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From Jerusalem to Bethlehem

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From Jerusalem to Bethlehem

We are planning a trip for January 2015. 8-10 days in Jerusalem, 3-5 in Bethlehem.

What would be the best way to move from Jerusalem to Bethlehem? And also a trip to Jericho from Bethlehem.

We had thought of car rentals but having difficulty with the cars not going from Jerusalem into Bethlehem. Or rent separate cars in each local?

I don't mind driving, being from California, but we are also well traveled and public transportation is fine too, and being retired this trip is looking to be almost 3 weeks.

We also will fit Masada and the Dead Sea into this trip. Most day trips from Jerusalem.

And additional information or suggestions is greatly appreciated.

Safe travels,

Carlene aka Waianaegal

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1. Re: From Jerusalem to Bethlehem

Hello Carlene,

Refer to the link below to learn more information about the public transportation between Bethlehem and other cities:

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If you would like to rent a car, there are rental companies in Jerusalem that can provide access to both Palestine and Israel with no problem as their insurance covers the two place. Below is one of the few companies that does that:

http://www.greenpeace.co.il/

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2. Re: From Jerusalem to Bethlehem

You have planned a good balance for your time between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. There is a lot to see and interest almost anyone in and around Bethlehem and it makes a good base for day trips and tours to anywhere in Palestine except perhaps the far north (eg Nablus, Jenin).

These are websites worth exploring

http://www.visitpalestine.ps/en

http://travelpalestine.ps/about/

Come back to us with your plans and interests (religious sites, architecture, archaeology, food, etc) and hopefully we can be of further assistance.

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3. Re: From Jerusalem to Bethlehem

Just to add that buses to Bethlehem leave from outside the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City. They go frequently every day of the week.

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Thank you all for the links and information... we just booked our air travel this morning... so this is REALLY happening. WOW!

With public bus transportation is there a problem with carrying luggage on the bus? just one bag each, we do just a carry on and small back pack. Learned many years ago packing light is the way to go... if needed you can always go shopping for something you might need along the way.

Thanks again and I'll keep you informed as to plans.

Carlene

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5. Re: From Jerusalem to Bethlehem

As long as you can manage your luggage yourself, there's no problem in taking it on buses. Intercity buses have luggage compartments (you load and unload your bags yourself). But it sounds like your luggage will be extremely manageable on public transport.

Have a great trip.

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Thank you John, we are planning our trip for this November 2014 and your information was so very helpful. Is there also bus transportation from Eilat to Jerusalem? We are planning on a flight from Tel Aviv to Eilat in order to see Petra but then didn't want to rent a car till we got to Jerusalem. I know we still have 4 months but I'm trying to nail down our itinerary. Again, thank you in advance for any and all suggestions!

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Thank you for the bus information between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. If we take the bus is everything in Bethlehem "walkable"? or will we need transportation to visit the sights? Also should be allow 1/2 day or a full day in Bethlehem? Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

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8. Re: From Jerusalem to Bethlehem

<< Is there also bus transportation from Eilat to Jerusalem? >>

Yes, there are buses. See www.egged.co.il/eng. Timetables are for the next seven days, updated daily, but it is very unlikely there will be any change between now and November. Buses to and from Eilat need to be booked in advance, which you can do from two weeks to two hours before you want to travel. Bookings can be made in person at any central bus station in Israel, or by telephone. Online booking can be done only in Hebrew.

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9. Re: From Jerusalem to Bethlehem

FreddieLawtonOK,

From Eilat to Jerusalem you can use one the follow ways:

1) Bus #444 from Eilat to Jerusalem. You need to book your tickets in advance for this bus (just like flights to Eilat, buses to Eilat require advance reservation)

2) Rent a car. This will enable you to visit the Dead Sea region en route from Eilat to Jerusalem.

You do not need a car while in Jerusalem - you can use the very efficient and reliable public transportation - trams and buses. Finding parking in Jerusalem could be a nightmare (and you could think that you found one while it is parking for the street inhabitants only), and direction in Jerusalem by car are hard, as many roads are bus-only or tram-only roads (not by foot though).

3) Fly.

I see that you take a flight from Tel Aviv to Eilat, then - you can take a flight from Eilat to Ben Gurion int'l and then the shuttle to Jerusalem (40 minutes drive) - if you want to fly. Domestic flights are operated by Israir ( http://www.israirairlines.com/ ) and Arkia ( http://www.arkia.com ).

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10. Re: From Jerusalem to Bethlehem

Hello Freddie,

Several sites in Bethlehem are close to each other. For example: Church of the Nativity, Saint Catherine's Church, Saint Jerome's Cave and Milk Grotto, they are all in the same area and within the walking distance. If you would like to visit other places like the Shepherd's Field and Solomon's Pools, you will need a taxi. I would recommend to dedicate a full day if you want to visit all the sites mentioned above and also to have a walk in the old city and stroll through the markets. You also shouldn't miss having Flafel for lunch at Afteem Restaurant that is located at Manger Square.

John

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