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Travelers heading to the resort city of Eilat will likely arrive at the Ovda International Airport, which is about 30 miles to the northeast of the city. This is the southern international airport, and was originally built as a military base in the 1980s, but in recent years has begun to operate as a commercial airport allowing for direct flights to the region from around Europe. The civilian terminal, which is modern was built in the early 1990s. While small by European standards, it is well managed and convenient for those traveling from Europe or connecting through a major European hub.
The smaller Eilat Airport is only a domestic airport and while closer to the city does require travelers to connect through Tel Aviv in the north.
Both airports offer shuttle buses, limos and taxicab service to the various resorts throughout Eilat. These services, as well as rental cars are available in the arrivals area at both airports.Additionally, Israel is not a large country so traveling to the port of Eilat from the north is a straight shot from destinations such as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. You must be 21 years old to rent a car in Israel, and no older than 75, and you must have held a valid license for at least one year. The speed limits are about 60mph on the highways and there is only one toll road in Israel (Rt. 6).