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Is it safe to drive from Ein Gedi to Eilat via 90 Road?

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Is it safe to drive from Ein Gedi to Eilat via 90 Road?

Hello.

I am planning to drive from Ein Gedi to Eilat in July using a rental car.

Is the Road 90 safe? What happens if the the car experiences a malfunction?

What about the road's security in terms of police/Army presence? Are there any problems or risks related to the short distances to the Egyptian borders?

Thanks,

Beny.

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1. Re: Is it safe to drive from Ein Gedi to Eilat via 90 Road?

Welcome to TripAdvisor.

Road 90 is completely safe, and there is plenty of traffic on the road. In the event of a breakdown you wouldn't be stranded with nobody passing for hours. And it is nowhere near the Egyptian border! It runs close to the Jordanian border but there are no security problems.

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2. Re: Is it safe to drive from Ein Gedi to Eilat via 90 Road?

Thanks for the clarification.

Are there Gas-Stations or other points in the Road 90 where families can stop, eat/drink something?

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3. Re: Is it safe to drive from Ein Gedi to Eilat via 90 Road?

Ice cream at Yotvata kibbutz!

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4. Re: Is it safe to drive from Ein Gedi to Eilat via 90 Road?

Andee110, thanks for the info! Where is the Yotvata Kibbutz?

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5. Re: Is it safe to drive from Ein Gedi to Eilat via 90 Road?

I suggest that you look at a good online map, such as Google Maps. There are many villages along Highway 90 - Yotvata for example - and there are gas stations at several of the junctions, most of which have a small convenience store and snack bar. The road has a lot of traffic.

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6. Re: Is it safe to drive from Ein Gedi to Eilat via 90 Road?

It is as safe as any other road in Israel. However, since you are driving via the desert it can become monotonous and boring. It is a 2 lane highway with no divider until near Eilat, so watch out for cars passing illegally. That is the biggest danger on this road.

Yodvata is half an hour north of Eilat, but there are many other sites to visit along the way:

Vidor desert agricultural center and great hands on way to learn how Israel has made the desert bloom.

Crocoloco crocodile farm.

There are many others places to stop and there are gas stations. However, when driving in outlying areas you should try not to go much below a half a tank. This is a very well driven road and although you should not anticipate having a breakdown, you will not be alone. The rental agent is there to help in such times of need.

For more information on what to see and do along the road (other than Masada and a float in the Dead Sea on your way south from Ein Gedi) see http://www.jewishagency.org/he/sites/default/files/mapa_english@a3_2.pdf ( you can print out the map and have it with you for reference).

Chana

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7. Re: Is it safe to drive from Ein Gedi to Eilat via 90 Road?

We are going back especially to visit the desert areas as our few days were not enough for such a wonderful place. Not everyone loves the desert but we are enthralled with it. Driving 90 was easy peasy.

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8. Re: Is it safe to drive from Ein Gedi to Eilat via 90 Road?

Toda Chana! You explanations are excellent! Thanks for the map!

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