Time difference

GMT +2
Currency

Shekel (NIS)
International Dialling codes

International code for Israel 972 Code for Eilat 8
Getting there

Sun D’or operates charter flights to Eilat from Stansted during winter. www.sundor.co.il
El Al has scheduled flights year-round from Heathrow to Eilat via Tel Aviv www.elal.co.il
Thomson Airways offers flights to Tel Aviv from London Luton and Manchester three times a week (Tues, Thurs and Sun) www.thomson.co.uk. 0871 231 4787.
BMI begins a daily service from Heathrow to Tel Aviv on March 13 2009. 0870 6070 555 www.flybmi.com
British Airways offers flight to Tel Aviv www.ba.com

Getting there from Tel Aviv

There are two domestic airlines to Eilat; Arkia and

Israir. They fly from Sde-Dov and Ben Gurion (both airports in Tel Aviv) to Eilat.

Airport

Eilat’s airport is in the city centre and a short taxi ride from most major hotels.

Eilat has two airports. One is in the city centre and the other, Ovda is 54 kilometres west of Eilat.
Getting around

Many facilities and attractions are within walking distance of the beach. Metered taxis are plentiful in Eilat and there’s a regular bus service operated by Egged. Several major international car hire companies are represented in Eilat and have outlets at the airport.
Tourist Information Centre

Orientation

Eilat’s 10km coastline has two main beaches. North Beach is the heart of the action with watersports available, boat trips leaving from the harbour, plenty of shops, nightlife and eateries nearby and the city attractions within walking distance. Some hotels face the Lagoon which is connected to the North Beach by a promenade.

South Beach is the best spot for divers and snorkelers and includes the Coral Reef Nature Reserve It’s more laid back than North Beach and has plenty of plenty of dive clubs as well as cafes and watersports facilities. It’s also home to the Dolphin Reef and Underwater Observatory attractions. It is 5km from the city which can be reached by bus or taxi.

Shopping hours

Shops are usually open Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 21.00 or later, those that observe the Jewish Sabbath will close on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. Some shops close for a break between 13.00 and 16.00. Shops may also be closed on major Jewish holidays.

Hospital

Yoseftal Hospital, Yotam road, Eilat. Tel: 8 6358011

The hospital facilities include a recompression chamber for divers and dialysis machines which are available to kidney patients holidaying in Eilat.

Emergency numbers

Police 100
Ambulances 101
Fire department 102