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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.

Flight times

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.

Routes

Highway 90 connects Eilat to other cities in Israel.

Coaches

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

Services

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.

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A relaxed 3-star hotel with all the touches of comfort. Reasonably-priced self-catering apartments with kitchenettes are the biggest draw, though studios are also available. The location is ideal, as the beach is only two minutes' walk away.

C Hotel

Right in the heart of Eilat amid a myriad of cafés and shops, this friendly hotel has 153 rooms in various sizes and offers good-value facilities such as two pools, a kid’s club and a wet sauna.

Comfort Hotel

This budget hotel is well-equipped with a swimming pool and a spa centre offering services from reflexology to deep-tissue massage. It is also just around the corner from the Central Bus Station, giving you quick access to local and regional bus services.

Dan Eilat Hotel

A leading hotel brand in Israel, Dan lives up to its reputation by providing five-star service, facilities and setting in Eilat. All 375 rooms have sea views and each room features a painting by Israeli artist Natan Yosef. Checking into a suite provides you with access to the VIP lounge on the 14th floor, where you can enjoy free food and drinks with unbeatable views across Eilat.

Royal Beach

This 364-room luxurious resort enjoys an exclusive spot overlooking the Red Sea. Facilities include three swimming pools, two saunas and a spa offering more than 70 body, health and beauty treatments. The dining options and nightly entertainment are superb too. Reserving a suite gives you access to the VIP lounge by the pool.

Aviv Motel

Located about 2km (1.2 miles) from the Marina, this motel is clean, comfortable and affordable. Accommodation ranges from standard rooms to suites with a kitchen. Other facilities include a swimming pool and free WiFi.