Eilat, the southern city in Israel, is a very small and quite manageable city that allows hassle-free travel and provides convenient transportation. It enjoys sunshine nearly throughout the year and takes pride in its crystal clear waters, which keeps an abundance of aquatic life. Despite its relatively short history, this resort city has a vibrant tourism industry. Traveling here and getting around Eilat couldn’t be easier.
The main transportation used by tourists, taxi is perhaps the easiest way of getting around this small city. Prices are quite fair and the cab drivers are so used to dealing with tourists. Sometimes they may try to get a little extra money out of the ride, hence insist with the meter. Riding a taxi is much faster and more efficient as compared to buses.
There is a quite limited bus system in Eilat that extends to the suburbs. Within the city, taxis always cruise the streets in search for customers. If you want to take a bus, local city buses travel from the Central Bus Station to the North Beach, then continue on across the lagoon and then go as far as the Jordan border. If you are going to Coral Beach, you can take a city bus.
You will notice wide bicycle paths along the shore road, allowing very convenient and relaxing riding. During pleasant weather (when it’s not scorching hot), taking a bicycle can be a wonderful experience. That is, unless you don’t embark into the mountains as most locals do, which is more like an adventurous challenge.
Getting to Eilat by plane? You may consider renting a vehicle as it makes getting around Eilat much easier and comfortable. You will be able to easily access all city attractions that are not within the city center such as the South Beach, and particularly those at the outskirts of Eilat such as Timna Park, Red Canyon just to name a few. Besides the touristy center, there are no problems when it comes to parking. Make sure not to park your car on streets where there are red/white (it means No Parking) or red/yellow curbstones (Bus/Taxi station). Blue and white denotes ‘Parking’ but is only allowed for those with pay-and-display ticket.
Central Eilat, or the Promenade Area and its vicinity can be covered by foot, although the blazing temperature during summer could make walking around uncomfortable. The nearest public beaches are the only sweaty stroll from the Promenade Area.
Getting around Eilat by plane is not possible although the Eilat Airport cater regular flights to all parts of Israel. An interesting way to witness the beauty of Eilat is to take a boat trip out into the majestic Red Sea. Head to Eilat Marina, located on eastern end. It hosts a number of glass-bottom boats for tourists who want to check out the Red Sea coast up close and personal, without having to get your feet wet.
Getting around Eilat via boat tours usually takes around two hours, and you will be taken even along the coast towards Egypt. Chill out on deck, catch some stunning views across Eilat and Jordan, or watch the rich coral reefs and bountiful school of colorful fishes. This is the best way for families to enjoy the underwater glory of Eilat.