amman, jordan to jersaluem, israel day trip
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i looked everywhere on line and found very little about how to go to israel from amman, jordan online so i just went and figured it out. i had a rental car and should have just drove myself and friends to the border at the king hussein bridge (allenby bridge is the same but from israel side) so we had a cab arranged from amman to the border crossing we wanted every minute we could in israel so we left @ 6:30 am and the taxi ride was only $25, it took about an hour to get to the border crossing which opens at 8 am, but we wanted to beat the lines if there was any, and there was a little, mainly people with alot of luggage, as we only had passports and cameras so very easy through sequrity. it cost $5 jd for departure tax and $3 jd each way on the JETT bus that is the only way through the boarderwhich leaves @ 8:30 and on there own schedual after that.
NO PHOTOS! on Israel side and through check points, i took some on the jordan side but didn't push it going through the boarder, if you blink you will miss the king hussein bridge it's about 30 ft long, lol unfortunatly european kid was taking pictures from the bus and that had 8 israel armed mititary guy's stop the bus! asked who took photos, looked through our cameras to see and found the guy in back of the bus. they escorted him only at gun point ( fully auto machine guns) to the street, placed him on his knees hands on his head, frisked him and went through his back pack, went through his passport, eventually they went through his camera and DELETED the whole memory card! that was a nice waste of 45 min for the rest of us.
outside there are shared vans and they won't leave until they are full so get on fast it cost $30 sheckels each about $10 US to Jerusalem it took about 40 min to get to the Demascus Gate.
for a short time trip and guided we met an amazing gentleman ibrahim ahmad abu el-hawa (i'm even going to try to say it) that offered us tea, so we joined him then called his son to give us a private tour as we had little time. his son has a 24/7 car service and picked us up in a mercedes benz that was newer an dvery clean and he spoke excellent english, hamed is HIGHLY recommended zzoozz202@hotmeil.
back at the israel boarder they stick you with a $35 US departure tax and another $3 for bus ride over, we caught the employee bus back over as we lucky. the taxi back to ammon was only $15 and an hour drive back.
this stop of our trip probably was the most amazing with all the history!
AT NO TIME DID I FEEL UNSAFE ANYWHERE!