Ovda, Israel

How about a break at the Israeli coastal resort of Eilat? Ovda Airport is the perfect starting point for your holiday in Eilat. From the airport, you can reach the city centre of Eilat in less than an hour. 

Eilat is the holiday destination in Israel – partly due to its location on the Gulf of Aqaba, at the tip of the Red Sea. The weather is always good, so beach lovers are in for a treat! And did you know that Eilat is a great snorkelling destination too? You will find kilometres of coral reefs with hundreds of species of fish. 

Fly to Ovda

There are many dolphins swimming in the sea around Eilat. So it comes as no surprise that the city’s Dolphin Reef is one of the most popular sights around. Here, you can see how the dolphins are fed and you can even go swimming with them! We also recommend a visit to the Underwater Observatory, where you can go 60 metres under water in a submarine to admire the coral reefs and fish. Eilat is also a great starting point from which to explore other parts of Israel. You can visit the Dead Sea, for instance, or plan a day trip to the capital city of Jerusalem. So what are you waiting for? Book your flight to Ovda right away! 

Practical information

Transport to/from the airport

Ovda Airport is located about 60 km to the north of Eilat’s city centre. Do keep in mind that there is no public transport at the airport and the taxis aren’t always reliable. You are best booking a shuttle bus. 

  • Shuttle bus

    There’s a shuttle from Ovda Airport to Eilat. Tickets cost about €8 and the journey takes some 45 minutes. Do keep in mind that you need to book the shuttle in advance. 

Transport in the city/region

Eilat is not very big so you can walk most distances. But if, for instance, you want to go from the northern beach to the southern beach, you are best taking the bus or a taxi.
  • Bus

    Eilat’s only bus company is called Egged. Tickets costs approximately 5 shekel (about €1).
  • Taxi

    You can of course always take a taxi. As Eilat is quite small, it won’t cost you too much. 

Passport and visa

You need a valid passport. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months upon your return.

Time zone

GMT +2 (summer time +3) 
In Ovda, it is one hour later than it is in the Netherlands. 


The currency used in Ovda is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). 

Flight duration

The flight from Paris (Orly) to Ovda takes approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes. The outbound and inbound flights may be shorter if the wind direction is favourable.