Getting from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem can be a challenge for both tourists and locals unfamiliar with the public transportation. The most preferable, and most used method is by bus, but visitors might also want to take advantage of a tour group, or a private transfer.
The bus is a direct line, cutting straight across the land on the highways, and while the train might appear to be a good option, it meanders a bit south, with several stops along the way, providing a more scenic route. For those traveling from the airport, one may want to turn to a more private form of transportation (shuttle, sherut or taxi) as one will be burdened with luggage and may not know exactly where to go upon arrival.
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High Speed Train
A new high-speed train is running between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The train currently only stops at the Hagana railway station in south Tel Aviv, but will soon be extended to Savidor Central Tel Aviv railway station, other stations in Tel Aviv, and Herzliyah. The travel time between the two cities takes just 32-34 minutes. Two trains an hour will run in each direction from Sunday to Thursday, from 6:20-21:30. On Saturday nights, one train an hour will run in each direction from 9:56-midnight. The frequency of trains are expected to increase in the future and will be updated here accordingly.
Bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
From Tel Aviv:
The best way to get a Tel Aviv to Jerusalem bus is from Tel Aviv’s Arlozorov terminal. Just outside the Tel Aviv Savidor Mercaz train station, the Arlozorov terminal is NOT Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station and should not be confused as such. In Arlozorov’s open-air terminal a direct bus ride to Jerusalem can be purchased and the bus’s final stop is Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station.
Typical bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by Flickr user david55king
The best way to get a Jerusalem to Tel Aviv bus is from Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station which is known as “Tachana Mercazit” (beside the Bridge of Strings landmark). From there, on the third floor of the mall, direct buses can be taken. The Tel Aviv-headed bus’s final stop is at the Arlozorov terminal (Savidor Mercaz train station) and does not reach Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station.
Price for a bus ticket, either way, is approximately NIS 18. The trip takes about 45 mins to an hour, depending on traffic.
TAKE A TOUR (AND END IN THE OPPOSITE CITY)
Of course, a tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a simple way to get from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but what is often forgotten is that you can start a tour in Tel Aviv and end it in Jerusalem, being a convenient way to bring your luggage with.
Of course, this applies to the Jerusalem tour from Tel Aviv, but is applicable with most daily tours in Israel, including those to Masada and the Dead Sea, the Galilee, Northern Israel, and even some tours to Petra and Jordan!
Other ways to get from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
If you are after a seamless, personalized transfer from any destination to another within Israel, try our excellent shuttle service, Jetalimo.
Included in public transportation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (or the return trip) are the sheruts (shared taxis – vans) and monits (private taxis). Private taxis are more expensive, as one would expect, ranging anywhere from NIS 250 to NIS 350, depending on the time of day, whether over the Sabbath (Saturdays) and so on. The more affordable sheruts are approximately NIS 50 a trip, also varying in price when driving door-to-door, and the Nesher transports to and from Ben Gurion Airport.
For private taxis, be sure to agree on a fixed rate for the journey with your driver; using the meter can result in unwanted surprises. It should be noted that there are, or can be, various surcharges for things such as luggage, “extra” passengers and tipping for luggage handling, etc. Also, feel free to haggle for a better price as there are plenty of taxis and competing companies available.
If you do not wish to take your luggage with you while traveling around, there are options to store your luggage in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.