Jerusalem to Eilat to Petra
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 1, 2013 10:13 PM Last Post By: davetheguide
Jan 22, 2013 1:16 AM
I'm off to Israel in a few days and only have a limited time there, but I want to squeeze in a day travelling from Jerusalem to Petra, via Eilat (haven't got the right visa for the King Hussein Bridge crossing in time). Is it feasible to travel by public bus from Jerusalem to Eilat, cross the border, and then up to Petra in one day?
I appreciate it would be a full day's travel but I imagine the scenery's lovely :).
Has anyone undertaken this journey recently??
Jan 22, 2013 1:52 AM
1The scenery isn't really lovely, once you've made it past the Dead Sea it's pretty boring.
Jan 22, 2013 1:54 AM
Jan 22, 2013 3:56 AM
3I flew to Eilat in both directions, it was only $37 each way. Much more time-efficient and the scenery is nice from the air....
Jan 22, 2013 4:56 AM
4You can do the trip in one day.Then, Ideally you would want 2 days to visit Petra, but even 1 day you will be happy and see the main parts. Then 1 day to get back. So a minimum of 3 days altogether.
You wont be saving much time by flying, The time you get to the airports and out is basically the whole time of the bus trip.
Jan 22, 2013 6:44 AM
5Whether you can do it by bus depends on the day of the week. Buses from Jerusalem to Eilat depart at 7:00, 10:00, 14:00 and 17:00 on Sundays-Thursdays, 7:00, 10:00 and 14:00 on Fridays and no buses at all on Saturdays. There is no other means of getting to Eilat on Saturdays - if that's what you're thinking of doing - unless you have a rental car (or are prepared to fork out enormous sums of money for a taxi all the way).
Journey time by bus to Eilat is five hours. Journey time from Aqaba to Petra is two hours. You decide whether it's a day trip... Also note that for tourists who are not spending at least one night in Jordan the admission charge to Petra is very high. Google will tell you what it is currently.
Bus tickets to Eilat should be booked in advance. This can be done by telephone or in person at a central bus station. It can be done online but only in Hebrew. See here for bus information.
But seriously, it's too much and too far if you have only a limited time. Also, there is much nicer scenery in other parts of Israel.
Jan 25, 2013 2:00 AM
6Also note, the journey time of two hours to Petra is assuming you are driving, either in your own wheels or by taxi, which costs around 60jod (about 60euros) direct from the Eilat border. Otherwise, you have to take a taxi for 8jod to Aqaba bus station, find a direct bus to Petra/Wadi Musa, or to Ma'an first and then Petra. Buses wont const more than a few jod, but are cramped, slow and must fill up to leave. Don't forget you must pay 20jod entry tax just to enter Jordan, 10jod to exit and 50jod entry fee to visit Petra (55jod for 2 days).
They also say on a day trip from Israel, this entry cost goes up to 90jod, are you planning on spending the night? So two days of travelling and visiting Petra puts your costs in Jordan alone at over 200euros just in entrance fees, transport and border taxes, to say nothing of accommodation, food and other expenses.
Feb 1, 2013 10:13 PM
7The scenery on the drive to Eilat can be gorgeous, provided you use the scenic Hwy 40, rather than Hwy 90 (Arava Highway).
If you have the time and can rent a car, I'd travel south down Hwy 40 to S'de Boker. Stop at David Ben-Gurion's Desert Home and the nearby gravesite which has a spectacular view of Nahal Ziin.
Continue south on the same road. When you reach Mitzpe Ramon, you'll drive right through Israel's 'Grand Canyon' (Makhtesh Ramon) and the desert scenery is fantastic.
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