The stone city of Petra was carved into Jordan’s red rock cliffs more than 2,000 years ago. Once a Roman trading stop and stronghold of the Nabataean Arab kingdom, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most iconic archaeological destinations. 

The Basics
Petra is a highlight of the Middle East, renowned for its astonishing cliff-bound monuments and Greek-influenced architectural style. Thanks to the city’s Hollywood portrayal in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Petra rose to international fame and is now one of Jordan’s most-visited attractions. Travelers usually approach the site through the long and narrow Siq, a chasm that opens up on the magnificent Treasury—Petra’s most-photographed building. Within the winding mountain ravines you’ll also find tombs, an 8,000-seat amphitheater, and the triumphal arch of the Temenos Gateway.  

While it’s possible to catch Petra’s highlights on a day trip from Eilat, Jerusalem, or Amman, there’s enough to see to warrant a multi-day stay. Petra is often included on longer tours of Israel and Jordan that typically include visits to Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem, depending on the length and option chosen. For a personalized experience, opt for a private tour. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Petra is a must-see for adventure travelers and archaeology buffs.
  • Visitors can opt for a 1-day or 2-day pass for entrance into Petra.
  • It gets hot in the Jordan desert; don’t forget to bring sun protection and plenty of water.
  • Remember to dress respectfully in loose-fitting clothing that covers your legs and shoulders.
  • Petra tours from Eilat, Jerusalem, and Amman can last up to 12 hours.

How to Get There
Petra is 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Jordan, near the town of Wadi Mousa. It takes roughly 20 minutes to walk from town to the archaeological site. A guided day tour is the most convenient way to get there, but Wadi Mousa can also be reached by JETT bus from Amman or Aqaba. Transportation by taxi is also an option.

When to Get There
Plan to arrive at the main entrance first thing in the morning to explore the site before crowds begin to arrive. Spring and autumn offer the best weather, with warm days and cool nights. Expect temperatures over 100°F (38°C) in summer.

Petra Monastery Hike
While the Treasury ranks as Petra’s most famous structure, the Monastery is just as impressive and often much less crowded, due in part to the strenuous hour-long hike necessary to get there. Those who brave the journey up some 800 rock-cut steps are rewarded with a chance to explore Petra’s largest carved monument. The path up to the Monastery sits mostly in the shade during the afternoon.

Tours & Tickets

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Full-Day Tour of Petra from Eilat, Eilat, null
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Full-Day Tour of Petra from Eilat

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

This tour will take you on an adventure that you will never forget, through the mountains to see Petra in all of her glory. Petra, one of the seven ...  Read more

Location: Eilat, Israel
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.00
Private 4-Night Jordan from Amman: Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Petra, Day Trips
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Private 4-Night Jordan from Amman: Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This five day tour gives you a great opportunity to see the highlights of Jordan. Start with a panoramic tour of Amman center, downtown with its Roman Theater, ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $587.50
Day Tour to Petra from Eilat, Eilat, Cultural Tours
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Day Tour to Petra from Eilat

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

A magical day tour in Petra. Choose any date and enjoy a beautiful tour to Petra with pro guides. Pickup/drop off from any hotel in Eilat. Departures every day.

Location: Eilat, Israel
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $219.00
Petra Day Trip from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Day Trips
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Petra Day Trip from Jerusalem

Tour Petra from Jerusalem including internal flights, and transfer from your hotel. See the famous Treasury, that made Petra famous. Walk through this amazing ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $615.00
3-Day Petra Wadi Rum and Jordan Tour from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Day Trips
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3-Day Petra Wadi Rum and Jordan Tour from Jerusalem

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This 3-day group tour of Jordan leaving from Jerusalem will take you to all of the highlights of Jordan including Petra, Wadi Rum, Amman Citadel and Jerash. ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $550.00
Petra and Wadi Rum: Southern Jordan Private Tour from Amman, Amman, Multi-day Tours
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Petra and Wadi Rum: Southern Jordan Private Tour from Amman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

If you have a short time in Jordan, the Southern Jordan Tour is you answer. Experience a day tour of the Wonder of the World- Petra and Hollywood’s preferred ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: Flexible

From USD $180.50
Private Petra Guided Tour from Amman or Dead Sea, Amman, Private Day Trips
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Private Petra Guided Tour from Amman or Dead Sea

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore Jordan's most mesmerizing sight, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, on this 10-hour private day trip from Amman or the Dead Sea. See the Siq, ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Private Tour: Petra Day Trip from Aqaba, Aqaba, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Petra Day Trip from Aqaba

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Rewind more than 2,000 years in time on this private full-day trip to Petra from Aqaba! Pass by Little Petra the Nabatean’s carvan stop before heading to the ...  Read more

Location: Aqaba, Jordan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $206.25
Private Petra Round-Trip Transfers from Amman with Optional Local Guide and Entry Fees, Amman, ... 
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Private Petra Round-Trip Transfers from Amman with Optional Local Guide and Entry Fees

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This is a 12-hour day trip to Petra for those who have a limited time to stay in Jordan. You will have approximately 6 hours to visit Siq, Petra Treasury, and ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.00
Petra by Night Tour Ticket, Petra, Private Day Trips
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Petra by Night Tour Ticket

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

A romantic way to see Petra. The Petra by Night tour is not your typical sound-and-light show. There are no colored laser beams, no booming amplified music or ...  Read more

Location: Petra, Jordan
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.75

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