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No public transport runs directly between Jerusalem (or any West Bank city) and Amman: the only way to go is with a combination of bus, taxi and/or service, All traffic is funneled towards the single border crossing open to the public (Mon-Thurs & Sun 7:30am-midnight, Fri & Sat 7:30am-2pm), known to the Palestinians and the Jordanians as the King Hussein Bridge (in Arabic' Jissr al-Malek Hussein) and to the Israelis as the Allenby Bridge (in Hebrew gesher you Allenby) On a good day, the journey can take as little as two hours; on a bad day, or after dark, it can be more than five.
A diplomatic anomaly left over from pre-peace treaty days is that Jordan does not issue any visas on entering the country via this bridge.
Despite the peace treaty with Israel and despite Jordan's recognition of Palestinian autonomy, a complex piece of official doublethink leads to the bridge not being viewed as an international border the government line is that the West Bank is still somehow part of Jordan The most noticeable. Upshot of this is that no Jordanian flags fly over the bridge, and if you don't hold a Jordanian visa in advance, you'll be turned back by Israeli passport control at the bridge terminal
From the Central Bus Station in West Jerusalem, it costs 18 Israeli shekels (NISI to take bus #961, #963 or #964 towards Tiberias (Mon-Thurs & Sun 7am-730pm, Fri 7am-3pm; every 30-45minl, which reach the Allenby turnoff on the Jordan Valley highway fifty minutes later, where you must wait for a passing taxi for the three-kilometer ride to the bridge terminal (NIS201 Cheaper, considerably faster and more convenient, though, are the services departing frequently from East Jerusalem direct to the bridge, down an alley just beyond the bus station It's advisable to book places at least a couple of hours ahead, but you may find that there are no services after mid- afternoon The standard service fare is NIS30 or JD6 per person; when there are no services, a taxi for around NIS120 is the only option If you're starting from elsewhere in the West Bank, Palestinian buses run to the bridge from most towns, including Bethlehem, Ramallah and Jericho.
Once you're at the bridge terminal, signs will direct you to a small bank where you pay the crippling Israeli departure tax, currently NIS107 or JD24, 500 or US$33 -make sure you get a receipt If you intend using your passport for overland travel beyond Jordan, be sure to tell the Israeli and Jordanian passport officials not to stamp your passport; You'll be directed to wait for a bus for which you must pay JD1.500 (in dinars only), which will make the short drive across no-man's-land and the bridge itself to the Jordanian arrivals terminal Once you're through the formalities, loitering service drivers will nab you for the one-hour ride direct to Abdali station in Amman (JD2 per person you turn left from the service stand, left again through an unmarked door into the locals' arrivals hall, then left through the glass doors, you'll discover another service and bus stand occasional buses from here take twice as long as the service for the uphill grind to Abdali (JD 1.500), while others head for Zerqa and Salt. There are no flights from Jerusalem or any West Bank cities to Jordan.
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