How to Get to Petra

Find out how to get to Petra from Amman, Aqaba, Wadi Rum or Madaba - by Bus, Taxi or Private Transfer.

Most of the foreign visitors of Petra arrive to one of Jordan's two international airports, the Aqaba port or the Wadi Araba border crossing between Eilat and Aqaba.

"How to get to Petra?" is their most often asked question.

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There are several options available, depending on your place of departure, how much time and money you have.

From Amman to Petra

Scheduled, Air-conditoned Buses

JETT Bus leaves from Abdali in Amman at 6.30h and arrives to Petra around 10.30h. It runs back on the same day at 17.00h. Tel: +962 6 566 4146.

Ticket costs 8.50 JD each direction.

Online booking is now available on the JETT website.

Public minibuses

Public minibuses to Wadi Musa leave from Mujamaaa Janobi station from 9.00h untill 16.00h and from Wadi Musa to Amman from 6.00h till 13:00h. Ticket costs JD 5.

Private Transfer from Amman Airport to Petra

Private Amman Airport Arrival Transfer to Petra Hotels starts from $US 81 and includes the following services:

  • Stress-free meet-and-greet arrival in Amman Airport by a professional driver
  • Smooth, friendly and hassle-free door-to-door transfer service
  • Air-conditiones vehicle with comfortable seats and generous leg room, plenty of luggage space
  • Fixed price and online payment - no need to bargain

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Taxi from Amman to Petra

Taxi fare from downtown Amman and from the Queen Alia Airport to Petra is around 80-85 JD. Click here to book a taxi from Amman to Petra

From Aqaba to Petra

Public minibuses

You can catch a public minibus to Wadi Musa from the bus station in the downtown, next to the Aqaba Police Station.

There are 5 buses a day (no buses on Friday), the first one comes in around 6.00h and leaves when it's full. Don't expect a written schedule. The journey takes around 1.5-2 hours.

The ticket is JD 5.

Regular and service taxis from Aqaba to Petra

White service taxis leave from the same place as the minibuses and they take you to Wadi Musa for JD 30. They take up to 4 people in one car.

If you want to come back to Aqaba on the same day you can also hire a regular green Aqaba taxis to take you to Petra from anywhere in the city or even from the Israeli border (Wadi Araba or Arava crossing between Aqaba and Eilat). Budget apprx. JD 80 for a day-trip.

From Wadi Rum to Petra


There is a daily bus service between Petra and Wadi Rum: the bus leaves from Wadi Musa bus station at 6.00h in the morning and picks up tourists from various hotels in Wadi Musa - ask your hotel to arrange it for you the day before or call the driver at
079 5235257 to book your place. The capacity of the bus is 27 people.

After arriving to the Wadi Rum Visitor Center it picks up new passangers here (and also from the Rest House in Rum village) and departs for Petra at around 8.30h.

The bus fare is 5 JD one way.

Taxi from Wadi Rum to Petra

If you missed the bus or want to go to Petra in the afternoon, you can try to get a taxi at the Visitor Center where they bring passengers to.
You can also ask your desert guide to call one for you.

Try not to pick green Aqaba taxis as they would probably charge you more than the taxis coming from Petra (yellow). The taxi fare should be around 35 JD.

From Madaba to Petra

Tourist Bus from Madaba to Petra

There is bus operated by Mariam Hotel in Madaba that departs at 10.00h from Madaba and runs to Petra via the scenic Kings' Highway.

It has a brief "photo stop" at Wadi Mujib and a 1-hour stop an Karak Castle before arriving to Wadi Musa at around 15.00-16.00h.

The ride costs 18 JD per person and there is a minimum number of passengers (3) for the bus to run so always call Mariam Hotel the day before to get your seat and the departure of the bus confirmed.

Taxi from Madaba to Petra

A taxi ride from Madaba to Petra costs around 60 JD one way.

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