Entering Israel via Land Borders with Jordan and Egypt

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Entering Israel via the land borders with Jordan and Egypt is a popular alternative to flying into Israel, particularly for tourists who are traveling more widely in the Middle East, or arriving from a city from where there are no direct flights to Tel Aviv. Entry via the land borders is generally simple, with transportation links from the crossings to the nearby towns, plenty and frequent.

Entry at the Allenby Border Crossing from Jordan

Arava Border Crossing between Eilat and Aqaba, in Egypt

The Allenby, or King Hussein Border Crossing is located between Jerusalem and the Jordanian capital of Amman.

  • A taxi journey from Amman to the border takes about an hour and costs 25-35JD.
  • A bus from the Jordanian exit terminal to the Israeli entry terminal costs about 3JD and another 2JD for luggage
  • At the Israeli side, you pass through an airport-style security terminal

Useful information

The Allenby Border Crossing is open from Sunday to Thursday between 08:00 and 00: 20, and Friday and Saturday between 08:00 and 15:00. It is closed on Yom Kippur and the first day of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.

Transport at the crossing

  • Taxi – there is a taxi rank
  • Sherut to the Allenby border crossing – from the terminal, a sherut to Jerusalem costs 34 shekels per person, plus 3.5 shekels for luggage.
  • Bus to the Allenby border Crossing – the bus stop is located about 100 meters from the terminal but is accessed only by taxi. Bus number 963 runs to and from Jerusalem (about 20 shekels) whilst 961 is to Kiryat Shemona.

Entry at the Aqaba Border Crossing from Jordan

The Aqaba, or Yitzhak Rabin Border Crossing is located between Eilat and the Jordanian city of Aqaba and is used frequently by travelers taking tours from Eilat to Petra and Wadi Rum.

Useful information

The Aqaba Border Crossing is open from Sunday to Thursday between 06:30 and 20:00, and Friday and Saturday between 08:00 and 20:00. It is closed on Yom Kippur and the first day of the Muslim New Year.

Transport at the crossing

  • Taxi – there is a taxi rank
  • Sherut to Eilat– from the terminal, a sherut to Eilat

Entry via the Jordan River Border Crossing from Jordan

The Jordan River Border Crossing is located in the north of Israel near the city of Beit Shean. It crosses the River Jordan into the center of Jordan.

Useful information

The Jordan River Crossing is open on Sunday to Thursday between 06:30 and 21:00, and Friday and Saturday between 08:00 and 20:00. It is closed on Yom Kippur and the first day of the Muslim New Year.

Transport at the crossing

  • Taxi

Entry at the Taba Border Crossing from Egypt

The Taba Border Crossing is located between Eilat and the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt.

Useful information

The Taba Border Crossing is open 24/7 apart from on Yom Kippur and the first day of the Muslim New Year, when you should check for exact opening times.

Transport at the crossing

  • Taxi
  • Bus to the Taba Border Crossing- Egged Route 15 runs to the terminal from the Eilat Central Bus Station
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