Jerusalem Transport


Jerusalem has an extensive public bus service, and most drivers speak English, but most bus services stop over Shabbat (from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday) which means that tourists have to find alternative transport at these times. Bus 99 is a hop-on hop-off service that visits all main tourist attractions in the city and this is a great way to get around and familiarise yourself with Jerusalem.

Those who choose to drive in Jerusalem will find that local drivers tend to be unruly and that driving yourself can therefore be a bit stressful - especially if you don't understand the road signs. Taxis are plentiful, identifiable by a yellow sign on the roof, and can be hailed in the street, ordered by telephone or hired outside hotels and the main places of interest. Taxis are metered and charge more late at night and on Saturdays and public holidays. Passengers should make sure the taxi driver turns the meter on at the start of a journey. Shared taxis (sherutim) are another popular form of transport, travelling fixed routes and usually costing about the same as a bus. Passengers can get on and off when they need to, though drivers (and fellow passengers) can be impatient when it comes to delays.

The old city area is compact enough to explore on foot, and this is certainly the most interesting way to get around.

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