Petra Travel Guide
To get to Petra from Aqaba—the Jordanian town just across the border that shares the Red Sea shore with Eilat—two buses a day run at a cost of JD 5, but there’s no specific timetable.
To get to Petra from Amman, public buses run from Amman's Mujema Al Janoub, or the South Bus Station. They depart when full. Three private bus companies offer air-conditioned service between Petra and Amman.
Arkia. Several times a week, Arkia Israeli Airlines offers one-day guided tours in which you fly from Tel Aviv to Eilat, then drive to Petra in an air-conditioned bus. You return the same evening. The rate per person is about US$375. 03/690–9698. www.arkia.com/israel-tours.
Petra Israel. This company offers tips on arranging tours to Petra from Israel. English-language tours of the ancient city last from one to two days, and include transportation from your hotel in Eilat. www.petraisrael.com/tours-to-petra-from-israel.