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Day trip from Tel Aviv: Saturday or Sunday?

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Day trip from Tel Aviv: Saturday or Sunday?

I will be with friends in Tel Aviv from Friday afternoon to Monday morning (Nov 30 - Dec 3). We would like to do a day trip to Jerusalem and would like advice on which day is better to visit: Saturday or Sunday?

If we had to pick, we would like to see the Christian historical sights first, however we would like to visit on the best day to see the most of the old city.

Also, any tips on how to get from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Saturday?

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1. Re: Day trip from Tel Aviv: Saturday or Sunday?

If you are a group you could use a taxi to get to Jerusalem. To go back to Tel Aviv you can use the bus.

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2. Re: Day trip from Tel Aviv: Saturday or Sunday?

On Saturday, you can't use a bus until well after sundown, when Shabbat ends. You can use a taxi or a sherut (group taxi).

I think your better day would be Sunday, though some churches may be less accessible.

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3. Re: Day trip from Tel Aviv: Saturday or Sunday?

The sherut (shared taxi) between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem runs 24/7, including Saturdays. There is no set timetable; they leave when they are full (they are 10-seater minivans). They leave from outside the Tel Aviv central bus station, and will take you to Zion Square (the corner of Jaffa Road and Ben-Yehuda Street) in central Jerusalem.

If you go Saturday, everything in the Jewish Quarter that involves an admission fee (museums) and shops will be closed. The Western Wall is accessible and free 24/7, but you are not allowed to take photos or use any electronic devices (cellphones etc.) there on Shabbat (the Sabbath/Saturday). The bazaars and everything in the Christian and Muslim quarters will be open on Saturday, and very crowded.

If your main priority is to visit churches, Saturday is probably better. Otherwise, Sunday, which is a normal working day in Israel. All the tourist sites, shops and museums will be open on Sunday. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is open every day from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. See here for times of services:

http://www.holysepulchre.com/visiting.htm

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