Wadi Musa and Wadi Rum, at the northern and southern ends of the Petra route, both offer a vast array of accommodations. A selection of them are listed here. In between these points, hikers should plan on wild camping. Note that some sections do not encounter restocking points for several days and so require walkers to carry large amounts of food and water with them. Alternatively, many tour providers offer varying levels of support to hikers – guides, luggage transfers, supply drops, and even cooked meals at each camping location.
|Stage||Location||Name||Type||Price||# of beds||Contact Information (+###) [country code]||Amenities|
|1||Wadi Musa||Rock Camp||T||From $50/night||15 Bedouin tents, 12 luxury tents||+962 6 5679050
|1||Wadi Musa||Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp||T||From $21/night||44 tents||+962 797958641
|restrooms, meals, transportation to local sites|
|1||Wadi Musa||Al Rashid Hotel||H||From $45/night||25 rooms||+962 (0)3 215 6800
|air conditioning, restrooms, meals, wifi|
|1||Wadi Musa||Sharah Mountains Hotel||H||From $50/night||43 rooms||+962 (0)3 2157 294
|air conditioning, restrooms, television, wifi, meals|
|1||Wadi Musa||Saba’a Hotel||Hs||Dorms from $12/night
Singles from $25/night
|+962 779 730 533
|meals, wifi, laundry, restrooms, television|
|1||Wadi Musa||Valentine Inn||Hs||Dorms from $8/night
Singles from $25/night
|+962 3 2156 423
|wifi, laundry, tours, meals, air conditioning, restrooms|
|7||Wadi Rum||Rum Village Rest House||C||Own tent – 2JD/$2.80
Provided tent – 3JD/$4.20
|7||Wadi Rum||Bedouin LIfestyle||T||25JD($35)/person – includes dinner, breakfast, tea, and water||+962 77 9131 803
|meals, electricity, toilets, showers, tours|
|7||Wadi Rum||Rahayeb Desert Camp||T||Single tent – from $49
Double – from $68
Triple – from $102
|50||+962 3 205 8557
|meals, tours, bathrooms, laundry|
|7||Wadi Rum||Salman Zwaidh Camp||T||Bed in shared tent – from $17
Single tent – from $21
Double tent – from $28
Triple tent – from $35
Quad tent – from $42
Family tent – from $56
|Via secondary booking websites||restrooms, meals, shuttle service, tours|
F – Family Stay
G – Guesthouse (small, locally-owned establishment with private rooms)
H – Hotel
Hs – Hostel (accommodation offering dormitory options)
T – Bedouin Tent (usually dormitory-style sleeping on mats on the floor of a large tent)
S – Shelter (a few areas have free hiker shelters, which are a simple room with cots that hikers can use)
C – Camping (a paid or free place to put down a tent, may or may not have facilities)
Getting to the Petra Region
Jordan’s main airport is Queen Alia International Airport, located 35km from Amman. Jordan has a good system of affordable taxis and an inexpensive system of basic buses, though buses tend to leave when they are full and thus can involve a lot of waiting and uncertainty regarding the availability of return journeys. Rental cars are available in Jordan, though roads are not always clearly marked in English—a good road atlas is advisable.
In the Petra Region, Wadi Musa, Humeima, and Wadi Rum are all accessible from Amman by public transportation. Buses also leave Amman for the city of Ma’an; from Ma’an, buses depart frequently for Wadi Musa.
Airport Transport to the Petra Region:
Shuttle buses from Queen Alia International Airport to downtown Amman depart every half hour between 6am and 4:30pm (50min, 3JD, 06-4453200). Private taxis have posted prices depending on destination, with an average cost of 20JD to downtown Amman.
From Amman’s southern bus station, buses depart regularly for Wadi Musa and Ma’an. A less regular bus also travels from Amman to Wadi Rum. Buses traveling these routes also stop in the modern town of Humeima, which is along the Abraham Path route.
Alternatively, travelers can choose to travel from Amman by private taxi; a taxi from Amman to Wadi Musa should cost around 50JD ($70). As always, be sure you have agreed on a price with the driver before beginning your journey.
The Amman airport and city center also offer numerous rental car companies (average cost of $75/€60 per day, gas/petrol €0.89/liter, $4.20/gallon).
Arriving from land or sea borders:
To/from Israel/Palestine: Jordan shares three border crossing points with Israel/Palestine: Beit She’an/Sheikh Hussein in the north, Allenby/King Hussein in the center and Aqaba/Eilat in the south.
An advance visa is necessary if crossing from Israel/Palestine to Jordan via the King Hussein/Allenby crossing; this visa can be purchased at the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv or the Jordanian consulate in Ramallah. The northern and southern borders do not require advance visas.
- Crossing at Allenby Bridge/King Hussein (central): Advance visa required for Jordan. Shared taxis to/from Jerusalem (Damascus Gate) leave regularly for the border (38 NIS/ ~$10 per person). Taxis from the Jordanian side of the border to/from Amman cost 20-25 JD. The border hours are Sunday to Thursday from 8am-midnight and Friday and Saturday from 8am-3pm.
- Crossing at Beit Shean/Sheikh Hussein (north): A direct bus connects Nazareth to Amman via the northern border (+972-(0)4-601-0458, 75 NIS/~$20). The Israeli side of the border can also be accessed from Beit Shean by taxi (5 min, 30 NIS/$8). Taxis on the Jordanian side have fixed prices; a journey to Amman should cost 40-50JD. This border is open Sunday-Thursday from 6:30am-9pm (last entrance 8pm) and Friday-Saturday from 8am-8pm (last entrance 7pm) – view current details.
- Crossing at Yitzhak Rabin/Wadi Araba (Eilat/Aqaba – south): The Israeli border is accessed by taxi (1km, 40NIS) from Eilat. From the Jordanian side, take a taxi to Aqaba (12JD) and take a bus or taxi from Aqaba to your desired destination (see JETT buses, daily for around 8-10JD). A taxi to/from the Jordanian border costs 50-80JD to Amman. The border hours are Sunday to Thursday from 6:30am – 8pm and Friday-Saturday from 8am-8pm.
From Syria: While direct buses used to connect Damascus and Amman, it is no longer advisable to travel through Syria due to the current civil war.
From Egypt: A fast ferry from Nuweiba operates once a day Sunday-Friday, leaving at 1pm from Aqaba and at 4pm from Nuweiba (http://www.abmaritime.com.jo/). The journey takes about 1 hour and costs $70 USD one-way or $140 USD round-trip. Tickets must be paid for in US dollars in Nuweiba, while dollars and dinar are both accepted in Aqaba. Several private ferry companies can arrange transport for groups. The ferries are notorious for delays and complications, so it may be advisable to travel overland through Eilat and avoid the ferry.
A 30-day single entry visa costs 40JD (about $56 USD), and a multi-entry 90-day visa costs 60JD ($84). Most nationalities can purchase the visa at the airport or land border upon arrival, but check http://www.visitjordan.com/visitjordan_cms/Default.aspx?tabid=61 to see if you need to purchase your visa in advance.
The visa cost is waived if entering by land via Aqaba (free trade zone) or when entering in a group of five or more with a licensed Jordanian guide when you will stay at least two nights in Jordan. The exit fee for leaving Jordan is 5JD ($7) per person.