We found it immensely difficult to find current and complete information on the Eilat Taba border crossing before we left. So, we figured we’d be the guinea pigs and figure it out ourselves. We travelled from Eilat to Sharm Eil Sheikh on 4 April 2018 and from Dahab (near Sharm) to Eilat on 28 April 2018, however, we continue to update this post regularly thanks to our readers’ comments.

Below, you’ll find a detailed guide on how to travel between Israel and Egypt, as far as Eilat and Sharm El Sheikh.

If you have travelled through this border recently and have updated information that differs from our post or you found this was still accurate, please let us know. 

Israel to Egypt through Eilat Taba Border

Most travellers crossing the Eilat Taba border and travelling from Eilat to Sharm El Sheikh and bus only goes as far as Sharm.

Our suggested schedule for Eilat to Taba if you are taking public transport the entire way:

  • 11 am: Depart Eilat station (during daylight savings, you can leave an hour later).
  • 12 pm: Arrive at Taba border.
  • Allow 2 hours for border crossing.
  • 2 pm: Arrive in Taba. Walk to the bus station.
  • 3 pm: Bus from Taba to Dahab or Sharm El Sheikh.
  • 7 pm: Arrive in Sharm El Sheikh.

1. How do you get from Eilat to the Eilat Taba border?

By bus – the cheapest option

Bus 15 leaves Eilat central station from Platform 1 and its last stop is the Taba border. This bus has 25 other stops to make before the Taba border so, despite the short distance between the station and the border, it will take around 1 hour.

Timetable:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 8:10, 8:40, 9:10, 9:40, 10:00, 10:20, 10:40, 11:10, 12:10, 13:10, 14:10, 15:10, 16:10, 17:10, 18:10, 19:10, 20:10 and 21:10.
  • Friday: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00.
  • Saturday: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00 and 19:00.
Read more:
Through A Traveller’s Lens: Israel and Palestine

Cost: 4.20 NIS per person (~$1.20 USD)
Time: 1 hour during Passover, so around 30-45 minutes regularly.

By taxi: approx 60 – 70 NIS (~$17 USD)

If you are going during a holiday season (like Passover) traffic is going to be backed up so keep this in mind for planning. Book via the Gett app.

2. Exit Israel at Eilat border

You will first need to pay an exit tax of 100 NIS per person plus 6 NIS commission. The commission will apply for the entire group so if you are travelling with others, make sure you go to the desk together so that you don’t each pay the 6 NIS commission – every shekel counts, right?

After that, you will get your exit slip and go to the duty-free store to exit Israel.

Cost: 100 NIS (~$27 USD) per person plus 6 NIS commission per group.

3. Enter Egypt at the Taba border

Once you’ve exited Israel, walk towards the Taba border control. Make sure you complete an arrival slip before lining up to get your passport stamped. The Egypt visa on arrival is not issued at Taba so you will only get a stamp allowing you into the Sinai Peninsula for up to 14 days. If you plan to travel beyond Sharm El Sheikh, please read our post on getting an Egypt visa.

There is an ATM here (if it is working) and a money changer. You will need at least 200 EGP (~$12 USD)  to get you from the border to Dahab or Sharm El Sheikh (see breakdown below). You can either change your money here or at the bus station.

Once you’ve got the stamp, you’ll go through a bag scan and then continue on into Egypt! Welcome!

Note: getting this stamp at Taba is proof that you have been to Israel which will prevent you from travelling to other Arab countries that don’t recognise Israel as a state (eg Lebanon, Iraq etc).

4. The bus from Taba to Sharm El Sheikh

The border is approximately 1km from the bus station so it’s an easy walk. The local bus leaves from Taba bus station once daily at 3 pm and the cost is 60 EGP (cash only). There are no other buses so make sure you account for this when crossing the border (and if you arrive too early, you’ll be sitting around waiting).

Total cost of travelling from Eilat to Sharm El Sheikh by public transport

  • Bus from Eilat station to the border – 4.20 NIS
  • Israel exit tax – 106 NIS
  • Taba border tariff – 400 EGP
  • Bus from Taba to Sharm El Sheikh – 85 EGP
  • Taxi from bus station to accommodation in Sharm El Sheikh – 30 EGP

Total: 110.20 NIS + 515 EGP ≈ $60 USD

5. Taxi from Taba to Dahab instead

If you don’t make it in time for the bus or just want to get to Dahab or Sharm quicker, you can take a taxi from the border. The taxi should cost around 700 EGP (~$40 USD).

The bus from Taba to Sharm El Sheikh

Egypt to Israel through Taba Eilat Border

1. Sharm El Sheikh or Dahab to the Taba border

The bus leaves Sharm El Sheikh around 10 am daily or from Dahab at 11 am. You can buy a ticket at the station before you leave. You will arrive at Taba station at 1:30 pm.

Cost from Sharm El Sheikh: 85 EGP 
Cost from Dahab: 60 EGP

2. Exit Egypt at the Taba border

If you have the Egypt visa (not just the Taba stamp), a 2 EGP departure fee is applicable. When you first enter the gates into the border, just mention to the guard that you have the Egyptian visa and pay the fee. You will receive a small stamp which needs to be placed on your exit card later. Keep this stamp safe.

Read more:
Complete Guide: Egypt Visa On Arrival, E-Visa, Taba Border Visa and Other Options

Get your bags scanned and then walk through to passport control and get an exit card to complete before getting stamped out of Egypt.

Cost if you have the Egyptian visa: 2 EGP

3. Cross the border into Israel

There are various checkpoints and bag checks so this will take a while even if the lines aren’t long. There is no cost for entering Israel for most passport holders. Ensure that you confirm whether or not you need a visa to enter Israel.

4. Bus to Eilat Central Station

Bus number 16 is just outside the border and stops along the beach route before its last stop at the central station.

Cost: 4.20 NIS per person

Total cost of travelling from Sharm El Sheikh to Eilat by public transport:

  • Bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Taba: 85 EGP
  • Departure fee if applicable: 2 EGP
  • Bus from Eilat border to central station: 4.20 NIS

Total: 87 EGP + 4.20 NIS ≈ $7 USD

5. Taxi from Dahab to Taba instead

Taxis or private cars can be arranged in Dahab. You’ll see plenty of options along the main street as you’re walking through. The taxi should cost around 700 EGP (~$40 USD).

Let us know if you found this post helpful or if you have any updated information.

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59 thoughts on “Eilat Taba Border Crossing: Travel Between Israel and Egypt

  1. Sarina says:

    I read every single comment and I enjoy it! I will be crossing the border from Taba to Bassata which is an ecological location located at 25 kms from the border in November 2019. I have been in that ecological place years ago. It is a very simple place depending where you chose to sleep. It is a quiet and peaceful place.

  2. Andres says:

    I just did this recently and looks like most of it is accurate it. The only thing I would add is: if you’re are crossing by land from Israel to Egypt and want to go to cairo “GET YOUR VISA BEFORE ARRIVING TO EGYPT” . I took the Sinai visa only thinking I could do it in Sharm El Sheikh with no problem but was wrong, it was a royal nightmare and ended up having to go to the visa office 3 times and in total paid about $60 vs $25. Alternative, they don’t have visa on arrival at Taba but you can pay a tour agency at the border about $20 extra to get it for you.

  3. Illyse Conn says:

    Hi. Can anyone tell me if this is safe to do as an American and as a Jew? Hubby, son (13) and I are going to Israel this July (2019). We want to take one of the tours from Eilat to Cairo (I know, more expensive). I just want to make sure that the tours are safe for Jewish Americans.

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hi Illysez, I’m so sorry I missed your comment. Have you been already? Would love to hear about your experience if you have. If not, my Jewish friends from Israel have only ever gone as far as Sharm El Shiekh. My understanding is that they feel safe and okay going that far but that most Israelis will avoid travelling any further than that. I personally don’t know any Jewish Americans who have been so don’t want to give you the wrong advice on that. Let me know!

  4. Violeta says:

    Hi guys,

    Glad I stumbled upon your website. I going to do Eilat/Taba crossing on Thursday and some of the comments I read here have put me at ease, however, I do hope it is safe for a woman to cross it alone, I chose this route because it’s cheaper this way ,I hope it is worth it. I am slightly panicking only because of booked dives in Dahab and people who woll be waiting for me there. So fingers crossed, I hope I won’t be the one they don’t let in ( or out):)

  5. Ruediger Landgraf says:

    I did the trip in January 19 from Ovda Airport to the Sofitel Taba Heights.
    (To take advantage of the cheap airfares to OVD, and the cheap hotel prices in Taba Heights)

    I arrived around 18.00 in Ovda, Israeli immigration took about 15 mins, at 18.45 the Bus 282 departed; there were announcements that Eilat Bus Station would be the final stop, however, the bus continued to Taba Crossing, took about 1h45 mins. I had enough NIS, EUR and USD on me, so can´t really tell about credit card options at the boarder. I had to pay the Israeli land exit tax (about 30 USD). The whole crossing needed about 15 minutes. At a checkpoint later I had to pay the Sinai Tax (around 25 USD, payable in EGP, the driver provided local currency at a reasonable rate)..From the Egypt side a took a taxi to the Sofitel (20 mins, I paid 20 USD, I am sure you can negotiate down to 10-15; however it was 20.45, and I was heading for dinner…), Plane to hotel total time: 3hrs15mins.

    Way back: Pretty much the same, but no boarder payments. You have to be on the Israeli side of the border 3 hours before your flight departure in OVD. It took about 25 minutes to cross the border to Israel due to a travel group from Jordan, that caused some delay on the Egyptian side. Israeli controls straight forward. Be aware that you will be questioned more than other tourists when leaving Israel in OVD, but it is not really an issue.

  6. Judit Mihalik says:

    Hi, Amanda,
    1. paying Israeli exit fee and /or Taba border tariff: cash only in both cases?
    2. You mentioned that there is an exchange desk /ATM – what, if these are out of service?
    3. As far as I know the USD rate is fixed by the government (1 USD= 18 EGP). Is this true?
    Thanks and happy travel!
    🙂

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hi Judit! So sorry for the late reply. Yes, exit fees and taba border tariffs need to be paid in cash. Re the exchange desks / ATM – if they are out of service then I don’t think you have much of an option but pay in USD and get change in EGP – just make sure you know the exchange rate. I didn’t exchange any cash after that so can’t tell you if it’s fixed and honoured at different money exchangers. I just withdrew money from the ATM after that 🙂

  7. Oleh says:

    Hi there!
    I’ve been through Eilat-Taba boarder week ago.
    My spendings were:
    * Ovda Airport to Eilat central bus station – 21.5 shekels;
    * bus from Eilat central bus station to boarder – 15 shekels;
    * Israel boarder – 106 shekels;
    * Egypt boarder (I didn’t have egypt visa) – 400 EGP (25 USD) boarder tax;
    * taxi Taba – Dahab – 40 USD (as always, they’ve started from 80USD and we had a 5-7 minutes bargaining with me sitting in and out of taxi=) );
    * bus Dahab – Sharm-el-sheikh – 90 EGP (there were also for 65 EGP but too early for me);
    * taxi Sharm-el-sheikh – Taba boarder 60 USD

  8. Zsolt says:

    Hi Amanda! I was in Egypt for one week with my friends a month ago, and we rented a car! 🙂
    Update info for Taba-Eilat border crossing: the bus starts from Sharm el Sheikh to Taba at 09:00! This bus takes it 5 hours because of military checkpoints, one of them had held one hour: all passengers documents and luggages had checked by policemens, and two syrians passenger were investigated much more! Bus ticket is 80 EGP.
    The taxi trip is 1200 EGP+200 bakshis… but at least it’s just 2,5 hours.
    The crossing fee is 2 EGP, and 1,5 hours take in a row…

  9. Jonah says:

    Hi There, My Friend and I are trying to plan travel from Eilat to Taba and we had a few questions. First off is it better to get egyptian pounds before the trip or just better to exchange in Taba? Next, where does the bus drop you off in Sharm El Sheikh? Third do you know how reliable the bus is? Does it leave at exactly 3pm from Taba to Sharm and at 10 am from Sharm to Taba? How hard is it to get a taxi from Sharm to Taba and do you have to haggle with the driver? I’ve also heard if you take a taxi they make you stop somewhere on the way between Sharm and Taba, is this true?

    • Jonah says:

      Also how long does each side of the border control take? Leaving Israel and entering Egypt and leaving Egypt and entering Israel.

  10. Anne says:

    Hi Amanda, I’m flying to Eilat and I was thinking to stay in Movenpick Resort Taba 3 night and then go back to Eilat.

    Do I still need to pay the exit tax of 100 NIS per person plus 6 NIS commission?

    What about this Taba border tariff (400 EGP)? Should I pay it if only stay in Taba for a couple of days and then come back to Israel?

    Any information would be helpful. Thank you

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hi Anne, so sorry for the late reply. Yes, you need to pay the exit tax if you leave Israel, regardless of how long you leave for. I believe that Movenpick is within the Taba area so you don’t have to pay the border tariff. Thanks. Amanda

      • laly says:

        hi
        Iam also plan to go to taba hotel for one night. i know that i dont have to pay the fee from israel to egypt when i go to this hotel.
        but my question is if i have to pay the fee when im coming back from egypt to israel? and how much?
        thank you!
        laly

  11. Hartini Chu says:

    Amanda, I am in Cairo now, heading to Dahab tonight, bit confusing here to ask questions, do you know where to catch bus from Dahab to Taba? Exact location? Is it DELTA BUS STATION? Is seat available for same day trip? You’re absolutely right about Cairo, tourist is being hassled and lied to. Thank you!

  12. Mariam says:

    Amanda! First of all, THANK YOU so much for this super helpful blog entry. I have a couple of questions about the Sinai Peninsula… Did you feel unsafe? Did you feel like it was worth the trouble of getting there? I know you have a post on why you hated Egypt, but I plan to go to Egypt either way. I am just wondering if you felt that the Sinai peninsula was a worthwhile stop OR if I should forgo it and head straight to Cairo, etc. I have read online that it is a) unsafe and b) a ghost town now that tourists are deterred from traveling there. Thanks for your suggestions/input!

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hi Mariam, thank you! I didn’t feel unsafe at all in Sinai. Quite the opposite actually. I really love Dahab, it’s one of my most favourite places in the world so I definitely think it’s a must visit and you’ll be glad that you went for a couple of days. I don’t think it’s unsafe or a ghost town. Check out my post on Dahab and you’ll be convinced, I’m sure! Thanks. Amanda

  13. Hartini Chu says:

    Amanda, I am traveling from Cairo to Dahab, then Taba to enter Israel thru Eilat, do I need EGP to pay passage fee 400EGP? Can I pay in USD? Thank you-Hartini

      • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

        Hi Hartini, yes, you will need to pay the fee regardless of what visa you hold. The fee must be paid in Egyptian pounds, however, if you have USD, they will accept it and give you change back in EGP. The problem is, they will give you a terrible exchange rate and will rip you off so it’s much better to exchange it first and then pay in EGP. Amanda

  14. Manu and Krishna says:

    My wife Krishna and I have been following your blog with great interest. We are in our seventees, but have recently been bitten by the travel itch. We are planning a 25 day trip to Egypt (10), Jordan (5) and Israel (10). Except for Jordan, where we are taking a 5 day tour, we shall be travelling as per our own itinerary, staying mostly in airbnb.

    The travel from Bangalore to Cairo and back is cheap. But we found that the travel by air between Cairo Amman Jerusalem Cairo cost twice as much for a distance that is one forth. That is where your blog came in handy. We now plan flying from Cairo to Amman ($ 160-170 ), and hope to use your inputs on entering Israel from Amman via the Allenby bridge crossing and exiting at Eilat for Taba.

    The egypt visit starts after we have finished Jordan and Israel.
    From Taba we head to Sharm el Sheikh and head to Hurghada by ferry and then to Luxor and to Abu simbel and back to Cairo, details not yet worked out.

    Many thanks for your blog which encouraged us to plan our trip. Thanks in advance for any suggestions

  15. Victor Rogatis says:

    Thank you very much for all the content you provided Amanda!
    I would appreciate if you could clarify a few questions please:

    1 – Do I need to pay this 400 EGP tax even if I choose to get a taxi instead of a bus from Taba to Dahab? When I return from Dahab to Taba will I need to pay it again?

    2- I will have a flight departure in Ovda on a Monday at 13:00. I am not sure if it is better to return to Eilat on Sunday or leave Dahab on Monday very early in the morning. What do you think it would be better?

    3- Do you know which bus line is better to take from the taba border crossing to ovda airport? 282 or 15?

    4- Do you think it is necessary to pre arrange a taxi from taba to Dahab? (Since I believe I won’t cross the border before 3:00 pm)

    Thank you very much in advance for youe time and attention 🙂

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hi Victor, happy to help!
      1) Yes, you need to pay the tax regardless of how you enter (taxi, bus, walking etc). Returning from Dahab to Taba: No, you only pay it going one way as you leave the Taba area.
      2) You could leave Dahab very early in the morning but keep in mind: 2-2.5 hours to the border by taxi, 20 – 30 minutes to exit Egypt border, 1 – 1.5 hours for Israel border and 1.5 hours to the airport (but probably want to allow 2 hours just in case). So, that’s approx 6 hours all up minimum. You’d want to arrive at the airport by 11 so you would need to leave Dahab by 4:30 or 5 am and hope that you don’t run into any issues at the Israel border. For me, I would leave Dahab in the morning because accommodation in Eilat is more expensive, hehe!
      3) From the border in Israel to the airport, you need to take bus 16 (same line as bus 15 but opposite side) to the central station and then bus 392 to the airport. It will take 1.5 hours all up!
      4) From Taba to Dahab, you don’t necessarily have to arrange a taxi as there will be some on the other side but make sure you negotiate the price. We paid 700EGP ($40 USD approx).
      Let me know if you’ve got any other questions! All the best otherwise. Amanda

      • Victor Rogatis says:

        Thank you for taking the time to answer me, Amanda! 🙂

        A few more doubts showed up hehe:

        1- Can you explain to me please why the bus line 16 is better than the 282? According to this link from egged website, the bus apparently departs from taba crossing point and has Ovda Airport as the last stop? (Avoiding taking buses 16 and 382)

        http://mobi.egged.co.il/Article-4917%2C1420-Transportation-to-from-Ovda-Airport.aspx

        I confess this link got me confused because in the headline it states “Egged’s direct bus route No.282 will take you from Ovda airport to Eilat hotels without intermediate stops!” But if you scroll down, there are the bus stops including taba crossing point and Ovda Airport.

        2- I read you had a phone number of someone you could get people from dahab to taba and vice versa. Could you tell me his number?

        3- I also read in your post about Dahab you recommend free diving in the morning since it’s less crowded. But in case I just arrive in Dahab in the afternoon, is it possible to dive in the blue hole as well? And how you get there? With a jeep or camel ride?

        Thank you soo much Amanda! I really hope you have wonderful trip ahead and share with us all this experience 🙂

        • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

          HI Victor, oooh so I just looked at the site and it says ‘Bus No.282 timetable is synchronized with all flight arrivals/departures’ – so yes, that’s for sure the best option but that also means you have to be there at the right time otherwise you’ll miss the bus. Anyway, take that bus if you make it to the bus exactly 3.5 hours before your flight otherwise you know what the other option is. The driver’s number is +2 0109 1264 746 and name is Salem Juma. Regarding Dahab, your best option for freediving is to go with Dahab Freedivers (the one above Red Sea Relax hotel). They organise the equipment and the ride to the Blue Hole. They can also tell you re afternoon diving. Please don’t freedive alone. Thanks, Amanda.

  16. Miriam says:

    Does anyone know if there is any way of getting around having your passport stamped at the Taba border? Can they stamp a piece of paper for instance? I’m travelling to Lebanon and can’t have proof I was in Israel!

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hi Miriam, I’ve heard that apparently you can but haven’t met anyone that has been able to do it successfully. Can you speak Arabic? I found that the officers at the Taba border didn’t speak English so it wouldn’t be that easy to explain. There’s also a stamp out of Taba too so keep that in mind. If you’ve already booked your trip to Lebanon and really want to go to Sinai, consider flying into Sharm. That’s the only way you can be certain. You could of course risk it and just try your luck at Taba but will still need to pay Israel’s exit tax to do so. Let me know how you go as if you’re successful, I’d love to include it in the post. Thanks. Amanda

  17. Sabrina says:

    Hey ! Thank you for your precisions 🙂

    If you have just the Free Sinaï pass, do I have to pay the Taba border tariff (400 EGP) ????

    I will go from Eilat to Taba/Nuweiba/Dahab for few days and come back in Israël.

    Thank you for your reply !

  18. Stephan says:

    Hi there – thanks a lot for the great post & the detailled informations about crossing the border. I am plannig on flying from Berlin to Eilat on october 29th – arriving 11.30 am and then going to egypt to an eco lodge on the sinai side. My daughter is 5 years old and it sounds pretty easy to cross the border. ONLY ONE THING that bothers me: Could it happen that the border is closed from one day to the other? and what then? Is there a site to check if it is oben – kind of in realtime- ? And does anybody know if it has been closed in the last months? Thanks a lot for your help / comments! Cheers, stephan

    • Hartini Chu says:

      Hello Amanda, I will be Cairo on Nov 11 thru 17, planning to travel to Israel by crossing Taba/Eilat border on the 18th, I can’t find any transportation from Cairo to Taba, do you suggest I go to Dahab or Sharm Sheiks from Cairo and continue to Taba?
      Thank you your help! Hartini

        • Hartini Chu says:

          This great info. I could not find this in google or anywhere else. Thank you Amanda! Sorry few more questions, is bus from Cairo to Dahab daily? 7-9 hoursride? Using el delta? From Eilat, is it easy to catch bus to Jerusalem the same day I depart from Dahab? I don’t mind staying in Eilat, it is worth to stay one night? Again thank you so much!

          • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

            Happy to help! There are different companies that go from Cairo to Dahab. I recommend Go Bus if you to book online (English website – https://go-bus.com/en) and just have it locked in so you don’t have to worry about it. It’s a few dollars more than other companies like East Delta but then you know the schedule, don’t have to worry about getting tickets on the day and can make plans around it. There are several stations around Cairo to choose from so timing depends on where you’re planning on departing from. It will take around 10 hours.

            Once you’re across in Eilat, just take the bus from there to the main bus station (make sure you keep some Israeli Shekels on you for this trip). From there, you’ll find various buses throughout the day to Jerusalem either directly or through Tel Aviv. All very easy to navigate. I think after staying in Dahab, you don’t need to stay in Eilat overnight. Let me know if you have other questions. Amanda

          • Hartini Chu says:

            Amanda, thank you so much for the info and sharing your traveling experience, I m glad I found your website! I certainly will be more mindful about Egypt’s salespeople (I read your article “Why I hate Egypt”. I value your honesty. Happy travel, hope to hear more your experiences!

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hi Stephan, thanks. I queried at the border the last time I was there and was told that the border is open 24 hours a day. I have been there during the day and then again at around 9:30pm – both times without issues. I have only ever heard of the border being closed a couple of times and that was when there were some tensions and threats to security. The border should otherwise always be open so I wouldn’t worry about it. As said, I crossed it twice in April and in July without any problems. Enjoy your time! Amanda

      • Stephan says:

        Hi Amanda, thanks for your reply! Feeling better & more confident now! 😉 All the best, stephan

  19. Katy says:

    Hi there and thanks for the helpful post!
    I will be in Jordan for three weeks with my son this November and he would love to cut out two or three days to go and see the pyramids in Cairo. I have found several tour operators who offer this kind of package, but the prices seem ridiculous compared to what an individual trip would cost us. At the moment I’m looking at the ferry Aqaba to Taba and then a bus from Taba to Cairo, but going through Israel could be an option as well. I was told several times now that I must be crazy to even consider doing this as a western woman with a six-year old, but your post really makes me feel more comfortable about it. Do you have any idea whether the fees are applicable for kids as well or is there some sort of “discount”? Oftentimes children don’t pay tourist taxes and the like, would be interesting to know and be able to calculate with.
    Tour operators usually mention between 65 and 95$ for visa/border crossing fees. I understand this is mere fraud and you basically pay them a big bonus for handing in the papers for you. We could just get our visa for roughly 25$ in advance, is that true?
    I would love for this little add-on to our trip to work out, but I’m not willing to throw 600$ at a tour operator for two days in Egypt. 😀

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hi Katy, thanks for reading! So, firstly, being a western woman with a child – no problem at all. I did not feel unsafe at any point in my 4 months there (I have an article on safety in the Middle East with contributions from other travel bloggers if you want to send that to anyone freaking out! Haha).

      Ferry to Taba: You can only book this ferry if you are booking a return trip. Ticket prices are $75USD for children (6 – 12 yrs) and $90USD for adults. If you are only travelling one way (to Egypt and then departing from there), you should take the ferry to Nuweiba instead. I’m pretty sure that if you arrive this way, you do not have to pay the tariff but you should confirm this with AB Maritime (the ferry company) in advance.

      Crossing through Israel: Yes, you can definitely do it this way BUT if you are doing a return trip back to Jordan, it isn’t going to be worth it given you’ll have to pay Israel’s exit tax twice – applicable to children and adults. Also, I’m certain the Taba tariff is applicable to all (the sign just says “individuals” with no separate mention of children). If you have a look at my ferry to Nuweiba post, you’ll see a cost comparison to weigh things up easier.

      Egypt visa: You can get this on board on the ferry for $25 USD otherwise at the embassy. Check out this post for more info.

      Also, bear in mind that reentering Jordan may require another visa so you should factor that cost. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it to go just for a few days. You’ll spend around 2 days travelling and the most interesting part of ancient Egypt is actually in Luxor which is far more impressing than the pyramids in Cairo. I think it would be better to save Egypt for another trip down the line and spend at least a couple of weeks there. I’m sorry! Just my two cents! Let me know what you decide 🙂

  20. Diego says:

    Hi Amanda, I’m flying in november to Eilat and I was thinking to cros this border and stay in some camp in Taba. What about this Taba border tariff (400 EGP)? Should I pay it if only stay in Taba for a couple of days and then come back to Israel? Any information would be helpful. Thank you

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hi Diego, my understanding is that unless you’re staying in that immediate area at the border (Movenpick Hotel for example), the tariff is applicable. We paid upon exiting the bus station which is only 1.5 km down the road. I’m sure that most camps in Taba are past the tariff point so you will have to pay to pay the fee. Don’t forget as well that you will also need to pay Israel’s exit fee. Hope that helps! Amanda

  21. Alejandra says:

    Hi Amanda! I am a solo traveler that just wanted to update your information since I crossed the Taba border from Israel to Sinai yesterday and I saw there is some important changes!

    Now the prices are:

    Taba border tariff – 400 EGP ( I know it’s a huge change!!)
    Bus from Taba to Dahab – 60 EGP
    Bus from Taba to Sharm El Sheikh – 85 EGP

    Egyptian Visa for 1 month that I got on the consulate of Egypt in Eilat – 150 NIS ( took my one morning from 10 to 12 to get it but they were telling me that normally it is ready for the next day)

    I didnt check the Taba border tariff when you go to Israel so it’s only this information I have I hope you find it usefull

  22. Ankita says:

    Hi Amanda, this was really helpful. We are going to take this route in November, but are travelling with a 1 year old. How is the taxi service at either sides of the border, if we do not wish to take the bus?

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hi Ankita! Sorry for the late reply, your comment was marked as spam so I missed it. Taxi services are definitely available on both sides of the border so no issues there. On the Israeli side, you’re looking at paying around 60-70 NIS (approx $20 USD) from Eilat – pretty expensive! I’m not sure how much the taxi will cost on the Egyptian side but will make some enquiries when I am there next week and let you know! Are you going to Sharm? Thanks. Amanda

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hi Ankita, updated info for you! We took a taxi from Dahab to the border (Egyptian side) and paid 700 EGP ($40 USD). It’s better if you book a day in advance and I would suggest calling your hotel to book. I can get a contact number for a driver as well if you like. Let me know! Amanda

  23. Cristina says:

    The reason why you haven’t found any up to date information about the Eilat – Taba border crossing is because everything is in Hebrew haha. The Bedouin holiday camps on the east coast of South Sinai are incredibly popular among Israelis. People who aren’t Israeli or Egyptian don’t usually go there and it’s hard too as nobody speaks English.
    Though I’ve never traveled all the way from Israel to Sharm El Sheikh, we are told that it’s kinda dangerous but I don’t know wether that’s true or not. I mean, just from Taba to the Bedouin Camp we went (only 70km away from the border) we passed like 5 or more checkpoints from the Egyptian army.
    So, how was it? Did you feel like it was safe? Was the bus alright? And did you take a flight from SES to Cairo?
    Sorry for all the questions but I’d love to visit Cairo some time but flights are too expensive.

    • Amanda | LVV Travel says:

      Hahaha, that must be why!! Well, I’m very happy to put out information in English then because it was such a struggle. I didn’t find it dangerous at all! The bus from Taba to Sharm was fairly empty and basically only had male passengers. I was glad to be travelling with my husband and a friend. She said to me that she wouldn’t have felt comfortable if she were travelling alone. We also passed a lot of checkpoints but never had our documents checked – they only checked Egyptians. The bus was fine. Just got annoying when they started smoking. From SES to Cairo we also took a bus and booked with go bus. The bus was an overnight bus and there were checkpoints where we had to get off for them to check bags a few times. Waaaay cheaper than flying and definitely safe!!

      • Cristina says:

        I know right! Somebody really needed to put out this information in English – thanks for doing that.
        Alright, thank you very much for the information! Now I just need to convince my boyfriend that it’s safe haha.

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