A common question is how to get from Eilat to Petra, with many tourists using Israel’s southern-most city as a base from which to explore Petra. Getting from Eilat to Petra is simple, with a few different options available, depending on budget, the time-frame that’s available, and personal travel preferences. It’s possible to travel from Eilat to Petra every day of the week.
Changing Jordanian border regulations from January 2016, do not change the schedule of our tours from Eilat to Petra, every day.
Travel from Eilat to Petra with a Tour
There are tours from Eilat to Petra seven days a week.
One day tours start in Eilat at around 7 am, and return from Petra at around 7 pm. They are door to door tours, starting and ending at your address in Eilat, and the package usually includes all transportation, guiding at Petra, lunch, and the Petra entrance fee which, if traveling alone, costs approximately $130 for a one day visit.
The border tax ($65) is not included on any tour to Petra. Additionally, the Jordanian visa fee of $60 is payable on the day of the crossing if you have not pre-arranged a visa. The price of these one day tours from Eilat to Petra is $216 which makes it a great value option once you factor in the costs involved with doing it yourself. More information about one day tours from Eilat to Petra can be found here.
Two-day tours from Eilat to Petra are also available daily. There are a couple of variations on these, which include a two day Petra Tour, which is a two-day tour, starting and ending in Eilat, with a guided tour of Petra on day one, and free time to explore on day two. Another popular option is a two day Petra and Wadi Rum Tour, which provides a guided tour of Petra on the first day, overnight in a Bedouin camp, and a jeep safari at Wadi Rum on the second day.
Custom private tours can also be arranged from Eilat to Petra. These are particularly suitable for families or groups who would either like to travel alone, at their own pace, or wish to customize the itinerary to include different sites, or with a different timeframe. For more details about these, contact us.
Bus from Eilat to Petra
Unfortunately, there is no regular bus allowing you to travel from Eilat to Petra. Crossing independently at the Arava Border Crossing, there are no buses from either the border or the nearby city of Aqaba which go directly to Petra. Some tour companies allow you to buy only a seat on their bus – this usually costs around $50 each way, however, once you factor in entrance fees, for a one day trip, in particular, it works out more expensive than joining a group tour. Please note that since January 2016, crossing the Arava Crossing without a visa pre-arranged in your country is not possible, read here for more information about the changing visa regulations. Those on tours will be issued visas at the border.
Taking a Taxi
From the Jordanian side of the Arava Border Crossing, a taxi to Petra is officially 54 Jordanian Dinar (approx $75), or for a return journey including waiting time, 87 Jordanian Dinar (approx $122). The taxis at the border crossing are operated by one company. Bear in mind that you must take a taxi from the border to Aqaba (11 Jordanian Dinar – $15 approx), and for a one day visit, that can add time. Please note that since January 2016, crossing the Arava Crossing without a visa pre-arranged in your country is not possible, read here for more information about the changing visa regulations. Those on tours will be issued visas at the border.
Best way to get from Eilat to Petra
Even for those who aren’t usually tour-lovers, taking a tour from Eilat to Petra is usually the best way to visit this unique site. Considering entrance fees, traveling time, and convenience, it’s not only similar in price, and even often cheaper, than traveling using public transport, it usually makes the experience better – a guided tour at Petra adds to the experience, and this is usually something that people agree on at the end of the day. To show the maths clearly:
Taking a one day tour from Eilat to Petra
Tour Cost – $216
Border Tax – $65
Visa Fee – $60
Entrance Fee – included
Lunch – included
Total for the day – $341
Traveling independently from Eilat to Petra
Taxi from Eilat to Border – $10
Border Tax – $65
Visa fee (must be pre-arranged) – $60
Entrance Fee – $130
Taxi from Aqaba Border to Petra – $122
Total for the day – $387. But visa must be pre-arranged in your home country.