We plan to do a day trip from Jerusalem to Masada/Dead Sea a few weeks from now (early June). We don't want to do a bus tour. Would you recommend a one-day car rental to do this trip - or do it by public bus? I'd rather not waste time sitting on buses and waiting around at bus stops, but perhaps it's worth the savings.
Can someone tell me how long the bus ride is between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea area? And how frequently the buses run (I'm assuming we'd take one bus to Masada, one to Ein Gedi, and then one back to Jerusalem)? Are they direct or do they make many stops (and thus make the trip much longer than it would take by car)?
And, if anyone can give me advice/recommendations/costs on a one-day car rental in Jerusalem, that would be wonderful too!
Thanks in advance!