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Travel to Mt. Sinai from Eilat

How do you get to Mt. Sinai/St. Catherine's monastery from Eilat? I'll have a rental car in Eilat but know I won't be able to take that into Egypt.

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In July 2005 I travelled from Eilat to St Katherine’s Monastery (and Mt Sinai). I took a bus from Eilat (Central Bus station) to the Taba border. When you have crossed the border at Taba you will be met by taxi drivers offering to take you to your destination in Sinai. But if you walk on, less than a km, you will come to the bus station and hopefully there will be a bus for you. If not you can always ask for a taxi here in peace and quiet.
I was going to St Katherine’s Monastery for which the only bus leaves at 7 o’clock in the morning. I arrived at 3 pm and had to take a taxi. I had heard stories (and have also read one here on VT) about taxi drivers stopping in the middle of nowhere refusing to go further with you in the car if you don’t pay more than you agreed of in the beginning. A taxi driver in a red minibus offered to take me to St Katherine’s for 200 pounds and he seemed to be an honest man and the price correct. We stopped three times along the way, once for drinking tea and the other two times for me to take photos.
The drive took about 2,5 hours.

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