How is Traveling from Jordan to Israel?
If you look like tourists and you have your own car the route from Jordan to Egypt should be no problem at all.
Just cross the Israeli border from Aqaba (10 km from city) and go through Eilat to Egypt (Taba). You could drive this route in under a half hour. Including border formalities — assuming you do not have Iraq or Syrian stamps in your passports and already possess Egyptian visas — I would say that you should be in Egypt in under two hours.
I did not go to Nuweiba, so I do not know for sure how far it is from there to the border at Taba, but I have heard that it is not far and the highways seem good in Sinai.
The border crossings that you will be going through can be classified as “tourist borders.” Nearly all of the people traveling overland between Aqaba and Taba are overseas tourists. Don’t worry, these are some pretty laided back borders and they are use to seeing foreign faces.
I agree totally that $19o for the vehicle alone is far too much money to pay for a one hour ferry. Especially when the overland route is not difficult and the distance that you need to travel to go around the bay of Aqaba is not too far.
One thing to keep in mind though if you choose to do this route: the Israelis will charge you an exit tax of nearly $25. So if you want to return to Egypt, this will be an etra $50 per person. Perhaps you could get a special transit visa, but I doubt. I told the auuthorities at the Israeli border that I was traveling directly to Egypt, and I was automatically given full 90 day tourist visas. Then I had problems at the Egyptian border (no visa) and had to return to Israel. I again told the Israelis that I was just going to be in their country for a couple of hours, but they still gave me a full visa.
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Original question about traveling by rental car from Nuweiba, Egypt to Jordan
So, we are also planning to take the one hour ferry from Nueiwba to Acaba return. At first we were going to bring a rental car along but it costs $190 USD just for the car each way!!! Needless to say we are not going to do that as it costs more than the car rental itselt. Anyway, how did the overland trip go, as we are also considering that since the cost of the ferry is way too high even for people. Be happy to hear your input. Thanks, Yolanda (in Canada)
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