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

Should you visit Petra or Aqaba?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

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 Aqaba can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Petra or Aqaba?

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.

Aqaba

Aqaba is a port city in Jordan, in fact, it is the only port city in the country. This city is located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, which is in the southern part of Jordan. The city is still being developed; many of its facilities and infrastructures are being improved. The population of Aqaba is about 190,000 and the city has been key in developing Jordan's economy via trade and tourism.

Which city is cheaper, Aqaba 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 Aqaba is $102. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Petra and Aqaba in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Aqaba $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Aqaba $94
Compare Hotels in Petra and Aqaba

Looking for a hotel in Petra or Aqaba? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Petra


Hotels in Aqaba


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Petra Hotel Prices and Aqaba Hotel Prices.

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • Private Transfer from/To (Aqaba Airport - Aqaba City): $18
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Or TalaBay: $20
  • King Hussein Int Airport Transfers: $25
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Hotels: $27
  • Private Transfer Aqaba Airport to Arava Border: $27
  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Hotels to Aqaba Airport: $27
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Tala Bay Hotels: $33
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Tala bay Hotels to Aqaba Airport: $33
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Wadi rum: $45
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Wadi rum: $45
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Petra: $55
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Petra: $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Aqaba?

Prices for flights to both Aqaba 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Petra $30
    Aqaba $34
Typical Food prices in Petra

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


  • Dinner for Two
    $12
  • Juice
    $1.76

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aqaba

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Aqaba.

  • Suhaila (The Authentic Cooking Experience): $50

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Aqaba $43
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 Petra

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Petra are as follows:

  • From Aqaba: Petra 1 Day Tour: $240
  • From Jerusalem: Petra Day Tour: $299
  • From Eilat: 2-Day Petra & Wadi Rum Tour with Camp Stay: $385
  • From Amman: Petra, Rum, Aqaba and Dead Sea 3-Day Tour: $475
  • 2-Day Historic Petra Tour from Tel Aviv: $488
  • From Jerusalem: Petra & Wadi Rum 3-Day Tour: $587
  • From Eilat: Private 2-Day Guided Tour to Jerash & Petra: $651

Tours and Activities in Aqaba

Here are a few actual costs in Aqaba for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Aqaba Day Tour: $50
  • Henna and Kohl Drawings Experience: $52
  • Sesame Bars with Honey & Roasted Dates Cores Coffee Experience: $61
  • Discover the coral reefs in Aqaba - Scuba experience for beginners: $63
  • Mosaic Art Experience: $71
  • Bottled Sand Art Experience: $72
  • Sayiadya local food Making Experience: $72
  • Aqaba Hooh Sweets Making Experience: $72
  • Date Molasses Making Experience: $72
  • Aqaba Dog Shelter Conservation Experience: $77
  • Sea Glass Jewelry Making Experience: $80
  • Wadi Rum Day Tour: $81

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Aqaba $7.25


When comparing the travel costs between Petra and Aqaba, we can see that Aqaba 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.


When is the best time to visit Petra or Aqaba?

Both destinations experience a tropical climate with warm weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Petra or Aqaba in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Petra and Aqaba. Petra attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Aqaba attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.


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In July, Petra usually receives rain Aqaba. Petra gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Aqaba receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Aqaba this time of the year. In Petra, it's very sunny this time of the year. Petra usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Aqaba during summer. Petra gets 384 hours of sunny skies, while Aqaba receives 384 hours of full sun in the summer.

It's very hot in Aqaba this time of the year. Petra can become quite hot in the summer. In July, Petra is generally around the same temperature as Aqaba. Temperatures in Petra average around 33°C (91°F), and Aqaba stays around 33°C (91°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Petra 33°C (91°F) 
    Aqaba 33°C (91°F)

Should I visit Petra or Aqaba in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Petra as well as Aqaba. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Petra throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Aqaba throughout the year.

Petra usually gets more rain in October than Aqaba. Petra gets 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Aqaba receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Aqaba. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Petra this time of the year. In the autumn, Petra often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Aqaba. Petra gets 295 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Aqaba receives 295 hours of full sun.

Petra is around the same temperature as Aqaba in the autumn. The temperature in Petra is usually 27°C (80°F) in October, and Aqaba stays around 26°C (79°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Petra 27°C (80°F) 
    Aqaba 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Petra or Aqaba in the Winter?

Both Aqaba and Petra are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Petra because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Aqaba because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In January, Petra usually receives more rain than Aqaba. Petra gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Aqaba receives 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.

It's quite sunny in Aqaba. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Petra. Petra usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Aqaba during winter. Petra gets 234 hours of sunny skies, while Aqaba receives 234 hours of full sun in the winter.

In the winter, Petra is around the same temperature as Aqaba. Typically, the winter temperatures in Petra in January are around 15°C (59°F), and Aqaba is about 14°C (57°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Petra 15°C (59°F) 
    Aqaba 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Petra or Aqaba in the Spring?

Both Aqaba and Petra during the spring are popular places to visit. Petra attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Aqaba attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Petra usually gets more rain in April than Aqaba. Petra gets 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Aqaba receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Aqaba, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Petra. In the spring, Petra often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Aqaba. Petra gets 282 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Aqaba receives 282 hours of full sun.

In April, Petra is generally around the same temperature as Aqaba. Temperatures in Petra average around 25°C (76°F), and Aqaba stays around 24°C (75°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Petra 25°C (76°F) 
    Aqaba 24°C (75°F)

Typical Weather for Aqaba and Petra

Petra Aqaba
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 15°C (59°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Feb 17°C (62°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 16°C (61°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Mar 20°C (68°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Apr 25°C (76°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in)
May 28°C (83°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jun 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Aug 32°C (90°F) 0 mm (0 in) 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 30°C (87°F) 0 mm (0 in) 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Oct 27°C (80°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 26°C (79°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Nov 21°C (70°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Dec 16°C (62°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)


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