How to get to Jerusalem

From Ben Gurion Airport

Sherut (shared taxi)

  • 1 hour by sherut (shared taxi): 62 NIS (2012)
sherut at Ben Gurion Airport
Sherut stop is just in front of the entrance of the 1st floor (arrival lobby).

Sheruts depart from in front of the entrance of the 1st floor (ground floor).

From Bethlehem

Bus from Bethlehem city

  • 45 mins - 1 hour by no.21 bus from Hebron Rd. 7.3 NIS (2012) *crossing a checkpoint
Hebron road in Bethlehem
Hebron road in front of EFFETA

The bus stop is in front of EFFETA, a Christian school. It’s 20 mins walk from Manger square (where the Church of the Nativity is located). Though there is no timetable, the bus comes anyway.

However, the buses from Hebron Rd. take time because they make a detour to Beit Jala etc. And also, the passengers are forced to get off at the checkpoint before getting into Jerusalem.

Hebron road in Bethlehem
Passport control at a checkpoint (between Bethlehem and Jerusalem)

Bus from Bethlehem checkpoint

  • 20 mins by bus no.21 from the checkpoint: 5.2 NIS (2012)

If you can go to the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem by yourselves, it can be faster to take a bus from there (after passing the checkpoint).

Buses at checkpoint entrance to Bethlehem
The buses are waiting in front of the exit of the checkpoint.

Taxi from Bethlehem checkpoint

  • 15 mins by private taxi from the checkpoint: about 40 NIS (2012)

Take care of taking legal taxis (yellow cabs). White cabs are illegal!

From Ramallah


  • 1 hour by bus no.18 from the central bus station: 6.2 NIS (2008)
The central bus station in Ramallah

The building on the left is the central bus station in Ramallah. Buses are upper floors.

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