Tour operators in Jordan and Israel can provide information about getting to Petra—the gateway to Little Petra and Beidha—from Amman, Jordan’s capital (a three-hour-drive south); from Aqaba/Eilat on the Red Sea Gulf of Aqaba; and from the two Jordan River crossings from Israel at Beth Shean near the Sea of Galilee and the Allenby Bridge, a 30-minute taxi ride east from Jerusalem. It is not permitted to drive a rental car from Israel into Jordan, but Jordanian taxis and guides with cars and buses can be pre-arranged or hired at the crossings.

First-class hotels located near the entrance to Petra include the five-star Petra Forum Hotel and Guest House and the Movenpick Resort Petra. Not as convenient is the Taybet Zaman, a resort hotel built around a centuries-old Bedouin village. A shuttle connects the hotel with the entrance to Petra, seven miles away. The Golden Tulip Kings’ Way Inn is a nearby four-star facility; and numerous three-star hotels, including the Petra Palace Hotel, are found within a quarter-mile of Petra’s entrance.