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Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem withoug any tour guide

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Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem withoug any tour guide

Hello,

My boyfriend and I will be visiting Jerusalem in November. Is it possible to avoid the guided tour and visit Betlehem by ourselves? If its possible, would it be okay to just get a cab from the border?

Thanks

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1. Re: Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem withoug any tour guide

It's more than okay and easy to do - many people do it - take a look at the top questions and see "visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem" - if you have more questions after looking through those postings come back and ask.

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2. Re: Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem withoug any tour guide

You can certainly visit Bethlehem without a guide. There are frequent Arab buses leaving from outside the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City, so there is no need to take a taxi.

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3. Re: Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem withoug any tour guide

You can certainly go on your own and while there is no border between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, there is a crossing which requires you to show your passport, so don't forget to have it with you.

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4. Re: Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem withoug any tour guide

About what would a cab cost? Are there available cabs for return to jerusalem?

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5. Re: Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem withoug any tour guide

You cannot take an Israeli cab to Bethlehem. You would need to find an Arab taxi driver to take you there, as Jewish drivers are not allowed to enter the Palestinian Authority.

That is exactly why I said you should take the bus from the Damascus Gate, which is safe, frequent, inexpensive and infinitely more convenient than the juggling with taxis that is necessitated by the political realities of this part of the world.

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6. Re: Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem withoug any tour guide

I think some clarification is needed. You CAN take an Israeli cab into Bethlehem if it is driven by an Arab driver. THe cab will look EXACTLY the same, white vehicle, yellow plate. A good percentage of the cab drivers in Jerusalem are Arab. If you go near the Damascus Gate you have a better chance of getting an Arab driver. Otherwise, hail a cab and ask, "can you go into Bethlehem" If Arab they will answer in the affirmative, if Jewish they'll indicate they can't.

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7. Re: Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem withoug any tour guide

Most of the cabs at the Damascus and probably more than half at the Dung Gates are Arab drivers. They will be more than happy to take you to Bethlehem. However, it is just as easy to take the bus and much cheaper. It is only a short ride.

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