Eilat to Petra – DIY Version

Despite the fact that guided tours to Petra are the preferred option among many travelers, we hereby suggest the Do-It-Yourself trip from Eilat to Petra, along with useful tips.


  • One must: have a valid passport for at least six months ahead. Otherwise, you will not be able to cross the border.

  • Catch a cab from Eilat to the Rabin Crossing. No need to pre-order a taxi. Taxis in Eilat are available on the roads during night and day.

  • Rabin Crossing opening hours are 08:00-20:00.

  • Border tax in the Israel: about 101 NIS (about 28 US Dollars).
    Border tax from Jordanian Kingdom back to Israel: 10 DINAR (about 50 NIS, 14 US Dollars) .

  • The cheapest way to get to Petra is taking the bus from Aqaba to Wadi Musa. A cab ride from Rabin Crossing to Petra costs twice as much as taking a cab from the border to Aqaba, and then another cab from Aqaba to Petra.

  • Book three days in a hotel at Wadi Musa. Purchase a Two Days pass to Petra, for your second and third day.

  • Recommended visiting hours in Petra are early morning. Around noon Petra becomes very loud and crowded, especially near the entrance and the Siq. Refuse politely to anyone who approaches. Just say La (No).

  • The prices on the site are relatively high. Bring your own food and beverages.

  • Night at the hotel. Free breakfast.

  • Second morning in Petra. Coffee at Al-Dier is recommended.

  • Visiting Petra demands long walks on the terrain. Bring your good walking shoes, or ride a donkey.

  • Collect your luggage from the hotel. Catch a bus or taxi to Aqaba.

  • Catch a taxi to the border, then another one back to Eilat.



Hebrew page link: טיול לפטרה – עשה זאת בעצמך

Article originally from PetraTours website (www.eilatPetraTours.com)