How to Get From Amman to Petra

From the Jordanian capital of Amman to the stunning ancient archaeological site of Petra, this combination offers bright city lights and a wondrous historic charm. Whether traveling on a tight budget or with a larger group there are transport options to suit all.

Organized tours from Amman to Petra

The most popular option to get from Amman to Petra is by joining one of the various organized tours. Depeding on your focus, most tours will take you either just to Petra – like this daily Petra Tour from Amman – or to both Petra and close-by Wadi Rum – like this daily Wadi Rum and Petra Tour from Amman. By joining a tour, travelers can relax and enjoy every part of the trip without having to worry about public transport timetables or taxi drivers trying to rip them off. Find out if you need a tour guide in Wadi Rum and read up and all the famous movies filmed there to prepare for an ultimate adventure.


Getting From Amman to Petra by Private Transfer

From Queen Alia International airport in Amman or Amman City Center visitors can take a private transfer to Petra. These transfers can be booked online and usually have plenty of space for luggage. These journeys offer a little more luxury than buses and taxis, with a professional driver to greet you at the airport. They are available to book 24 hours a day and prices start at $195 USD. See more here about private transfers from Amman to Petra.

Get From Amman to Petra By Bus

For public transportation, there are two types of buses available on a trip from Amman to Petra. The JETT Bus departs Amman at 6.30am and reaches Petra in around four hours. Visitors can catch the return bus at 5.00pm or stay the night in a hotel close to Petra. The JETT Bus is a scheduled air-conditioned coach that can be booked in advance online or at the JETT Bus Office located in Amman.
Alternatively, local buses run from Amman between 9 am and 4 pm. The local buses in Jordan are minibuses and drivers do not depart until the entire bus is full so passengers should be prepared to wait a while.

How to Get From Amman to Petra By Car

Car rental in Jordan is one of the most convenient ways to explore this country and all it has to offer. With over one hundred car rental companies based in Amman alone, visitors will never be short of options. There are a number of car rental companies located at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman and visitors should expect to pay around 25-30JD (35-40 USD) per day for a new model with air conditioning and insurance. A car journey from Amman to Petra takes just under three hours.

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Using Taxis to Get From Amman to Petra

It is possible to take a taxi from Amman to Petra but taxi prices are high. A standard one-way trip will cost around 85JD (120 USD).

When deciding how to get from Amman to Petra it is best to consider your budget. The cheapest option is to take a local bus. Though the journey is long and the drivers do not adhere to a strict timetable, it is the best way to experience local life and will save lots of money. For those who prefer to cut travel times, joining an organized tour is the best option – easy, fast, reliable and much more comfortable than a local bus.

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