Most visitors to Jordan enter via Queen Alia International Airport and spend at least a night in Amman before visiting Petra, which lies about 4 hours drive south of Amman, Jordan’s capital city. There are a few different ways to get from Amman to Petra, whether rental car, private tour, private transfer, bus or taxi. Whether you are backpacking Jordan on a budget or looking to see the very best from accommodation to amenities, you will find the best ways to get to Petra from Amman below!
Getting to Petra from Amman
Amman to Petra by Rental Car
Many visitors to Jordan intend on self-driving the country and following their own, or a suggested itinerary. While driving in Amman can be chaotic, once you are on the Kings Highway and out of the city, the drive to Petra from Amman is quite easy.
It takes about 4 hours to drive from Amman to Petra. Plan for construction delays due to the highway reconstruction and be mindful of oncoming traffic in construction sections.
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Amman to Petra by Bus
There are two options when it comes to taking a bus, either JETT Coach busses or small coaster public transportation.
JETT buses operate once per day and return to Amman in the evening. If you want to see Petra in one day and return to Amman, this is your best option. The bus departs at 6:30 from the Abdali JETT Bus Station in Amman and you can either buy a round trip ticket or buy a one way ticket to Petra. It returns to Amman at 4pm or you can stay the night in Petra. Ensure you arrive 30 minutes before departure to pay for your ticket.
JETT offers air-conditioned coach style busses with plenty of room for luggage. You should buy your ticket the day before to ensure you get a seat. You can buy online but I always find the interface awkward. I have always called and booked a spot or gone into the office.
JETT Tickets cost JD11 one way. The JETT Bus makes one stop along the way to use the bathroom or grab a coffee or tea.
The Coaster buses go from the southern bus station and leave between 9am and 4pm. If you want to do during the day and cannot make the 6:30am JETT bus, these are your only bus option. These minibusses are cheaper than the JETT bus but do not have a schedule. They depart when the bus is full. These busses do not have air conditioning and only have a small amount of room for luggage, so you might end up with it under your feet.
Coaster bus public transport costs about JD3. It makes stops along the way for people who are not going all the way to Petra.
Amman to Petra by Tour
There are plenty of short tours from Amman to Petra. You can even do it on a day tour, although I will warn you that you will be spending a lot of your day in the car (I suggest you at least overnight). Tours can be arranged in advance, and often on arrival. If you have a group with more than 5 people, I suggest you arrange your tour in advance as larger vans are hard to come by last minute in high season!
Amman to Petra by Private Transfer
If you do not want a guided tour, you can also book a private transfer in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.
Taxi to Petra from Amman
A taxi to Petra can set you back over USD100 if you want to use that option. Ensure you negotiate the rate in advance and you do not need to feel obligated to tip above the rate quoted.
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