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    The tram or light railway

    by leffe3 Written Jan 30, 2012

    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.

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    Jerusalem Light Rail

    by machomikemd Written Oct 8, 2013

    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.

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    Jerusalem from Amman (and vice versa)

    by stevemt Updated Mar 25, 2011

    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.

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    Train

    by antistar Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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.

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    Airport

    by antistar Updated Sep 19, 2010

    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.

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    History: the old train station

    by jacobzoethout Written Jun 3, 2007

    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.

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    Trains to Jerusalem

    by dzohar Updated Jun 18, 2013

    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)

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    Train to Jerusalem

    by jacobzoethout Written Oct 25, 2005

    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.

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    Uphill

    by dankata Updated Mar 30, 2003

    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).

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