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Petra, Muhafazat Ma`an, Jordan

How much does it cost to travel to Petra?

You should plan to spend around $125 (JOD89) per day on your vacation in Petra. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $38 (JOD27) on meals
  • $23 (JOD16) on local transportation
  • $118 (JOD84) on hotels

A one week trip to Petra for two people costs, on average, $1,751 (JOD1,242). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Petra cost?

A one week trip to Petra usually costs around $875 (JOD621) for one person and $1,751 (JOD1,242) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Petra on average costs around $1,751 (JOD1,242) for one person and $3,501 (JOD2,484) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Petra will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Petra on average costs around $3,752 (JOD2,661) for one person and $7,503 (JOD5,322) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Petra has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Petra expensive to visit?

Prices in Petra are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Middle East, Petra is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to many other destinations.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Petra Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Petra?

The average Petra trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Petra travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) JOD84 ($118)
Local Transportation 1 JOD16 ($23)
Food 2 JOD27 ($38)
Entertainment 1 JOD33 ($47)
Tips and Handouts 1 JOD1 - 2 ($1 - 3)
Alcohol 2 JOD5 - 16 ($8 - 23)
Accommodation Budget in Petra
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Petra is $59 (JOD42). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Petra is $118 (JOD84). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Petra

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Petra based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $59. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Petra
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Petra is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $23 (JOD16) per person, per day, on local transportation in Petra.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Petra
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Petra can vary, the average cost of food in Petra is $38 (JOD27) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Petra should cost around $15 (JOD11) 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.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Petra?

Typical prices for Food in Petra are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Petra, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Dinner for Two
  • Juice

Entertainment Budget in Petra
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Petra typically cost an average of $47 (JOD33) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Petra?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Petra are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Petra, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Entry to Petra for One

Tips and Handouts Budget in Petra
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Petra is $1.76 (JOD1.25) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Petra is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Petra
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $15 (JOD11) on alcoholic beverages in Petra per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Petra
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $3.73 (JOD2.65) on bottled water in Petra per day. The public water in Petra is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

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Petra 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.

Re-discovered by western explorers in the 1800s, Petra grew in popularity and by the 1920s it had become Jordan's most popular tourist attraction. It was featured in the 1989 movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and is now classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
There is one entrance to Petra, and it happens to be one of the highlights of the journey. The Siq, or canyon, is a spiritually important path leading to the city center. The 200-mile high walls are lined with stunning rock colors, formations, and minor carvings. Be sure to note the remains of terracotta pipes in the sides of the canyon. The Romans used these to carry their water. It's spectacular view and historical significance makes the Siq the perfect preparation for what lies just ahead.

One of the first things you'll see when you arrive in Petra is the Treasury. It's breathtakingly beautiful and the most iconic image of the area. Take a moment to admire the detailed carvings and architecture that have been there for centuries. Try to spot the urn on top of the Treasury. Legend has it, it contains the hidden treasure of a Pharaoh. If you look hard enough you'll see bullet marks where travelers over centuries have attempted to discover that treasure for themselves.

If you're up for a hike, and a stunning view, head up to the Monastery. One of the legendary monuments of Petra, the Monastery was built in the 3rd century BC as a Nabataean tomb. The ancient path of 800 steps can take visitors over an hour to climb, but don't take a donkey to the top. They aren't treated well and it's a depressing sight to see as you climb your way to the top.

For a unique look at one of the world's oldest cities, consider a Petra by night tour. Experience this centuries-old city under the light of the moon and stars. The only light allowed is candlelight, and you'll be immersed in Bedouin music. It may not be as impressive as seeing the majesty of the Treasury by day, but it's certainly a special experience.

When planning your trip to the area, you may want to check out this great overview of things to know before you visit Petra.
Wadi Musa is the main town next to the park that is the ruins of Petra. It is not a large place, but is packed with hotels and restaurants and other amenities that tourists would need or want. The town sits to the east of the park.

At the western end of town is the entrance to the ruins where tickets can be purchased. Then it's a long but beautiful walk to the west through The Siq and into the main ruins that make up Petra itself. The Treasury is the first "building" after the Siq, and then the valley stretches northwest where many of the other ruins are found. The Monastary is perched up high at the far western end of the park, overlooking the desert and Israel to the west.

If taking in the beauty of Petra is simply not exciting enough for you, there are some hikes and climbs to take advantage of. In fact, many of these activities should absolutely be part of your 5-day Jordan itinerary.

Begin at the High Place of Sacrifice and make the one hour trek to the city center. It's a beautiful hike - at the right time of day - covered with stones, statues and altars to admire along the way.

If you simply have to tackle the toughest challenge around, you can climb the Mountain of Aaron. It's the highest peak in Petra and takes anywhere between four and eight hours to scale At the top you'll be greeted with a small church and the tomb of Aaron - the brother of Moses.
Food and Dining
If you're planning to visit the ruins for the entire day (and you should), then it's best to pack your own lunch. Many hotels and hostels will offer this service for you, and a variety of other dining options are around town near the park entrance.

The city of Petra only has one restaurant. Despite their steep prices, they bring in large crowds. Perhaps it's because they have the only beer in the valley! For snacks and drinks, however, there are small stores and vendors all around.

The summer can get very hot in Petra so staying hydrated is a must. In one day you'll likely drink at least four bottles of water.

In Wadi Musa, if you're looking for a good meal, check out Al-Wadi Restaurant on the main circle in town. Cleapetra restaurant is also a bargain, located just below the circle. Many of the hotels have restaurants and bars (especially the higher priced ones).

In Petra, there are no cars, no bicycles and no scooters. The only way to get around is by foot - yours or those belonging to a camel, horse or donkey. Beware of the horsemen offering rides into the city. They may say the ride is free, but during your trip they will hit you with a "tipping" fee.

Walking around Petra is very nice so long as you are reasonably fit and it's not too hot. You'll find most things in the shade around 3 pm.

If you're staying in Wadi Musa, most of the town is within walking distance to the entrance of the ruins (especially hotels). Many hotels offer shuttle services either in the form of vehicles or horse-drawn carts, and taxis are common.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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