Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How frequent are resupply points?

Very! While you pass through “remote” desert areas in places, you’re never too far from people. The longest distances between resupply points are around 40km (with major climbs) before the last day (70km from Wadi Rum to Aqaba). You can end every day with food, water, accommodation, and most days you’ll have one or more resupply points throughout the day.

What can I expect in a store?

Stores are frequent, but supplies are generally very basic and don’t necessarily include fresh produce. Be ready for canned meat and packaged hummus and cheese!
You can check our About Jordan page for more information.

How remote is the route?

Parts of the route feel remote and are out of cell reception—notably the deep canyons/wadis in Central Jordan and the desert after Wadi Rum. If you’re traveling alone, carry a satellite communication device in case of emergency. If you’re in a group, it’s likely not necessary. You’re never extremely far from people/help. Most places on the route are accessible by truck or near points accessible by truck.

Can I ride from South to North?

Nothing is impossible, but we do not recommend this. The route was intentionally designed as a North to South route, with more manageable climbs in that direction.

Is Jordan safe?

While incidents can occur anywhere, Jordan is, for the most part, safe! Jordan has the same terrorism travel advisory threat as France or Germany, and petty crime is quite rare in the Middle East (you’re more likely to be pickpocketed on the metro in Barcelona than in Jordan). Jordanians, on the whole, are wonderfully hospitable people. In some areas, where communities are less exposed to foreign tourists, lone cyclists (especially women) may however experience harassment from local youth.
For more information, check our Safety page!

Can I find bike shops along the route?

No. The only bike shops are in Amman.
See Shops & Supplies for more information.

Do I need to know Arabic?

No, but knowing some Arabic is a huge benefit. In many places along the trail, you’ll encounter Jordanians who speak English very well (generally closer to urban centers and tourist sites); in other (more rural) areas you won’t.

What kind of bike do I need to ride this route?

We recommend a mountain bike, with wide tires (definitely wider than 2”). Suspension is not necessary, but you may feel more comfortable on some descents with front suspension.

See Packing (Bike Setup) for more information.

How hard is the route?

The Jordan Bike Trail is physically demanding (20,000m of elevation gain over 730km), but not technically challenging. You should be physically fit, but there’s no need to be an experience technical mountain biker to ride this route.
You can find a physical challenge rating on each stage’s page, and more information in Difficulty and Terrain.

Can I camp?

You can, but it sometimes gets culturally awkward, so we recommend staying in accommodations if you have the budget. Additionally, you can travel with a much lighter luggage. For each stage there is usually a wide choice of accommodation, ranging from simple home stays to more luxurious five-star hotels.
See Accommodation for more info.

What is the weather like?

Jordan has a dry, arid climate, with quite comfortable temperatures for most of the year. Precipitation is more likely in the North in the winter, and temperatures in the winter at high elevations in the South can be below freezing. The sun is strong and heat exhaustion from sun exposure is a risk. Best not to ride in the summer months.
See Weather for more information.

Can I bike alone as a woman?

In general, for women or men, we recommend riding in a group of two or more. We further recommend that women do not ride alone.
See Local Interactions for more information.

Who do I call in case of emergency?

In Jordan, 911 is the number to call for emergency services.

Are there particular cultural considerations I need to be aware of?

Yes!
See our About Jordan page, as well as the Safety page.

Is it easy to travel with my bike in Jordan?

It’s possible, but not always easy. JETT Buses can accommodate bikes. Most taxis and minibuses can manage a bike if you remove all bags and both wheels.

How do I manage dogs?

Move slowly, steadily and away from the property/livestock that the dogs are guarding (…they’re just doing their job!) If necessary, dismount and walk with your bike between yourself and the dogs. Try to make visual/verbal contact with the local shepherd (if present) — they’ll call off the dogs. In rare cases, you may need to stoop to pick up a rock — most dogs recognize this motion and move back. You usually don’t need to throw the rock!

Can I drink tap water?

Some Jordanians drink tap water, and in most cases you can according to international health regulations. It is, however, not guaranteed to be potable (depends on location, condition of the pipes,…). It is therefore safest to treat the water before drinking or rely on bottled water.
See Food & Water.

Is the Jordan Bike Trail connected to the Jordan Trail?

The Jordan Bike Trail follows close to the Jordan Trail, but diverges from the hiking route (sometimes significantly) to make the biking route more accessible to cyclists. At times, the two routes overlap.

Can you bike the Jordan Trail?

You can bike the Jordan Trail. It would be a much more intense bikepacking experience, with a significant amount of walking/hiking (steep technical climbs and descents). You’d also be best served by a fat bike, as significant sections of the route (especially in the south) are quite sandy.