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Getting There

By Bus -- There is regular bus service from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Beersheva; sheruts to Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, and Masada.

By Car -- Main highways run east from Beersheva and west from the Jordan Valley at the southern end of The Dead Sea.

Visitor Information

The Tourist Information Office is behind the Paz gas station in the industrial area at the entrance to town (tel. 08/995-4160). Presently, it's open Thursday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. You can e-mail ahead for information and advice at meida@arad.muni.il. The cafe at the gas station is open daily, and you'll find basic maps and hiking information there.

You will probably come into town from the north on Hwy. 31 via Hebron Street. The third cross street is El'azar Ben-Yair (named for the leader of the stronghold at Masada in A.D. 73). The corner of Hebron and Ben-Yair is the town's principal commercial center. The post office is at the corner of Hebron and Ben-Yair. Traveling toward Masada from Arad, you approach the dramatic site from the side of the evening sound-and-light show (but the road in the dark can be harrowing).

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