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Transport to the monastery

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Transport to the monastery

Does the electric buggy takes you up to the monastery? If it's not able to go as far as the monastery, how much walking do you have to do from the the electric buggy to the monastery?

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1. Re: Transport to the monastery

toddyboy, the golf cart (club car) cannot take you up to the Monastery because it is at the top of a mountain. You can take the golf cart from the Petra Visitors Center to Qasr al-Bint which is located at the end of the Main Trail. The distance is 4 km. However, to get to the Monastery which is up a mountain, you will have to hike up about 800 +/- steps. Regardless of whether you try to get to the Monastery from the front entrance or from the back trail from Little Petra, you still have to hike up many steps. If you choose to go from the Main Trail, be sure to let the golf cart driver know what time you should be picked up from the Qasr al-Bint area for your return to the Petra Visitors Center - I have not seen golf carts hanging out at Qasr al-Bint, only at the Treasury which is 2 km from the Petra Visitors Center.

The following website lists the fees for the golf cart. Keep in mind that the distances listed on this page are not correct. https://www.visitpetra.jo/Pages/viewpage.aspx?pageID=138

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Thank you so much legal Rover for the info.

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You are vey welcome. Enjoy your trip!

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I was in Petra last week and unfortunately or fortunately, the buggies only take you from the treasury to the visitors centre and vice versa. I used this once to get back after a hard day but the price is definitely a ripoff, 15JOD one way and 25JOD round trip ! The distance to the Monastery is around 8km from the Visitors Centre and a climb up 850 to 1000 stone stairs once you reach the base of the mountain. I don’t consider myself fit and have a heart problem and managed to get up there by stopping every so often and taking it slowly. Some visitors go up on donkeys or horses but in my honest opinion, don’t use this option, it’s cruel to use those poor animals who don’t look well fed and are badly treated. We read a lot about getting there via the back way but at some stage, many people say the path isn’t so clear and you can get lost or loose precious time looking for the correct way.

Hope this helps, enjoy the planning.

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Hello - I am curious if there is any recent (Spring 2024) information regarding the golf carts in Petra? We are hoping to do the Monastery, but have two kids who may need a bit of a break. If we come in the main entrance, is there an option for a golf cart to take us at least part of the way to the Monastery?

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7. Re: Transport to the monastery

Hi Toddyboy,

The electric buggy, also known as the golf cart or Club Car, does not take you up to the Monastery in Petra. It can transport you from the Petra Visitors Center to either the Treasury or the Basin Restaurant "Qasr Al-bint," located approximately 2 - 4 respectively kilometers away. From there, you have a couple of options to reach the Monastery. One option is to hike up approximately 800 steps from the Basin Restaurant area to the Monastery, as it is situated atop a mountain. Alternatively, you can arrange for a donkey ride to take you up to the Monastery from either the Treasury or the Basin Restaurant area.

Regardless of whether you approach the Monastery from the front entrance or the back trail from Little Petra, hiking up many steps is necessary. If you opt to take the Main Trail, it's essential to communicate with the golf cart driver about your return pickup time from the Basin Restaurant area back to the Petra Visitors Center. Please note that golf carts are typically stationed near the Treasury, so if you choose to be dropped off at the Basin Restaurant area, you may need to walk the remaining distance to the Monastery or arrange for a donkey ride.

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING THE ELECTRIC GOLF CARTS :

1-Please, note that golf carts are owned by the PRA (Petra Region Authority) this is not a service that your service provide can manage.

2-Because there’s currently only a limited number of electric golf carts available for hire. It is not possible to pre-arrange/book this service. It’s made so that other groups who may be more in need of it get a fair chance upon their arrival at the site.

3-In our experience we can share that priority in allocation is typically given to groups with any elderly travelers, people with any physical disabilities & families with infants/children. Other travelers can request to get it as well, presuming it’s available on the time of their arrival at the visitor center (if not occupied by other groups).

4- Your drivers/guides can assist you in requesting/arranging this service on spot if PRA confirm availability at your time of arrival at site.

There are a limited number of electric golf carts available for hire. The hire of these can be arranged through the Visitors Centre on the day of your arrival and are subject to availability. Each golf cart holds a maximum of 5 guests and the driver. The golf cart booking is for 1.5 hours maximum. This ride is not insured and is upon the guest’s own responsibility.

Please note that your guide counts as 1 person so if you are on a private tour for 2 people with a guide then the rate for 3 people will be charged for the golf cart. Once you reach the Treasury, there are three different options: continue with the golf cart to other places in the archaeological site, continue on foot for a free visit, or return to the entrance with the same vehicle. As we mentioned above, the golf cart service in Petra can include three types of services: One-way journey to the Treasury Round-trip journey to the Treasury One-way journey to the Treasury, continuation through the rest of the archaeological site, and return to the entrance The capacity of golf carts in Petra varies, as there are different models. But generally, the service can be reserved for up to 5 passengers per vehicle. The minimum age to enjoy this experience is usually 12 years old.

Depending on the needs of each group, additional services can be added, such as nearby hotel pick-up "for specific case" or a bottle of water for the journey. It is also possible to book a local guide in English/ Spanish, or French, who will explain the places of interest during the journey. The most common practice is to reserve a golf cart in Petra for only the one-way journey or for the round trip, which takes about an hour and a half. However, if you have any other specific needs or want to extend the service, you can let you driver to inform the authority to handle any other details.

If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask.

Best regards,

Khaled Masadeh

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8. Re: Transport to the monastery

Katie S, nothing has changed for spring 2024. You have several options for transportation along the Main Trail. If you start at the Petra Visitors Center and head towards the Siq, you can get a horse ride which is included in the ticket price (according to the Petra Visitors Center) but most of the horse owners will not let you ride their horse unless you have agreed upon a tip amount before you get on the horses. It's kind of a scam because it isn't free even though it sounds like it's free and the horse owners have a minimum tip amount or else they will haggle with you until you are worn down.

You can also take a golf cart from the Petra Visitors Center to the Treasury for 15 JD per person (includes children over age 3). If you choose to take the golf cart roundtrip, meaning you finish the Main Trail by foot or donkey / camel / horse and walk up the 800 +/- steps to the Monastery, trek back down the 800 +/- steps and back to the Treasury along the Main Trail, you can take the golf cart back to the Petra Visitors Center from the Treasury for a total of 25 JD.

When the golf carts were first introduced a number of years ago, the Petra Visitors Center posted that the golf carts can take you to the end of the Main Trail, specifically to Qasr Al Bint. Even though Qasr Al Bint was listed, the golf carts were never operational to that location. That is because the Petra Development and Tourism Regional Authority (PDTRA), the entity that oversees and operates the Petra site, negotiated with the locals not to have the golf carts venture past the Treasury. It has taken a couple of years but PDTRA only recently removed the Qasr Al Bint information from its website https://www.visitpetra.jo/Pages/viewpage.aspx?pageID=138 . Basically, what I am getting at is that the only route for the golf carts is from the Petra Visitors Center to the Treasury and back, regardless of whether someone is very young, old, or physically challenged. There are no other options for getting to the end of the Main Trail and the base of the Monastery Trail other than riding animals.

If you choose to do the horse ride for the first section of the Main Trail, you will need to get off the horse and walk through the Siq. Horses are not allowed in the Siq from 7 AM - 5 PM. After you walk through the Siq, you will get to the Treasury. At the Treasury, you will see camel, donkey, and horse owners. You can negotiate pricing with them for a ride for the rest of the Main Trail until you get to the base of the Monastery Trail. The PDTRA does not regulate the pricing of the horse / camel / donkey owners. The owners are experienced in negotiating and will start high so be sure not to accept the first price you are given. Many times you can get the ride for at least 1/2 off the starting price. The trek from the Treasury to the end of the Main Trail is fairly flat so your children may be able to do that if you pace yourselves.

Once you get to the end of the Main Trail, you will see many donkeys with their owners. You can negotiate with them. The hike up the 800 +/- steps is tiring. Some people choose to hire a donkey but I will add that it can be scary because even though the donkeys are tethered to their owner, they tend to get a little too close to the edge of the steps which can be scary. Petra is all natural so you don't have modern conveniences like guard rails and such to keep from falling into the canyons/chasm. I have been to Petra over 30 times in my years in Jordan and I have only seen a tourist fall off the donkey once when I was there last month and I think that was because they were overweight and too much for the donkey to handle. Camels and horses do not go up the steps to the Monastery.

After you visit the Monastery, you will then head back down the 800 +/- steps to the Main Trail and do everything I previously mentioned in reverse; if you don't walk then camel / donkey / horse ride to the Treasury, walk through the Siq to get to the horses at the entrance of the Siq or take a golf cart from the Treasury all the way through to the Petra Visitors Center.

Again, you will find more information regarding the specific pricing for the golf carts at https://www.visitpetra.jo/Pages/viewpage.aspx?pageID=138 which also includes the Petra Visitors Center to the Treasury route. The golf carts do not go to any other areas in the historical site due to the agreement between the PDTRA and the local Bedouin. You cannot reserve the golf cart in advance. You just get in line for the next available. seat. Also, you pay the driver in cash or by credit card. You do not book the golf cart for any amount of time. Again, you get in line either at the Petra VC or at the Treasury, pay for your seat, take your seat, and ride back to the Petra VC or the Treasury. If it takes you 3 - 4 hours to go the rest of the Main Trail and up to the Monastery and back, then you just show up at the Treasury, get in line, and get a seat on the golf cart. You are in no hurry and there is no time limit. The golf carts operate until around 5 PM or the line has disappeared.

If you choose to get to the Monastery by the back door trail, take the free shuttle from the Petra Visitors Center to Little Petra and then take the 5 JD per person 4x4 shuttle to the closest point of the back door trail to the Monastery. At that point, you will see several donkey owners offering rides to the Monastery. If you decide to walk part way and then are too tired, no worries because you will find donkeys with their owners all along the trail. There are many steps on the back door trail but they are not continuous; the sets of steps are interspersed with segments of flat trail which makes it just a little easier than taking the front route from the Main Trail.

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9. Re: Transport to the monastery

Thank you LegalRover for the detailed response. I appreciate your insights on this forum. They have been very helpful in planning our trip.

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10. Re: Transport to the monastery

You are welcome. Glad to be of help in your trip planning. I may not have provided the news you wanted to hear but it's the reality. I'm sure you and your children will enjoy Petra!

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