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Easiest way from Israel to Egypt?

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1. Posted by triptime (Respected Member 32 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I will be in Israel next summer with hopes to get down to Egypt. How hard is it to cross borders by bus? Should I fly instead? Any idea of prices? I will need to get back to Israel after seeing those pyramids I have heard so much about...

Thanks for the help!

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Take the bus. It is not that complicated, plus it is cheap (40-60 USD). Flights are very expensive (above 500 USD).

How to take the bus:

1. Plan lots of time, 10 days minimum. You'll never know what is going to happen in the region. Have one small riot in old Jerusalem and the Israelis might close the roads and the border, delaying your trip up to 12 hours and causing you to miss connections. Only way to deal with it is to take it "bukrah, inshallah", ie "so God wills you'll arrive either today or tomorrow, but only God knows when". Have back-up plans (like staying in a hostel in Eilat or Dahab for the night).

2. Get a visa. If you enter Egypt from Israel via land you need to get a visa before you go. You can apply in Tel Aviv or in Eilat, fee is around 25 USD. Plan at least a day for this.

3. Take the Egged bus to Eilat, catch the local bus to the Taba border crossing, walk across the border, then catch either an Egyptian bus or a service taxi to Dahab, Nuweiba or one of the other cities in the Sinai with bus connections to Cairo. Be prepared to spent a night or two in the Sinai, first because it is worthwhile and second to break the trip down into manageable chunks that don't leave you stranded in the middle of the night in a dingy Arab bus station.

It is pretty easy to plan this trip by using Lonely Planet Israel and Lonely Planet Egypt.

3. Posted by triptime (Respected Member 32 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the pointers. This is very helpful information. I'll also look into the Lonely Planets as well. Regards!