Amman Queen Alia International Airport
The airport of the Jordanian capital Amman has been named after Queen Alia, King Hussein's third wife. She died in 1977 in a helicopter crash.
IATA airport code: AMM
ICAO airport code: OJAI
There's no train connection with Amman Airport yet, but it's planned to construct a rail connection between the airport and the Jordanian capital's center. It's not clear when these plans will materialize.
Car and bus
The airport is situated 32 kilometers south of Amman and is easily accessible by rental car. From Amman's center you take the freeway with road number 15 south. The exit to the airport is right before the town Al Jizah and is clearly signposted.
Every 30 minutes (at night between 22.00-07.00 every hour) an Airport Express Bus (Tel. +962(0)6 592 7665) leaves from the airport to Amman's center (Abdali). The ride takes about 45 minutes and a bus ticket costs 1.50 dinar.
Car rental Amman Airport
You can find counters for car rental in the Arrivals Hall. There are various rental companies present at Amman Airport including many local suppliers and two international ones: Budget and Europcar. You can also book a rental car in advance using the services provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Taxis at Amman Airport are available 24 hours a day. You buy a ticket at a kiosk. There are set rates which are clearly indicated on a sign. For reservations and information you call +962(0)6 4451 302. Official taxis are yellow with a green logo on the side.
In total there are six parking facilities with a total capacity for 1400 cars. Parking fees are extremely low. For a full day parking you pay less than 4 dinar.
There's one hotel at the airport, the Golden Tulip Airport Amman (Tel. +962(0)6 4451 000). Other hotels nearby the airport (in Madaba) include Mosaic City Hotel (Tel. +962(0)5 325 1313) and Salome Hotel (Tel. +962(0)5 324 8606). Business hotels can be found in the center of the Jordanian capital, including Amman Marriott Hotel (Tel. +962(0)6 560 7607), Hisham Hotel (Tel. +962(0)6 464 4028) and Grand Hyatt Amman (Tel. +962(0)6 465 1234). For more hotels and to book online you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
You can do extensive duty-free shopping at Amman Airport. There are also souvenir shops, branches of international clothing brands and shops with Arab specialties including pastry (cloyingly sweet though). There's also a good supply of restaurants, snack bars and coffee shops (including a Starbucks).
You can store your baggage in lockers. The counter for lost and found items is located in the Arrivals Hall.
There's an information kiosk in the Arrivals Hall (Tel. +962(0)6 4453 187). Here you can inquire about Amman Airport, flight schedules and airport services.
Amman Airport's two VIP lounges (by Royal Jordanian Airlines and the Four Seasons hotel chain) offer, apart from refreshments, snacks, international newspapers and internet access, basic facilities such as faxing and copying. The Golden Tulip Airport Hotel offers more extensive business facilities, including meeting space and conference rooms.
Amman Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets. Near the terminal entrance there are parking spaces reserved for disabled travelers. You can ask for assistance at the information kiosk.
There are banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminal. Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is also available at a cost. The First Aid station is located in the Arrivals Hall and can be reached directly via one of the telephones everywhere around.