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From Eilat to Jerusalem - early morning on Saturday

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From Eilat to Jerusalem - early morning on Saturday

Hi,

We are planning to arrive in Eilat, from Aqaba, on the morning of June 22nd. We would like to depart immediately to Jerusalem, with 2 stops, in Masada and Dead Sea. We'd rather take a private transfer than rent a car. Any recommendations? Do you guys know how much would it cost? Should I arrange when we arrive or should we book ahead?

Thank you!

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1. Re: From Eilat to Jerusalem - early morning on Saturday

The official MoT rate for a taxi from Eilat to Jerusalem on a Saturday is 1679 NIS - about $460. It takes over 4 hrs to drive straight through.

http://goo.gl/maps/f0fnV

But you want to stop at Massada (minimum 3 hrs) and a dip in the Dead Sea (about 1 hour). So that will drive up the price even more. So unless you are very wealthy my advice is to wait until Sunday and either rent a car or take a bus.

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2. Re: From Eilat to Jerusalem - early morning on Saturday

Thank you for the answer. I guess we will come one day earlier and get the bus. Do you think it's ok to take the 444 bus, get off in Dead Sea area (where is best?) and get the later 444 bus en route again?

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3. Re: From Eilat to Jerusalem - early morning on Saturday

You can do that with 444. Bear in mind - from the Dead Sea to Jerusalem there are also 486 and 421, so from you can do the Eilat->Dead Sea (Ein Bokek) part with 444 and the Dead Sea->Jerusalem with any other.

The only downside here is carrying luggage - if you carry suitcases with you, that might be bumpy. In which case, I recommend to go from Eilat to Jerusalem directly and later take a day-trip from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea with a rental car - touring the Dead Sea beach, Masada National Park and Ein Gedi Nature Resereve.

Please note that rides from Eilat to the Dead Sea (or Jerusalem) should be pre-booked, as you might find a sold-out bus if you don't. Look here to find out more about booking tickets: egged.co.il/Eng/main.asp?lngCategoryID=2771

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4. Re: From Eilat to Jerusalem - early morning on Saturday

Its doable, but remember that bus service stops earlier on Fridays (although June 22 is the longest day of the year). You have to check the schedules a week or two before you arrive, but there shouldn't be a problem if you get a very early bus out of Eilat. As Amos pointed out, you can also take the 486 that goes from Ein Bokek to Jerusalem via Massada, not only the 444.

Keep in mind that it will extremely hot in June and you don't want to deal with a lot of luggage in that heat. Check out these sunrise tours from Jerusalem as an alternate.

abraham-hostel-jerusalem.com/en-us/activitie…

They provide transportation only, but it is the only tour that goes to Massada AND Ein Gedi plus a dip in the Dead Sea. Audiophones are available at Massada so you don't need a guide.

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5. Re: From Eilat to Jerusalem - early morning on Saturday

Thank you guys!

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