Getting from Jerusalem to Eilat is easier than most travelers think, with many options available. Eilat is a southern port city situated along the Red Sea. It’s conveniently close to neighboring Jordan and the town of Aqaba. Eilat is known for its natural beauty and offers some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. Also, it is a popular resort town.
Road transportation is the most common option, and the scenic drive is approximately 4-5 hours depending on traffic. The most frequently used route to get from Jerusalem to Eilat is via the Judean Desert. It passes the Dead Sea as well as the Arava Valley, situated in the Negev Desert.
The easiest and most popular ways to get from Jerusalem to Eilat include booking a shuttle, taking a bus or renting a car. Here are some helpful ideas on how to travel.
One of the quickest, easiest and most affordable ways to get from Jerusalem to Eilat is using this shuttle bus which operates between the two cities and is available 7 days a week, year-round, including Fridays and Saturdays. The shuttle drives both ways making it easy to travel roundtrip if needed. The shuttle bus starts and ends from central pickup points in both cities, making the trip easy and accessible.
Join a Group Tour
Several tours from Jerusalem to Petra pass through Eilat, crossing through the Arava border into Jordan. For those interested in heading to Jordan, a trip to Petra is a convenient and affordable way to get down south. For those who wish to stay in Eilat after the trip, this is an excellent choice. Check out our 1-day tour from Jerusalem to Petra.
Public Bus from to Eilat from Jerusalem
For those who want to take the public bus, it is best to travel from one central bus station to the other. The Jerusalem Central Bus Station has a direct bus that travels to the Eilat Central Bus Station. The ride ranges between 4-5 hours and the bus will make a few stops along the way. Tickets can be purchased in the bus station.
Another option is to book a private transfer. Prices will range depending on the number of passengers and the start and endpoint in Jerusalem and Eilat. Click here to book a private transfer.
Driving From Jerusalem to Eilat
For those who wish to drive and commute on their own, renting a car is another option. Renting the car in Jerusalem, there are two main routes to drive down south to Eilat. The fastest way to drive is via Route 90 or via Route 25. It is also recommended to use the help of a navigation program like Waze, and the drive may pass through the West Bank so be prepared for a few checkpoints along the way.
There are many ways to travel between these cities, and if you are still unsure on the best way to get there, feel free to contact us, we’d be happy to help you find your way.
If you are looking to travel the other way, check out our article about how to get from Eilat to Jerusalem.