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

Should you visit Petra or Aqaba?

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.

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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Petra and Aqaba 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.

A hotel room in Aqaba is about $94 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


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

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.

On average, meal and food prices in Aqaba cost around $34 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $14.


  • 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

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.

The average price of local transportation around Aqaba is $19 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public 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.





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.

Aqaba's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $43 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • 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 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

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.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Aqaba may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.25 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • 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.

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