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travelling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon

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travelling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon

How difficult will it be to use public transportation to go from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon, and what are our options? The four of us will have a small amount of luggage.

By the way, we are so excited to be making a return visit to Israel later this year (in early November), this time with my sister and her husband. We had such an amazing visit last year (first time for us), I think our enthusiasm was contagious!

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1. Re: travelling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon

If after 2:00 your best option is by taxi. There are Sheruts that run later and have limited space for bags(like gym bags or small carry-ons). If before 2 take the bus which runs every 10 minutes or so. Just din't plan on taking one if the last buses as you run the risk of either missing it or having to stand all the way. There is storage for luggage under the bus, so that should not be a problem.

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2. Re: travelling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon

Thank you, Chana, for your helpful reply. Approximately how much should we anticipate for a taxi (for 4 adults) between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem? (In an earlier post from last year, I see the figure ~300 - 370 Israeli shekels, depending on whether it's before or after the shabbath has begun.)

We have not looked into this yet to see the total cost for 4 bus tickets (one-way), although the bus will probably be the most economical. Our greater concern is that since we don't know our timing yet, we may or may not be able to leave Tel Aviv in time to catch the bus before 2 pm.

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3. Re: travelling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon

The Tel Aviv central bus station will be a madhouse at 2 p.m. on a Friday in November, with everyone rushing to catch last buses to destinations all over the country. It's not the most user-friendly place at any time, and somewhere definitely to be avoided on a Friday afternoon if possible. The bus terminal next to Tel Aviv Central Savidor railway station is a much better option (likewise any day of the week!). Bus 480 leaves from there every 10-15 minutes, and this route will also run until about 2 o'clock on a Friday in November. (A few days before you want to travel you can check the Egged website to see the exact times of the last few buses of the day; since the times are given only for the next seven days - updated daily - there is no point in looking now!) One-way fare is 18 shekels per person.

If you are too late to get a bus, you can take a sherut from outside the Tel Aviv central bus station. They run 24/7, so even if you want to go at midnight it won't be a problem. Sherut fare on Shabbat is about 35 shekels per person, so total 140 shekels.

The official Transport Ministry fare for a taxi from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Shabbat is 368 shekels, but that fare is for door-to-door anywhere within Tel Aviv to anywhere within Jerusalem. If you take the bus (or sherut), you'll have to get yourself to and from at each end, so you'll have to add those fares in.

If you arrive in Jerusalem after about 3 p.m. on Friday the local buses and light rail will have stopped running, so unless your destination is within walking distance of the central bus station you'll need to take a taxi.

Anyway, plenty of time to fine-tune this!

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4. Re: travelling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon

I had thought we could take a Sherut from the airport to Jerusalem on Friday- our flight gets in about 4:00 pm. Am I wrong? Will we need to take a taxi? If so, about how much will it cost? We leave on Wednesday and I'm so excited. Many thanks to all of you for your help in planning our trip!

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5. Re: travelling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon

The sherut from the airport runs 24/7 and will take you to your destination in Jerusalem. No need to take a taxi.

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6. Re: travelling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon

Terry, you are asking about transport from the airport.

The answers given up till now relate to transport from the city of Tel Aviv, which is what we have assumed pln61 meant. (PLN61, please confirm you do indeed mean the city and not the airport.)

The shuttle service from the airport to Jerusalem operates 24/7 and has nothing to do with transport from one CITY to the other.

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7. Re: travelling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon

Terry--different types of transportation run differently. Sheruts are considered private and therefore run 24/7 every day of the year ( except Yom Kippur)

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8. Re: travelling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon

Yes, we did mean transportation from the city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon, and thank you very much for all of the very helpful information. Not only are we so excited that we will have this opportunity to visit Israel again --albeit only for a few days this time, but it's also such a pleasure to come back to this forum where there is such a willingness to provide us visitors with helpful information and practical, concrete suggestions! Thank you.

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