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Egged bus from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat

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Egged bus from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat

I would know if is possible to go from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat, stop at one beach on the Dead Sea, and then take the next bus to reach Eilat. On the way back to Jerusalem have a stop at Masada and then follow to Jerusalem.

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1. Re: Egged bus from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat

Yes, it's theoretically possible - you just need to make sure you have bus schedules and will be at the bus stops at least 10-15 minutes before the stated time. The only hard and fast time for the buses is the starting time - they then set out and whenever they get to any stop is when they get there and immediately keep going - that means that if the schedule says that they will be at Masada (for example) at 1400 - they can get there earlier or later and they will not wait.

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2. Re: Egged bus from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat

You will also need to buy two separate bus tickets - important, as you don't want to use your expensive Jerusalem-Eilat ticket to Masada then have to buy another when you get back on the bus.

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3. Re: Egged bus from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat

Buses from Tel Aviv to Eilat do not go via the Dead Sea, so if you want to stop off there and are starting in Tel Aviv, you will need to take a bus from Jerusalem. There is just one exception, a daily bus at 08:40, route 421, from the terminal next to Tel Aviv Central Savidor railway station (NOT the Tel Aviv central bus station) that goes to Ein Gedi and Neveh Zohar (at the southern end of the Dead Sea).

There are several buses a day from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. Four buses go daily from Jerusalem to Eilat, via the Dead Sea. See www.egged.co.il/eng for timetables. For Dead Sea feed in Ein Gedi. There are other Dead Sea beaches, but that will give you an idea.

You cannot do this on a Friday (when buses stop running about two hours before sunset - meaning they reach their destination then) or on a Saturday (when there are no buses at all until after dark).

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4. Re: Egged bus from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat

Thank you for your advise. I have found the timetable on the website of Egged. Under the section "Plan a trip" you can even find a map of the stops. Every day are many departures so there is enough time to stop at the Dead Sea or at Masada.

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5. Re: Egged bus from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat

Just remember that whatever luggage you have will have to stay with you. There is no place to leave it.

When are you planning this trip? If it is hot weather, you will be standing in the sun waiting for buses. You may also have to wait for a second bus--if all that pass are full. Personally, I feel you should NOT stop enroute, but do Masada/Dead Sea as a day trip from Jerusalem. Abraham hostel has a transportation only trip.

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