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Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

My company is sending me on a business trip from California to Tel Aviv with the option of extending my stay for leisure. I am wondering what the best options are to visit Jerusalem and the Dead Sea solo. Your help is appreciated!

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1. Re: Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Please keep checking back here over the next few days for replies. Many of the local people might not be online over the next three days due to it being the Jewush New Year and then Shabbat.

In the meantime you might like to check out tours from Tel Aviv on these sites.

http://www.city-discovery.com/tel-aviv/

http://www.eggedtours.com/

You could also hire a private guide for a day if your budget allows to give you spa guided tour of places you would like to see.

Public transport from Tel Aviv is inexpensive and does not take long, but one of the local people can advise you better on that.

Do you know where you will be staying? Also, is the time you are staying likely to be over Shabbat? You will get better instructions on how to reach public transport, and what is available if you post your location and which days of the week you want to use for your extra stay.

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2. Re: Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

You might like to consider staying at least a couple of nights in Jerusalem. From there it's an easy day trip to the Dead Sea. In such a short visit you might also consider a private tour rather than a group.. You will achieve much more in a short time.

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3. Re: Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

It all depends on how long you want to extend. If it is for three days, then take a bus to Jerusalem and stay there until you leave. Spend one day in the Old City (private guide or tour), one day in the New City (go to the Israel Museum and Yad Vashem on your own) and one day to the Dead Sea (organised tour). If you are staying longer you could remain in Tel-Aviv another two days before moving to Jerusalem and take a tour of the Galilee and/or go on your own to Akko (by train).

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4. Re: Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

If you are planning on taking public transport: Buses from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem run every 10-15 minutes taking one hour for the journey. There are two routes, 405 from the central bus station in Tel Aviv, and 480 from the bus terminal next to Tel Aviv Savidor Central railway station. Both terminate at the Jerusalem central bus station. From there, if - as I assume - you want to visit the Old City, you can take the light rail (tram) from there. Send a signal if you want more details on this!

There are several buses a day from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea.

Note that public transport doesn't run from about one hour before sunset on Friday until after dark on Saturday every week. Yóu don't say when you will be in Israel, and the times of last buses on Friday and first buses on Saturday night vary depending on the time of year.

If renting a car is an option, it would be very helpful for visiting the Dead Sea, but it would be a liability rather than an advantage in Jerusalem, where traffic is terrible and parking almost impossible.

By the way, don't be tempted to take the train to Jerusalem. It's scenic, but very slow, trains are infrequent and the Jerusalem railway station is in a distant suburb. Unless you "collect" train rides, there's no reason to do it. On the other hand, trains along the Mediterranean coast (Tel Aviv-Haifa-Akko) are frequent and the best way of travelling to those places.

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