Travel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
While booking their flights, many first-time visitors to Israel are surprised to find out there is no airport in Jerusalem. Not to worry. Travelling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is very easy. They are only 67km (42mi) apart and you can take a bus or a train to get there. Take time to visit both cities if you can, as they are both extraordinary in their own separate ways. You will have to arrange your own private transfer if you travel between the hours of Friday evening and Saturday evening.
The best way to travel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is definitely by bus. Buses are more frequent and faster than the train. Although the train is definitely more scenic, it is not the most practical way to travel. Consider booking a private transfer if travelling from Ben Gurion airport.
1. Travel by Rail
University, Savidor Center, HaShalom, HaHagana in Tel Aviv
Malha, Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
You must book your tickets on the vending machines or from the ticket office at the station.
Students get a 30% discount by presenting a valid student ID.
There are about 10-12 services each way every day except Shabbat. There are four stations in Tel Aviv and the train stops at all four. The main station is Savidor Center. Simply choose the one that is closest to you. The train crosses through the beautiful Judaean mountains and stops at Biblical Zoo and Malha in Jerusalem. Malha is the final stop and the main train station in Jerusalem. There is an express railway being built expecting to be finished by 2018 and will reduce the time to about 30min.
1. Travel by Bus
Jerusalem Central station
Arlozorov terminal and Central bus station in Tel Aviv
You can check the schedule online and buy tickets from the machine at the station or on the bus.
Aside from travelling by public transport, you can easily book your own private transfer. This is extremely popular, especially for people who arrive at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv and want to go directly to Jerusalem. The prices are reasonable, and you can pre-book online here*. You can also book an excursion to Jerusalem* including pick-up from your hotel and a professional guide.
The main bus routes between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are the 480 between Arlozorov and Jerusalem CBS; and the 405 between Central bus station and Jerusalem CBS. They are very frequent, with services every 10 to 15 minutes. There are no services during Shabbat.
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