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Israel - travel by train & public transport

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Israel - travel by train & public transport

Our party of 6 were based in Jerusalem we were there for 9 days. Very convenient for traveling around. Stayed in Yemi Moshe area just outside the old city walls. In November (2012) you could not take a hire car out of Israel. See my various posts for Israel.

Yes I would suggest two days for Petra. Lots of places to ask for travel guidance. Look at the temperature, it can get hot, even in November we always had water with us.

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Your post is a bit confusing. It seems that you are answering someone's question but then again offering information.

Perhaps elaborate a bit about your itinerary so that we can understand the reasoning behind your post.

Did you enjoy your trip? Did the lack of traveling by car from Israel into Jordan cramp your style? How did you get to Petra from Israel?

Chana

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And you still cannot take an Israeli rental car out of Israel.

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I also can't understand your post. The subject line is travel by train and public transport, but there isn't a word about trains or any other public transport beyond that!

And it has never been possible to take rental cars across the border. That is not likely to change.

York, United Kingdom
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Hi

Yes there was some confusion my question mixed up with another question? Lost the plot!!!

So, six of us will be staying in Jerusalem early 2014, previously we have stayed in the Yemin Moshe area and hired a mini bus to get around, e.g., Dead Sea, Tiberias, Arbel, Galilee, etc. etc.

This time we would like to get around by train & if local by bus. What are the train services like & whats the best way to book train travel. We will be in Israel about 10 days and will be based in Jerusalem possibly Yemin Moshe area, or YMCA? We would be visiting the Dead Sea area and Masada, in the north the upper Galilee area. Last time we took the No21 bus to Bethlehem and would do that this time. We might also stay for two or three days in the upper Galilee area. .

We would probably get local taxis, to get around Jerusalem.

We will arrive from Uk to Tel Aviv and go back via Tel Aviv, is there a train from the airport to Jerusalem?

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Best way from the airport to jerusalem nowadays is by Nesher taxis. 62 shekels each. Its a large minibus, approx 10 people, as soon as its full, it goes. You can get this just outside the arrivals hall. Train station in jerusalem is nr the Malcha Mall, not central.

When was the last time you were in israel?

Jerusalem now has a light rail/tram system which is really good. From Mt herzl to pisgat zeez and 6.60 shekels a trip.

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You can't book train travel. It's possible to reserve seats on trains but quite unnecessary. In fact, the most crowded rush-hour trains are not bookable! Buy the tickets in the station a few minutes before you want to travel. You'll find the fares extremely cheap compared to those in the UK!

You can see timetables here: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/Homepage.aspx

Trains do not serve as many destinations as buses.

The trains are comfortable and modern. However, the line to Jerusalem is poorly served as trains on this line are infrequent and slow, and the Jerusalem station is in a distant suburb. Having said that, the part closest to Jerusalem (the first 45 minutes or so when leaving Jerusalem) is very scenic. To go from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv is much better and more convenient by bus, as buses leave every 10-15 minutes.

There is no direct train from the airport to Jerusalem. You need to go to Tel Aviv and change trains, on top of everything I said in the previous paragraph about the inconvenience of going to Jerusalem by train. By far the best and most cost-effective way is to take the Nesher shuttle, a 10-seater minibus that goes when it's full and will drop you anywhere in Jerusalem. It costs 62 shekels per person including luggage. Since you are six people, your group will pay 372 shekels, which is cheaper than taking two taxis. Note that this company serves ONLY the airport-Jerusalem route. It isn't a "catch-all" for intercity travel. There are shared taxis ("sheruts") on intercity routes but they are not recommended for tourists as they are extremely cramped and have no luggage space, unlike the airport service which is of course designed with luggage in mind. Intercity buses always have a big luggage compartment.

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Last in Jerusalem November 2012 with 6 friends, also based in Arbel.

York, United Kingdom
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Thanks for prompt reply. Will follow your suggestion for airport.

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A high-speed railway from the Tel Aviv via the airport to Jerusalem is under construction, expected date of completion (ha!!) 2017.

But since the Jerusalem Light Rail took five years longer to build than was originally stated, who knows!

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Hi

Again many thanks. I have been able gain a lot of good information form your message.