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Best way to get to Jerusalem to Eilat Border Crossing

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Best way to get to Jerusalem to Eilat Border Crossing

Going to Israel for the first time in two weeks. We are staying in Jerusalem for 3 days and then want to go to Eilat and into Jordan to see Petra. We don't want to rent a car in Jerusalem if at all possible to drive to Eilat.

The day we leave Jerusalem, we want to get up very early to take a trip to the Dead Sea and Masada and then on to Eilat. If possible, we want to then get dropped off at the border crossing that night so we can stay the night in Aqaba in Jordan.

Could we hire a taxi in Jerusalem to do this? Or better yet, does anyone know of a good driver for hire in Jerusalem that they have used that could make this trip? We know this will not be cheap, but really do not want to rent a car if we can help it. Thoughts?

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1. Re: Best way to get to Jerusalem to Eilat Border Crossing

Hiya! A taxi from Jerusalem to Eilat is expensive. However, hiring a taxi or a personal driver to travel from Jerusalem to Eilat, with a visit to Masada and the Dead Sea is definitely feasible in one day. If you have a day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea from Jerusalem, and travel to Eilat the next day, you have other options for traveling to Eilat, as well:

You can take the Egged bus (a 5-hour bus ride that costs approximately $25 USD - or at least this is the price of the ticket for this week).

You may also check for flights from TLV (Ben Gurion) to Eilat with either Arkia Air or Israir. The flight is approx. 1 hour and you may get very inexpensive tickets, especially with the airline, Arkia.

Note that if this trip is during Shabbat, the Egged bus does not run during Shabbat. Also, experienced people on the forum will give you more (better!) advice, however this is a start. Have a great holiday in Israel. Cheers!

Edited: 30 January 2014, 16:56
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2. Re: Best way to get to Jerusalem to Eilat Border Crossing

Your plan of visiting sites along the Dead Sea (Masada) on your way to Eilat is not going to be easy without a car. It would depend on public transportation which does not run that frequently and arriving to the border before it closes. The cost of taking a taxi is about 1500 shekels one way during the day for up to two passengers, excluding wait time. A hired driver will cost about $300-350 (not a taxi). The cost of a car will be substantially less, even with the drop off charge in Eilat (for a less than three day rental). In any case you will need to leave Masada no later than 3:30 if by car or 2:00 by bus in order to get to the border crossing before it closes at 8:00 -- meaning you must be there at least 15 minutes before closing.

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3. Re: Best way to get to Jerusalem to Eilat Border Crossing

Are you returning to Israel after visiting Jordan ? You can leave the rental car at the border crossing and continue with it after you return.

If you drop off the car in Eilat you have to arrive there before the rental agencies close, probably at 18:00.

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We are returning to Israel after spending two days in Jordan. We have a flight back to Tel Aviv from Eilat the night of the second day. I don't think it is worthwhile to park the rental in a lot near the border to have it sit for two days.

I guess if renting a car in Jerusalem for one day and driving to Eilat after checking out the Dead Sea is doable, we might give that a shot. The issue is: are there any rental places in cemtral Jersualem... We are staying close to the old city that will open very early and will let us turn in the car in Eilat the same day at 6:00pm or so? Any ideas of who would be best to rent from?

Thanks for the helpful advice that has already been posted.

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5. Re: Best way to get to Jerusalem to Eilat Border Crossing

The rental agencies, while close to the Old City do not open until 8AM. They generally close at 6PM--the latest. So, renting a vehicle will be a multi-day rental. Going by taxi--also very expensive. I would also imagine that after a driver gets you to Eilat by 7PM or so, he or she is not going to turn around and return to Jerusalem. So, any price may very well include overnight accommodations.

I really agree with Anjalia--you should do Dead Sea/Masada as a separate trip.

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6. Re: Best way to get to Jerusalem to Eilat Border Crossing

To check out rental costs for yourself you could try the following...

www.eldan.co.il/en/‎

http://rent.avis.co.il/en/

http://www.hertz.co.il/en/

All of them have rental offices in a central location on King David Street in Jerusalem. I had difficulty in accessing the Eldan site just now so I guess they are working on the site. Some people do have difficulty in using some of the car hire sites for other reasons. If you have difficulty then try changing your web browser. Google chrome is sometimes the best one to use.

However, I tend to agree with the others.

To give you yet another option. You could perhaps go to the Dead Sea and Masada on another day, and then fly down to Eilat. That way you won't have to deal with a car rental. To check your options here you could try using Arkia http://www.arkia.com/

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7. Re: Best way to get to Jerusalem to Eilat Border Crossing

You could pick up the car at the close of business on the previous day in Jerusalem, so that you can leave as early as you like in the morning, then return it late afternoon in Eilat, thus having only one day of rental. If you tell us where you're staying we can try to help advise on parking.

However, do also check kilometer allowance - one day rentals usually have a low limit, meaning that you will pay the equivalent of another day's rental in excess kilometrage….

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8. Re: Best way to get to Jerusalem to Eilat Border Crossing

You might also find that a 3 or 4 day rental is not that expensive and will give you unlimited mileage.

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9. Re: Best way to get to Jerusalem to Eilat Border Crossing

Just to add: it really does make financial and practical sense to hire a car. Others have suggested doing a Dead Sea tour on another day, but since you have to travel past all these places on the way to Eilat, stopping on the way is by far the most time-efficient way to do so. The cost of hiring a small car even including an extra day should easily be competitive with the cost of 2 places on a day tour plus a bus/flights to Eilat, and if you leave Jerusalem early in the morning, you will comfortably be able to make a couple of stops at the Dead Sea and arrive in time to return the car before the close of business in Eilat.

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10. Re: Best way to get to Jerusalem to Eilat Border Crossing

OK… Eldan site says that 1 or 2 day rentals include 250 km. Jerusalem to Eilat is about 320 km, plus add in a few extra for parking the car, stops etc, so you'd be looking at an excess of around 80km. You can call them and check how much extra this will cost.