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Visiting Petra from Jerusalem

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Visiting Petra from Jerusalem

We are planning on crossing via the Allenby bridge. It know it can vary, but does anyone know how long this might take? We were also considering using the VIP service--does anyone have experience with this service?

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1. Re: Visiting Petra from Jerusalem

It is easier to visit from Eilat doing it on your own or using a tour company Desert Eco Tours. You have to get to Eilat first but getting to Alenby crossing, crossing etc... will take a long time too. How do you plan to visit Petra while in Jordan? Would you cross back too?

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2. Re: Visiting Petra from Jerusalem

You can't cross the Allenby bridge into Jordan unless you obtain a Jordanian visa prior to the cross at a Jordanian embassy.

Anyway, if you're heading to Petra then the nearest border crossing to Petra would the the Arava ("Yitzhak Rabin") border crossing (where you also don't need a visa in advance) near Eilat (Israel) and Aqaba (Jordan). Take a bus/flight from Jerusalem to Eilat and then a short 10 minutes taxi ride and you are at the border crossing.

You should mind that buses do not run on Shabbat and that there are opening hours for the border crossing: www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Borders/Arava/

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3. Re: Visiting Petra from Jerusalem

If you have arranged a driver to pick you up on the other side of Allenby bridge to transport you to Petra than this is doable. You do need a visa prior to leaving your country of residence as mentioned above. If you are planning on taking a guided tour Eilat is the way to go, but if you can arrange something in Jordan from the King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) then by all means do so. The crossing could take an hour, it's generally more time consuming coming into Israel than leaving.

It is important to make all plans and reservations in advance for a trip via this venue as there is nothing else there but desert, as opposed to the Eilat crossing which is near a city.



Edited: 3:43 am, December 13, 2013
4. Re: Visiting Petra from Jerusalem

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