Bus Tel Aviv to Eilat and cross the boarder to Jordan - timetable?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: May 19, 2013 12:38 AM Last Post By: mbgg
May 17, 2013 12:03 PM
Bus Tel Aviv to Eilat and cross the boarder to Jordan - timetable?Hello, I arrive at midnight at Tel Aviv international airport and I would like to go by bus maybe at the same day to Eilat. Do you know where I find a timetable for busses and if there are night busses or when the first bus will leave?
May 18, 2013 12:46 PM
1You can check bus schedules for most major routes at www.egged.com.
There is also an aggregator that shows the schedules for all the different bus companies: www.bus.co.il.
From Ben Gurion airport, you first move should be to take the train to Tel Aviv Hahagana station. Check schedule at www.rail.co.il, then take a bus from Tel Aviv to Eilat. It looks like there is a bus at 11:59pm and then none until 6:30am.
If you decide to wait and not try to go to Eilat right after you arrive, you can take a Nesher shared taxi service to Jerusalem. They run 24/7 and just go when they fill up (usually pretty fast) and will take you directly to whatever hotel or address you need in Jerusalem. Then you could sleep in Jerusalem and catch the bus to Eilat the next day.
You don't say what day you arrive, but be aware that most public transport does not run from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday (though buses to Eilat do run on Saturday afternoon). Jewish holidays can also cause public transport to not run
May 18, 2013 2:04 PM
2Trains from the airport to Tel Aviv run through the night (except the night between Friday and Saturday), but they don't stop at Hagana, only at Tel Aviv Merkaz (Central).
If you want to go straight to Eilat, take a train to Tel Aviv Central - the trains go hourly at xx:50, taking 16 minutes for the journey - and get a taxi from there to the central bus station. The airport is a much better place to kill time than the central bus station in the very early hours of the morning - you probably won't even be able to get into the bus station much more than half an hour or so before buses start running at about 5:30 a.m.
Wait in the airport for the 4:50 train – everything will be open and you can have a coffee, look round the shops, whatever – arriving at Tel Aviv Central at 05:06. Then take a taxi to the central bus station for the bus to Eilat.
You should book a seat on the bus in advance. You can do this by phone (online it can be done only in Hebrew) from about one week before you want to travel. The phone number is (03) 6948888, from overseas +972 3 694 8888.
All this is assuming it's not a Friday night/Saturday morning.
May 19, 2013 12:38 AM
3There are flights from Ben-Gurion to Eilat and on certain days and hours they are very cheap. The flight is less than 1 hour, compared to 5+ hrs from Tel-Aviv (i.e. 6+ hrs from the airport).
Check the El-Al, Arkia and Israir websites for flights from TLV (Ben-Gurion). Note that you will also see flights from Sde-Dov airport in north Tel-Aviv (SDV). If one of those is more convenient, take the train to Savidor-Center or University stations in Tel-Aviv, then take a taxi for a short ride to the airport:
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