crossing the border

Amman Travel Blog

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I went toward the border of the king Hussein bridge with several travelers who were the hotels. The border was crowded as I expected. After about one hour my turn came.
The lady in the counter asked me if I have entry visa of Jordan and I said "not yet". And it turned out that I can't get entry visa at the King Hussein bridge. Normally travellers visit Israel from Jordan via King Hussein bridge, that means, they have entry visa of Jordan already. But I didn't. So I had to go to the Sheikh Hussein bridge to get entry visa to Jordan.

The lady in the counter kindly told me how to go to the Sheikh Hussein bridge.
  - Firstly, get a taxi to main road, where I can find a bus stop
  - Secondly, catch a bus to a north city (I don't remember the name),
    which runs every three hours (the lady told me like this)
  - Finally, get a taxi again to the border

So I did.
I should have brought a guide book with me and I could have known this beforehand. Anyway, I arrived in Amman on the same day!
While waiting for a bus on the main road in Israel I tried to hitchhiking, but no car stopped. Hitchhiking is not popular in Israel?

The good points of crossing Sheikh Hussein Bridge are;
  - departure tax is cheaper than king Hussein Bridge
    (about half price)
  - no queue

The bad points are;
  - a bit difficult to get there
    (if you can find a bus from Jerusalem, it's not difficult)
  - no bus from the border to a nearest city in Jordan
    (should take a taxi or walk about 2km to the nearest bus stop)
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