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Wadi Rum to Israel

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Wadi Rum to Israel

Hi all,

Hopefully one of these travel experts around here would have some advice.

We are planning to be in Wadi Rum in Jordan Thursday night a few weeks from now. The next day, ideally we would like to make it to either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. As I understand it many buses stop running on Friday afternoon so we were concerned that we might not be able to cross into Israel via Eliat/Aqaba in time to take a bus to the cities. What are your thoughts about this?

On a separate note, is there a big difference in wait time between using Eliat and Aqaba crossing and the King Hussein bridge to get into Israel and if so, how long would you say the difference is?

Thank you!

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1. Re: Wadi Rum to Israel

The last bus from Eilat to Tel Aviv on Fridays is at 15:00, arriving Tel Aviv at 20:18, and to Jerusalem the last bus is at 13:30 arriving 18:34. Later in the year, going towards winter, last buses may be earlier than that.

You didn't ask, but there is no sherut (shared taxi) on these routes at any time.

The King Hussein (Allenby) Bridge is notorious for long delays. Nobody can predict exactly how long you might be delayed on any particular day. However, Friday afternoon (or Saturday) wouldn't present a problem at that crossing because transport from the bridge to Jerusalem is Palestinian and is not affected by the Jewish Sabbath.

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2. Re: Wadi Rum to Israel

Too late to add:

Which Friday are you thinking of doing this? September 6 is the second day of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and there will be no buses on that day at all. The same on Thursday September 5 (first day of Rosh Hashana). On Wednesday September 4 buses will stop running early, same as on a normal Friday.

Edited: 03 August 2013, 22:23
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3. Re: Wadi Rum to Israel

Thank you shuffaluff!

we will be going the week of August 29 so the week before the rosh hashanah

I didn't realize buses ran that late. We thought they would end earlier in the afternoon for Shabbath. If that's the case sounds like we should have no problem making it that day (and avoid king Hussein in the process)

Edited: 03 August 2013, 22:39
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Another note: You can shorten you transportation time by taking a domestic flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv or Ben Gurion int'l airport. Even if you're headed to Jerusalem, taking a flight to Ben Gurion airport and then a sherut from the airport to Jerusalem will be very time-effective (this sherut runs 24/7).

The airlines that fly domestic flight in Israel: EL AL, Israir and Arkia.

Edited: 03 August 2013, 23:00
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