Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

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Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Thinking of visiting Petra, Jordan? No doubt you have a lot of questions.

From what to wear and what to see, to how to get there and how much it costs, find out all the answers in this ultimate travel guide to Petra.

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

I visited the ancient ruins of Petra last month, and before I left the UK I found myself in a Google frenzy.

I was searching all sorts of things…

Can I buy food once I’m inside Petra?

How much is the Petra entrance fee?

How long does it take to tour the site?

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

So many questions! Surprisingly I couldn’t find a Jordan travel blog with all the answers!

I thought it’d be helpful to impart some of my newfound knowledge for any of you who are planning on visiting Petra soon.

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View of The Treasury from The Siq, Petra, Jordan ][

View of The Treasury from the top of the Al-Khubtha Trail in Petra, Jordan]

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

How much is the Petra entrance fee?

As of April 2017, a one-day ticket to visit Petra costs 50 JD . As there is so much to see, many people opt to visit for multiple days. A two-day ticket costs 55 JD and three-day ticket costs 60 JD.

Children under 12 enter free. Petra By Night tickets cost 17 JD . Remember to take your passport in order to purchase your ticket.

Oh, and if you’re a resident of Jordan it’s super cheap… just 1 JD!

How much does it cost for a guided tour of Petra?

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

A private guide for the main trail costs 50 JD. You can arrange it at the visitor centre when you arrive. There are plenty of Petra tours you can book to travel to the site with.

I visited with who were very friendly and efficient. Find out more about my experience .

What time does Petra open and close?

Petra’s Visitor Centre is open each day from 6am to 6pm during the summer and 6am to 4pm in the winter. This is the place to buy tickets, arrange a guide or pick up a Petra map.

While there doesn’t seem to be an official ‘closing time’ there are instructions at the front gate saying you need to leave the site by 7pm in summer and 5pm in winter, unless you’re attending Petra By Night.

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

When is the best time to visit Petra?

I’d recommend getting to the site as early as possible. We arrived at 8am and avoided lots of the big tour groups, making for a more pleasant experience.

It can get extremely hot during the day so you’ll want to prioritise the bigger treks in the morning and late afternoon. Also, avoid rainy days as the valley is prone to flooding.

How much is a horse and carriage, donkey or camel in Petra?

You actually get a horse ride included in your ticket at the entrance, but it’s often thought of as a bit of a scam! The owners will ask for costly tips, so if in doubt agree the final fee before you accept the ride, or avoid altogether.

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

A horse and carriage from the entrance to the Treasury costs 20 JD and 40 JD to get to and from the main basin area.

As there are lots of trails, many of them steep with numerous steps, many people choose to travel by donkey. As camels and horses can’t travel up steps, and there is much debate as to how well any of the animals are kept, it’s best to walk unless you’re not very mobile.

How long does it take to walk to The Treasury?

At a reasonable pace, it’ll take you around 30 minutes to walk from the entrance, along The Siq, to The Treasury.

How long does it take to get to The Monastery?

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

At a reasonable pace, it takes around 1 hour 30 minutes from the basin area to reach The Monastery. There are 800 rock cut steps to get up there.

What are the key sites I have to see on my first visit to Petra?

The Siq, The Treasury, The Monastery, High Place of Sacrifice and the Royal Tombs. It’s too much to see in a day but if you have the chance to stay a few, then that’s the dream itinerary!

What should a woman wear to visit Petra?

While it may be warm, most women were still respectful of the Jordanian culture and chose to cover up. I wore a long skirt with leggings, my Converse trailers, a T-shirt and cardigan.

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

I took a scarf too. I’d recommend sturdy trainers or walking boots rather than sandals or flip-flops. Here’s some inspiration…

I actually wrote a post to help you pack for Petra:

What should a man wear to visit Petra?

Again, most men were in trousers rather than shorts, with a T-shirt and sturdy trainers or walking boots. Here’s some inspiration…

Want to know how to get to Petra, Jordan? Many visit Petra as part of an organised tour – but that’s not the only way! There is the option of public transport from Amman and Aqaba, or you can hire a car and drive.

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Driving from Amman to Petra takes about three hours, or it’s just under two hours from Aqaba.

If you’re looking for public transport to Petra, leaves from Abdali station in Amman at 6.30am and arrives to Petra around 10.30an. It then returns to the city at 5pm.

Or from Aqaba, public buses leave from the central market and travel to Petra. More info .

You can book a group tour to Petra from Amman from Eilat or from Aqaba .

How much time do I need if I’m visiting Petra for the first time?

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

How long is a piece of string?! I only had around 6 hours there, but could have easily spent several days. We raced around the site, keen to pack as much in as possible, but it would have been nice to explore at a leisurely pace.

I’d opt for two or three days, and stay at a hotel nearby so you can enter the site early in the morning.

What trails are there in Petra and how long do they take?

I could write all this info out, but as I snapped this handy pic at the entrance, I’ll let that to the talking.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday there’s magical light show at Petra, with 1500 candles lighting the route to along The Siq to The Treasury.

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Along with the beautiful views, there are tales from local Bedouin people and live music.

The experience begins at 8.30pm from Petra Visitor Centre and finishes at 10.30pm. Tickets cost 17 JD. You can find out more here: .

If you want to book in advance for Petra by Night,

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I’d read a few blogs before travelling, and had a pretty mixed impression on safety at Petra. I was with my boyfriend so didn’t feel nervous, and saw plenty of solo female travellers exploring the site.

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

I think the biggest dangers are to do with being scammed and ripped off, so as long as you know what price you’re aiming for when you’re haggling, you should be fine!

There are parts where the ground is quite even and rocks are crumbling, so be sure to wear sensible shoes and look where you’re going.

Camping isn’t permitted within the site, so the best option is to book a hotel or camping experience nearby. Have a search, or scroll down for my suggestions…

– You can’t get any close to Petra than this! Just two-minutes walk from the entrance, this 5-star hotel is perfect for those wanting to relax in style after a busy day exploring. There are several restaurants, a swimming pool and all the other amenities you could possibly need!

Bed and breakfast: 126 JD / £143 / 177 USD.

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

– Another 5-star hotel in a stunning location, this smart hotel has an outdoor pool and a restaurant, plus comfortable stylish rooms, some with Jacuzzis.

– A 5-star hotel in a traditional stone style, set in the hills with a pool and spectacular views, this is another great option for staying near Petra. Rooms start around £70 so it’s great value too.

– This stone hotel is one of the most charming places to stay, and is just over a mile from the entrance to Petra. There’s a gorgeous indoor pool, terrace with beautiful views and a restaurant on site.

The Old Village Hotel & Resort Petra

Mid-Range – Between £30 and £70 per night

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

– 17-minutes walk to Petra, this is a comfortable mid-range hotel with a buffet breakfast, free wifi and an indoor pool.

Bed and breakfast: 50 JD / £57 / 70 USD.

– Really convenient for visiting Petra, this hotel is around 10 minutes walk to the entrance. There’s free WiFi, AC and views of the mountains, plus it’s close to the town too.

Budget – under £30 per night

– This camp is an incredible place to stay out in the desert, yet only 15 minutes drive to Petra’s entrance. The traditional Bedouin tents are warm and comfortable, and the location is truly magical!

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Bed and breakfast: 20 JD / £22 / 28 USD

Seven Wonders Bedouin camp, Jordan

– Located in the centre of Wadi Musa, this is a small family run budget hotel with free WiFi, AC and a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the mountains. They also have a free shuttle twice a day to and from Petra which is a great bonus!

There are a number of stalls within the site selling water, tea, Turkish coffee, scarves, jewellery, antique coins and other nic-nacs. We bought a lovely scarf for 5 JD . We also had a free cup of tea thrown in!

You’ll find Zain free Wi-Fi points around Jordan, and my phone picked it up next to the Visitor Centre at Petra.

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Once out in the site, a few small stalls and café claimed to have Wi-Fi but I didn’t test it out. It was nice not to be looking at my phone all day!

And finally… Are there toilets at Petra?

Yes, of course! Don’t panic if you get caught short. There are toilets around the site, but they’re not everywhere, so pick up a map at the start and plan your route.

There are plenty by the entrance and I found one by The Monastery, which was a makeshift portaloo. It had toilet paper and a bowl outside to leave a small tip for the pleasure!

Makeshift toilet at Petra, Jordan

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

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Never stop Traveling 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

I appreciate this post! I am going at the end of the month and this is just the info I needed and I am more excited now about staying the camp. Happy Travels

Thank you! It is such a unique experience!

Andee 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Were you able to sign up for ‘Petra by night’ while on your tour with Abraham tours? We”ll be doing an abraham tour of Petra/Wadi Rum. Did you get to shower? was there running water to brush teeth and stuff….I wish I got more information as to what to expect with Abraham Tours…

Hey Andee! There was a shower with running water at the camp we stayed in near to Petra. It was fine for brushing teeth and washing faces, but as it was chilly outside I chose not to shower that evening! Some people did though – hope that helps. I didn’t sign up for the night time visit to Petra but it may be something you can organise directly with Abraham. It’s an amazing experience so enjoy it!

It literally looks like something out of Aladdin!! So magical!

It really is one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been. It’s a tricky one to plan though so hopefully this will help a few people out ????

stephaniestraveldiary 20th April 2017 - 2:25 pm

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