Found in the most southern point of Israel, the resort district of Eilat is located on a sole land bridge between Africa and Asia, and its geographical coordinates are 29° 33′ 40″ North, 34° 57′ 6″ East. Originally named Elat, its Red Sea shoreline is rich in beautiful coral reef while the lofty granite mountains on the north serve as a stunning background for the city. If you plan getting to Eilat, here is a brief transportation guide with all the useful information you need to know for a safe trip in this Red Sea resort.
If your vacation in Israel is centered on Eilat, then perhaps the best way to get there is by plane. Getting to Eilat by air provides the shortest and most convenient option as both Israir and Arkia airlines schedule regular flights from Ben Guryon or Tel Aviv airport to Eilat. Eilat Airport is situated at the city center and is only a 5-minute drive to most hotels. Cheaper tickets are offered for groups. The average price for a round trip ticket is 450 NIS.
There are two ways in getting to Eilat by land – by car and by bus. If you plan to get there by car, Eilat is roughly 360 kilometers from Tel-aviv, which can be taken between 4 to 5 hours. As for the cost, this will depend on your driving style and your car. Assuming that a one-way trip from Tel Aviv to Eilat use 30 liters of fuel on average (and fuel costs 7 NIS per liter), it will cost you about 400 NIS round trip.
For travelers, here’s a tip: choose the road passing via the Crater and Canyon. Avoid driving the south of Beer Sheva during night, as there are dangerous road sections. The portion of Road 90, south of Arava Road (Dead Sea) is known for several fatal accidents because of the lack of barrier between south/north lanes.
If you don’t feel like driving or on a tight budget, you can take a bus going to Eilat. A couple of bus lines – Lines Number 393 and 394, run by Egged Bus Company have regular bus schedule from Tel Aviv to Eilat every day. Nearly 10 buses leave every 1 ½ hour and the bus fare is currently 65 NIS. Night lines leave at 00:30, which can be a good option for budget travelers who want to spend the night on the bus. Egged buses are quite comfortable buses and the ride is nice, with one stop in Yotvata or Ein Yahav (2 hours prior to arrival to Eilat).
If you wish in getting to Eilat by sea, then it is not possible at this time. However, the nearest port that has regular first-class tourist ferries is the Port of Aqaba, where over one million passengers travel between Aqaba and the ports of Sharm el-Sheikh and Nuweiba via ferryboats. Eilat is only a hop away from Aqaba. When getting to Eilat from Aqaba, take the Israel border via Arava Road.