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Taxi from Ben Gurion Intl to Jaffa Gate

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Taxi from Ben Gurion Intl to Jaffa Gate

Will be on pilgrimage from Dec 20 to 31st most of the time in Jerusalem.. last 3 days in

Tiberius and Tel Aviv..arrive 20th 3;30pm a Friday. Family of four adults with four suitcases and 4 carryons. What should I expect to pay for a taxi from airport to Jaffa gate?...How much of a tip is common for good service? What are some ideas about traveling to Tiberius from Jerusalem and then to Tel Aviv from Tiberius a few days later? We plan to hire day guides on our trip. Thank you. We have never been to Israel before.

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1. Re: Taxi from Ben Gurion Intl to Jaffa Gate

Welcome to the Israel forum.

A taxi on Friday afternoon from the airport to Jaffa Gate will cost 312NIS plus a small charge for any people over 2 ( number, not age) and a s approx. 4 NIS charge per suitcases baggage. Alternatively you can take Nesher which is a shared taxi. It will cost 62 NIS per person. The van holds 10 people and you wait until it is full. It will also take you right to the Jaffa Gate BUT it may drop others off first. It is not common to tip taxi drivers in Israel and while you may round up to the nearest shekel, if your total was 349 and you hand the driver 350 he will look for the shekel to give it back to you.

In terms of getting to Tiberias from Jerusalem and then down to Tel Aviv. A taxi will cost a small fortune. You can either rent a car--but with all that luggage it WILL have to be a large vehicle and that too is very expensive or take buses. All buses have luggage compartments underneath. You stow your own luggage and this is very common.

In terms of hiring guides--you can not arrive in Israel and expect to hire a guide on the spot. Licensed private guides are not hanging out on street corners or at tourist destinations. Individuals offering to guide you who are not licensed, have doubtful knowledge and may be intent on ripping you off --per reports we have received, do hang out in certain locations. Stop and open a map near the Jaffa Gate and you will be approached in minutes. A firm no thank you is appropriate!

I suggest you go to the Israel forum ( you are in the Jerusalem forum) and read the 7th Top Question titled "private guides?" It contains the names of guides who we know, who post here or who have been recommended by others. It also contains instructions on how to interview and hire a guide.

BTW it is not a good idea to have your email visible on a public forum. I would go to edit my profile and take it out.

Edited: 18 September 2013, 20:48
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The fastest way to get from the airport to the Jaffa Gate is by private taxi. The most economical is by shared taxi or 'sherut' as described above.

If you are looking for a private guide, especially one with a vehicle, you need to book this in advance. Guides are licensed by the Ministry of Tourism. It is illegal for people to offer their services to guide you if they are not licensed. This is for the protection of the tourist.

A private guide with a car will run from $600-$750 a day plus meals and lodging if they are staying overnight in the region but don't live there. If you need a guide around Tiberias, you will need a guide with a car in order to properly see the sites. Richard Wolffe has high ratings as a guide for the Galilee. He lives in the area. Also davetheguide (David Wexler) who is a Destination Expert on this forum takes many Christian groups on pilgrimage tours around the Sea of Galilee. Alternatively, you could rent your own car and hire a guide who would act as your navigator for the driver as well as your guide to the area. You would need to rent a rather large vehicle given that it would be 5 adults. In Jerusalem and Tel Aviv you do not need driving guides, but walking guides and the rates run from about $300-$350 a day. Your guide will help you put together an itinerary based on what you want to see and the time you want to spend at different places.

To keep costs down, you can take public transport between Jerusalem and Tiberias and Tiberias to Tel Aviv. It is perfectly safe and comfortable and incredibly inexpensive.

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3. Re: Taxi from Ben Gurion Intl to Jaffa Gate

Look here for bus timetables:

www.egged.co.il/eng

There are other bus companies in Israel, but all the routes from Jerusalem to Tiberias and Tiberias to Tel Aviv are Egged. The timetables are for only seven days in advance, updated daily. Note that next Wednesday evening and Thursday is a religious holiday in Israel when buses don't run, so what you see for those days isn't what you'll get on a normal Wed/Thur, but this will give you a general idea of what there is.

Also, on Fridays in December, buses will stop running much earlier than they do now, and conversely they will resume somewhat earlier on Saturday evenings.

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Right now most of the tourists to Israel are not Jewish. That means that ALL of the licensed guides have experience taking Christian tourists to Christian religious sites. In addition to Dave who is a DE, there are 3 other guides posting on this site. They are Oreets, Chana ( Visit Israel) and Motibt. All are qualified and all are experienced. As I said in my first response to you. Read the guide I posted in the Top Question and start interviewing to find the person who is the best fit for you. You are coming during a heavy tourist season and the best guides will be hired first.

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5. Re: Taxi from Ben Gurion Intl to Jaffa Gate

a private tour guide including transportation will cost somewhere around 600-700$ per day. make sure he\she are lisenced by the israeli ministry of tourism. they will be happy to take you around the country, any where you'll like.

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