Quickest way to get from Petra to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Feb 3, 2013 1:52 PM Last Post By: johnrege
Jan 26, 2013 3:30 AM
I want to travel from Petra - after a night perhaps in Wadi Rum - to Tel Aviv.
Geographically the best way seems to cross into Israel via the King Hussein Bridge but most posts on here seem to say go via Eilat. Which to me seems to be going south to go back north again.
If anyone has done this trip Id really appreciate any advice on the best route and how long the journey is likely to take.
Also is it worth spending a night in Wadi Rum in February or will it be cold and cloudy?
Thanks in advance
Jan 26, 2013 8:52 AM
Jan 26, 2013 8:56 AM
2Taking everything into account, the consensus is that Aqaba-Eilat is the better option.
(1) There is good public transport and/or easily found taxis from Petra to Aqaba. The border crossing is quick and easy. There are several buses a day from Eilat to both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. (More buses to Tel Aviv than to Jerusalem; see timetables here).
(2) There is to the best of my knowledge, gained solely from reading travel forums (not personal experience), little or no public transport from Petra to the Allenby (King Hussein) Bridge. The border crossing is very slow and time consuming and there are often long delays.
Jan 26, 2013 12:04 PM
3Thanks for the advice so far - the timetable is really useful. I didnt realise it took 5.5 hours to get from Eilat to Tel Aviv.
I figured a car/taxi to the Allenby Bridge from Petra might be 3 hours maybe? But have no idea how to get from the other side to Tel Aviv - I guess there might be buses.
It might be worth the longer journey if the border crossing isn't such a nightmare in Eilat. though.
If anyone's done the other route Id be interested to hear whether it was shorter or more stress.
Jan 26, 2013 12:27 PM
4From the Allenby (King Hussein) Bridge to Tel Aviv:
(1) cross the bridge, possibly having waited several hours if it’s a very busy time;
(2) take some form of transport (bus or shared taxi) to Jerusalem. You will end up at the Damascus Gate. From there:
(3) take the light rail (tram), direction Mount Herzl, to the central bus station. From there:
(4) bus (every 10-15 minutes) to Tel Aviv.
(3) and (4) assume this will be at a time when public transport is running. On Shabbat - the Sabbath (Friday from about an hour and a half before sunset until after dark on Saturday night) the light rail doesn't run, and neither do buses between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Precise times depend on the time of sunset which of course varies throughout the year. This week – and February won’t be substantially different – the last tram on a Friday is at about 3 p.m., and the first tram on Saturday is at about 6:30 p.m.
The sherut (shared taxi) between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv runs 24/7. On Shabbat they leave from Zion Square (the corner of Jaffa Road and Ben-Yehuda Street in the city centre). You can walk to there from the Damascus Gate (about 15 minutes) or take a taxi.
The Aqaba-Eilat crossing is smooth and easy.
On Shabbat there are buses from Eilat to Tel Aviv (but not to Jerusalem). The last bus leaving Eilat for Tel Aviv on a Friday is at 15:00, arriving 18:39, and the first bus on Saturday is at 11:30, arriving 16:55.
All things considered, the Aqaba-Eilat route is definitely preferable. Which is why it’s usually recommended… ;-)
Jan 26, 2013 12:36 PM
I did this trip a few years ago. I'm not sure if this is still the case but the King Hussein crossing was a local one then. While tourists could still use it, if you enter Israel through it you have to go back through it. We made the mistake of entering through Eilat and then trying to exit through King Hussein. We left Israel but were not allowed back into Jordan. We then had to go back through security and get a bus up North. It was a nightmare. Whereas, the northern and southern crossings are the main ones and you can come in or out through either of them. I just read your post and wanted to warn you just in case. I had a great time in both countries. You'll love them.
Jan 26, 2013 1:08 PM
Jan 26, 2013 1:32 PM
7eurodave, from your #6 it looks like you're inclining towards Allenby/King Hussein. The problem here could be - and I really don't know - that there is little or no public transport from Petra to that crossing. I know nothing about public transport in Jordan, but from what I've read it isn't exactly plentiful.
No problem at all with Wednesday travel in February. No religious holidays to cause disruption.
There are two bus routes from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, both leaving from the central bus station. Route 405 will take you to the Tel Aviv central bus station. Route 480 goes to a terminal next to Tel Aviv Central (Merkaz) railway station, which is better if you want to be in north Tel Aviv. Both routes leave every 10-15 minutes and take an hour.
Jan 29, 2013 9:58 AM
8I did the crossing at Allenby/King Hussein thiss summer, but have not crossed in Eilat so cant compare. From Petra I took the bus to Amman, it took about three hours if I remember correctly, and from Amman a shared taxi to the border, which took I think 45 min-1 hour. Crossing the border was pretty straight forward, as has been described in other posts. Had to wait for an hour or two for the bus that crosses the border, and spend an hour of stupid questions from the Israeli border guards, but I guess that goes for any border crossing... From the border there is a sherut to Jerusalem.
Jan 29, 2013 9:22 PM
I think the bus moves to cross the cluncky old bridge only when given signal do so by the other side the Israeli
.It appears they had more than they can handle of people to process at that time.I think you have been unlucky.
Thanks for telling us your experience.
Feb 1, 2013 2:53 PM
10Hello, I am glad to have found this thread.
My boyfriend and I will be staying at a Marriott hotel in Petra. Our current plan is to hire a driver to take us to the border crossing, then travel by taxi from the border to the Eilat airport, and then catch a flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv. However, we do not want to buy plane tickets until we have an idea of how long the entire trip would take from the hotel to the airport in Eilat. Could any of you give us a range - "3 hours would be the shortest time, but typically it takes 5-6 hours" something like that?
Also someone said that a bus leaving Eilat at 15:00 arrives at 18:40. This made me wonder whether the stress of catching a flight is even worth it since it would only save us 3 hours.
Thank you very much in advance.
Feb 2, 2013 3:29 AM
11Ive only just discovered that you can fly from Eilat to Tel Aviv - so will probably now go from Petra to Eilat Airport too. I would imagine its still quicker doing that than going back up to Amman and crossing there. The flights are also only 20 pounds - which seems incredibly cheap. There might be some tax on top of that but still affordable. Its seems there are set prices too so you can buy up to the last minute.
As far as I know the bus from Eilat to Tel Aviv is 5hrs 30 mins in total.
Feb 3, 2013 1:52 PM
12I think the option of border crossing Eilat is good idea and near to Wadi Rum and Petra
from Eilat border To Wadi Rum you need 45 mins
from Eilat border To Petra you need 2 hours
And also will get a visa for free once you arrive in Jordan through the Eilat border but when you depart from same border you must pay depart tax for per person 10 JD
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