A Travel Price Comparison for Jordan Petra vs. Amman for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Petra or Amman?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Petra and Amman can help you decide which place is right for you.

Petra

Whether you're checking off the Seven Wonders of the World, or you're just a huge Indiana Jones fan, the city of Petra must be on your bucket list. The "rose red city, half as old as time," was the capital of the Nabataean kingdom in the 6th century BC. It was the center for trade and commerce until an earthquake took out buildings and destroyed their water management system. After this destruction, the city of Petra seemed to be lost to western civilization.

Amman

Amman is the largest city in of the Hashemite Kingdom of the country of Jordan. It is also the capital city of Jordan and has a population of over four million people. Many people use Amman as a base for venturing out into the rest of Jordan and other surrounding countries. There are many things to see and do in Amman.

Which city is cheaper, Amman or Petra?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Petra is $100, while the average daily cost in Amman is $88. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Petra and Amman in more detail.



Accommodation

Petra's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $94. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $47.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Amman, $78 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Amman, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $39, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Amman $39
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Amman $78

Food

While meal prices in Petra can vary, the average travelers spends about $30 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Petra should cost around $12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Petra is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

In Amman travelers spend around $27 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Petra $30
    Amman $27
Typical Food prices in Petra

Some typical examples of dining costs in Petra are as follows:


  • Dinner for Two
    $12
  • Juice
    $1.76

Typical Food prices in Amman

For Amman, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Pastries
    $4.23
  • Tea
    $5.64

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amman

For Amman, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Private Lunch or Dinner at a Local Traditional Restaurant in Amman: $51
  • Amman City Tour & Food Tour Combo: $69
  • Private Panoramic Tour of Amman with Lunch or Dinner: $71
  • Private Kan Zaman Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $76
  • Private Madaba Haret Jdoudna Restaurant Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $90
  • Half Day Cooking Class in Amman: $96
  • Downtown Amman by Night (Dinner Included): $123
  • Contemporary Amman by Night (Dinner Included): $155
  • Romantic Dinner for Two in Amman: $160

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $18 per day to get around in Petra.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Amman than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $19 on transportation in Amman on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Petra $18
    Amman $19

Typical Local Transportation prices in Amman

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amman:


  • Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.71
  • RIde to Airport
    $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amman

Also for Amman, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Amman Airport Transfer (From/To Amman- Private Car & Mini Van): $19
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Amman Airport to Hotel: $24
  • Transfer From Airport To Amman: $24
  • Airport transfer, Amman, Jordan: $25
  • Airport Transfer, Pick-up and Drop-off: $25
  • Amman Airport Private Departure Transfer: $27
  • Amman Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $27
  • Private Transfer from Amman Airport to Amman Hotel: $28
  • Petra Private Transfer to/from Amman or Airport or Dead Sea or K.H.B: $35
  • Transfer from Amman Airport to Dead Sea Hotels or vise versa: $38
  • Amman Airport transfer from/to Deadsea or Amman hotels: $40
  • Private Airport Transfer: $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Amman?

Prices for flights to both Amman and Petra change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $38 per person, per day in Petra. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Sightseeing expenses in Amman, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $25 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Amman $25
Typical Entertainment prices in Petra

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Petra are as follows:


  • Entry to Petra for One
    $71

Tours and Activities in Amman

For Amman, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Discover the hidden gems of Amman's Rainbow street on an audio walking tour: $5.00
  • Private Full-Day Petra Tour with Lunch from Amman: $19
  • Half Day Amman Private City Tour: $22
  • Half Day Private Tour to Iraq al-Amir (Qasr al-‘Abed): $25
  • Half Day Private Tour to Iraq al-Amir (Qasr al-‘Abed) and Abo Jaber Caves: $25
  • Half Day Private Tour To Dead Sea: $26
  • Amman Private City Tour: $29
  • Exceptional "Jordanian Hennah" Experience In Amman: $37
  • Private Dead Sea Cheap Tour ! Half Day From Amman: $39
  • Citadel, Amphitheatre, Rainbow Street, Famous mosques, ALL in Amman Private Tour: $40
  • Jerash & Amman City Tour Day Trip from Amman: $41
  • Amman Private City Tour: $41

Alcohol

The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Petra per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Typically, people visiting Amman spend on average $11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Amman $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Amman

Also in Amman, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Wine Tasting Experience: $24
  • Private Wine Tasting Tour In Amman: $64


When comparing the travel costs between Petra and Amman, we can see that Petra is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Middle East, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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