Petra By Night is, of course, a purely touristy event. You walk from the visitor centre through the candlelit Siq to the Treasury. There you sit in narrow rows on pillows on the ground, are served a warm tea and then listen to a mixture of stories (told in Arabic, so you won’t really understand anything) and music.

Afterwards, the treasury is lit up in bright colours, which ruined the atmosphere a bit for me. Then you walk back through the Siq. It doesn’t sound that impressive, but I really liked it.

Please don’t be one of those people who ruin the atmosphere with a torch. And if you do, go through the Siq last so that you don’t disturb anyone else.

When is Petra at night available?

Visiting Petra, Jordan during the day is a wonderful experience in itself however at night the experience is quite different and surreal. The Petra by night light show occurs only thrice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 pm until 10:30 pm each week. Hence it is advisable to alter your Jordan itinerary so that the day you visit Petra is one of these days in the week. It is quite a memorable experience walking through the candle-lit path on your way to The Treasury with only a limited number of people around. Quite different to the hustle and bustle of the crowds during the day. Since the Petra at Night show occurs on specific days, you will need to plan the rest of your tour accordingly.

How much does the Petra By Night ticket cost:

The Petra By Night ticket costs 17 JD. That’s quite a lot of money, especially as the show only lasts 2 hours in total. The entrance fee is not included in the normal ticket, you have to pay it additionally. Note that Petra by night show is not included in the Jordan Pass.

Tips for all visiting Petra by night:

  • Visit the Petra by night show before visiting Petra in the daytime. You might not enjoy Petra at night as much if you have explored it already

  • Grab your Petra night show tickets at least 30 minutes in advance. This gives you an opportunity to start your Petra candle night tour on time and hence be at the Treasury before the crowd arrives.

    It’s quite nice to have the place all to yourself before the show starts

  • Though most people do not use it all, it is recommended to avoid using flashlights, and torches, whilst at the Petra by Night show

  • Make sure you are physically fit to walk around 1.5 km of a walkway twice; since there aren’t transportation options available in case of emergencies.

Who can Visit Petra at Night

Petra night show is open to all age groups, and there are many Petra by night tickets available. Considering the distance of at least 1.2 km toward the treasure, and back; it might be a challenge for individuals with walking difficulties. With no availability of wheelchairs and vehicles or animals for transport, attending the Petra by Night show could be tricky. Similarly, younger children/toddlers, who might not be willing to walk such longer paths, could make the tour challenging for their guardians.

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