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Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem

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Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem

We'll be in Jerusalem for a couple of nights the week before Christmas. We would like to take a half day to visit Bethlehem. Is it feasible to do this on our own (versus taking a tour)? If it is feasible to go on our own, what is the best way to get there? What is the cost of a cab? How easy is it to get a cab back? Will the same cab that takes us out of Jerusalem be able to go to Bethlehem and vice versa?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem

You can either take an Arab bus from the Arab bus station near Damascus Gate to Bethlehem or you can take a cab with an Arab driver. ( Jewish Israelis generally, can not enter Bethlehem. ) These vehicles have regular yellow Israeli plates. It is definitely feasible to do on your own, If you go to the Israel forum ( versus this , the Jerusalem forum, there is a top question that gives more details.

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2. Re: Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem

There is a lot of information on this topic linked from the Frequently Asked Questions in the Israel Forum (go to the main Israel forum and look at the top right of the page).

3. Re: Visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem

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