How to get to the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is a unique place on Earth that helps to find health and longevity, therefore this corner of Israel is very popular. Both independent tourists and excursion groups come here to spend time in a relaxed atmosphere with benefits for body and soul.
In fact, this is a salt lake, poorly fed by the waters of the Jordan River. The size of pearls by nature is very modest (length – about 66 km, and the maximum width – only 18 km), while the pool area continues to decline due to human activities.
It’s impossible to drown in the Dead Sea. Due to the high content of minerals, water resembles oil and confidently holds the body to the surface. Swimming in such conditions is very difficult. Fun is accompanied by therapeutic procedures: salts, useful trace elements have a beneficial effect on the whole body.
FROM BEN-GURION AIRPORT TO THE DEAD SEA
Ben Gurion is the country’s largest airport, accepting most international flights. From it it is easy to get to the Dead Sea via Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.
Via Tel Aviv (190 km)
Get to the train station. It is located at terminal number 3, immediately at the exit from the airport.
Take the train going to Tel Aviv-Center (Savidor) station. It will take about 15 minutes to get there. Ticket price – about 14 shekels. Next you need the Arlozorov bus station. It is located within walking distance from the railway station.
Via Jerusalem (110 km)
You need to get to the railway station at terminal No. 3 and catch the train there.
Buy a ticket. Price – 20 shekels. Travel time is a little over 2 hours.
In Jerusalem, you need to get to the Jerusalem Central bus station to continue on to the Dead Sea.
Important: Trains run at intervals of 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the time of day, except for Shabbat. Only a few trips are available on Friday and Saturday. You can specify the schedule here.
FROM TEL AVIVA
If you are in the city, you need to get to the Arlozorov bus station. The largest long-distance carrier Egged is based there. You need green buses No. 420 (leaves at 09:00) and No. 421 (leaves at 12:00).
It will take about 3 hours on the road. Ticket price is approximately 60 shekels.
You should get to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station (Jerusalem Central Bus Station). Transportation is carried out by Egged. Buses travel to the Dead Sea with an interval of 30 to 60 minutes from 07:00 to 19:00.
The journey takes approximately 1 hour. 30 minutes. Ticket price – about 40 shekels.
FROM TEL AVIVA THROUGH JERUSALEM
This option is suitable for those who want to see the country and do not want to get attached to the bus schedule from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea. The route is somewhat complicated, but picturesque.
At Arlozorov Station in Tel Aviv, take bus number 55 to Jerusalem. He walks from 05:55 to 00:00. Interval of movement from 30 to 60 minutes. The trip will take a little more than an hour. A ticket costs 16 shekels.
At the Jerusalem Central Bus Station, take the bus to the Dead Sea. In an hour and a half you will be there. Ticket price – all the same 40 shekels.
Important: Do not forget about Shabbat. The schedule is undergoing significant changes. Check prices and departure times here.
There is a taxi stand at the exit of Ben Gurion Airport. A trip in the daytime will cost 650-700 shekels, at night (from 20:30 to 06:00) within 800 shekels, on Shabbat the price can increase by about 20%.
BY RENT A CAR
If you want to see the country, traveling as a friendly family or a large company, it makes sense to rent a car. Representative offices of specialized agencies have an airport. Renting a middle class car will cost 160-180 shekels. Fuel is paid separately – about 6 shekels. You must have an international driving license with you.
TRIP TO THE DEAD SEA IN THE EXCURSION
This is a very popular destination. Any travel agency organizes trips to the Dead Sea.
As a rule, all excursions are one-day. There are 15 people in the group. Price – from 60 USD per person. Cost increases proportionally depending on the program. In addition to visiting the beach, it may include a walk in the Judean desert, visiting the Massada fortress, a visit to the spa, lunch at the hotel. A cosmetic store is a must-have item on the program.
The tour is full, to see the sights and enjoy the Dead Sea to the fullest. Such a trip as part of a motley company is appropriate if your main goal is to take photos for social networks.
If you just want to lie down on the beach, take a swim, and not walk down the line from the store to the SPA salon under the supervision of a guide, book a group transfer at a travel company. It will cost 45 USD in both directions. The offer is available for all major cities in Israel. The minibus leaves at 07:00 from the appointed point and picks up passengers in the settlements along the route. Return departure at 18:00 or 19:00.