Main image: Walking path by the Barracks.

Plan Your Trip

Umm el-Jimal is located a mere 80km northeast from Amman, Jordan’s capital, or 20km from the northern city of Mafraq. With its vibrant modern community, it makes an excellent and memorable day trip. A good ramble through the site takes at least a couple of hours, and there are also several other smaller sites to visit in surrounding communities.

See the Northeast Jordan page for an interactive map with more information on other great sites in the region. Or, take the Virtual Tour for an interactive wander through Umm el-Jimal's main site walk for visitors.

Site Access

Access to the site itself is free from dawn to dusk. The Jordanian Department of Antiquities is currently restoring one of the ancient buildings, House 119, to serve as a site museum and visitor center. Restrooms are available at House 119, inside the site. The Umm el-Jimal Project, Open Hand Studios, Al Hima, and community partners Black Jewel and the Women's Co-op are also developing a sustainable cultural heritage center adjacent to the ruins, in modern Umm el-Jimal. Water and snacks are available from several local shops near the northwest side of the ruins.

How to Get Here

Umm el-Jimal is within easy reach of Amman and other northern cities via Mafraq.

By Public Transportation

Regular buses go to Mafraq from Abdali and Raghadan stations in Amman. From Mafraq, take a minibus directly to Umm el-Jimal.

By Car

From Mafraq, head east on Highway 10. After about 16km, turn north at the sign for Umm el-Jimal, traveling 3km to reach the site.