From the west:
Highway 1: Latrun-Shaar Hagai-Shoresh-Motza-Ginot Sacharov-Jerusalem
Highway 386: Shimshon Junction-Nachshon Junction-Bet Shemesh-Ein Kerem
Highway 1: Castel-Beit Zait-Har Nof
From the north:
Highway 443: Nebi Samuel-Givat Ze'ev-Ramot
Highway 443: Begin Expressway
Highway 60: Ramallah-Eljeeb-Atarot-Neve Ya'akov
Highway: Bet El-Ofra-Chizme-Checkpoint-Adam-Pisgat Ze'ev
From the East:
A' Zayim - French Hill Junction
Highway 8: Ma'ale Adumim-Mount Scopus tunnels
From the South:
Highway 60: Gush Etzion -Tunnel Road-Gilo
Highway 2: Bethlehem-Gilo
Use of an Israeli road map is highly recommended. One can be obtained free of charge from any office of tourism or can be purchased at most local bookstores
It is now again possible to travel by train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. End station is Malha, close to the big shopping mall and Teddy Stadium on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The trip takes about 1,5 hour; a sherut or bus is definitely faster but the view from the train is very nice and worth the trip.
Warning: on my way back to Tel Aviv the trip lasted 2,5 hours, when we just left Jerusalem, we had to wait for almost an hour until the train from Tel Aviv arrived; most part of the railtrack consists of only one rail.
A taxi from Malha station to Jaffa Road costed me 40 NIS.
There are no direct buses between Amman and Jerusalem. From Amman you take a service taxi or a bus from Abdali station. As I arrived to Abdali station by taxi (400 files) a bus was just leaving. The bus took an hour to the border at King Hussein Bridge and I paid 2 JD. I saw someone pay less but they said I was going to another gate (but it was not far away). It seems like all foreign people, or none arabs, leave from another gate (and also arrives to another gate at the Israeli side). After getting a stamp in the passport I was shown to sit down outside to wait for a bus together with many others. After an hour a bus came and for 3 JD it took us all way over the bridge to the building of the Israeli passport control.
For some people it was fast at the passport control and they got the stamp after a few questions. But I, and some others, who had a Syrian visa and stamp from Lebanon had to answer many questiona and then wait. After 1,5 hours I finally got the stamp in my passport (you can get it on a paper if you ask) and could continue.
It was sabbath (Saturday) and therefore no buses were running, but there are service taxis (sheruts). The service taxi to Jerusalem was 30 shekels and it took about one hour.
If walking is too tiring, then locals can provide the ubiquitous ‘ship of the desert’ - the camel. Also fascinating to watch is the tourist interaction with the locals. Local Arab boys beat the animals, as a matter of course. Visiting tourists are infuriated and escoriate the boys whom have no idea what the fuss is all about. After all, that kind of treatment is deeper inlaid than most tourists wish to acknowledge or observe.
The route to Yerushalayim is very scenic. You can see a pine trees forests, as well as barren hills. The entry unto the City is usually slowed down due to the traffic, a good reason to look at the Judean desert or the Cemeteries, or the Olive Tree Hill, depending which way are you coming from. The way goes up towards the City, and it is in fact a narrow two lane road, so you can enjoy the virtuosity of the Israeli drivers.
Going to Jerusalem with a tourist bus is a good idea - you can learn a lot about the history of the City, and its surroundings. If you want to sense its present and its future - hitch-hike.
The magic words for the latter are "Ani tzarih Yerushalayim") (singular, male), or "Ani tzriha Y....." (singular female), or "Anahnu tzrihim Y..." (plural for men or mixed party), or "Anahnu tzrihot Y..." (plural for women only).
When you arrive at one of the airports (Ben Gurion near Tel Aviv or Ovdah in Eilat) of Israel the best way to go to Jerusalem is by bus or renting a car.
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