How to Get from Jerusalem to the Airport and Other Destinations
Annually, several million tourists visit Jerusalem. In this city, lots of attention is paid to the transport infrastructure development. One can get from Jerusalem to the nearest cities and the coast of the Dead Sea by taxi, transfer, buses, or trains.
Taxi from Jerusalem
If time matters, and you are used to comfort, it is better to take a taxi. This travel option allows you to reach your destination fast in case you have lots of baggage, are traveling with children or pets, need a Premium-class car or a special service for passengers with reduced mobility. Unlike any other mode of transportation in the city, taxis operate both during Shabbat and on holidays.
There are yellow Arab and white Jewish taxis in Jerusalem. An Arab taxi driver may refuse to take you to the Jewish part of the city and vice versa. So note this when planning a trip. Besides usual taxi services in Jerusalem, one can also find special tourist cars having a picture of people carrying a bunch of grapes on them. The drivers of such cars are professional guides.
You can order a car at a special rank, by making a phone call or using a special app. The starting fare plus the cost of the first 500 m will be around 3 dollars, and every next 90 m will cost 0.08 dollars. After you travel 15 km, you will have to pay 0.08 dollars for every 75 m. On weekends and at night, rates increase by 25%.
Besides tariffs, there are also some additional charges: you will have to pay 1.4 dollars extra for a trip from Tel Aviv Airport and 0.6 dollars for a trip from the Port of Haifa, while the charge for baggage will be around 1.1 dollars and for a phone call – 1.4 dollars.
The taxi trip to Ben Gurion Airport from a hotel in the center of Jerusalem will cost around 64 dollars. One can get to Tel Aviv in one hour for 78 dollars, to Eilat – in four hours for 333 dollars, to Haifa – in two hours for 194 dollars, to the Dead Sea (Ein Bokek) – in 1 hour and 30 minutes for 97–111 dollars.
Transfer from Jerusalem
By booking a transfer from Jerusalem, you solve three problems at once. First, you don’t worry about how to get from Jerusalem to your destination fast. The car will be waiting for you at a specified time, and if you need to be met at the railway station or at the airport, the driver will definitely wait for your flight arrival. Second, you learn the trip cost and plan your budget in advance. Third, you choose a vehicle that is most suitable for you in capacity and comfort level – from a minibus up to 8–12 people to a Premium-class car.
You can book and pay for a transfer from Jerusalem right on the Kiwitaxi website. Our English-speaking operators will help you grasp the peculiarities of tariffs and choose the most suitable option.
When traveling by transfer, you don’t spend your time looking for bus stops or taxi ranks and don’t have difficulties explaining to a foreign operator what you need. This option is especially comfortable when you’re traveling in a large group or with small children.
Public transport from Jerusalem
In order to travel to neighboring cities and different sights, it is comfortable to use a train or a bus. Unfortunately, Jerusalem doesn’t have its own airport. The nearest air hub is located in Tel Aviv – 60 km away.
You can reach Tel Aviv by bus № 405 which departs every 15 minutes. Its travel time is about one hour, and the fare is around 42 dollars. If you need to get to Haifa, take the bus №940 or № 947. Thus, the trip cost will be 100 dollars, and the journey will take 2 hours and 30 minutes. The bus to Eilat № 444 departs six times a day. Its ticket cost is around 194 dollars, while its travel time is about 5 hours.
The train ticket to Tel Aviv costs around 8 dollars. The train can take you right to the airport, as the train station is located in the third terminal building. Getting there will take you about two hours. The only drawback of rail travel from Jerusalem is the remoteness of the railway station from the city center. You will have to get to it by taxi or city bus.
Jerusalem: useful information
Jerusalem is a sacred city for Christians, Jews, and Muslims. It is a place of pilgrimage for believers from all over the world and the most ancient city in the Middle East, the history of which dates back more than 6000 years. The modern Jerusalem is divided into two parts – the New City and the Old City.
The Old City is divided into four districts – Jewish, Christian, Armenian, and Muslim. One of the major religious shrines of the world – the Western Wall – is located here, as well as the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in which, according to canons, Jesus Christ was buried and raised from the dead.
The construction of the New City began in 1860. Here, one can find the Archaeological Park, the grove Yaar HaShalom, the King Hussein’s Palace, and the Israel Museum which has collections of more than 500 000 ancient artifacts.