Masada offers a moving historic story, dramatic desert landscapes, views over mountains, desert and the Dead Sea and incredible archaeological remains. The magical and captivating atmosphere at Masada can be experienced in several ways, here is the essential information you need to get the most out of a visit the Masada.
Masada National Park
The park is 3,400 dunam in all. On the eastern side of Masada is the Masada Visitor’s Center, Masada Museum, a youth hostel/guesthouse, two areas for over-night camping, toilets, a ticket office, a small shopping center, parking, restaurants, first aid station and cable cars to take you to the top of Masada. On the western side of Masada is a ticket office, toilets and café. It is also possible to walk up Masada from the western side via the Roman Ramp.
Masada, Israel is located 18km south of Ein Gedi and 12km from Ein Bokkek in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. Access to Masada is either from the eastern side via Route 90 which runs along the Dead Sea or from Arad on Route 3199 which leads you to the western side of Masada. You cannot directly access Masada’s western side from the Dead Sea route
Public Transport to Masada
Reach Masada by bus line 486 from Jerusalem or Ein Gedi or by bus line 421 from Tel-Aviv. The price is approximately 40NIS one way.
The Masada Museum in Memory of Yigael Yadin
Over 400 artifacts discovered during the excavation of Masada are on display in this museum at the foot of Masada. Audio guides and multimedia are used to present the artifacts is 9 spaces representing different historic periods. Earphones used during the audio guide are included in the entrance price of 20NIS. The museum is open from 8:30am until half an hour before the park closes (4:30pm in summer, 3:30pm in winter and an hour earlier on Fridays). There is a souvenir shop at the museum and the museum is located at the eastern entrance to Masada.
Sound and Light Show
This show is held in the open air theatre on the western side of Masada, the show can be seen from March – August on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm and from September to October on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9pm. You need to arrive a half hour before the show starts and approach Masada from the city of Arad, there is no access to the Sound and Light show if you are coming from the Dead Sea. For more information call 08-9959333.
The Masada National Park Information and Ticket Call Center
By calling the center you can purchase tickets for a range of activities in the park (jeep excursions, camel rides, guided tours, Sound and Light Show etc) and get information about the site. 03-5396700/3
Friday and holiday eves the Masada National Park closes an hour earlier than usual.
Last entry is an hour before closing time.
The Snake Path is open from 5:30am
For the purpose of entrance fees adults are those over 18 years old, youths are 5-18 year olds and Israeli senior citizens are men over 67 and women over 64 years old.
Single entry to site – adult 29NIS; student 23NIS; child and Israeli senior citizen 15NIS
Entrance from eastern side + cable car two-ways – adult 76NIS; student 70NIS; child and Israeli senior citizen 44NIS
Masada National Park entrance + cable car one-way – adult 58NIS; student 52NIS; child and Israeli senior citizen 30NIS
Snake Path/Roman Ramp entrance (walking up) – adult 29NIS; student 23NIS; child and senior citizen 15NIS
The Israel Nature and Parks Authority offers a Blue Card (entrance to 3 sites over 2 weeks – 78NIS); a Green Card (6 sites over 2 weeks – 110NIS) and an Orange Card (unlimited access to sites over 2 weeks – 150NIS)
The site is accessible (parking, entrance pavilion, cable car and plateau) there are also 3D models to aid visually impaired visitors.
Restaurants at Masada
There is a food court within the Visitor Center on the eastern side of Masada and other refreshment stands nearby and on the western side.
The Masada Cable Cars
The cable cars travel 900 meters in 3 minutes from the eastern side of Masada to the top of Masada.
Cable car one-way adult 27NIS; child 14NIS
Cable car two-way adult 45NIS; child 27NIS
Cable Car operating hours: Saturday-Thursday 8am-4pm October-March and until 5pm April-September; Friday and holiday eves 8am-2pm; Yom Kippur eve 8am-noon.
Staying over nights at Masada
There are packages which include admission to the Masada National Park and overnight accommodation for groups. The overnight camping fee includes entrance to the Masada National Park but not the cost of the cable car. To contact the youth hostel/guesthouse located on the eastern side of Masada call 03-5396700/3.
Recommended length of visit: About 3 hours.
Animals: Dogs are not allowed on the site.