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Transportation in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during Sabbath

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Transportation in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during Sabbath

Hi all,

My partner and I are travelling to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in mid July this year. We need to travel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv either on (1) Friday 18th July in the evening or (2) Saturday 19th July, but understand that public buses will not be operating during the Sabbath.

Can anyone suggest any other options to travel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. I read somewhere that taxis are still operating, however I'm not sure what the price of this would be?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Transportation in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during Sabbath

Private taxis are operating 24/7, the fare is 383 NIS + small surcharge for baggage. You can waive it off the street or call in for one (which adds 5.20 NIS to the bill).

There is a cheaper mean of transportation, called "sherut". This is actually a taxi-van shared by 8 passengers or so, the fare is 35 NIS per person.

Sherut departs from HaRav Kook street just behind 44 Jaffa st. building in Jerusalem, and gets you outside the Tel Aviv central bus station, from where you can take another inner-city sherut or a taxi - depends where exactly in Tel Aviv your destination is.

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2. Re: Transportation in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during Sabbath

Thank you Amos, that is very helpful! One more quick question - do you know how often the sherut departs from HaRav Kook street in Jerusalem?

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3. Re: Transportation in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during Sabbath

The sherut doesn't have a timetable, it departs when it's full - when the last seat has been filled up. You will find a few taxi vans waiting (usually 2-4 taxi vans) and they will tell you which one to get into.

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4. Re: Transportation in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during Sabbath

"One more quick question - do you know how often the sherut departs from HaRav Kook street in Jerusalem?"

As Amos said, they go when they fill up. (But to correct Amos's post above, all sheruts have 10 seats, not 8.) You say you're going either Friday evening or Saturday; try not to go late night or early morning, otherwise you increase your odds of being the unlucky suckers who are #1 and #2 and waiting 45 minutes for 8 other people to crawl on board. At normal times on Shabbat, they usually fill up within 10-15 mins even if you're the first on board.

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