Solo Female Travel in Irbid

Irbid, located in the northern region of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is the country's second largest city known for its vibrant cultural and educational scene. Strategic for its proximity to the Syrian border, Irbid is characterized by its verdant countryside, charming townships and ancient ruins that mark centuries of historic events. Often termed as Jordan's cultural hub, it houses a plethora of universities including the nationally respected Yarmouk University. The city's unique charm lies in the blend of its bustling, modern city life combined with archaeological attractions such as the Umm Qais ruins and the Islamic Museum. In its heart, aromatic coffee shops and bustling souks resound with the rich Arabian heritage making Irbid a must-visit for history enthusiasts and culture vultures alike.

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Irbid is a fairly safe city for solo female travelers with low crime rates. The locals are known to be friendly and willing to help. However, cultural norms are quite conservative so it's essential to respect the local customs, particularly in dress and conduct. Sexual harassment can occasionally happen, usually in the form of unwanted attention, but is generally less prevalent than in other Middle Eastern countries. It's always recommended to keep your guard up especially after dark and avoid isolated areas.


Getting around Irbid can be moderately challenging. While public transportation, including buses and taxis, is available and generally reliable, most of it is unregulated and hence, requires some level of familiarity with local customs and language. Shop signs and street names are typically written in Arabic, which might be difficult if you do not speak the language. However, people in Irbid are typically friendly and eager to assist. As a solo female traveler, take standard precautions, particularly in the evening and in less crowded areas.

Things to do:Moderate

Irbid offers a unique blend of history and culture. There are several museums to explore such as Dar Al-Saraya Museum and Museum of Jordanian Heritage that showcase local and Ottoman era histories. It is also home to Yarmouk University, which serves as an important cultural hub. One downside is that it might lack the variety of activities some travelers seek. However, Irbid's proximity to natural wonders like the hot springs of Himma and the lush Ajloun Nature Reserve allows for day trips and hikes. For those that thoroughly enjoy cultural immersion and history, Irbid can be an intriguing destination.

Food:Above average

Irbid offers a good variety of Middle Eastern cuisine, particularly its marked influence of Jordanian food culture. Food options include traditional Jordanian dishes like Mansaf, and a variety of flavorful mezze. You also get to enjoy more common Middle Eastern food like shawarma, falafel, and hummus. While there might not be as much international cuisine available. Overall, the quality of food is high, with ingredients typically being fresh and dishes prepared traditionally. Irbid is definitely a good place for food lovers, particularly if you're keen to try Jordanian cuisine.


Irbid offers a fairly budget-friendly experience for travelers. Accommodation, food, and transportation are generally cheaper compared to Western countries. Paginating markets are a good option for inexpensive shopping and street food. However, prices may fluctuate depending on the location and season. Be mindful of potential tourist scams that can inflate prices.

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