Tourists can get from Amman to Petra either by bus, by public minibus and by taxi (or transfer). Travel by bus lasts 4 hours and costs 15.60 $. A trip by a minibus takes 3.5 hours, the ticket price is 7 $. A taxi will take you to the destination in 3 hours, and it costs from 168 $. The distance between Amman and Petra is 238 km.
A bus trip is cheap, but there is only one run a day. A bus has air conditioning and a toilet, and as a rule, it makes one stop at a shopping mall, so it is rather comfortable if you manage to catch it. In minibuses with air conditioning, the ticket price may increase by 30-50% and you have to pay an extra fee for your luggage. If your plane arrives much earlier or later or you would like to have a comfortable ride, it is better to take a taxi or book a transfer. Local taxi drivers may ask for a bigger price, so you should discuss the cost in advance. The price of a pre-booked transfer doesn’t change in any case.
This ancient city located between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea is half carved into rocks and half man-made. You could see its sites in the movie about Indiana Jones. 85% of its archaeological treasures still remain undiscovered, but even those which are found will amaze you greatly. For example the monastery Al Deir. After visiting it tourists can have a rest in the nearby cafe and enjoy a wonderful panorama of the mysterious Petra - a miracle created by Man and Nature. Another attraction is the architectural complex Djinn Blocks, the date of construction of which is unknown. Huge stone blocks decorated with carvings look majestical. The Tomb of Aneisho with a beautiful facade and a double cornice was created around 50 A.D. It is a mixture of Greek, Egyptian and Nabatean architectural styles. There are many excursions that allow tourists to see these and many other sites.
up to 24 h
Bus from Amman (Jett) departs every day at 6:30 a.m. and arrives in Petra at 10:30 a.m. The journey lasts 4 hours, and its price is 15.60$. One can buy tickets at the booking-office at the bus station.
Amman Airport — Amman Bus Station — Petra
up to 24 h
Average: air conditioning, a toilet, soft seats, enough space
Tourists whose plane arrives just before 6.30 a.m., those who don’t want to spend much money, young people and people with hand luggage
The bus stop is outside the airport building.
There is no fixed timetable for public minibuses. They depart when the vehicle is filled with passengers. The travel lasts 3,5 hours, the ticket price is 7 $. Buses leave from Wihdat station.
9:00 to 16:00
Amman Airport — Wihdat Bus Station — Petra
departs as soon as it's full
Average: high speed, air conditioning
Tourists with hand luggage, couples without children, those who want to save money, people who are not in a hurry
Wihdat Bus Station is in Amman, you can get there by taxi.
If you arrive at the airport after 6:30 a.m. or travel with small children or have much luggage or want a comfortable ride, choose a taxi or book a transfer from Amman to Petra. The trip takes 3 hours or a bit more because of traffic jams in Amman. Local drivers may tell foreign tourists a bigger price, while the cost of a transfer is fixed. You can also order other necessary options: a child safety seat, air conditioning etc.
To any location in Petra you need
If you call a taxi, wait time is 5 min. When booking a transfer you find the vehicle waiting for you just at the appointed time, the driver meets you at the exit with a nameplate.
A taxi: you travel without random passengers but the car may have no air conditioning or child safety seats. A transfer: you choose the options you need and the class of the vehicle. The driver will help you with the luggage, stop on the way if necessary and make your trip as comfortable as possible.
Those who arrive after 6.30. a.m., elderly people, couples with children, tourists with big luggage, people who want to save time and travel with comfort.
One can get from Amman to Petra by bus, by public minibus or by taxi. Public transport is suitable for those who would like to save money, for people who travel light and for tourists whose plane arrives in the morning. If you prefer a comfortable and quick ride, take a taxi or book a transfer. Enjoy your travel to this wonderful ancient city!