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travelling from Bethlehem to Jerusalem

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travelling from Bethlehem to Jerusalem

I am a lady who is travelling from Ben Gorion airport in Tel Aviv need to be at the airport at 5 am 24/12/13. I will be leaving the rest of the group I am travelling with in Bethlehem.

When is the latest public bus from Bethlehem to Jerusalem?

Can anybody recommend a taxi firm, as I was told that no taxi can go from Bethlehem to Jerusalem and that I will have to order a taxi from east Jerusalem. How much should I expect to pay for a taxi from Bethlehem to Jerusalem or from Bethlehem to airport? If I am not going to spend night of 23rd in Jerusalem, how much time should I allow for the trip?

thanks a lot

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1. Re: travelling from Bethlehem to Jerusalem

Normally I would say that the last #21 bus back to the bus station opposite Damascus Gate (between Nablus Road and Salah Ed-din street) in East Jerusalem would be at about 6.30pm (winter timetable) – 7.3NIS. However being Christmas-time there may be later buses. The visitors’ information centre will be able to help you.

vicbethlehem.wordpress.com/christmas-2013/

Note that the #21 leaves from the Beit Jala side of the road ay Bab ez-Zqaq crossroads in Bethlehem.

Alternatively you could cross to Jerusalem through the Gilo 300 checkpoint and catch the #24 bus to Jerusalem - 5.5NIS.

Personally, if I was catching an early flight from BG (presumably yours is at 8am) I would book into an inexpensive hotel in East Jerusalem, eg.

http://www.jrshotel.com/main.html

and book (24 hours in advance) a Nesher sherut to collect me at 4.30am.

http://www.neshertours.co.il/about-us

Edited: 11 December 2013, 15:20
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2. Re: travelling from Bethlehem to Jerusalem

AS it gets closer to Christmas the number of visitors coming between Bethlehem and Jerusalem greatly increases. There is no guarantee of any schedule. I would very very strongly suggest you follow the advice of Thackeray and spend your last night in Jerusalem.

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