Israel is a tiny country with so much to see. Although it is a four hour car ride from the center of the country, many people chose to fly down to Eilat, taking in the natural beauty of the desert. The country has a diverse landscape with the snow capped Mount Hermon to the Dead Sea, the lowest place in the world. Domestic flights in Israel have become quite convenient making a quick trip to Eilat very affordable. It is possible to catch a flight to Eilat the day before a Petra tour, then take a one day tour of Petra, getting back to Tel Aviv for a late dinner. There are two Israeli airlines that have regular flights from Ben Gurion Airport or Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv. Flights start as low as $57 for adults $63 for children and $11 for infants. You can book online on their respective websites. But, it is suggested that you travel to Eilat the day before your trip to Petra, because even if you take the first flight, you will not have enough time to be picked up for a group tour and the other members of the group can’t wait for your flight is delayed. Arkia http://www.arkia.com/click/cl_40000.main Israir http://www.israirairlines.com/category_ru.asp?cid=5
Driving to Eilat
The drive to Eilat is about four hours from the center of the country. There are several routes that you can take depending on where you are starting your trip and what you would like to see along the way.
The Egged bus company offers bus service from a umber if cities in Israel. At the present time, Egged offers 6 buses from Jerusalem. The cost is about 67.50 NIS. If you are leaving from the Tel Aviv central bus station (tachana merkazit) Egged offers about 11 trips daily. The price is also about 67.50 NIS. Egged has an excellent website which tells you departure times, locations and prices at: http://www.egged.co.il/ENG/
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