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Bus trip from Jerusalem to Petra

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Bus trip from Jerusalem to Petra

25 year old would like to add a trip to Petra on to his trip to Israel. Is there still a tour company that runs a one day trip from Jerusalem to Petra? 1 1/2day trip? Cost is an issue. Thanks!

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1. Re: Bus trip from Jerusalem to Petra

Probably the best way to do this, especially on a budget, is to take a public bus to Eilat and then take a day tour from there. You would take the bus to Eilat which is about a 4 hour drive, stay overnight and then leave early in the morning for the day tour of Eilat. Most tour companies pick you up at your hotel or where ever you are staying. There are quite a few companies that run tours to Petra from Eilat. I used Desert Ecotours which worked well for me. By the way, the tours are not inexpensive but I have heard plenty of horror stories of people paying ridiculous amounts to get drivers to take them back and forth to the border when they haven't made arrangements in advance so it isn't necessarily cheaper to try to do this without a tour company. When you return to Eilat from Petra it might be later in the evening and no further buses back to Jerusalem so you might have to do a second night in Eilat. It is not so easy to go to Petra as some people assume as it is in another country and there are quite long driving distances - probably up to 8 hours to get to Petra from Jerusalem if you take into account an hour or so at the border.

Others on this forum might give other suggestions for doing a day trip from Jerusalem that I might not be aware of.

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2. Re: Bus trip from Jerusalem to Petra

To add to the previous post - if budget is really tight, you can take a bus from Tel Aviv to Eilat - there is a "red-eye" that does the route over night - leaves Tel Aviv at midnight arriving in Eilat at 5 am. This will save you the cost of a hotel room in Eilat.

You can do the same thing on the way back - leaving Eilat at 1 am and arriving in Tel Aviv at 6 am.

I can guarantee one thing - you will be super exhausted. This is probably the least expensive way to do it. Check the prices for a one day trip with Desert-Eco Tours, or any of the other companies - it is not an inexpensive trip. It is a very long day and then if you take the overnight bus at both ends you can probably count on crashing when you get back.

Please remember that the bus to Eilat requires advance reservation.

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3. Re: Bus trip from Jerusalem to Petra

Shalom, as mentioned in previous replies - all the Petra day trips leave from Eilat. These trips cost around $259 per person & do not include border taxes (another $50 per person). There is an offer for a package from JLM to petra which includes the bus ride, an overnight in Eilat & the trip to Petra. Look up "Petra from Jerusalem"

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4. Re: Bus trip from Jerusalem to Petra

Another option is to book one of the low budget flights to Eilat (from Tel Aviv).

with price range of 79-129 NIS.... It surely cost a bit more than the bus but it is very convenient and you won't be exhausted.

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