In order to combine the best of Israel’s Bauhaus architecture and spectacular natural landscape, Tel Aviv and Mitzpe Ramon are an ideal combination. Tel Aviv is a buzzing capital city with outstanding places to wine and dine and lots of interesting things to see. After a few nights in the city, it will then be time to swap the city life for the wilderness. Mitzpe Ramon is a town located 900 meters above sea level that overlooks miles and miles of desert – it truly is a must-see destination. Tel Aviv is less than 200 kilometers from Mitzpe Ramon and there are a number of ways to get from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon to suit all budgets and preferences.
Shuttle from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon
Daily shuttles run from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon, departing direct every morning at 4am arriving to Mitzpe Ramon at around 6am, and returning in the evenings at 10pm, arriving in Tel Aviv at around midnight. The shuttles are operated by Eilat Shuttle and run 7 days a week, including Shabbat for just $25 per person.
How to Get from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon By Bus
The bus system in Israel is fairly straightforward to use. Tickets can be purchased at the bus station before boarding or on the bus itself. If you are paying by credit card on the bus the minimum spend required will be 22 NIS (6.39 USD). To get from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon visitors will need to take two buses. Visitors should get on Bus 370 from Tel Aviv and change at the desert city of Beer Sheva. From here take Bus 65 or Bus 64 which continues along Road 40 to Mitzpe Ramon. Both buses run very regularly on a daily basis and are easy to find. The journey takes just under three hours and will cost approximately 12.50 USD. Traveling by bus also enables you to take in the scenery and even spend a night in Beer Sheva before continuing on to Mitzpe Ramon.
Getting from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon By Train
If the idea of taking two buses seems a bit too much then perhaps a train will be a preferable way to travel. Visitors to Mitzpe Ramon can take the train from Tel Aviv to Beer Sheva. This journey takes one hour and twenty-four minutes and costs 27 NIS (8 USD). Trains in Israel are comfortable and there is plenty of room for luggage. From the city of Be’er Sheva you will then need to continue the rest of the journey by bus which usually takes around 1 hour and 17 minutes.
Taking the Car to get from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon
The quickest way to get from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon is by renting a car. Cars can be collected upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport or at branches in the city from well-known car rental companies including Avis and Sixt. Petrol in Israel is affordable particularly if you are traveling with a group of adults and are able to split the costs. The car journey from Tel Aviv is fairly straight and takes you onto Road 40 through the desert. Total journey time is around 2 hours and 20 minutes.
All in all
Whether you choose to travel by train, bus, or private car, getting from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon is fairly simple. The best option for those who like to go at their own pace is to travel by car. Traveling by car can be cheaper than using public transport depending on how many people are traveling with you. Driving also gives you the freedom to stop wherever you wish and explore places along the way. A fantastic stopover option is the city of Beer Sheva where visitors will find plenty of museums and casual places to eat.