Getting There and Away

Transport to/from each Abraham Path Region

Nemrut (Turkey)

Nemrut

Nemrut Region

The Nemrut Region is closest to the Adiyaman Airport (ADF), which is serviced by cheap domestic flights from Istanbul and from Ankara. Within the region, the towns of Karadut and Narince are serviced by buses. The remainder of the region is inaccessible by public transportation.

Ajloun, Nebo, Mujib, Karak, Dana, Petra, Wadi Rum (Jordan)

Ajloun

Ajloun Region

The Ajloun Region is nearest to Queen Alia International Airport, located 35 kilometers from Amman. Shuttle buses depart from the airport to downtown Amman every half hour. From Amman’s northern bus station, buses to Ajloun depart throughout the day.

Nebo

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The Nebo Region is nearest to Queen Alia International Airport, located 35 kilometers from Amman. Shuttle buses depart from the airport to downtown Amman every half hour. From Amman’s northern bus station, buses depart for Ajloun. Buses for Fuheis and Rumeimin leave from Sweileh Circle (Sweileh is a suburb of Amman, northwest of the city). From Amman’s southern bus station, buses go to Madaba. Taxis from these regional hubs can take you to stage start/end points in the Nebo Region.

Dana

Dana Region

The Dana Region is nearest to Queen Alia International Airport, located 35 kilometers from Amman. Shuttle buses depart from the airport to downtown Amman every half hour. From Amman’s southern bus station, buses depart for Wadi Musa, Tafila, Qadisiya, and Qureiqra along the Abraham Path’s route through the Dana Region. From these towns, taxis can be arranged to nearby villages.

Petra

Petra Region

The Petra Region is nearest to Queen Alia International Airport, located 35 kilometers from Amman. Shuttle buses depart from the airport to downtown Amman every half hour. From Amman’s southern bus station, buses depart regularly for Wadi Musa and Ma’an. A less regular bus also travels between Amman and Wadi Rum. Buses traveling these routes also stop in the modern town of Humeima, which is along the Abraham Path route.

Wadi Rum

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The Wadi Rum Region is nearest to Queen Alia International Airport, located 35 kilometers from Amman. Shuttle buses depart from the airport to downtown Amman every half hour. From Amman’s southern bus station, buses depart regularly for Aqaba and less frequently for Wadi Rum.

Jenin, Nablus, Jericho, Bethlehem, Hebron (Palestine)

Jenin

Jenin Region

The Jenin Region is nearest to Ben Gurion International Airport (between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) or Queen Alia International Airport (35 kilometers from Amman). From either of these airports, the easiest way to reach the Jenin Region is through Jerusalem. From Jerusalem, public transportation is available to the cities of Jenin and Nablus; from these hubs, transportation is available to Rumana, Burqin, Araba, Sanur, and Sebastia.

Nablus

Nablus Region

The Nablus Region is nearest to Ben Gurion International Airport (between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) or Queen Alia International Airport (35 kilometers from Amman). From either of these airports, the easiest way to reach the Nablus Region is through Jerusalem. From Jerusalem, public transportation is available to Nablus City through Ramallah. Nablus City offers transportation to Duma, Aqraba, and Awarta.

Jericho

Jericho Region

The Jericho Region is nearest to Ben Gurion International Airport (between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) or Queen Alia International Airport (35 kilometers from Amman). From either of these airports, the easiest way to reach the Jericho Region is through Jerusalem. From Jerusalem, public transportation is available to Jericho City through either Ramallah or Bethlehem. Once in Jericho City, Auja al-Tahta is accessible by shared taxi. Dyuk, Nebi Musa and Wadi Qelt are not directly serviced by public transportation.

Bethlehem

Bethlehem Region

The Bethlehem Region is nearest to Ben Gurion International Airport (between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) or Queen Alia International Airport (35 kilometers from Amman). From either of these airports, the easiest way to reach the Bethlehem Region is through Jerusalem. From Jerusalem, public transportation is available to Bethlehem City. Once in Bethlehem City, travelers have public transportation available to Artas, Tequa, and the area of the Herodium.

Hebron

Hebron Region

The Hebron Region is nearest to Ben Gurion International Airport (between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) or Queen Alia International Airport (35 kilometers from Amman). From either of these airports, the easiest way to reach the Hebron Region is through Jerusalem. From Jerusalem, public transportation is available to Hebron City through Bethlehem. Once in Hebron, travelers have public transportation options to Ben Naim.

Gilboa, Beersheva, Arad, Craters, Arava (Israel)

Gilboa

Gilboa Region

The Gilboa Region is nearest to Ben Gurion International Airport, located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. From the airport, the easiest way to reach the Gilboa Region is to take a train to Haifa and a bus from Haifa to Afula. From Afula, buses are available to all major towns along the Abraham Path route through the Gilboa Region.

Beersheva

Beersheva Region

The closest airport to the Beersheva Region is Ben Gurion International Airport, located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. From the airport, the easiest way to reach the Beersheva Region is to take a train directly to the city of Beersheva. From Beersheva, buses run to Lakiya, Meitar, Derijat, and Tel Arad along the Abraham Path route.

Arad

Arad Region

The closest airport to the Arad Region is Ben Gurion International Airport, located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. From the airport, the easiest way to reach the Arad Region is to take a train to Beersheva. From Beersheva, buses are available to Tel Arad and Arad. Arad also offers bus service to Masada and Neve Zohar, which are along the Abraham Path routes through the region. The haArava Junction at the end of the route through the Arad Region offers bus connections to a number of major cities.

Craters

Craters Region

The closest airport to the Craters Region is Ben Gurion International Airport, located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. From the airport, the easiest way to reach the Craters Region is to take a train to Beersheva or a bus to Tel Aviv followed by a second bus to Mitzpe Ramon. From Beersheva, buses run to haArava Junction, Sde Boker, Midreshet Ben Gurion, and Dimona (just north of Mamshit). From Dimona, buses depart regularly for Yeruham (approximately 10km west of the Large Makhtesh), and Merhav Am.

Arava

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The closest airport to the Arava Region is Ben Gurion International Airport, located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. From the airport, the easiest way to reach the Arava Region is to take a train to Beersheva. From Beersheva, buses run to Eilat via Sapir, Tzofar, Timna, Tzihor Junction, Shizafon Junction, and Shaharut are also stops along most lines running between Beersheva and Eilat.

Visa Information


Turkey

Most nationalities can purchase a 90-day multiple-entry visa upon arrival in Turkey (most commonly €15/$20 payable only in foreign currency – not Turkish Lira). See the chart below for a quick reference of a selection of nationalities, but please confirm with your consulate or embassy in case of any changes.

View Turkey visa requirements by country

Belgium 90 days €15/$20
Brazil 90 days Free
Canada 90 days €45/$60
Denmark 90 days Free
France 90 days Free
Germany 90 days Free
Israel 90 days Free
Italy 90 days Free
Japan 90 days Free
Jordan €20/$30
Netherlands 90 days €15/$20
New Zealand 90 days Free
Norway 90 days €15/$20
Palestine Arrange before arrival
Russian Federation 60 days €15/$20
South Africa 30 days €10/$15
South Korea 90 days Free
Spain 90 days €15/$20
Sweden 90 days Free
Switzerland 90 days Free
United Kingdom 90 days £10/€15/$20
United States 90 days €20/$30

Jordan

A single entry visa, valid for two months, costs 40JD (about $56 USD); a double entry visa, valid for three months, costs 60JD (about $85); and a multi-entry visa, valid for six months, costs 120JD (about $170).

The visa cost is waived if entering by land via Aqaba (free trade zone) or when entering in a group of five or more with a licensed Jordanian guide when you will stay at least two nights in Jordan. The exit fee for leaving Jordan is 8JD (about $11) per person and 5JD (about $7) per vehicle.

Most nationalities can purchase the visa at the airport or land border upon arrival; note that at the Allenby/King Hussein border crossing near Jerusalem, visas must be acquired in advance. For more information on countries requiring prior visa clearance to enter Jordan, see the Jordan Tourism Board’s website.

Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Citizens of the US, EU, and most western countries are issued a free 3-month B/2 tourist visa upon arrival.  A number of other countries must acquire their visas in advance.  For information on which nationalities are eligible for the free tourist visa, see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From Israel, travelers can cross into Palestine using their foreign passports.  The Palestinian Authority does not issue visas.