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trip from Jerusalem old city to Bethany, time by taxi

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trip from Jerusalem old city to Bethany, time by taxi

Hi, I would like to visit Lazarus;s tomb in Bethany, and will have to go by taxi from Jerusalem to Bethany. How long does such a taxi ride take, and is the tomb open on Fridays afternoons

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1. Re: trip from Jerusalem old city to Bethany, time by taxi

A taxi ride from Jerusalem to Bethany lasts about 30 minutes. This is due to the fact that Bethany, presently called al-Eizariya (which is derived somewhat from "Lazarus"), is not part of Israel but part of the Palestinian Authority, and there is a security barrier between this PA village and Israel. Thus, the only entry is from the east of the village, near Ma'ale Adumim.

The taxi will take hwy 1 to the Dead Sea and then exit to route 417 to "Ma'ale Adumim" and al-Eizariya.

Bear in mind - you must take an "Arab" taxi in order to get from Jerusalem to Bethany - this means that the driver is Arab, since other taxis won't be able to enter the PA. You can find plenty of Arab taxis just outside the Damascus gate of the old city.

As for the opening hours - while you're in Jerusalem try to call St. Lazarus church to ask in advance - +972-2-2799291 (or local 02-2799291 )

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2. Re: trip from Jerusalem old city to Bethany, time by taxi

AMos is correct in saying that you need an 'Arab taxi" However, it may easier to get the concept if I say, a taxi driven by an Arab. The taxi that you get near the Damascus gate is a regular white Israeli taxi with yellow Israeli plates.

BTW many of the taxis that cruise the streets of Jerusalem are driven by Arabs and when you flag a taxi in Jerusalem you can just as easily have an Arab driver as a Jewish one. The reason we suggest you go to the Damascus Gate area is to avoid your having to flag taxis and verify with each one the status of the driver.

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3. Re: trip from Jerusalem old city to Bethany, time by taxi

There is also a bus from Jerusalem to Bethany. Ask at the East Jerusalem bus station on Sultan Suleiman st (to the right and down the road a bit if you are leaving the Old City through the Damascus gate).

avigail

Washington State
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4. Re: trip from Jerusalem old city to Bethany, time by taxi

PS-Before you get into the taxi, set a price with the driver for the trip, including wait time. The visit should not take very long. If you have time, also visit the church next door. I'm not sure what a fair price would be...probably about 75% of what the driver first quotes you.

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5. Re: trip from Jerusalem old city to Bethany, time by taxi

I went today. From Damascus gate go right about a block and you will find a bus station behind the stores. Get bus #36 and will take you to Bethany. The Church is on the right and you will see big tour buses parked along the street. It is about a 20 minute bus ride and $7 shekels. The bus will pick you up on the otherside of street to go back to old city.

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6. Re: trip from Jerusalem old city to Bethany, time by taxi

I appreciate the helpful details provided by the posters - thanks for the step-by-step advice!

Edited: 10:21 am, June 19, 2013
7. Re: trip from Jerusalem old city to Bethany, time by taxi

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