Flying to Petra
When is the best time to visit Petra?
The best season to visit Petra is during spring and autumn, when the crowds are generally thinner, and the temperatures are not so unbearable. March to May or September to November is the best time to visit, where temperatures average 18-25°C.
It is best to arrive at Petra as early as possible in the day, as the ticket office opens from 6am and the crowds are quieter at that time. Late afternoons are also quieter, but be aware that the ticket office closes at 4pm in winter, and 6pm in summer.
What should I wear to Petra?
Make sure you take sturdy and comfortable walking shoes, as you will be walking over rocky and sandy terrain. To keep yourself out of the direct sun, you may wish to wear a scarf or hat, sunglasses and plenty of suncream.
How much time do I need at Petra?
Generally, most people will need at least a day to visit Petra, spending 5-6 hours exploring the sights. However, many people opt to spend a couple of days exploring the ancient city.
How long is the walk at Petra?
To get to Petra from the modern town of Wadi Musa, it is around a 10-minute walk. The site itself has an area of 60 sq km, so expect to do a fair bit of walking. However, you will be able to break up the walking by stopping to look at the different sights. However, between the key sights of the Siq at the entrance and the Monastery at the end, it is over an hour's walk one-way, with hundreds of stairs to climb.
Is there food and drink available at Petra?
If you are staying in a nearby hotel, many of them will prepare a packed lunch for you to take if you ask. However, there are stalls outside the entrance where you can purchase refreshments cheaper than the restaurants inside. Make sure you pack plenty of water - you are entering a desert so don't want to get dehydrated.
How much does it cost to get into Petra?
Tickets for a one-day ticket to Petra will cost around $70 USD per person. However, this is well worth it for seeing such an amazing and significant place.
Is Petra safe to visit?
According to the UK Government website, Jordan as a country is relatively safe to visit. There are some demonstrations which take place in cities, but these are generally fine if you avoid them. The border with Syria should be avoided. There are currently no travel warnings from the British Foreign Office or the US State Department.
Petra is safe to visit, and there are numerous visits by tourists year-round that are all problematic. Petra has police and security roaming, to help keep the place safe for all visitors.
What are the best sights to see at Petra?
If you are visiting Petra, you should try your best to see as much as possible of it. However, the key things to see is the entrance through the Siq, the Treasury, the Street of Facades, the Amphitheatre, the Royal Tombs, the Colonnaded Street, the Museum and the Monastery.