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How to get from Tel Aviv to Eilat

Israel is a small country, which is not difficult to travel around, especially since the transport system is well developed. Do not miss the opportunity to get acquainted with the culture of the Jewish people, to see the biblical places with your own eyes and to visit the comfortable beaches of the Mediterranean, Dead and Red Seas. The latter is particularly popular thanks to the resort of Eilat, which provides excellent opportunities for recreation almost all year round.

The distance between Tel Aviv and Eilat is just over 340 km. There are several ways to leave from one city to another: by rented car, taxi, train, train or fly by plane. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages.

HOW TO REACH FROM TEL AVIV TO EILAT?
Eilat Airport

Airplane
This option is suitable for those who want to quickly get to know Israel and not waste time on the road.

Flight Time: 50-60 min.
Ticket price: from 230 to 400 shekels. The difference depends on the airline and ticket class.
Departures are carried out from Ben Gurion and Sde-Dov airports by Arkia and Israir airlines. Up to 10 flights are available daily from each airport with an interval of 1 to 2 hours, on Shabbat the number of flights is reduced to 2-3. In the high season, it is better to book tickets in advance, as not only tourists, but also local residents go to the sea.

Bus

This is the most convenient and rational way in terms of time and money.

Duration of trip: 6 hours.
Ticket price: a little over 80 shekels. With a one-time round-trip ticket purchase, you can save up to 25 shekels.
You need the Central Bus Station (108, Levinski Street). It is located in the south of Tel Aviv, in the Jaffa area. Long-distance transportation is carried out by Egged. Transport runs between cities from 6:30 to 23:58, on Shabbat until 16:00. Schedule can be specified here.

The interval of movement varies from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the time of day and day of the week. Tickets can be bought in the terminal building or from the driver.

The buses are comfortable, equipped with air conditioning, there is even Wi-Fi, so the trip will not be tiring. The driver makes 4-5 stops.

Train
Railway station in Tel Aviv

There are no direct trains between Tel Aviv and Eilat. Have to make a transplant. This is not always convenient for travelers with young children, and carrying heavy bags is not a pleasant experience. Physical effort compensates for breathtaking views from the window during the trip. The railroad pattern of Israel resembles a metro. The lines are also painted in different colors, there are many stops.

If you are at Ben Gurion Airport, you should leave the arrivals area and go to the railway platform located next to the terminal. There, take the train to Beer Sheva Merkaz station. Travel time from 1.30 to 2 hours. Ticket price – about 30 shekels. Trains run from 5:30 to 21:30, except for Shabbat.

In Be’er Sheva Merkaz, you need to take a bus to Eilat. The bus station is located opposite the railway station. The ticket price to the final destination is within 90 shekels. It will take about 1.5 hours to get there. Buses run from 05:00 to 24:00, on Shabbat until 15:00. Transportation is carried out by Egged.

If you are in Tel Aviv, you need to get to one of the railway stations: Ha-Hagan, Merkaz, University, Ha-Shalom. There to buy a ticket to Be’er Sheva Merkaz. It will cost about 27 shekels. The journey will take about 1.20 minutes. Upon arrival, transfer to Eilat by bus.

You can check train schedules and buy tickets online here.

Taxi
This is the most expensive and at the same time convenient way to get to Eilat. It is reasonable to use it if you have landed at the airport and do not want to go to Tel Aviv in order to change the bus and then get to the resort.

The cost of the trip will be approximately 1,700 shekels. The road will take from 4 to 5 hours. The exact time depends on traffic jams, number of stops and speed.

You can order a taxi at a special desk in the airport terminal.

The price of a trip from Tel Aviv to Eilat will vary slightly.

The drivers are mainly Russian-speaking repatriates, so the journey promises to be enjoyable. You will learn a lot of useful information about the host country.

Rented car
Traffic in Tel Aviv

It makes sense to use a car rental service if you come to rest in Israel with a large and friendly family. You don’t have to fuss to change from one type of transport to another, and the price of a collective trip will almost equal the tickets for a bus or train. You will definitely enjoy traveling along a perfectly even road surface.

To rent a vehicle, you must have an international driving license. There are rental points both at the airport and in Tel Aviv. Taking a car at the airport is more convenient, since all agencies are compactly located, some offer a discount so that the client does not go to a competitor.

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