A Day Trip to Petra, Wadi Musa in Jordan

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Jhoana Carla de Toro

Jhoana Carla de Toro

Updated: 15 May 2019

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Petra has consistently been on top travel lists, and why wouldn’t it be? One of the new seven wonders of the world, it is surreal and majestic. Petra is actually fairly easy to visit and not too expensive unlike other famous places in the world. There is a variety of accommodation that ranges from five-star resorts and more affordable tented camps. They have great public transport and tourists can also just simply drive themselves around if they choose to. The people are incredibly welcoming and have a sense of family even with strangers and it is a safe place to travel to.

 

So if you are planning a day trip to Petra what is the best way to do it? There are plenty of companies which offer organized tours but Petra can also be visited independently. 

Driving from Amman to Petra

If you are driving from Amman to Petra, it is about three hours’ drive via the quicker Desert Highway or about five hours if you take the more picturesque King’s Highway route. You get plenty of Instagram-worthy pictures but be prepared for the long drive. From Aqaba to Petra, it is about two hours’ drive. 

 

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Wadi Musa, a whole town, has grown around Petra. It has all types of hotels for different budgets. The whole range of accommodations stretch up into the hill. If you have a vehicle, you can easily get to the hotels which are a bit further away up on the hillside. They have good value and also offer stunning vistas of the surrounding area. 

How to get to Petra

Petra is just a short drive away from Wadi Musa and the hotels located further out also offers a free shuttle down to the visitor’s center several times a day. There are also a lot of taxis especially in the afternoons and fares cost about JD5 within Wadi Musa. 

How much do tickets cost

The longer you stay in Petra, the better value it will be. A one-day ticket tour costs JD50, a two-day ticket costs JD55 and a three-day ticket costs JD60. So, if you have the time, it is best to opt for the three-day pass. Children below the age of 15 get free entry and tickets can be bought by credit card or cash at the visitor’s center. If you happen to be visiting other sites in Jordan, it is best to get the Jordan Pass which includes entry to other sites in the country such as Wadi Rum and the Amman Citadel. 

When is the best time to visit

The best time to visit magical Petra is during the spring and autumn seasons because it is not that hot and the crowds are also smaller. Ticket offices are open from 6 in the morning until 6 in the evening during summer and from 6 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon during winter. Be informed that Petra closes around sunset and the quietest times to be there are late afternoons and early mornings. 

What should I wear

Sturdy and comfortable walking shoes are necessary because you will be walking over rocky and sandy ground. A scarf is also a good idea as there is hardly any shade in the area. Wear cotton tops with sleeves and trousers so you will have a pleasant time walking around. 

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