Travel to Eilat
Flying to Eilat
Fast becoming the premier holiday resort on the Red Sea coast, Eilat is building a new airport to accommodate the growing number of visitors to its sunny shores. Named Ramon Airport, this new airport is expected to begin operation in March 2019 and it will replace two regional airports – Eilat (ETH) and Ovda (VDA).
As of now, international flights to Ovda include Edelweiss (from Zurich), Ryanair (from multiple destinations), Ukraine International Airline (from Kiev) and Wizz Air (from multiple destinations including Budapest, London and Warsaw).
Eilat Airport, aka J Hozman Airport, handles domestic flights.
From London – 5 hours 30 minutes
From Warsaw – 4 hours 5 minutes
From Zurich – 4 hours 25 minutes
Travel by road
A road trip from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat is highly recommended, especially if you take a detour to cover some famous sights such as the Dead Sea, Masada National Park, Mitzpe Ramon and Timna Park under your own steam.
The roads in Israel are well maintained. Traffic drives on the right side and drivers must be at least 18 years old. Road signs on major roads are in Hebrew, Arabic and English. The distances given are in kilometres and the speed limit is 90-120kph (56-75mph) on highways, 80kph (50mph) on intercity roads and 50kph (31mph) within towns.
Drivers must carry their driving licence. Insurance documents must be kept in the car at all times.
Emergency breakdown services
Car rental operators or your own insurer can provide cover and details of who to contact.
Highway 90 connects Eilat to other cities in Israel.
The Egged Cooperative (tel: +972 3 694 8888; www.egged.co.il/) is Israel's national bus and coach service operator. Comfortable air-conditioned coaches run between all Israeli cities as part of the regular public transport network, terminating at Eilat Central Bus Station.
Time to city
From Jerusalem – 4 hours
From Tel Aviv – 4 hours
(depending on traffic)
Travel by Rail
There are no rail services to Eilat at present. However, a discussion to establish a high-speed railway connecting major cities in Israel with Eilat is on going.