Welcome to Jerash, where history comes alive! I’m looking forward to being your guide as we explore all the amazing things this ancient city has in store for you. Located just 48 km north of Amman towards Syria, Jerash was hidden for centuries until a German explorer discovered its rich past in the 1800s.
Under the rule of General Pompey, it flourished and became known as Gerasa – now recognized worldwide as one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns ever discovered. And so much more awaits you here!
Prepare for an unforgettable journey through time, with breathtaking attractions and cultural wonders at every turn. Around every corner, you’ll find breathtaking sights and historic sites that will leave you in awe.
But don’t worry about getting lost or missing anything important; my trusty Jerash travel guide will make sure everything runs smoothly from start to finish.
So let’s start our adventure together!
Here is an overview of our guide to visiting Jerash:
How to get to Jerash
If you’re planning to visit Jerash from Amman, it’s pretty easy. You can hop on a bus at the North Bus Station and be there in just 45-60 minutes for only 1 JD per person. These buses leave when they’re full, but don’t worry – the wait isn’t too bad considering how affordable this option is.
Alternatively, taxis are also available, with prices ranging from JD10 to JD15, depending on your negotiating skills.
And if you’re wondering, is a visit to Jerash an ideal day trip from Amman? Absolutely! So go ahead and plan the adventure without hesitation.
When is the best time to visit Jerash?
In my opinion, the ideal time to explore Jerash in Jordan is from February to May. During my visit in February, although it was a bit chilly outside, there were significantly fewer tourists than during the high season! In addition, this time of year is convenient for visitors to see all of the attractions without too much hassle.
However, if you have more flexibility with your travel dates and want an even better experience – March or April would be perfect months to plan your trip! To help you plan your trip around Jerash, here’s a month-by-month guide to help you prepare for your adventure!
Spring (March to May)
Jerash is a fantastic place to visit in the spring. The weather is perfect, not too hot or too cold, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). You’ll be amazed by the beautiful flowers that are in full bloom throughout the city and its attractions. Don’t miss the Jerash Festival, held every year in July, where you can enjoy cultural performances such as music, dance and theatre!
Summer (June to August)
Summers in Jerash can be quite warm, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). However, if you don’t mind the heat, you’ll be rewarded with fewer crowds and great deals on accommodation. Just remember to drink plenty of water and find some shade during the day!
August also brings the Gerasa Festival – a fantastic celebration of Jerash’s cultural heritage with musical performances, art exhibitions and delicious food.
Fall (September to November)
Visiting Jerash in the fall is such a beautiful season with temperatures averaging between 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). The scenery is breathtaking as the foliage changes to vibrant shades of red and gold. You can take your time exploring historic sites or taking leisurely walks while enjoying the fall scenery. And in October, the Olive Harvest Festival celebrates the rich olive-growing tradition – it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for an authentic cultural experience!
Winter (December to February)
Jerash experiences a pleasant winter season with temperatures ranging from 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F). Though it can get chilly, the city’s historical sites exude an exclusive charm in the foggy weather. So bundle up and venture out to explore ancient wonders without too many tourists around. Don’t forget to check out the Jerash Winter Nights Festival, which features live music and local delicacies.
Visiting Jerash: How to plan your travel expenses
Accommodation costs in Jerash
Jerash is a perfect day trip from Amman, but if you decide to stay longer, we’ve got some accommodation options for you. Whether you’re on a tight budget or money is no object, Jerash has something for everyone.
If you’re looking for an affordable stay, Jerash’s guesthouses and hostels offer comfortable accommodation at prices ranging from JD 20 to JD 40 (around $25 to $60) per night – the best option for those on a tight budget!
The Blue House “Gerasa”
For mid-range budgets that still want comfort and style combined with affordability, there are cozy hotels and boutique accommodations that average between JD50 and JD100 (around $70 to $100) per night.
Olive Branch Hotel
But if luxury amenities are more your thing, high-end hotels & resorts in Jerash offer premium services from around JD150 (around $200) upwards – ensuring that every need is catered for during your stay!
Ajloun Forest Reserve
Cost of eating and drinking in Jerash
In Jerash, you will find many vegetarian and vegan options for Jordanian cuisine. Although meat is a staple in traditional dishes, many restaurants and cafes cater to plant-based diets with delicious alternatives. Vegetarian meals are reasonably priced compared to non-vegetarian options, while vegans may need to specify their requirements, which can vary in cost.
If you’re looking for an authentic experience that won’t break the bank, local eateries and street food stalls offer mouth-watering meals at affordable prices, ranging from JD2 to JD5 (around $3 to $7) per stuffed falafel wrap or shawarma.
For those who prefer mid-range dining, restaurants offering both international and local cuisines will satisfy your cravings without breaking the bank, costing around 10 JD-20 JD (around $15 to $30) per person.
Fine dining experiences await visitors seeking exquisite culinary delights, where upscale restaurants offer top-notch service along with gourmet dishes starting at around JD30 (around $40)per person.
How much does it cost to enter Jerash?
If you plan to visit the Jerash Archaeological Site, don’t forget that there is an entrance fee. But it’s not too bad – about 12 JD (around $17) for adults and only 6 JD (around $5) for children under 15. Plus, if you have a Jordan Pass, your entrance fee is covered!
While you’re exploring this incredible site of ancient ruins, why not take part in some workshops or cultural experiences? You could learn how to cook traditional dishes or try your hand at pottery. Prices vary depending on what activity you choose and how long it lasts, but generally range from about 20-50 JD (around $28 to $70) per person. It’s worth every penny though – trust us!
Are there tours available for Jerash?
Absolutely! You can easily find a local guide to show you around the fascinating historical sites in Jerash. The cost usually ranges from JD40 to JD80 (around $56 to $115), depending on how long and detailed a tour you want. I found my guide right at the entrance gate – there were plenty of locals available and eager to help.
If that’s not your style, just ask your taxi driver who might be able to put you in touch with someone. And don’t worry about language barriers; most guides are fluent in English.
So what are some of the must-see attractions? Check out my upcoming guide to all the top spots in Jerash!
What are Jerash’s main attractions?
The Archaeological Site of Jerash
The Jerash Archaeological Site is a must-see destination that will take you on an exciting journey back in time. The well-preserved remains of this once-thriving Roman city await you to explore and experience its grandeur firsthand. Take a leisurely stroll through the ancient streets, marvel at the monumental Hadrian’s Arch, soak up the atmosphere of the Oval Plaza or be awed by the South Theatre – where performances and spectacles were held long ago.
Lose yourself in Jerash’s labyrinthine streets and let your imagination run wild with visions of bustling markets, lively processions and vibrant communities of yesteryear. This site offers visitors an incredible opportunity to learn about history while enjoying breathtaking views!
Jerash Temple of Artemis
You must see the Temple of Artemis in Jerash! It is a stunning architectural wonder built as a tribute to the goddess herself. The intricate details and towering columns will leave you in awe, while wandering through its ruins will transport you back to a time when rituals and ceremonies were held within its hallowed walls. You’ll feel the incredible sense of spirituality and devotion that once filled this revered temple – it’s truly a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Jerash!
Why not take a leisurely stroll along the Cardo Maximus, an ancient Roman road that was once the center of activity in Jerash? You can fully experience what life must have been like in ancient times as you explore the remains of shops, homes and public buildings along this vibrant street. Don’t forget to admire the columns that still stand, silent witnesses to the bustling trade and social interactions of centuries ago!
Experience the magic of yesteryear at the North Theater! The seating is in immaculate condition and will leave you in awe. Imagine yourself in the middle of a crowd cheering on the performers with boundless enthusiasm. Take center stage and hear your voice echo through the ages in this stunning amphitheater. Don’t miss out on adding Jerash Theatres to your itinerary for an unforgettable trip down memory lane!
Get ready to experience the excitement of chariot racing at the Hippodrome, a place where ancient competitions once took place and thrilled crowds. Imagine the sound of thunderous hooves pounding the ground as people cheer enthusiastically in the adrenaline-fueled atmosphere that once filled this grand arena.
Let your imagination run wild as you stroll alongside the speeding chariots and feel all the energy and excitement of this historic sporting event.
Discover the captivating Nymphaeum, a stunning piece of architecture that served as a meeting place for Jerash’s inhabitants. Marvel at the intricate carvings, ornate design and tranquil water flow that once brought this magnificent structure to life. Take some time to relax in this peaceful spot and appreciate both the architectural brilliance and the serene atmosphere it offers.
And there you have it – my comprehensive guide to exploring Jerash! If Petra is next on your Jordan itinerary (and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to visit?), why not add Wadi Rum and also Jerash to the mix? It’ll give you an unforgettable off-the-beaten-path experience during your trip around Jordan.
In conclusion, a visit to Jerash in Jordan is an absolute must for anyone who loves history, architecture and culture. The sights are truly breathtaking and the experience of walking through ancient ruins is something that will stay with you forever.
Whether you’re traveling alone or with a group, Jerash has something for everyone.
So pack your bags, grab your camera and get ready to explore this incredible destination. You won’t regret it!