Amanda | LVV Travel

Amanda is an Aussie backpacker who loves adventure, waterfalls and everything outdoors. Together with her husband, Daniel, they have been travelling the world for over two years and run LVV Travel. They share travel and backpacking guides and aim to help backpackers travel adventurously and sustainably.

26 Comments

  1. Miriam
    12 Oct 2018 @ 1:34 am

    Does anyone know if there is any way of getting around having your passport stamped at the Taba border? Can they stamp a piece of paper for instance? I’m travelling to Lebanon and can’t have proof I was in Israel!

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      12 Oct 2018 @ 2:24 pm

      Hi Miriam, I’ve heard that apparently you can but haven’t met anyone that has been able to do it successfully. Can you speak Arabic? I found that the officers at the Taba border didn’t speak English so it wouldn’t be that easy to explain. There’s also a stamp out of Taba too so keep that in mind. If you’ve already booked your trip to Lebanon and really want to go to Sinai, consider flying into Sharm. That’s the only way you can be certain. You could of course risk it and just try your luck at Taba but will still need to pay Israel’s exit tax to do so. Let me know how you go as if you’re successful, I’d love to include it in the post. Thanks. Amanda

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  2. Sabrina
    10 Oct 2018 @ 7:45 pm

    Hey ! Thank you for your precisions 🙂

    If you have just the Free Sinaï pass, do I have to pay the Taba border tariff (400 EGP) ????

    I will go from Eilat to Taba/Nuweiba/Dahab for few days and come back in Israël.

    Thank you for your reply !

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      12 Oct 2018 @ 2:19 pm

      Hi Sabrina. Yes, you will need to pay the border tariff if you leave the immediate Taba area. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how long you stay for! But I can say that it’s worth it to visit Dahab – you should check out our article on Dahab for some travel tips 🙂 Thanks. Amanda

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  3. Stephan
    29 Sep 2018 @ 11:15 pm

    Hi there – thanks a lot for the great post & the detailled informations about crossing the border. I am plannig on flying from Berlin to Eilat on october 29th – arriving 11.30 am and then going to egypt to an eco lodge on the sinai side. My daughter is 5 years old and it sounds pretty easy to cross the border. ONLY ONE THING that bothers me: Could it happen that the border is closed from one day to the other? and what then? Is there a site to check if it is oben – kind of in realtime- ? And does anybody know if it has been closed in the last months? Thanks a lot for your help / comments! Cheers, stephan

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    • Hartini Chu
      30 Sep 2018 @ 1:27 am

      Hello Amanda, I will be Cairo on Nov 11 thru 17, planning to travel to Israel by crossing Taba/Eilat border on the 18th, I can’t find any transportation from Cairo to Taba, do you suggest I go to Dahab or Sharm Sheiks from Cairo and continue to Taba?
      Thank you your help! Hartini

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      • Amanda | LVV Travel
        30 Sep 2018 @ 9:20 pm

        Hi Hartini, there isn’t a bus directly to Taba so you will have to go to Dahab or Sharm El Sheikh first. From either places, there is only 1 bus a day to Taba in the morning. I highly recommend going to Dahab rather than Sharm El Sheikh and you should spend at least a couple of nights there if you can! Here’s a guide if you decide to go 🙂 https://www.lavidaviva.com/middle-east/egypt/guide-to-dahab-egypt/ Cheers, Amanda

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        • Hartini Chu
          30 Sep 2018 @ 10:37 pm

          This great info. I could not find this in google or anywhere else. Thank you Amanda! Sorry few more questions, is bus from Cairo to Dahab daily? 7-9 hoursride? Using el delta? From Eilat, is it easy to catch bus to Jerusalem the same day I depart from Dahab? I don’t mind staying in Eilat, it is worth to stay one night? Again thank you so much!

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          • Amanda | LVV Travel
            30 Sep 2018 @ 11:06 pm

            Happy to help! There are different companies that go from Cairo to Dahab. I recommend Go Bus if you to book online (English website – https://go-bus.com/en) and just have it locked in so you don’t have to worry about it. It’s a few dollars more than other companies like East Delta but then you know the schedule, don’t have to worry about getting tickets on the day and can make plans around it. There are several stations around Cairo to choose from so timing depends on where you’re planning on departing from. It will take around 10 hours.

            Once you’re across in Eilat, just take the bus from there to the main bus station (make sure you keep some Israeli Shekels on you for this trip). From there, you’ll find various buses throughout the day to Jerusalem either directly or through Tel Aviv. All very easy to navigate. I think after staying in Dahab, you don’t need to stay in Eilat overnight. Let me know if you have other questions. Amanda

          • Hartini Chu
            2 Oct 2018 @ 11:51 am

            Amanda, thank you so much for the info and sharing your traveling experience, I m glad I found your website! I certainly will be more mindful about Egypt’s salespeople (I read your article “Why I hate Egypt”. I value your honesty. Happy travel, hope to hear more your experiences!

    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      30 Sep 2018 @ 9:15 pm

      Hi Stephan, thanks. I queried at the border the last time I was there and was told that the border is open 24 hours a day. I have been there during the day and then again at around 9:30pm – both times without issues. I have only ever heard of the border being closed a couple of times and that was when there were some tensions and threats to security. The border should otherwise always be open so I wouldn’t worry about it. As said, I crossed it twice in April and in July without any problems. Enjoy your time! Amanda

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      • Stephan
        1 Oct 2018 @ 5:11 pm

        Hi Amanda, thanks for your reply! Feeling better & more confident now! 😉 All the best, stephan

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  4. Katy
    11 Sep 2018 @ 11:16 pm

    Hi there and thanks for the helpful post!
    I will be in Jordan for three weeks with my son this November and he would love to cut out two or three days to go and see the pyramids in Cairo. I have found several tour operators who offer this kind of package, but the prices seem ridiculous compared to what an individual trip would cost us. At the moment I’m looking at the ferry Aqaba to Taba and then a bus from Taba to Cairo, but going through Israel could be an option as well. I was told several times now that I must be crazy to even consider doing this as a western woman with a six-year old, but your post really makes me feel more comfortable about it. Do you have any idea whether the fees are applicable for kids as well or is there some sort of “discount”? Oftentimes children don’t pay tourist taxes and the like, would be interesting to know and be able to calculate with.
    Tour operators usually mention between 65 and 95$ for visa/border crossing fees. I understand this is mere fraud and you basically pay them a big bonus for handing in the papers for you. We could just get our visa for roughly 25$ in advance, is that true?
    I would love for this little add-on to our trip to work out, but I’m not willing to throw 600$ at a tour operator for two days in Egypt. 😀

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      12 Sep 2018 @ 3:12 pm

      Hi Katy, thanks for reading! So, firstly, being a western woman with a child – no problem at all. I did not feel unsafe at any point in my 4 months there (I have an article on safety in the Middle East with contributions from other travel bloggers if you want to send that to anyone freaking out! Haha).

      Ferry to Taba: You can only book this ferry if you are booking a return trip. Ticket prices are $75USD for children (6 – 12 yrs) and $90USD for adults. If you are only travelling one way (to Egypt and then departing from there), you should take the ferry to Nuweiba instead. I’m pretty sure that if you arrive this way, you do not have to pay the tariff but you should confirm this with AB Maritime (the ferry company) in advance.

      Crossing through Israel: Yes, you can definitely do it this way BUT if you are doing a return trip back to Jordan, it isn’t going to be worth it given you’ll have to pay Israel’s exit tax twice – applicable to children and adults. Also, I’m certain the Taba tariff is applicable to all (the sign just says “individuals” with no separate mention of children). If you have a look at my ferry to Nuweiba post, you’ll see a cost comparison to weigh things up easier.

      Egypt visa: You can get this on board on the ferry for $25 USD otherwise at the embassy. Check out this post for more info.

      Also, bear in mind that reentering Jordan may require another visa so you should factor that cost. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it to go just for a few days. You’ll spend around 2 days travelling and the most interesting part of ancient Egypt is actually in Luxor which is far more impressing than the pyramids in Cairo. I think it would be better to save Egypt for another trip down the line and spend at least a couple of weeks there. I’m sorry! Just my two cents! Let me know what you decide 🙂

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  5. Katy
    11 Sep 2018 @ 11:01 pm

    Hi there and thanks for the helpful post!

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  6. Diego
    9 Sep 2018 @ 10:03 pm

    Hi Amanda, I’m flying in november to Eilat and I was thinking to cros this border and stay in some camp in Taba. What about this Taba border tariff (400 EGP)? Should I pay it if only stay in Taba for a couple of days and then come back to Israel? Any information would be helpful. Thank you

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      9 Sep 2018 @ 10:35 pm

      Hi Diego, my understanding is that unless you’re staying in that immediate area at the border (Movenpick Hotel for example), the tariff is applicable. We paid upon exiting the bus station which is only 1.5 km down the road. I’m sure that most camps in Taba are past the tariff point so you will have to pay to pay the fee. Don’t forget as well that you will also need to pay Israel’s exit fee. Hope that helps! Amanda

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  7. Alejandra
    25 Jul 2018 @ 7:38 am

    Hi Amanda! I am a solo traveler that just wanted to update your information since I crossed the Taba border from Israel to Sinai yesterday and I saw there is some important changes!

    Now the prices are:

    Taba border tariff – 400 EGP ( I know it’s a huge change!!)
    Bus from Taba to Dahab – 60 EGP
    Bus from Taba to Sharm El Sheikh – 85 EGP

    Egyptian Visa for 1 month that I got on the consulate of Egypt in Eilat – 150 NIS ( took my one morning from 10 to 12 to get it but they were telling me that normally it is ready for the next day)

    I didnt check the Taba border tariff when you go to Israel so it’s only this information I have I hope you find it usefull

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      25 Jul 2018 @ 9:20 pm

      Hi Alejandra, THANK YOU so much for sending through updated info for us. We have updated the post. Really appreciate it!

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      • Alejandra
        28 Jul 2018 @ 7:24 pm

        Your welcome! I found so helpful your post that I would love to help you and other travelers like me looking for update info 😉

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  8. Ankita
    29 Jun 2018 @ 7:51 pm

    Hi Amanda, this was really helpful. We are going to take this route in November, but are travelling with a 1 year old. How is the taxi service at either sides of the border, if we do not wish to take the bus?

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      2 Jul 2018 @ 5:52 pm

      Hi Ankita! Sorry for the late reply, your comment was marked as spam so I missed it. Taxi services are definitely available on both sides of the border so no issues there. On the Israeli side, you’re looking at paying around 60-70 NIS (approx $20 USD) from Eilat – pretty expensive! I’m not sure how much the taxi will cost on the Egyptian side but will make some enquiries when I am there next week and let you know! Are you going to Sharm? Thanks. Amanda

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      25 Jul 2018 @ 9:11 pm

      Hi Ankita, updated info for you! We took a taxi from Dahab to the border (Egyptian side) and paid 700 EGP ($40 USD). It’s better if you book a day in advance and I would suggest calling your hotel to book. I can get a contact number for a driver as well if you like. Let me know! Amanda

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  9. Cristina
    27 May 2018 @ 4:31 pm

    The reason why you haven’t found any up to date information about the Eilat – Taba border crossing is because everything is in Hebrew haha. The Bedouin holiday camps on the east coast of South Sinai are incredibly popular among Israelis. People who aren’t Israeli or Egyptian don’t usually go there and it’s hard too as nobody speaks English.
    Though I’ve never traveled all the way from Israel to Sharm El Sheikh, we are told that it’s kinda dangerous but I don’t know wether that’s true or not. I mean, just from Taba to the Bedouin Camp we went (only 70km away from the border) we passed like 5 or more checkpoints from the Egyptian army.
    So, how was it? Did you feel like it was safe? Was the bus alright? And did you take a flight from SES to Cairo?
    Sorry for all the questions but I’d love to visit Cairo some time but flights are too expensive.

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      27 May 2018 @ 11:03 pm

      Hahaha, that must be why!! Well, I’m very happy to put out information in English then because it was such a struggle. I didn’t find it dangerous at all! The bus from Taba to Sharm was fairly empty and basically only had male passengers. I was glad to be travelling with my husband and a friend. She said to me that she wouldn’t have felt comfortable if she were travelling alone. We also passed a lot of checkpoints but never had our documents checked – they only checked Egyptians. The bus was fine. Just got annoying when they started smoking. From SES to Cairo we also took a bus and booked with go bus. The bus was an overnight bus and there were checkpoints where we had to get off for them to check bags a few times. Waaaay cheaper than flying and definitely safe!!

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      • Cristina
        29 May 2018 @ 11:11 pm

        I know right! Somebody really needed to put out this information in English – thanks for doing that.
        Alright, thank you very much for the information! Now I just need to convince my boyfriend that it’s safe haha.

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