how to go there
Most people fly into Ben Gurion airport which is actually near Tel Aviv. There are 2 terminals (T1 and T3) with a free shuttle going between them.
To/From the airport you can take:
Nesher, a shared taxi which is a minibus (runs hourly and costs 62nis, they are outside the arrival hall), on your way back to the airport you must make a reservation by phone (972-2623-1231)
Taxi, the expensive option as it will cost about 200nis
Bus, cheaper but confusing as you have to take bus 947 to Airport city Kiryat Sde Hateufa and the shuttle to the terminal
Easy, fast and comfortable this is the way we used every time we reached Jerusalem (to/from Tel Aviv or to/from Dead Sea) arriving at Central Bus Station (Tahana Merkazit) at the dge of Jaffa street where we got the Light Rail to our hotel.
To/From Tel Aviv use bus 405 (for Tel Aviv CBS) or 480 (from Tel Aviv Arlozorov/Savidor train station), one way ticket for 18nis,
There’s train connection with Tel Aviv but it’s very slow (about 90’) as it follows the old scenic route of the 1892 Jaffa-Jerusalem line and don’t even get you close to Jerusalem’s center (it arrives at Malkha station at south part of Jerusalem) so you need to take bus 4 or 8 to center or 5 to main bus station. The train runs hourly from 5.54 to 19.54 (till 14.25 on Friday, till 20.10 on Saturday). I see no reason to take the train now but after 2017 a new fast train line will connect Jerusalem with Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Airport.
By shared taxi
Good option for Palestinian cities, there’s one station on Sultan Suleiman street (next to Rockfeler museum) and one station opposite Damascus Gate (we took one here for Bethlehem for about 5nis)
how to move around
We arrived in Jerusalem by bus. Getting out of the Central Bus Station (CBS) we got a bit confusing but checking the map we realized we were just at the edge of Jaffa Road. You can actually walk along this street to reach the market (15’) or a bit more to reach Old City at the other end (45’)
By light rail
But it was very convenient that the Light Rail runs along Jaffa Road too, we took in front of the CBS, we bought tickets from the machines at the platforms, one way ticket (valid for 90’) costs 6,60nis. With the Light Rail we reached Mahane Yehuda for the main market and a bit further our hostel in city center and then the Old City, you can stop at Saffra square(City Hall) to be near Jaffa Gate for the Old City but kept going and stopped at Damascus Gate where you can also take local buses to Mount of Olives or just get inside the Old City. We preferred to go up the Mount of Olives first and then walk down to the Old City (we got inside from Lions Gate).
Another day we took the Light Rail to the other side to reach Yad Vashem(Holocaust History Museum)
There are also many local buses but we didn’t have to use any of them although most of them pass by Central Bus Station (for east Jerusalem you have to use the arab buses that depart from Damascus Gate). As expected they’re not very convenient unless you know the route . One way ticket (valid for 90’) costs 6,60nis and you pay directly to the driver.
The main problem with public transport in Jerusalem is the jewish Sabbath (from sunset on Friday to Saturday night) which means you may stuck away from the center on Friday if you don’t start early your day, we preferred to check the center that day so we didn’t have any problem.
We walked a lot but mainly inside Old City (no alternative there anyway) where we spent most of our time, also walked from Mount of Olives down to Old City. In October it was relaxing not so hot and later in the evening became a bit chilly (Jerusalem is actually on mountains)
We didn’t use any bike but we saw bike rentals and many posters advertizing bike tours.
They were everywhere but hopefully we didn’t have to use any of them
By tour buses
Bus #99 is a City Tour bus that goues through most attractions in a loop route but costs 45nis
buses in East Jerusalem
Buses from West Part of Jerusalem (which is mainly the modern jewish part of the city) don’t go further into East Jerusalem (which houses some jewish districts but it still has the majority of arabs, don’t forget that Jerusalem is considered the capital of Palestinians too).
For the East side you rely on the arab bus network, there are several small buses serving most corners there. We needed a bus to go up the mount of Olives (a large hill just east of the Old City) but it was very easy, we took the tram to Damascus Gate and then took a bus from there to mount of Olives. The bus station is located opposite Damascus Gate but we actually stopped one on the road and asked about our destination.
From this bus station we also took a bus to Bethlehem.
Jerusalem Light Rail
If you are not on a package tour or a Christian Pilgrimage tour of Jerusalem and would like to explore areas of the city on a budget besides taking the public bus, then the Jerusalem Light Railway is your best bet. The Light Railway just opened in june 2011 and runs 13.9 kilometers (8.6 mi) long with 23 stations in between, running from Mount Herzl on one end to Hail-Ha Vir at the other end. It has a stop at the Damascus Gate in the Old City where you can drop off to start your own walking tour of the old city. The Light Railways is open from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm everyday and a single trip will cost 6.60 NIS (about 2 US dollars). It has clean and air-conditioned railcars.Related to:
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Trains to Jerusalem
It is possible to go to Jerusalem by train from Tel Aviv (NOT from the airport though!)
However the train is slow -about an hour and a half compared with one hour by bus.
On the other hand the ride is scenic and relaxing. If you are not in a hurry, go by train.
The Jerusalem railway station is in the south of the city near the large Malha shopping mall.
There are buses to other parts of the city. Some trains stop at the Jerusalem Zoo.
See the Israel railway website at
www.rail.org.il (English and Hebrew)Related to:
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The tram or light railway
Newly introduced and many years in the planning and delivery (security seen as a nightmare), the tram is a welcome method of transport, linking as it does Ha'Avir in East Jerusalem with Mount Herzl.
23 stops means you can travel along the entire length of Jaffa Rd (now a pedestrian walkway in the centre of the city) from Central Station to the Mahane Yehuda Market, City Hall, Damascus Gate and on to East Jerusalem.
Cost is NIS6.60 per ticket - 90 minute journey - which can be used on the buses as well as the tram/light rail. The trams run every 10-15 minutes - they do not run over the sabbath.Related to:
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can be a nightmare driving in the city so be careful - not really due to the way they drive, more just not knowing your way and one way streets etc.
the arab side of the city is a bit tougher to drive.
there is a rough looking car park a 10min walk from the hostel that is free which they can direct you to and its safe as we left the car there 48hours.
Jerusalem's old central station is long gone. In its place is a modern, if eerily quiet, train station on the outskirts of town that has regular trains to Tel Aviv. Israeli trains are safe, secure, comfortable, good value, and reasonably fast. The Israel Railways network is reasonably wide. Jerusalem's Malha Train Station can be reached by a number of buses, but I found bus number 6 from King George Street (driving direction away from Jaffa Road) to be the most convenient.
Train From Tel Aviv
There is a train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
You can find 2 lines - From Tel aviv to Malha mall in Jerusalem or from Tel aviv to the bibical zoo.
A ticket will cost you 20 nis for one direction and 35 for both directions.
The time of the ride is 1:15-1:30 hours.
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Finally by Train !
Okay ..so thats sort of News here, As from April 7th 2005 (and after 7 years) there will be again trains from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (through Bet Shemesh).
Thats actually great and make life easier cause the way to jerusalem is often taking longer due to the traffic jams.
Ticket should cost 19 shekels (aprx 4.5$)
Jerusalem from Amman (and vice versa)
Don't try and drive this, it could take you hours at the border.
Get transport to the Jordan side of the bridge, got through Jordanian border control, take the shuttle bus through no mans land to the Israel border control, go through that and get a bus into Jerusalem.
If you drive you could well have to fully unpack the car, let them search it fully, and then repack it (after everything has been scanned of course) and then go through immigration your self. Not worth the hassle.
Jerusalem's main airport is Ben Gurion, about half-way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It takes about 40 minutes, and you can get there by bus, shared taxi or taxi. I found the most convenient means of getting there was the hotel shuttle, which was organised for me by the reception at my hotel. This picked me up outside the hotel, and cost about $US20.
Expect heavy security at Ben Gurion airport, especially if you are flying El Al. Be patient, understanding and reasonable, and you should be on your plane feeling safe and secure. If you are, like me, fitting one of their high risk profiles, in my case a single male travelling alone, you can expect a more vigourous security check than others. Whatever the case, give yourself plenty of time to pass through security: I'd say three hours as a minimum.
I found security to be very friendly, with lots of smiles, but incredibly thorough. I must have passed through at least three interrogations. When they were done with me, I got a personal, smiling guide to take me past the queues at security and check-in, avoiding both as they were both dealt with while I was interviewed. It ended up not taking that much longer than normal at all, and boy did I feel safe.
Around Jerusalem by bus
The best way to explore Jerusalem is on foot.
But I had an opportunity to go around the Old City by bus with the excursion. So I've taken several videos.
You can watch my 5 min 36 sec HD Video Jerusalem out of a bus window part 1 ,
3 min 19 sec HD Video Jerusalem Out of a bus window part 2 ,
4 min 30 sec HD Video Jerusalem out of a bus window part 3 out of my Youtube channel.Related to:
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Not quite ready...
The train is a good option if you are travelling in the middle of the country or to parts of the north.
The train stations in Jerusalem are located in out of the way spots. You have to take a bus from there to anywhere - either in Malha, or at the Jerusalem Zoo.
There is a new station being built, but it is not ready yet.
On many of the trains during the day you have to change trains.
Anyway, if you like you can check the hour and day that you are travelling to see if the train would be convenient for you, on the URL below.Related to:
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History: the old train station
This is history: the old train station of Jerusalem. It has been in use for more then a century, until 1998. The train station shows the name of Jerusalem in Arab (it was constructed under Ottoman rule), in English (the language of the Brtitish Mandate) and in Hebrew. It was constructed because of the rapid development of the city and the increased amoutn of pilgrims. But the train has always been slow because of the many twists and turns on the mountainous route.
The station looks neglected, but seems to be renovated at the moment (may 2007). The location is David Remez straat, near the German Colony in wetsren Jerusalem.
A few years ago, the railway line reopened and there is now a (much less charming) train station in Malha.Related to:
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