On January 21st, history was made: Ramon Airport opened its gates and became the newest, most modern international airport in Israel. Ramon Airport ETM replaced the old and small Eilat Airport ETH for domestic flights. Later in Winter 2019, it replaced Ovda Airport VDA for international flights. After Ovda Airport closed its gates, Ramon Airport became the second-largest international gateway to Israel and the largest to southern Israel and the Red Sea. During the first stage of operation, the Airport can handle up to 2 million passengers a year. By the year 2030, it’s expected to expand to a capacity of 4.2 million passengers.
Where is Ramon Airport Located?
Eilat Ramon Airport ETM is located just 18 km north of Eilat. That’s significantly closer compared to Ovda VDA, which was located 60 km away. It made it much easier for residents of Eilat to travel abroad and for tourists to reach the Red Sea. On the other hand, domestic flights will no longer arrive directly to the hotel area in Eilat.
Ramon Airport – Departures Information
1. How to get to Ramon airport?
By bus: There are four Egged routes, two from the touristic areas, and two from the residential neighborhoods. Line 30 departs from the central bus station every 20-30 minutes. Line 50 travels from Taba border crossing via the hotels in 20-30 minute intervals. Route 31 from the northern neighborhoods and line 32 from the southern districts operate between 05:00-08:00 only. A single ride costs ₪4.20.
By taxi: There’s a flat rate of ₪84 for a ride to Ramon Airport between 05:30-21:00, and ₪95 from 21:01 to 05:29, and on holidays and weekends. There’s an additional charge for luggage.
By car: If you travel from Eilat, the journey time to the Airport is 15-20 minutes via Route 90. The parking fee is ₪5 an hour, up to ₪25 a day. Residents of Eilat and Eilot holding a regional parking permit enjoy 36 hours of free parking.
By train: Well, this one doesn’t exist yet, but there’s a plan to connect Eilat and Ramon Airport by a rail link.
2. Departure Terminal at Ramon Airport
Ramon Airport has a self-security check for domestic flights. There are also Duty-Free shops with products such as alcoholic beverages, tobacco, perfumes, cosmetics, candy, electronics and gadgets, mobile phones, glasses, sports, books, pop products, souvenirs, and toys. Have a seat at one of the restaurants and cafes located at the terminal. There’s a foreign exchange desk, information booth, and transportation services.
3. When do I check-in at the airport?
Domestic flights: You are advised to arrive at the airport at least 1:30 hours before takeoff time.
International flights: It’s recommended to arrive at the Airport 3 hours before takeoff time. You must show a valid passport and any official documents, such as visa, required by the destination country.
For your convenience, there are self-service check-in kiosks at designated stations according to airline policy. After you have booked your flights you get the most accurate information on our flight tracker.
4. What airlines fly to and from Ramon Airport?
During the winter season, several European airlines operate seasonal flights, bringing travelers from the bitter cold European winter to the (almost) never-ending sun of Eilat. It includes Europe Airpost, Finnair, Ryanair, Rossiya Airlines, Transavia, Smartwings, SAS, Wizz Air, and Ural Air.
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5. Destinations from Eilat
Flights to Tel Aviv and Haifa are available year-round. Cheap flights are offered between October and March to destinations such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Helsinki, Kaunas, Krakow, Milan, Moscow, Prague, Riga, Sofia, Vienna, Vilnius, and Warsaw. This list is expected to expand.
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Ramon Airport – Arrivals Information
How to get to your destination from the Airport
By bus: There are four Egged routes, two to the touristic areas, and two to the residential neighborhoods. Line 30 arrives at the central bus station and departs from the Airport every 20-30 minutes. Line 50 travels to Taba border crossing via the hotels in 20-30 minute intervals. Route 31 to the northern neighborhoods and line 32 to the southern districts operate between 17:15-22:15 only. A single ride costs ₪4.20.
By taxi: There’s a flat rate of ₪84 for a ride to Eilat from Ramon Airport between 05:30-21:00, and ₪95 from 21:01 to 05:29, and on holidays and weekends. There’s an additional charge for luggage.
By car: If you travel to Eilat, the journey time to Ramon Airport is a short 15-20 minutes via Route 90. You can rent a car at one of the rental desks. Check the great deals on car rental from the Airport on Skyscanner Car Rental.
Other destinations in Israel
The bus route from Eilat to Beer Sheva will have a stop at the Airport. Therefore, passengers arriving at the airport will be able to travel to Beer Sheva. A new route from Eilat to Mitzpe Ramon will also have a stop at Ramon Airport. Another route that’s expected to open in the future will pick up passengers from the Airport to the Dead Sea.
Thanks to the location by the Red Sea, Ramon Airport is also a gateway to southern Jordan. There’s easy access from here to Aqaba, and areas of Wadi Rum and Petra. You can take a cab from the airport to the border cross, or book a shuttle for a reasonable fee.
Egypt – Sinai
Egged bus line 50 travels from Ramon Airport all the way to Taba Border Crossing. Several shuttle companies offer shuttles on this route as well. From there you can quickly go to resorts in Sinai.