If you want to travel to Jerusalem on your own, you should be afraid of any difficulties, including language ones. You don’t have to speak Hebrew, if you know some English, it will be quite enough for you. A lot of Israelites can speak English well.
o visit Jerusalem independently you have to know in advance the approximate location of attractions in the old city of Jerusalem and at least a little about these places and their history.
The site gives enough information for a one-day excursion. To get familiar with this city, you should spend there at least three days.
Jerusalem places of interest
It goes without saying, You will need more than a week to visit all sights of this old city, but it is real to see some of them within one day, for example, to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, walk along Via Dolorosa and climb the Mount of Olives in the garden of Gethsemane.
You may not save much money if you travel without a guide and group. But you will be able to see the places You have chosen, stay alone and peacefully think about everything in the inspiring atmosphere of temples. This is the greatest advantage of travelling to Jerusalem on your own.
It is important to arrive in the city early in the morning, then you’ll manage to get into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre before crowds of tourists fill it.
ou can see the bus timetable of the company “Egged” in Israel on the site egged.co.il, it is in English.
So, the last bus from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem leaves at 16:58 on Friday (usually at 23:40), and the next one will be only at 20:30 on Saturday.
The ticket from Eilat to Tel-Aviv costs 86 shekels, and the ticket Eilat – Tel-Aviv – Eilat costs 139 shekels.
Цена билета из Тель Авива в Иерусалим 19 шек.
The ticket from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem costs 19 shekels.
The ticket Jerusalem - Eilat costs 82 shekels.
You can book tickets through the Internet or buy them at the central station in advance. If you buy return tickets, you will get 155 discount.
Hotels in Jerusalem
You should try to choose a hotel as close to the Old city as possible.
From Eilat to Jerusalem
Route No 444.
The first bus from Eilat to Jerusalem leaves at 7:00 a.m. and arrives at the central bus station in Jerusalem at 12:04 p.m. It is late, because the last routes from Jerusalem to Eilat leave at 14:00 and 17:00 p.m.
There is another option.
Early in the morning you can get from Eilat Jerusalem through Tel-Aviv. It is route No 394. At 1:00 a.m. there is a bus Eilat – Tel-Aviv. At 6:00 a.m. you arrive at the central bus station in Tel-Aviv. This is the final bus station, of course, it is not very convenient to go to the bus station in Eilat, but you should be patient and take a nap on the bus till morning for the sake of such a great event as visiting Jerusalem. In addition, there are two or more buses going from Eilat to Tel-Aviv and back, therefore, they indicate an additional number 1 or 2. When getting on the bus You will see this number on the bus windshield.
From Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem
Buses from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem run evert 20 minutes starting at 5:50 a.m. Platform 607, route No 405. You can buy tickets from the driver. The journey takes exactly 1 hour; thus, you can get to Jerusalem at about 8:00 a.m.
Getting from Central bus station to the Old City
So, here you are at the central bus station in Jerusalem. Leave the building, cross the road and tram tracks,
Buy two tram tickets in the machine at the stop. One ticket costs 6-90 NIS, it’s about $2. Entering a tram, put your ticket into the electronic ticket punch.
ou should ride 5 stops, the stop names are announced in Hebrew, Arabic and English. You need the stop called City Hall. You get on the tram at the Central Station, then there are the following stops: Ha Turim, Mahane Yehuda, Ha Davidka, Jaffa-Center and at last Your - City Hall.
When You get off the tram, just straight ahead You will see the wall of the Old City. Tram tracks go to the left, but You have to go straight on, down along the wall and in 5 minutes you will get to the Jaffa gate of the Old City. You see, it is quite easy to get to Jerusalem on your own.
The map shows how to get from the central bus station to Old Jerusalem. It indicates the central bus station; the initial and final tram stops as well as Jaffa gate.
It is easy to get from the bus station to the Jaffa gate in Jerusalem on your own.