how to go there
Tiberias is located right on the west side of Galilee Sea, 137km NE of Tel Aviv, 177km N of Jerusalem, 67km W of Haifa, 30km NE of Nazareth
We drove from Tel Aviv early in the morning checking numerous towns/attractions on the way (Beit-She’arim, Tzippori, Nazareth), we didn’t notice traffic jams except the part between Nazareth and Cana which caused a delay and we decided not to stop at Cana and go directly to Tiberias with a small coffee break in a gas station before Tiberias (pic 2).
Tiberias is well connected by buses with most known towns of Israel although during shabbat you better rent a car.
Along the main road we saw several buses but most of them were tour buses. Don’t forget that many people use Tiberias as a base to tour around the Galilee region, it’s a popular area for Christian pilgrims (Tabgha, Capernaum, Jordan river, Sea of Galilee)
how to move around
You don’t really need anything to see the city, you can just walk around and visit the main attractions and the promenade along the Sea of Galilee. Our hotel was uphill and although manageable on foot we used the car to go down and have dinner at the promenade.
If you have extra time consider of renting a bicycle and do some km around the lake, only a small part of course unless you want to do 55km circuit :)
There are locals buses and sheruts (mini vans) but we didn’t have to use any.
Last but not least you can take a lake tour with Jesus Boats! :) There are small and long tours, a touristic ride with lots of Christian songs and fish catching demonstrations (!), the half day tours approach some other towns around the lake. Have in mind that the boats are modern copies of the boat found in the region and many claim that it was a fishing boat from Jesus era, even if it’s not true it is a nice story :)
Although there is no historical evidence to suggest that the boat found at magdala area of Ginnosaur town North of Tiberias was patterned after the fishing boat that the Apostles of Jesus used. The enterprising Israeli Tourism Officials actively promoted the riding of these Jesus Boats along the Sea of Galilee since the late 1980's and it caught on and no Holy Land Pilgrimage to Israel is complete without riding one of the many Jesus Boats in Tiberias that caters to both pilgrims and tourists alike.
A typical Jesus Boat tour is about 45 minutes and the boat people then sing christian songs to Pilgrims and also demonstrate on how to catch fish at the sea of galilee.but some tour companies do half day boat tours so that the Jesus Boats will go near famous Places around the Sea of Galilee relevent to Jesus Ministry like Tabgha, Ginnosaur, Capernaum, etc.
there are different kinds of Boats and the smallest can seat 20 people while the larger ones seat 160 people.
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
- Sailing and Boating
The Tiberias Marina lies along the Central Boardwalk Area of Tiberias and extends to the Sea Market. Along the Central Boardwalk are Shipping Berths for ships, not only for the Touristy Jesus Boats used by the Christian Pilgrims and Tourists but also speed boats, Jet Ski's and other water contraptions used by the local Israelis as the Sea of Galilee is the only freshwater lake if Israel, hence, local Israelis flock to tiberias at weekends to have a good time and enjoy as the town is also a resort town besides a holy city for Jews after all.
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
Bus From Tiberias to Galilee Distirct
like what I've said, Nazareth and Tiberias are the main Base Areas for Christian Pilgrims and tourists to embark on a Multi Day Northern Galilee Tour and Pilgrimage. More so, here in Tiberias as this bustling town is located just a few kilometers and a ferw minutes to major Christian Pilgrimage Sites and Destinations like Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee. (although Nazareth is nearer to other lower Galilee Sites like Mount Tabor, Mount Carmel, Beit Shan, Kafr Kana, Haifa, etc). Various Big Tour Buses and Private Vans are parked in the Hotels and Hostels here that take the pilgrims to all the areas needed for the Pilgrimage.
- Religious Travel
- Business Travel
- Road Trip
Road to Tiberias
We drove to Tiberias from Tel Aviv as about one hour and a half. We first made a stop in Haifa, making a day tour in the city, including a visit the beautiful Bahai's Gardens .
Haifa is not so easy to drive in for whomever come from out of city and don't know it by streets and roads, and traffic can be a major problem. Still, car was the only quick way for us since we wanted to stop in many places on the way.
Anyway, after 40 minuets drive from Haifa, we got to Tiberias, and even though it was start rainy we could enjoy the road and the city before its came dark.
If you ever have had the chance to visit Cairo you will appreciate my comparison when it comes to roads and its drivers! Tiverianis as the locales are called have a unique Middle Eastern view on driving which roughly translates into Western thought as ' Every man for himself'. In all seriousness though it can be nerve racking and suicidal on days like Friday when people are getting ready for Shabbat. As an example my wife who in my opinion is a good driver and better than myself abhors driving in Tiberias and leaves it to me every time, I for some reason am not as phased by it. So if your driving here avoid Friday like the plague and give everyone the right of way.
Tiberias is a sleepy little town in the Galilee but it has good transportation. We're connected with the national bus service EGGED, and they have a very good website in English that will show you the times and places the buses go to. In and around Tiberias things get tricky. The inner city buses is run by another company named Connex and they do a good job too but unfortunately the kids have also done a fine job ripping out all of the route maps for the different lines so if you don't speak Hebrew it is most difficult to use them. The same goes for the frequent sheruts [service taxis] that follow the bus lines for a slightly lesser fee. So if you're intending to use the public transportation system here just beware that it is not as user friendly as it is in the major cities.