how to go there
Ein Bokek is located 16km S of Masada, 33km S of Ein Gedi, 115km SE of Jerusalem, 173km SE of Tel Aviv, 205 N of Eilat
you can drive there through Road 90 that runs down along the Dead Sea coast. There are parking lots to leave the car near the sea as the resorts spreads along the beach
We were in Ein Gedi the previous day so the morning after we took the first morning bus at about 8.25am to Masada, checked the archeological site there and then the next bus down to Ein Bokek. We walked to the beach, stayed for some minutes to flow on the water and take pictures and then we did some shopping around before we take the next bus back to Jerusalem.
Single ticket from Jerusalem costs 44nis, from Tel Aviv costs 49,50nis (summer 2014 price) but check timetable and plan your trip carefully as the buses are not frequent.
For most bus inquiries you can consult the Egged company bus schedule here
I had looked into getting to the Dead Sea by bus 384 of the Egged company. With only 3 rides a day, this was not the transport I had in mind. Luckely when the time came close, we had a group of 8 people and hiring a minivan taxi at Arad was a reasonable option. I was glad we went for that option, because the bus stop at the Dead Sea was an open stop with a sun roof, but still very hot.
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How to get to Ein Boqeq
Ein Bokek is located 1.5 hour by 90th and 1st National roads from Jerusalem (100 km) or half an hour from the nearest town of Arad (25 km) by 90th and 31th National roads. We passed it twice. First on our way from Ovda airport to Jerusalem. Second – on our way from Tel-Aviv to Eilat.
You can watch my 5 min 34 sec HD Video Arad-Dead Sea (En Boqeq) out of my Youtube channel.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Ein Boqeq on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 8' 48.69" N 35° 20' 35.48" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Judean Hills at the Dead Sea.
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The best option to get to the dead sea
The Dead Sea is an isolated place - not in the center of Israel.
The best thing is to drive with a car.
You can go from 2 ways - Arad and Jerusalem.
Arad is the best road because the other one is a little bit dangerous (arab villages).