The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian dinar. The rate is effectively fixed at 0.71 JD per US dollar, which makes Jordan poorer value than it would otherwise be. The dollar and the dinar are so closely linked that many of the higher-end restaurants and shops will accept US dollars as payment.
Jordan has a relatively low cost of living for most expats, particularly when compared with the other Arab states. The cost of groceries is reasonable, especially if you choose to purchase local produce and brands rather than opting for the goods that have to be imported. Western clothing is also more expensive, for the same reason.
An approximate daily budget would be around 15JD per day if you live and eat very simply and cheaply. However, allowing a budget of roughly 25JD a day gives you slightly better accommodation, a few meals out a week and even the occasional alcoholic drink. Restaurants are usually very affordable. You'll probably pay 2JD for a starter and between 15JD and 25JD for main courses.
Both residents and non-residents pay tax on the money they earn while working in Jordan. But there are a number of tax treaties in place that ensure expats aren’t charged for their Jordanian income in their home country as well. If you work for a non-Jordanian company, you may even find that you can work without having your salary taxed at all.
Interestingly, tax threshold is higher for people with a spouse and children than it is for single individuals. Capital gains aren’t taxed in Jordan; income is classed only as personal income and taxed at the standard rate - an attractive prospect for wealthy individuals.
Taxis are readily available in most cities; they’re bright yellow and generally in good condition. A 10km trip should cost you around 2JD. Public transport is also cheap: less than 500 fils per hour of travel by public bus and about 1JD per hour if you prefer to travel in comfort on a private coach.
Fuel prices are fixed by the state-owned company, so all petrol stations have the same prices.
The cost of renting property is fairly reasonable when compared with
the cost of renting similar properties in the major European or US
It’s possible to get furnished apartments from around 200JD to 600JD a month. Many landlords prefer you to pay up front and sign a contract that binds you into staying for at least half a year.
However, you may find yourself paying a property tax. This is applied whether or not the property is lived in by a tenant or the owner. There’s also a 2% tax on annual rent that’s paid by all renters.
Utilities are almost never included in the price of the rent. Depending on the month, these bills can be fairly high, particularly in the summer when you’re likely to be using your air conditioning a lot.
Tenants also have to pay a service charge of between 21JD and 35JD per month. This money covers the cost of things like communal lighting, sewer/waste water rates and rubbish collection.