By Bus

Buses in the city are run by the Egged Company and provide a cheap and extensive service through the city and nearby destinations. A single journey costs around NIS5.90 and tickets can be purchased on board the bus or at the Central Bus Station on Yafo Street. Buses operate from early in the morning until around 11 or 12 pm and stop on Fridays an hour or two before Shabbat until Saturday evening. Most drivers speak English. For more information on routes, schedules and maps visit

The Jerusalem City Tour Bus #99 is the hop-on-hop-off Double Decker bus tour of the city. The bus travels in a loop and the city and the cost is approximately NIS45 for adults and NIS36 for children. The bus departs from Safra Square on Jaffa Road and operates Sunday to Thursday from 9 am with a total of 29 stops and audio commentary.

By Train

Jerusalem`s Light Rail Transit (JLRT) is the new rail system offered in the city providing passengers with a great way to get around and see the city. There is one line offered and 23 stops along the route with stops at the Central Bus Station, Mahane Yehuda Market, and Damascus Gate, the light rail also connects with the bus lines in the city. The trains operate Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 am until midnight and on Friday from 5:30 am until 4 pm, on Saturday the trains run between 7 am and midnight and depart every 10 minutes. A single fair ticket on the light rail line costs around NIS6.60, tickets can be purchased from machines inside the stations. You can also purchase a Rav Kav card (reloadable travel card). Tickets need to be validated when you get on board the train (at the validation machine) and you then have 90 minutes where you can use your ticket to transfer to a connecting bus line along the light rail`s route. For more information visit

By Taxi

You can hail a taxi from the street in Jerusalem and you can also call an order over the phone. Taxis are plentiful in the city of gold and run on meters (the law) and the fares are set by the Ministry of Transport with two tariffs, one during the daytime (5:30am until 9:00pm) and the other during the nighttime (9:00pm until 5:30am) which is the higher priced time (25% increase) as well as during Shabbat (Friday afternoons – Saturday evenings) and the weekend evenings. In general, a daytime taxi ride will cost you anywhere between NIS30 – 50.

By Sherut

Sherut is a shared taxis (minibusses) and can be found at the airport to transport you to the city. Sheruts operate 24/7 and can be located on Level G outside the Arrivals hall. They can transport up to 10 passengers and travel to the Central Bus Station in the city center or directly to your hotel. A shurut ride from the airport to the city will cost around NIS40 – 60.

By Foot

Walking around the gold city is a must with the downtown area and Old City being very compact and easy to walk around. Walking around the fascinating Old City on foot is the only way to get around based on the narrow nooks and alleyways which are not accessible by cars.

By Bicycle

There are bike rentals available in the city along with guided bike tours and cycling around Jerusalem is one of the best ways to see the city. Riding through the historical neighborhoods and in the Old City is highly recommended and provides the opportunity to see many of the top sights and attractions the city has to offer. There is also a popular Jerusalem Night ride offered which is an unforgettable journey through the city at night. A list of the place to rent a bicycle and the cycle-tour companies can be picked up from the Tourist Information Office at Jaffa Gate.

By Car

Renting a car while in Jerusalem is not recommended due to traffic congestion, impatient drivers and lack of parking. Jerusalem offers a good choice of public transportation, so if you are staying in the city there is no real need for a car. There is extensive construction on the roads in the city and the new light rail system shares the roads so cars must use single lanes which can be very congested, especially during rush hour.